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After that it all pretty naturally comes together! Anywho, here’s What Are You Playing.
Bonus question: What’s your favorite kind of soup?
Favorite kind of soup!? Like, just broth-based, or with stuff in it too? Um, okay, if we’re talking just broth, curried pumpkin bisque. If we can have stuff in it, I’m gonna get sneaky and go with hotpots, since that means I don’t have to choose between sukiyaki, oden, and shabu-shabu, especially when you get to use the broth at the end with some udon noodles. Yes, I win again! (Except now I’m hungry…)
Andy McAdams: I picked up Fire Emblem: Three Houses for my Switch and I’ve been playing the crap out of that – so probably more of that and putzing along trying to make some more money in World of Warcraft.
Bonus Question: Is chili a soup? I’m going to say it’s a soup and turkey chili is my favorite, the spicier the better.
Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Ideally, playing get out of my house and find more deserted places to get some fresh fall air, but I’ll be in Star Wars Galaxies Legends too, and Chris’ escapades in City of Heroes have made me want to go back there too, so… we’ll see.
Chicken noodle with a grilled cheese or cheese crackers is perfect comfort food. Thanks, Eliot – I’m gonna make it a point to eat some this weekend.
Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): The aforementioned City of Heroes antics continue (I have been enjoying my Pistols/Nin Sentinel quite a bit) as will some delving around in No Man’s Sky and maybe a sniff around for a space sandbox that isn’t EVE Online, Elite Dangerous, or Star Citizen. Clearly I am in a sci-fi frame of mind.
I am a sucker for broccoli and cheese soup, but I also cannot hate on a good corn chowder either. I tend to like the thicker soups in general. Not to hate on brothy soups, but the thick and creamy soups just have way more body to them.
Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): There’s stuff to do in Final Fantasy XIV, but mostly I’d actually like to lose myself a bit in something single-player for a while. Not sure of exactly what, though. That’s the problem. Shame there’s no prepatch in WoW yet…
Broccoli and cheese soup and split pea soup are delicious, but I’m a sucker for a good french onion soup. It touches something deep inside of me. My stomach.
Bonus question: Thick, hearty, and curried.
Pierre, patron: First of all, I finished The Last of Us Part II, and I have to tell you my verdict as the jury is not out anymore. The Last of Us is the best video game I ever played, and I played a lot of them. I say The Last of Us as I don’t think you can separate both parts of such a coherent and dense story. I understand better the choice of naming the sequel “part two” and not “2”, it’s so logical now. So I will not try to rank parts I and II, they both contribute to each others’ impact.
Why is it an excellent video game? Because it made me feel so many strong emotions. It shocked me, it moved me, it unsettled me, made me try to stop some actions when I couldn’t as it was a cutscene. It showed me how video games can convey much more emotional impact than movies, as you are acting and interacting, you’re not passively accepting the story someone tells you, you are part of the story. Mix that with the know-how and talent of Naughty Dog and you get The Last of Us, a masterpiece. I will not say more as I really don’t want to spoil the story, but I can tell you that even when you have finished the game, you think about it for days, for weeks, maybe months. You rethink the choices you made through the characters in the game, and the story and moral choices go on growing inside you. I will summarize the process: your own moral compass updates through this kind of games, and you become a better human being. It’s so much more than just a video game.
Enough with TLoU. This weekend, I’m playing Death Stranding on PC, still playing The Last of Us Remastered with one objective, the platinum trophy (and it’s very difficult to obtain). Final Fantasy XI will fill up the gaps in my free-time schedule.
Bonus question: My favorite soup is the mixed-vegetable soup my mother used to make when I was young. Unfortunately, she’s not with us anymore and I miss this soup so much. And you my fellow MOP readers, what are you playing this weekend?