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’ve suddenly been infiltrated by Assassins. Space changes people.
I have been looking forward to Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City for quite some time despite knowing very well that it was going to be a middle of the ground game in terms of polish. I can honestly say that after a little bit of time with the game, I’m neither disappointed or overly impressed but I am happy. It’s got quite a few kinks that should have been worked out, but assuming it was a relatively short development cycle, such things should be expected. The thing is its pretty darn fun and I imagine it will be even more so when I get a chance to play online. Fights are frantic and I love seeing Raccoon City again. That poor town may have gotten the crap kicked out of it continuously, but I want to visit so bad.
Besides that, I’ve put way too much time into an iOS game called Gun Bros. It’s free-to-play (I know, I’m such a hypocrite) and amounts to a Smash TV like waved based twin stick shooter. There are a ton of weapons and armor to purchase and the simplicity is perfect for the days when your brain just isn’t up to the depth of other titles.
Justin G (GiffTor)
At no surprise to anyone, I’ve been playing Mass Effect 3 exclusively. What may be a surprise is that I’ve been heavy into the multiplayer since I finished my first play-through and am enjoying the heck out of it. There’s just something fun about killing waves of bad guys…even if Geth Hunters and Reaper Banshees can suck it. I did download the DLC, From the Ashes, but I haven’t played it. To be completely honest, I’m not entirely sure how to play it (literally – where the heck do you access the content?) but I’ve clearly missed out on the Prothean Beam Weapon. (The weapon porn in ME3, especially in multiplayer, makes me happy.) Despite having the same frustration with the ending/s that everyone else has had, Mass Effect 3 is a great game that’s going to have my attention for quite a while into the future, even if it doesn’t reach the same hallowed status I gave to Mass Effect 2.
I had two gaming experiences this week, and both were starkly different in intentions as well as the kind of fun had. Of course I’ve been playing Mass Effect 3, and I’ve actually been putting a lot of time in the multiplayer aspect of the game for nothing more than the achievement and building my galactic readiness. I have had a lot of fun with my long-time game buddies taking out Cerberus, the Geth, and the Reapers. Really it’s been a pretty positive experience. Before you ask, no, as of writing this I haven’t beaten the game, but I intend to soon. Ask me next week.
I also had a hell of a time playing multiplayer on Assassin’s Creed: Revelations with Aaron (BGRadio) and James (Copperskull). We streamed the whole night, and there were a lot of hilarious moments. Aaron and I also did our best to show the world how not to play the game. There was a lot of laughing at our silliness, and I highly recommend you watch how dumb the three of us can be.
I, like most others, purchased Mass Effect 3 at launch. I also was suckered into buying that From Ashes DLC. I have to say that the DLC was totally worth it and should be played very early on in your play through. I won’t say anymore than you should just pick it up and play it.
I am sad to report that my old gaming habits reared their ugly heads last week. After playing ME3 for about 10 hours, I decided that I wanted to change games. At that point I threw Assassin’s Creed 2 in my Xbox and began to pick up where I left off in the game like nothing ever happened. I think that I am slowly starting to really enjoy the series, but the game has far too many characters that I can never seem to keep straight. The core gameplay is fun and the changes from 1 to 2 are really solid. I am sure that during the dog days of summer, I will pick up Brotherhood on the cheap and see where Ezio’s story goes. I really want to like the AC series, but I have a hard time turning the corner. I hope that the end of AC2 will finally reel me in. The game is looking up now that I have earned the armor of Altair.
Lastly, I took advantage of the Amazon sale on SSX this week and can’t wait to start tearing up the slopes. I have a lot of ground to make up, but I am confident that I will catch Aaron in time.
I’ve been really light on gaming the past month or so but I did pick up some classics on the 3DS eShop last week. The first game I bought was the original Metroid for the NES. I have never beaten that game and only remember renting it and putting in the Justin Bailey code when I was a kid. Now I’m trying to go through it and get it off my gaming regret pile. It still holds up as a great game today though there are some parts that are incredibly hard early on in the game. At this point, I can’t wait for Super Metroid on the 3DS though I can’t play for too long because my hands start to cramp on the little machine.
I also bought Punch-Out. Sadly it is no longer Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out but luckily it is the same game. Both Metroid and Punch-Out play like their original cartridges and that’s great. The one complaint I have about Punch-Out is how hard it is to pick up certain cues on the tiny screen. Especially Great Tiger’s flashing jewel. It’s barely discernible, but he’s easy enough to beat. I haven’t reached Mr. Dream yet so I don’t know how his eyelid flutter comes across. I love playing these old games on the 3DS and can’t wait until they release some more.
Justin L (JDevL)
St Patrick’s Day opened up our shenanigans to the Kinect once again. That meant it was finally time to play Double Fine Happy Action Theater. While we had a lot of fun with it, I’m not sure if that was just our mood or the game being so weird that it enabled us to stay in high spirits. The presentation of this mini-game collection is very party friendly as there’s no scoring to speak of, it just moves from game to game after a set amount of time or at a button press. Every game responds well to people jumping in and out at random times, but overall I was slightly disappointed. It’s a fun diversion for an hour or so for every person new to the game, but when you’ve played all of the games only a couple are worth playing again. The photography game that allows you to move in front of and behind previous photos, the shooting games and dancing game were our stand outs. Every thing else was fun the first time, but not so much on the repeat play through.
Beyond that, I didn’t get much game time and have made little progress in Mass Effect 2, but next week should be different. My resolve has not been shaken, but I am getting anxious to get through Mass Effect 3 sheerly out of fear of having it truly spoiled.
Meanwhile…What are you playing?
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