What are you playing this weekend? (December 24)

Ollie Reynolds, personal editor

I’m unlikely to play anything major over Christmas, but I recently downloaded Ghostwire: Tokyo on the PS5, so I’ll probably go for it as much as I can. The family is also almost guaranteed to partake in some Jackbox Party Pack festivities at some point; 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 Parties, probably Just Dance and I’m expecting a slight splash of Nintendo Switch Sports for good measure.

When I can sneak in some me time, though, I’ll keep messing up aliens and jumping over buildings in Into 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 stick with me, and I’ll probably dive into Pokémon Violet and show some of the kids how to be a real Pokémon 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 Story (I still haven’t beaten Golf Story 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: Pokémon Scarlet, Hollow Knight, Strange Horticulture, and Rune Factory 4. I might even boot up the GameCube to try out Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life before the remake next summer!

Gonçalo Lopes, reviewer

Making great strides to complete the Front Mission 1st: Remake OCU campaign, will go straight to the USNC once the festivities are over. Amazing prelude for a Merry Switchmas with physical arrivals from Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Demon Throttle, River City Girls Zero and Cuphead. The real Christmas miracle is on the eShop: Wavetale, Lil Gator Game, GyroBlade, The Rusty Sword: Vanguard Island and Kaiju Wars are all making the holiday rounds.

The game of the week is Sail Forth. Indeed, a deeper Wind Waker sail simulator that I find extremely difficult to land and 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 on spending some time with the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Wave 3 DLC, and while I’m at it, I might as well check out the Season 5 update for Chocobo GP.

Other than that, I think I’ll enjoy a round of golf or two when I finally get a look at the latest Nintendo Switch Sports update. And speaking of sports, last but not least, I’ll spend some time with the recent indie release, Sports Story. 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 via 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-par! Kir-par! Kir-par! 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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