WRUP: The song of Demon Joe who thought an axe was a sword edition

    
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Sit down my friends, and hear a tale of a demon they named Joe,
It’s a lame name for a demon, I think, but that’s the way it goes.
But Demon Joe, he had a sword, and it helped him to relax,
Except that what he called his sword was clearly just an axe.

Oh Joe had pride in his flaming sword (an axe, you must recall),
He bought it from a kiosk at the main demonic mall.
Although the other demons knew swords, which this was not,
They all congratulated Joe and held on to their thoughts.

For Joe could swing his axe about like no one else had seen,
He’d bring it high and bring it low and hack things in between,
So demons all could count on him to keep heroes away
And all they had to do for him was pretend it was swordplay.

Until one day a maiden fair in armor shining white
Marched up to where Joe stood, a-spoilin’ for a fight.
He raised his axe and shook his head, and told her then, “Turn back,
Or I will turn my sword on you, and give ye such a whack.”

No one could tell you what made Joe pronounce then his intent,
With his fierce jaws alone one could surmise what he meant.
But that maiden took one look at him, and the axe within his hands,
And she said, “Oh, cool, that’s a neat-looking sword! Is that a demon thing, just calling everything a sword? Or is it one of those foreign things, where it’s an axe to me but you just call all of them swords? Either way, that’s super cool, it looks like it’s been really well-made.”

Then What Are You Playing happened.

Bonus question: What’s the last single-player game you played and enjoyed? (Yes, games with optional multiplayer count.)

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): ​I have work, so no surprise, possibly some Pokemon Go during my break.

Last single player game I was playing and really enjoying was Detroit Become Human. I still want to finish that one. I was really getting into the story!

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Gonna be a rough weekend – I’ll probably dip into Star Wars Galaxies Legends a tiny bit, but I’m not sure I’ll have time for more.

The last single-player title I played and enjoyed is also one I’m still plugging away at even now: Astroneer. Although technically it’s multiplayer; I’m just flying solo. Well more like waddling around in a spacesuit on the ground trying not to suffocate. Not so much the flying. I do think it’s supercute, though.

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): This weekend is going to be mostly focused once again on The Elder Scrolls Online. Maybe I’ll get to sleep in on my day off, too, but with the way my body works that’s probably not going to happen. Seriously, body, I don’t have to wake up at 6am every day. Just let me have a lie-in. Please? No? ….okay, fine, I’ll put the coffee pot on.

I think the last single player game I really enjoyed (which I qualify as a game I play to its ending and even a fair bit afterwards) is World of Final Fantasy. That game is basically my Kingdom Hearts: it’s got all of those nostalgic nods to past FF games, it has a great self-contained story, and the battle system which had you capturing and utilizing classic series monsters as allies was legitimately engaging.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Still preparing for Final Fantasy XIV’s third expansion, naturally. Also going to be playing Spider-Man as I continue crawling on walls and what-not. I’ve been having a blast with that.

Obviously, the most recent title I’ve been enjoying in the single-player sphere is the aforementioned Spider-Man, which is basically everything I want from a game with that title and a clear example of what can be done with a pliable mythos. I also took advantage of the most recent Steam sale and picked up Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey; while I’ve not delved too deeply into it yet to avoid spreading myself too thin, it’s already proven its worth out of a series I’d largely bounced off of.

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MystikkTales

I just started streaming Final Fantasy XIV with my friends. It’s my first time ever playing it, but most of team played in version 1.0. Even managed to get into Gakuen Academy where Lanipator from Team 4 Star still logs in on Fridays.

As one of those players who will randomly chat up NPCs for lore, read in-game “books”, and read all quest text and item descriptions, I really appreciate the amount of detail that has gone into this game. So far, the world feels vibrant and alive and manages to keep me exploring, crafting, and questing for hours.

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Bel

I’ve been spending all my time in Warframe – fashion-framing and leveling loot. I’m trying to level my Gorgon atm because I hate it and want to get my mastery out of it and sell it as soon as possible. I’m working on Super Mario Odyssey – it’s really, really good. I think I’m about 3/4 through it.

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Jack Pipsam

Nothing really. I went to see Alita: Battle Angel on Friday, it was pretty dope. I mean nothing profound, but for a cool looking film it was great, I knew nothing about it going in either which helped.

Been meaning to play Crackdown 3, yeah I heard it’s awful, but I have Gamepass so why not?

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Armsbend

The anime eyes on the cartoon girl playing with real people is extremely off-putting to me.

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bobfish

The eyes were distracting, the story also seemed to leave itself very open for a sequel, which I think is either ambitious or they were just following the format of the comic.

Ultimately though, the story was weak and left me feeling disappointed, even though the special effects and fight scenes were cool.

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Jack Pipsam

Afterwards, in the cinema bathroom I was saying to my friends I doubt there’d be another one due to how much money this would need to make. Some random guy comes out of a cubical and says “Nah dude they gotta’ make another, they can’t leave it like that!”
I hope for his sake they make another to finish the story XD

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Utakata

In fairness, they a) kept true to the original artist concept of her for good or bad. And b) Alita isn’t really “real” to begin with. I think the only thing that’s still from her original body is some assemblance of her brain. So yeah, somebody would look big ass cartoon that way…and creepily so.

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Armsbend

Yeah I assumed it was part of the story I just find her look very unappealing. The artwork just makes me not want to see it. I hate it.

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Jack Pipsam

I didn’t mind it honestly, normally that kind of thing bothers me, but I think the anime eyes thing actually helped prevent the uncanny valley effect as it wasn’t attempting to be real. They weren’t really trying to trick the audience, so it worked for me.

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Utakata

I really wanted this to work…but I gotta bad feeling this would lost in the organized chaos of the complex manga plotting by a director who is not in sync with it. Because it will likely come out as a hot mess otherwise. /le sigh

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Armsbend

see this is nice artwork. is this that battle angel story? This has normal, human-like eyes.

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Utakata

Yep, it’s Gunnm. Yukito Kishiro had her eyes in various poses.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

Apex got its hooks in me frands. Got them hooks in me real deep like.

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JonBuck

I am back in FFXIV bigtime. Still STOing, but not as much.

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Nate Woodard

As far as gaming this weekend, I’m out of town for work. Boo. So, it will probably be something mobile. That means that you literally have everything and nothing all at the same time. Anyway, have a good weekend folks! Stay safe and may many mobs be slain!

Bonus Answer: The last single player title I played and enjoyed was technically Mount&Blade Warband. Before that it was Jedi Knight Jedi Academy. I mean, that right there tells you how much I play single player titles.

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blah blazh

Coaching a football (soccer to those in the US) tournament this weekend, so not much time to play video games. I’ll try to play GW2 for a bit tomorrow though, if I am not too tired from all day outside. Not much excites me nowadays for MMOs. Last single player game that I really enjoyed was probably Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. However, I am getting back into the 4x and city builder type of games. I’m thinking of getting the new CIV VI expansion (just wish it wasn’t so expensive).

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rafael12104

Best of luck on the pitch! (see? some of us know that it’s a pitch. Lol.)

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Not playing anything, watching Metro: Exodus on Twitch instead. Game looks so pretty even through streaming, wish Bethesda would get their crappy engine to same level, so people wouldn’t have to rely on mods (none of which can raise the graphical fidelity to the level of current Metro anyway).

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rafael12104

Yeah, I’m going to check it out this evening on Twitch. It is supposed to be great, but I’m hearing some rumblings.

Beautiful game though.

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FFXIV, Far cry 5, and since I got my Rift headset back from repair: Orbus.

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hugmonster

Anthem. Liking it so far.

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rafael12104

Nice. Yup. Amazing what that Javelin customization can do.