Meanwhile… Invisible Shadow Monkeys

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. We gave Ethan the week off so he could come up with some new poop jokes and have invited some old friends to share their recent gaming accomplishments with us. Christina dives into the back catalog for some deadly shadows while Dustin is a little more current with his foray into future war.

Today's the day. Go buy "The Arrival."


Although this may seem to be a re-hash, it’s not: I’m still finalizing the INSANE achievement on Mass Effect 2 and impatiently awaiting the release of the Arrival (no connection with #winning) DLC on March 29 (it’s March 28 right now and I’m pulling for a midnight release). On that note: whatever venereal diseases my male Shepard is carrying have now been spread to all of the willing female members of the crew of the Normandy (2) as I just had relations with Jack last night. She cried. I’m sure they were tears of joy. Beyond ME:2, I’m debating between picking up Dragon Age 2 or trying to address the fact that I’ve been called out as a gaming poseur for not having played Beyond Good and Evil since it’s out on XBLA. With Portal 2 and L.A. Noire on the horizon, I’m somewhat concerned that adding another BioWare epic to my catalog would be a horrible, horrible idea, yet I can’t force myself to pick up “Just Dance” for the Kinect since it was acquired against my will as a result of Microsoft’s XBox 360 packaging strategy (and if I wanted to look like I was having a seizure, I’d just build up a good head of steam and run into a brick wall, head first.) Finally, I’m really anticipating, looking forward to and excited about NOT buying a Nintendo 3DS in the upcoming weeks. It’s going to be a great experience that will change my life forever. Thanks, Nintendo!

Invisible sniping? That's just unfair.


This week I’m taking a deeper look into the world of Crysis 2. I have played through most of the campaign an would like to finish that up. I also am taking a look into the black ops campaign – months and month later. I played through parts of it at one point but was never engaged by it enough to go any further. The Call of Duty series for me is primarily (at least the Treyarch developed portions) a multiplayer experience, so I’ve decided to take a little time and grind through it. I suppose now that i think about it most of everything I still play regularly is influenced by it’s multiplayer moreso than its single player modes.

Those are some deadly shadows.

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This week, I’ve felt strangely drawn toward Thief: Deadly Shadows. It was, I  believe, an old Xbox game with a Splinter Cell, Assassin’s Creed sort of vibe. I’ve had it on Steam for a while now and figured I’d get back to it. At some point, I do need to get back to Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. I’m only on the third level and many have told me the game does not get good until chapter 5 or so. Right now, the only new release I’m anxiously awaiting is Portal 2, which I’ve already pre-ordered at gamestop. With the addition of co-op and new elements to interact with the portal gun, I’m expecting it to be an awesome game.

If you haven't, you should buy Torchlight.


Dove in headstrong to Torchlight and didn’t come up for air until 3 hours had passed. I was worried after playing the demo a week ago that starting over would be a rehash of what I played before, but thankfully Torchlight has a random dungeon generator to keep each play-through fresh. I decided to start a new character and take a different approach than I did in the demo which was a good decision. I always enjoy playing as the fighter more than mages and Torchlight is no exception.

Today is the day that WWE All-Stars is finally released and I will be picking up that game shortly. I don’t know if I’m just ensconced in the Wrestlemania week hype but I’m all about the game. I can’t believe how many games are coming out, I need to get back on a regular schedule. April is going to be a killer for sure with Portal 2 and Mortal Kombat being released. That reminds me, I need to go back and finish Portal. Damn, add another game to the cue.

This guy looks like he's having fun.


The only game that I’ve really spent any time on in the past month is Bulletstorm. It’s been pretty much everything that I had hoped.  It’s just mindless shooting with a little twist to make it fresh. The story isn’t very deep, but the dialog is entertaining and it’s helping me pass the time while I’m waiting on Gears of War 3. My only real disappointment is I kind of expected to be more impressed with the visuals. That’s partly my fault since I’m comparing it to Gears, which I shouldn’t be, because it’s a completely different team working on the game. I’m pretty much at the end, and I’m torn on where to go next.  I have some really good DLC piling up that I might tackle. Minerva’s Den, Undead Nightmare, and The Secret Armory of General Knoxx are a few, but I also have Crysis 2 tugging at me. I don’t own it yet, but I probably will soon.  I’m really intrigued by the visuals, and the game is getting some great reviews right now. It sounds right up my alley. However, this all may get put aside for my ultimate project which is to get a track or 2 into the Rock Band Store. The extended version of the Horrible Show theme, as well as a few other originals are in the queue. Wish me luck.

That's a three-headed monkey right there.


Sometimes you just go where the controller takes you. I don’t know why but I ended up finishing The Secret of Monkey Island SE on XBLA last week. I just wanted something light to play and I remembered I hadn’t played much of it. That game still makes me laugh like no other, and it’s amazing what puzzles you do and don’t remember from 15+ years ago. For the record, the voice actors they chose for the Monkey Island cannibals are perfect. Beyond that I finally got a local group to play some Scott Pilgrim vs The World and the rumors are true, that games is a helluva lot more fun co-op than solo. It was also cool to see some of the other guys pick up on the constant references to other games that are hidden throughout. After this adventure, I attempted to play some Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, but I was too drunk and that game is impossible to play while intoxicated. That’s saying something right?

This week is all about 2 games and 3 letters. WWE and WoW. It must be all of these conversations with Cole, but I’m really excited for WWE All-Stars this week and Wrestlemania XXXXXXXXXXwhatever this Sunday. I don’t get into wrestling often, but it’s a fun distraction when I do. Also, the All-Stars demo really did feel like it was based off of my favorite wrestling engine from the N64 days, just sped up. If my skills come back, I may be obsessed with that game for a while. Speaking of obsessed, WoW grabbed me hard this past week and I’m going to be playing quite a bit more the next couple weeks. I crossed the threshold of getting into The Burning Crusade content for the very first time and received my first flying mount. So I’m going through a bit of “everything feels new” again which is what always sucks me in. I’ll probably be bouncing back and forth between this and a few smaller games until a more major console title comes out.

Meanwhile… What are you playing?


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