The part of Eliot in today’s WRUP will be played by Bree. Unfortunately, Bree is not nearly as funny as Eliot and is very bad at writing bizarre and unexpected WRUP introductions, so you can go into the comments down below and leave Eliot a message about how much you hope his annoying city fixes his power post-hurricane so that he can resume writing about robot swans playing chess or the most effective way to slash tires with a frisbee (those tires had it comin’) or that time he went to the corner market and bought 500 pounds of chocolate. For no reason.
You can also drop into the comments with an answer to What Are You Playing this week. You can even answer the bonus question: What’s your favorite not-at-all-multiplayer video game of all time? It’s not the GOAT… it’s the FNATAMGOAT. Go.
Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Saturday’s a Pokemon Go Magikarp Community Day, but I think I’ll mostly be doing that for the exercise, as I’ve had too many shiny magikarp and not enough exercise thanks to GDC. Sunday night will be Animal Crossing because I am loving the new fireworks (Asheron’s Call fans, check the pinned message on my Twitter!).
I always struggle with this question, but I’m going to tackle it in a different way. My top favorite single player games are Earthbound, Mother 3, Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, and Undertale. I won’t say why I can’t choose between them, but suffice it to say they all lean on subverting traditional JPR tropes, have multicultural casts, and deal with games in a metatextual way that literally involves the player.
Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I mentioned last week that I am a tad burned out on SWG Legends. It’s not SWG’s fault or Legends’ fault; it’s mine. I fell into a rut where I had obligated myself to keep my shop stocked to a certain level that I clearly can’t maintain with all the people in the game right now, and I need a lil break while I figure out what I’m going to do and how I can scale back to something more manageable. I don’t want to raise prices because I feel as if mine are already high. So while I think up a plan, I’ll probably be in the Shire instead.
If I had to pick only one truly single-player game, it’d probably be Morrowind. My wrist problems meant I barely played it when it came out, but when I got back to it a few years later, I was blown away by how far the franchise and open-ended RPGs had come.
Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): I’d like to do some things in Final Fantasy XIV. I’d like to maybe try out some more Black Desert leveling. Maybe even get a few matches of Fall Guys in. I’d like to do all those things, but what will likely happen is I will continue to be wholly consumed by Hardspace: Shipbreaker.
Which segues rather neatly into the bonus question, as that game is extremely compelling. I’ve also gotten deep in to Ghost of Tsushima. Plenty of single-player delights out there.
Mia DeSanzo (@neschria): We are in the middle of major home repair and cleaning, so it will be a light gaming weekend. I will probably be in Black Desert again, still trying to wrap things up on the seasonal server.
My all-time favorite single player game would probably be The Sims.
MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): I am playing a special DLC of Tetris. It’s the moving van edition. When I beat all the levels there, I will be doing Moving Simulator, where you have to drive a giant truck that’s towing a car across highways and through a bunch of major cities. The goal is to reach my destination without incident. Wish me luck!
I am not sure I have ever played a not-even-a-little-bit-multiplayer video game except for Baldur’s Gate way back in the day (and then a virus destroyed my PC, including the game save where I was right at the end and I could never bring myself to replay it to actually finish). Even online Euchre was multiplayer, hehe. Since I don’t use the multiplayer mod, I guess Subnautica gets the crown for my favorite.
Sam Kash (@thesamkash): Not too much gaming this weekend. I think I officially decided to wait on completing the Guild Wars 2 saga until after the voice acting can be added. I’ve also been trying out a ton of different MMOs that I never put much or any time into. We’ll see if any stick.
Favorite single player game for me will be Chrono Trigger or maybe FFVII.
Tyler Edwards (blog): I’m on a tight deadline for my other job, so I’ll mostly be slaving in the RPG mines all weekend. If I can find the time, I’d like to get in more StarCraft II prestige leveling, and maybe jump into the Steam release of Horizon Zero Dawn.
Bonus question: This is surprisingly hard, because there a lot of games I tend to think of as single-player because that’s the only way I ever played them, but they did technically have multiplayer modes. I kind of want to say The Park, but that almost feels like a cheat since it’s a spin-off of TSW. Otherwise I’d say it’s probably a tie between Oxenfree or We Happy Few, with an honorable mention to Remember Me.
Pierre, Patron: Another The Last of Us weekend, switching between The Last of Us Remastered NG+ and The Last of Us Part II. On the MMO front, I’m still playing Final Fantasy XI. Did you know this MMO was on maintenance mode – doesn’t seem like it is, does it? There’s still a lot of people in game; for such an old MMO, it’s a very nice surprise.
Bonus question: Tomb Raider is probably my favourite solo game of all time. It’s become a legend of a game, and was the first game I played on PC.