Plan a weekend at TheGamer, featuring the Diofield Chronicle and Deathloop

Feel the cold in the air? It’s dropping again, which means it’s been a year since Deathloop launched on PS5 and PC. We assumed it was a console exclusive for one year and it looks like we were right, given that Colt and Juliana are now shooting each other back on Xbox.


If you’re not a fan of shooting games, Diofield Chronicle is the latest JRPG from Square Enix, and I’m still playing Triangle Strategy, the not-so-newest JRPG from Square Enix. The Yakuza series also has a place on this list (but not from the editor you might expect), slime breeding in Slime Rancher 2, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles offered kobonga collectively.

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Andrew King, Features Editor

I’ve been traveling all week, first to Kentucky for a business vacation, then to New York City to cover a game, so I’m making this weekend to stay in one place. That means lying in bed and hopefully playing the triangle strategy for hours on end. I can also catch up on new shows I’ve been intending to watch, like Rings of Power and The Boys. All of these plans are secondary to doing nothing though. Doing nothing is non-negotiable.

Amanda Herrich, Evergreen Content Leader

This weekend, I know I’ll be playing two things: Deathloop and Slime Rancher 2. Deathloop just came to Xbox Game Pass, which means I finally have a chance to try it out! I’ve played a few hours of it so far, and kicking the Eternalists seems to be the best thing about it. I’m not a hundred percent sold on the PvP side of the game, but we’ll see if that changes. As for Slime Rancher 2, oh my gosh, I’m so excited! I can’t wait to get back to Plort Market with my very own little Slime farm, complete with brand new Slimes! I’ve intentionally left myself in the dark, so I don’t know if Tarr will still be a thing or if Roostros and Hen Hens will still be a viable option for predatory slimes. This weekend will be wonderful.

Justin Reeve, News Editor

I was old enough to join the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles phenomenon, but too young to remember any of the games, so I plan on diving into the Cowabunga group for most of this weekend. I cheated a bit already and I’m starting to be completely honest. So far, my general impression is that most of these games have really stood the test of time, playing like something that would have turned out yesterday. I mean, the graphics are definitely dated, but it’s pretty much like any retro throwback, so you hardly notice it. Anyway, I plan to spend a lot of pizza time in the coming days.

Stacy Henley, Editor in Chief

We’ve gotten to that point of the year where a lot of big releases are coming out, so I’m trying to get the bright sparks out of 2022 before that happens. That means I’ll be transitioning between finishing an Immortality movie and being a solo teen to colonialism, as well as starting Hardspace: Shipbreaker, Slime Rancher 2, and Metal: Hellsinger.

Branden Lizardi, Evergreen Editor

Fun answers: Yakuza Kiwami, lamb cult, bear, breakfast. I’ve been digging into the components of managing Cult of the Lamb and Bear and Breakfast, and the Switch’s portability means I can relax on the couch while I do it. However, Yakuza games are the current “hour with dinner” entertainment for me and my wife. Having recently finished Zero, we are now moving on to Kiwami. It’s a bit odd, feeling the culture shock between both the game’s eras and the stylistic choices of gameplay, mostly with the character Majima. However, I’m excited to see what comes next for Kiryu and his one brain cell.

James Troughton, News/Photo Editor

Surprise surprise, I Not Yakuza is playing this week. I finished 6 days of my vacation and got caught up in tales of Qiyam. I have to admit, I’m a little upset with myself for not being on my GOTY list last year because it’s so cool. It has all the quirks of a high-octane globe-trotting anime adventure, complete with a handsome, painless Himbo.

Quinton O’Connor, Professional Writer

Square Enix has been buzzing about its famous fighting term, “Active Time Battle,” for as long as I can remember. The most recent example is “Real-Time Tactical Battle,” the favorite phrase of marketers in the run-up to the launch of The DioField Chronicle. Since every RPG reviewer in the world likes to compare any Japanese strategy game with Final Fantasy Tactics, I’ll go ahead and note that, no, The DioField Chronicle is not very similar to Final Fantasy Tactics. There is one thing in common, I suppose – an excellent medieval place with pieces of delicious tradition. I’m really looking forward to diving in this weekend.

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