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Weekend Warrior 7/3/14

As many of us will be celebrating Independence Day tomorrow, and potentially throughout the weekend, you'd think video games would be on our collective backburners – but you'd be wrong. Like the nerds we are, not even a national holiday can stop us from partaking in our favorite hobby. This weekend has us playing quite the variety of games, too. From the classics, to new releases, to the middle backlog, the long weekend will surely be a busy one. What plans do you all have going on?

Andy McNamara: Besides getting my stars and stripes on, now that The Wolf Among Us has announced the final episode I can finally play through the game (that's just how I roll, I hate waiting for episodes... I like to binge). Plus I hope to continue struggling with Watch Dogs as everyone tells me this eventually gets good. I'll believe it when I see it.

Tim Turi: This weekend I'll be heading out to one of Minnesota's 10,000 lakes (I've never counted, so don't hold me to that) for some grilling and relaxing in the sun. That said, I'll need something to play on the car ride up and for other quiet opportunities. I've been tinkering with Wayward Souls on iOS and finally got around to starting Cave Story on my 3DS (the classic version). I also have Another World on my 3DS, so I may have to give that a shot, too.

Jeff Marchiafava: Most of my extended weekend will likely be spent barbecuing and hanging out with loved ones, but I'm hopeful I can get a little game time in, too. Last weekend, I tried starting Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes late one night but fell asleep during the lengthy opening cinematic. I'd like to give it a second shot this weekend. Thanks to this month's Instant Game Collection picks, I've also got Strider and Towerfall Ascension to check out on my oft-neglected PS4 – if I can wrangle some people to play the latter, at least.

Ben Hanson: This weekend I'm taking the long trek out to my lake lot in rural Minnesota. I'm sure I'll play some Perfect Dark, Mario Kart, and Super Smash Bros. 64 out there. What I'm most excited about, however, is I'm introducing a MAME cabinet into the mix over the 4th. I will be very disappointed with myself if I haven't played an unhealthy amount of Sunset Riders and Mystic Warriors by the end of the break. Enjoy your long weekend!

Daniel Tack: Divinity: Original Sin ALL WEEKEND. Celebrating freedom with FREE CHOICE IN RPGs!

Kyle Hilliard: I've been enjoying my time with Shovel Knight so far, so I will likely keep making my through that. I've also still got Wolfenstein: The New Order to make my way through

Harry Mackin: Since we managed to hit 90 last week, my WoW group and I will be hitting up the Timeless Isle this weekend to try to start getting geared up. I'll also be doing a lot of travelling this weekend, so if I can find my 3DS charger I'll be playing Fire Emblem and Shovel Knight. Lately I've been feeling the ol' Final Fantasy Tactics urges again, however, so there's a good chance that'll be all I do this weekend if I can't resist.

Wayne Stainrook: This weekend might call for Shovel Knight New Game Plus, but we'll see. I picked up System Shock 2 during the Steam sale, a game I missed the first time around, so perhaps I'll dive into that, maybe? So many video games, so little time!

Dimitri Gedevanishvili: This long weekend may finally give me the opportunity to play Watch Dogs. I doubt I'll be doing anything fancy for the 4th so it may finally be time to dust off my PlayStation 4.

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