Meanwhile… Creepy Cowboy Sacks

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. Our cowboy friend is experiencing another resurgence, so Justin jumps into action to cut off the growth before it spreads any further. This week our guest gamer is Robeque who just wrapped up 2009’s top game.

Dead Space 2

Hello, well done Event Horizon reference

JDevL

First off, I’d like to state that I am 1 week sober from WoW. We hit Level 50 last week and I haven’t touched it since. Of course, that is all short lived and all ends later this week because…

I finished Dead Space 2. I won’t divulge too much because I’m working on the review, but I could not put the game down once it got it’s sharpened necrotic claws into me. That series has a lot of competition to be my favorite of this generation, but it probably has the most surprising series title wrapped up even before hints of Dead Space 3 surface. Also, my controller did survive the game in one piece, but I think I warped it a bit as buttons are sticking from squeezing it so damn hard for hours on end.

I’m excited to try out Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 this week. I really didn’t expect it to come out this soon, but I loved the first one and we finally get to see if Bionic Commando is better off with or without jumping. Is it weird that I probably more interested in hearing the soundtrack than playing the game though? The music from the first Rearmed blew me away. At the time, I didn’t think downloadable titles would ever have music worth buying.

Crysis 2

Maybe this game will be easier than CoD

Wizardtrain187

I downloaded the demo for Super Meat Boy on Friday and screamed myself to sleep. Wow, what a brutal game. I haven’t felt that kind of satisfaction for completing a level in years. I really think this will be a purchase soon, but my back log already has me worried and with Dead Space 2, Dungeons and the new Dawn of War 2 expansion coming out, I may be pushing myself further into the weeds.

I took the Crysis 2 mulitplayer demo for a spin and while I enjoyed the little I played, its a much different experience on the Xbox 360. I am going to purchase it for PC, but that’s merely for the cosmetics. I’m not a huge fan of multiplayer FPS, but I think this game is going to surprise some people. There’s just something to be said for feeling like a super hero and shooting other equally powered dudes and stealth mode is awesome.

Mass Effect 2

Bad Motha Shepard

Colefacekilla

How lucky for all the readers out there this week, as this might possibly be my last Mass Effect 2 post for awhile. I finally slew that beast of a game on Sunday night and felt…sad. After spending so much time in the universe (near 35 hours, which I know is less than some people on this site) and having it on my mind since October 2010, it’s like leaving a well crafted friendship behind. Luckily, I have 3 other games to slide in and take Mass Effect 2‘s place.

I got my hands on a copy of Red Dead Redemption for the Xbox 360 (thanks to the generous JDevL) and I should be done with that “short” game soon. I never finished it when I owned it for PS3 and now I get to go back and enjoy all of the good things that Rockstar put into the game. Oh, and I get to grab some achievement points along the way.

Sadly, Alan Wake and Enslaved are going to have to wait just a bit longer.

Red Dead Redemption

Never gets old.

GiffTor

Well, my gaming was impacted directly by going to Las Vegas to test the resilience of my liver. However, we did play a lot of blackjack on a machine that had a speaker that worked approximately 15% of the time and looked like a reject from the Sega CD days when they thought that live-motion pre-captured video with very minimal interaction would take off. [Cough. Ahem. Heavy Rain.]

However, all of the time in airports and on airplanes gave me plenty of time to continue playing Robo Defense, a tower game on my Android phone, which has some pretty fun achievements and upgrade purchasing features. I also marked off Verizon’s 3am EST launch of the iPhone on my Droid so that I can set an alarm to do a drive-by super-soakering of all of the fan-Jobs.

Yesterday, which I took off to recover, was filled with a lot of Red Dead Redemption. John Marston, however, kept drinking whiskies at the bar to make the pain go away and keep his hands steady.

Uncharted 2

Get away from her, you bastard

Robeque

Against my better judgment and advice from JDevL, I skipped the first and jumped straight to Uncharted 2. I don’t feel like I needed to play the first one to get any more enjoyment out of 2, but it will probably make it hard to go back. Uncharted 2 lived up to the hype for me. I played through the whole thing in about a week, which is pretty quick for me. It definitely held my interest and kept me wanting to play more whenever I could.

Like a fool, I just got my foot into two great games at the same time. One will probably stick and the other I’ll have to start over later on down the road. I started Alan Wake the other night and played through the first episode and part of the second. Seems very cool so far… much freakier than I was expecting. The other game I started is Dragon Age: Origins. I can see that being a game I’ll really get into if I let myself. It’s much more Diablo-like than I realized. I was expecting a middle earth Mass Effect. I’ve heard that Alan Wake is really short, so maybe I’ll be better off finishing that up first before going much further in Dragon Age.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Mario throws some weird parties

I’ve also been on a star hunting craze with my neighbor in New Super Mario Bros Wii. We have every star in in the first 7 worlds and have beat the star worlds for those. Just need to collect them all in world 8 and go back for the glory and get them all in the star worlds. NSMBW is such a great game to play with two people. I can’t wait until they come out with another one.

I just picked up LittleBigPlanet 2. I haven’t even take in out of the packaging yet, but that will be another I’ll dive into before long. I never really played the first one, but wanted to. When I got my PS3, 2 wasn’t too far off so I held out. I’m looking forward to seeing what the LBP world is all about.

Meanwhile… What are you playing?

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