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 have a new goal, to play and to talk about Mass Effect for as long as it takes for Ethan to feel completely alienated. Actually, we’re still mixing it up as there’s a bit of down time in space.
I think I’ve been like almost everyone here when I say I’ve been buried in a whole lot of Mass Effect 3. The game is phenomenal up to this point. I’m trying to avoid talk about the ending, but that stuff is sticking out like a sore thumb. On the bright side, I’ve steered clear of what the actual ending is so I can save it for myself.
That being said, I’ve also been enjoying some MLB 2K12. The game has fluid controls and is an improvement over last year’s release. They are making good strides in the game’s overall development.
Had the ending to Mass Effect 3 been even remotely satisfying, I would be doing a second playthrough of that this week. Too bad it wasn’t.
Sooooo, I’m going to give Silent Hill: Downpour a go. It’ll be my “two hours before bed” game for a few nights in a row, assuming it keeps my attention. Then I’m jumping back into Star Trek Online for the new Featured Episode series. It’s been 11 friggin’ months since any new missions were released. The free-to-play transition put things on hold for a bit. I’m so glad I can fire the game back up and not have to spend $15 for a couple of days worth of play. If only that other Star game offered the same freedom, maybe I’d be more inclined to give it a second chance. Oh well, the Enterprise is cooler than the Milennium Falcon anyways.
Also, I’m still plugging away at Super Mario 3D Land one poop/level at a time.
Justin L (JDevL)
Who else played all 3 Mass Effects in a 24 hour span? I’m so confused as to which one I want to focus on, but I was successful in completing my FemShep Renegade run through Mass Effect 1. That game, is fantastic. It will get overshadowed by its sequels, but it really does have a tight story. I made some very different choices in this play through, and a few of them were harder to renegade than I expected. I’m happy I went back to it though.
As for Mass Effect 2, the import was smooth and the graphical leap between the games is still striking. I wasn’t sure that I’d be able to stick with the game now that the 3rd game is in my hands, but FemShep needs her story told dammit! One more thing, I really hate the Illusive Man, that guy is the biggest dick in the galaxy.
Aside from Mass Effect, I’m looking forward to playing Journey and I Am Alive more in my downtime. I’m not sure either game is really a game, but those experiences seem like the perfect escape from my space adventures.
Like everyone else and their grandparents, I’m playing Mass Effect 3. Unlike everyone else and their grandparents, I have yet to get mad about it. I’m just as attached to my Shepard as the next gamer, but I care the most about ensuring I’m having fun than if my story makes complete sense. As long as I’m throwing killer combat drones onto the backsides of my enemies, things are going as planned. It might take years to get rid of the Reapers with this strategy, but I don’t really care.
After returning from my space vacation, the highlight of my week has to have been my first time playing Journey. It’s not the longest experience and I finished it in one sitting, but that one sitting was cram-packed with so many emotions and good times. At one point, I even asked myself why I couldn’t stop smiling. If the developers revealed that Journey was a secret test to prove that some people are actually heartless cyborgs, I’d believe them.
I’ve struggled to find time to play a whole lot of games, but was able to play a bit of All Zombies Must Die. I’ve liked the simplicity of the game but have a bit of an issue with the fact that I am playing a game meant for co-op play on my own. It’s a bit sad, but seeing as my favorite character on Grey’s Anatomy just died, things could be worse :( Anywho, I really like the corny humor of the game and the fact that the characters are more or less aware they are in a game and make subtle jokes about it throughout. The RPG elements help keep the game from feeling too old school and the weapon crafting is interesting to say the least (wood plus gun equals fire bullets?). The game was very cheap on Steam, but I would have paid full price.
I hope that I can get some more game time in this week as all this Mass Effect talk has got me a bit antsy.
Meanwhile…What are you playing?
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