Meanwhile… we’ve actually been playing games. Each week we recap our recent gaming experiences and tell you what we’re looking forward to, so you can use your time more wisely than we have. Ethan heads into the back catalog for some great er… good first person shooting action with Far Cry 2. Our guest this week, EndlessBen crawls out from whatever rock he’s been under for the last year and has finally discovered the awesomeness that is Uncharted 2. We are all concerned for the mental health of JDevL as he vacillates between Bulletstorm and Kirby’s Epic Yarn. Colefacekilla has taken scoreboard pointing to a whole different level with his ONE victory over JDevL in You Don’t Know Jack. Finally, GiffTor is still completely covered in blood playing Bulletstorm and wishes he could fight back the forces of the Korean invasion in Homefront.
Oh I don’t even know where to begin. I made the mistake of chaning the icon layout in Steam on Saturday and realized just how many games I had and still hadn’t really played much. I literally spent about 15 minutes just scrolling through and continued to grow anxious. For some reason I feel the need to play and beat them all, but in the back of my mind know I never will. I decided to settle on splitting time between Far Cry 2 and Fallout: New Vegas. Far Cry 2 really made me feel like going out and investigating a jungle, and since its winter time and Indiana’s climate doesn’t support a jungle, I was out of luck and a bit depressed. So after playing for a while, I Googled “jungle” but lost interest with that shortly after. I find myself just wandering around in Fallout: New Vegas and am not really doing anything worthwhile. Its like the guy I was in college just arrived to the Mojave wasteland and is ok with just “chilling” and “checking stuff out”. My New Vegas character started drinking a lot more too, which is a 180 degree change from his usual do goodery. My plan is to jump into Dawn of War 2: Retribution, but the intensity of that game doesn’t fit with the chill-axed mood I am currently sporting.
Hard to believe it’s been another month. This month was busy but I did manage to sneak some playing time in. I got well into Uncharted 2 and I’m really impressed with it. The way they’ve weaved the storytelling so seamlessly into the gameplay is pretty remarkable. Still playing a bit of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood multiplayer, which is a good time. I also was interested enough in the Bulletstorm demo that I will probably try and pick that up sometime soon for some senseless shooting action. Beyond that, it doesn’t look like there’s much coming up in March that is all that interesting to me but that’s OK because I’ve been amassing my PS3 collection, with all 3 God of War games and Heavy Rain now waiting on deck. As usual there’s no lack of gaming to be done, just time to do it. I have confidence I’ll find it somewhere. I always do.
Quite a busy and varied gaming week for me. The bad joke finally ended last week. After plenty of complaining, my copy of Bulletstorm arrived unceremoniously. After 5-6 hours I have to say, I expected it to be a bit more brash. I’m not disappointed by any means or to say this game is deep, but there’s actually a game and a story underneath these endless anus references.The gameplay is fun as hell though, and only picking up steam as I unlock more weapons and skillshots. After the blood smears dissolved, naturally it was time to pick up Kirby’s Epic Yarn for the first time. Somehow this game is even cuter in person. If you dismiss this game, I’m afraid we cannot be friends. Accessible, fun, and very smart in how it can challenges gaming veterans while remaining playable by anyone and everyone. Also, don’t underestimate the fact that it is absolutely impossible to play this game without a smile forming on your face. A welcome change from my normally gaming world’s filled with brutality.
This week I’m really excited to get back into Gears of War 2 during our Horrible All Nighter. I wasn’t able to play much competitive multiplayer with this originally since we mainly stuck to Horde mode, so I’m looking forward to blowing my old and new friends into squishy pieces. Outside of that I’ll be trying to finish Bulletstorm while making my way towards level 60 in World of Warcraft. I may actually see expansion pack content before the end of the month. That’s only been 5 years in the making.
It was a slow week for me. After a marathon session the weekend before, I took it lightly this weekend. Played a small bit of Gears of War to try and beat it before our Horrible All Nighter on Thursday, where we dive into Gears 2. Went up to Indy this weekend and finally got to play some You Don’t Know Jack with my wife and JDevL. I squeaked out a victory during the last round. That game is only 20 bucks at Gamestop this week so I’ll be heading over there to pick it up just so I can try to beat Justin some more. I have to have one game that I can say I’m better than him at and right now I have two: NBA Jam and YDKJ. I’m also only better than him because we’ve only played 1 game of those each and I won both times. Time for me to RETIRE! More Gears will be coming this week, obviously, but I’m ready to jump into something else. I’m just too stubborn to do that until I finish Gears of War.
Last week was almost entirely wrapped up playing Bulletstorm. I’m not comfortable disclosing how MUCH time I spent playing, but I’ve gotten into the Echo mode where you play little snippets of the game (5 to 8 minutes) and try to chain enough skillshots together to get the highest score possible. Although your charge-shot ammunition is limited, most of the levels have at least one drop-pod (a device that lets you swap out weapons, buy upgrades, etc.) part way through that lets you reload and change weapons if you want. Since I’m not the world’s biggest multiplayer guy, the Echo mode really gives Bulletstorm some more playability, especially with the global ranking per level as well as for your aggregate score. I’m tempted to try and get a score in the top 1,000 on at least one of the levels. On top of the Echo play time, I’m re-playing on Hard…which, like other Epic games, seems to be an appropriate increase in difficulty that requires you to step up your game without edging into fighting-the-octoroc-boss-in-Ocarina-of-Time territory. I’m hoping to get together with some of the other guys (hint, hint) and play some multiplayer, since it’s cooperative and everything I’ve read about it seems to indicate that you’re best served by teaming up with other gamers you know will communicate and plan out the highest scoring skillshots possible.
This upcoming week, aside from wishing that (after buying a 7.1 surround wireless headphone/mic) I had room in the budget (and time in the schedule) to pick up Homefront on March 15, I’ll probably continue playing Bulletstorm (and wondering whether Jennifer Hale is as sultry in person as she is in her voice-acting) and see if I can re-hone my Gears of War 2 skills for the first Horrible All Nighter. I’d like to demonstrate the proper technique of performing a kidney transplant using a chainsaw bayonette to JDevL, WizardTrain187 and Colefacekilla.
As much as I’d like to pick up Dragon Age II, since it’s a BioWare game, with the warm weather and other gaming commitments, that special kind of addiction is going to have to wait until this summer.
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