Weekend Confirmed 182 - Final Fantasy XIV, Puppeteer, The Wonderful 101

By Ozzie Mejia, Sep 13, 2013 11:00am PDT

Weekend Confirmed is ready to formally wrap up another week. Hosts Garnett Lee and Jeff Cannata welcome in the Shacknews tandem of Andrew Yoon and Ozzie Mejia to discuss the latest news to come from Sony, including the PS Vita TV. But first, Jeff kicks off the show by talking about his experience with Final Fantasy XIV before discussing World of Warcraft's latest 5.4 patch. Talk then shifts to games by the dozen, including Grand Theft Auto V's dizzying number of missions, while Andrew catches us up on several upcoming releases, like XCOM: Enemy Within, Dying Light, Batman: Arkham Origins, and Peggle 2. The show finishes up with discussion of Puppeteer, Killzone: Mercenary, and The Wonderful 101 before ushering in the weekend with Finishing Moves and this week's Tailgate.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 182: 9/13/2013

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    Show Breakdown:

    Round 1 - 00:00:35 - 00:29:42

    Round 2 - 00:30:20 - 00:54:37

    Round 3 - 00:56:04 - 01:24:17

    Round 4/Finishing Moves - 01:25:01 - 01:58:15

    Tailgate - 1:59:03 - 2:17:46

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  • So after spending 5-6 hours with GTA V, I have a prediction:

    GTA Online is going to blow the campaign out of the water.

    Don't get me wrong; I'm enjoying GTA V so far (it's a lot better than 4). But the campaign is not the pinnacle of open world gaming that many reviews are making it out to be. There is a lot of crappy mission design, the characters are not remotely interesting, the story is weak, and there are still a lot of rough mechanics.

    But the city... Los Santos is such an amazing place to just be in. The driving feels great this time around, which is crucial. I always took cabs in GTA IV because the driving wasn't fun. This meant I never really learned my way around the city. I never got to know it the way I did the maps in previous GTA games. But driving around Los Santos is a blast. It makes you want to explore.

    The most fun I've had in the game so far has been simply sight-seeing and enjoying little diversions. Playing tennis, grabbing a jet-ski and exploring the shore line, driving up through the hills to watch the sun set. The idea of being able to do all of this with a group of friends is very exciting to me. I've said for a while that I believe Rockstar was very close to something brilliant with the multiplayer in Red Dead. I'm hoping GTA Online will be the realization of Red Dead's potential.