What are you playing this weekend? (December 24)

Ollie Reynolds, personal editor

I’m unlikely to play anything major over the Christmas period, but I recently downloaded Ghostwire: Tokyo on the PS5, so I’ll probably jump on that whenever possible. It is also almost guaranteed that the family will participate in some Jackbox party pack festivities at a given time; nothing better than a little Quiplash while you let your Christmas dinner work its way through your intestines!

On the Switch, I’m currently replaying a very overlooked niche title called The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I heard that some sort of sequel was coming out in 2023, so I thought it might be best to reacquaint myself with the first game.

Jim Norman, personal editor

Christmas is never a time for hardcore narrative games in the Norman household, but board games? This is where we go hard.

This year, I think it will all revolve around the Switch (although if the Wii kicks off, as tradition dictates, I wouldn’t be surprised). There will definitely be Super Mario Partyprobably some just dance and I expect a slight splash of Nintendo Switch Sports thrown in for good measure.

When I can sneak in some me time, though, I’ll keep messing up aliens and jumping over buildings in In the breach – you know, classic Christmas stuff.

Alana Hughes, Writer

Like many others here, I probably won’t delve into too lots of games over the long holiday weekend, especially since we’re driving a few hundred miles to see the family for a few days! Chained echoes will continue to stay with me, and I will probably dive into Pokémon Violet and show some of the kids how to become a real Pokemon master.

On the contrary, this week’s House of Indies just added a ton of games to my wishlist – and my list of potential purchases. Melatonin and sports history (I still haven’t beaten golf history yet…maybe that’s my goal for 2023) are already burning a hole in my purse. More importantly, every time I play it will be with a nice celebratory drink in hand. Have a wonderful holiday weekend folks – thanks for hanging out with us in 2022!

Kate Gray, Editor

Well, it’s Christmas this weekend, so I’m going to play everyone’s favorite game: cook a nice turkey dinner. When I’m not frantically packing, planning, and tidying up, I’d love to sit with my Steam Deck, which I haven’t had much time to play with lately!

Also, now that I have some free time, I really need to polish up my unfinished game diary. This includes, but is not limited to: Pokemon Scarlet, hollow knight, strange horticultureand Rune Factory 4. I might even start the GameCube to give Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life to try before the remake next summer!

Gonçalo Lopes, reviewer

Make great strides to complete Mission before 1st: Remake The OCU campaign will transition directly to the USNC campaign once the festivities are over. Amazing prelude for a Merry Switchmas with physical arrivals from Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Demonic Accelerator, River City Girls Zeroand Cuphead. The real Christmas miracle is on the eShop: wave tale, Lil Gator Game, GyroLame, The Rusty Sword: Vanguard Islandand Kaiju Wars all going around the holidays.

The game of the week is Navigate forward. Indeed a deeper Wind Waker sailing simulator which I find extremely difficult to land and which actually hinders my progress in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion. What a ride it has been… happy holidays to all!

Liam Doolan, journalist

Like everyone else, I’m also playing a bit of everything this Christmas. I plan to spend time with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe‘s Wave 3 DLC, and while I’m at it, I might as well check out the Season 5 update for CU of chocobos.

Other than that, I think I’ll enjoy a round of golf or two when I finally get a look at the latest update from Nintendo Switch Sports. And speaking of sports, last but not least, I’ll be spending some time with the recent indie release, sports history. Happy holidays, everyone!

Gavin Lane, editor

Beyond my annual festive trip to Freezeezy Peak, I plan to take a moment on Christmas morning, sit down with my kids, and introduce them to an icon. Something formative in the middle of video games. Something really simple to get them on the right track with a solid foundation in the classics. Yes, I will try to show them pong by the excellent Atari 50 compilation.

Will it hold their attention? Will it entertain more than a few moments? Will they peek at the screen and start singing Kir-by! Kir-by! Kir-by! in my ear hole? Very probably. But what kind of Christmas would it be if an aging parent didn’t remember the old days and bored everyone, huh?

Have a lovely day everybody.

So what are you play? Let us know in the poll below, and leave a comment below with your festive game plans!

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