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. That’s more like it, nothing like a week of indecision to boost up the variety of our game playing habits.
Thanks to two awesome sales, I’m now hauling around a shiny new Nintendo 3DS and getting my hands dirty with portable gaming again. My game of the moment is Kid Icarus: Uprising and I’m loving it so far. Like, can’t stop thinking about it and I want to unlock more stuff. I’m a sucker for loot and, while the controls are definitely a barrier for long-term entry that take getting used to, I just can’t say no to Pit being an angelic hoarder.
Before that, I was finishing up Ninja Gaiden 3 and returning to the slopes of SSX. Like two sides of a coin, I found myself wanting to break my controller with the former and happy to try again with the latter. In the interest of not having to replace my accessories, I’ll stick to SSX.
I can’t seem to let go of my joystick.
I’m currently ripping the wings off of my Spad 13 in Rise of Flight. I’m going to buy one of those 3 seat bombers so I can sucker some non-joystick owners into manning some guns. Every time I play this game I am in awe that pilots of yore could not only keep these crappy planes in the air, but dogfight in them. It’s insane.
Then I’m going try out that crazy looking Wing Commander Saga fan game. It runs on the Freespace 2 engine and sports a full campaign with true-to-its-roots shitty voice acting. The Kilrathi serve to fuel my Furry hate, so shooting them out of the sky is pure catharsis.
I haven’t been doing too much gaming for the last month or so. Newborns seem to really enjoy being held… and not enjoy not being held. Nevertheless, he’s been kind enough to play some Tales of Monkey Island with me. He gets to chill in one hand while I navigate with the other. I never thought about it before, but point and click adventures are newborn approved for one hand playability.
I did get settled in on the couch one night for a couple of hours and make my way through Journey. That is definitely a beautiful game and a nice overall experience to make your way through. The co-op in the game is really something cool. You just all the sudden find yourself walking alongside someone else and making your way through together. You can’t talk to them and you don’t know who they are, but you do oddly begin to feel a connection.
For times I’m not holding him but don’t have a lot of time, I’ve been switching back and forth between a few games on the Vita. The nice thing about the portables is that you can put it in standby no matter where you’re at. Super Stardust Delta is pretty badass if you like that sort of thing. I find it to be a little easier than it’s PS3 counterpart, but it’s still a good challenge and fun game. Virtua Tennis 4 makes a nice handheld game. I’ve been a fan of tennis games since first getting into it with Tennis 2k on Dreamcast. VT4 is largely the same game, but nice to be able to cart it around and play in short bursts. I haven’t got much play out of Lumines yet, but I can tell I’ll get into it once I get on that kick. Wipeout 2048 is great addition to the Wipeout series, and is another one that is nice to be able to jump in and out of.
Justin L (JDevL)
Mass Effect 2 just blew up on me, I forgot how much the game opens up after the first act. I’m still spending too much time scanning planets to make any serious project, but I’m happy to report that I am quite happy with my FemShep renegade build. We’re doing great together, thanks for asking.
Wrecked: Revenge Revisited came out this week out of the blue. Robeque and I have been looking forward to that one as we played way too much of its spiritual predecessor, Mashed which was top down racing with weapons at its finest. Any fans of the old Micro Machines racing game should check this out, but I advise only going in if you know you will have friends to play multiplayer with. The single player is pretty bare and disappointing.
Justin G (GiffTor)
Although I haven’t moved on from Mass Effect 3, I have shifted focus – it’s been nothing but multiplayer over the last week, promoting the classes to the single player game and increasing my leaderboard score. No clue what kind of impact it’s going to have when I “retry” the end game other than increasing my final score, but the old school gamer in me is okay with that. I love crushing high scores. I also owe Justin L. some Sine Mora gameplay; since I’m having a quiet, wedding-plan-less Friday night, I think blowing shit up for pretty explosions sounds just about perfect.
I’ve continued playing Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City and am still having fun, though the online servers are being pretty finicky. This is a problem I did not run into last week and hopefully its one that will be patched soon as my fondness for that game ties directly into the multiplayer.
Still putzing around on Gun Bros and finally made a buddy, meaning now I have more access to cooler stuff which is sweet. I think that game will run its course eventually, but i am a fan none the less.
I am eyeballing Uncharted 3 right now as I think I need an adventure game in my system. All this horror is making me kind of paranoid and I am having some awesome but none the less scary dreams.
Meanwhile…What are you playing?
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