Weekend Playlist, 7/24/2009
I finally finished Dead Space last weekend. Fun final boss battle, and the ending goes out with a nice jump moment, so that was fun. I'm not sure if they've announced a sequel yet, but it seems pretty inevitable. As for this weekend, I'm not sure -- need to pick a new game. I'm considering a bunch that I haven't gotten around to yet, including Gears of War 2 and Grand Theft Auto IV (though I wish the price of the latter would come down on Steam, the way it's come down in stores). I've also heard great things about <!-- clear -->
I'll be playing a couple of casual/adventure games this weekend, including an Edgar Allan Poe-themed "hidden object game" from Mumbo Jumbo. I'm partial to the author/poet, so I want to finish this one. I'll also continue with the fun but flawed port of The Secret of Monkey Island on iPhone, and maybe a little Mini Ninjas with my kids as I got some early Xbox 360 debug code. Nothing hardcore for me this weekend, though. Preparing for a house party with 80 confirmed guests!
There will be lots of barbecue in my weekend, so I don't anticipate a lot of couch-time. I managed to win a championship in Fight Night 4 last night, prevailing over James Toney by decision. What time I do spend button-mashing will probably be spent defending my title and trying to get my stats up to the point where I can confidently go for other belts. But, FNR4's gotten under my skin with the way that it allows me to be a woefully under-powered champion.
There's a weird inverse dynamic that's different from the way most video games make you feel empowered. In FNR4, I feel like the runt of the litter in the upper rankings. I feel endangered. And I don't like it. It doesn't feel like I can take all comers; it feels like they can take me. I wonder if that's intentional, to make holding a championship feel as embattled as climbing the ranks. However, nothing in the game's incidentals?the useless e-mails from trainers and managers or the fight commentary?makes it seem that way. So, yes, Evan "Bonecrusher" Narcisse may be a champion before he's really ready, given the current level of my avatar's skills. The problem now is that I want to stay on top.
The iPod Touch will be keeping me company on a trip to Philadelphia this weekend. Maybe I'll finally beat Sector 15 of Eliss. Aw, who am I kidding... I'll just end up playing more Drop7 instead...
Playing a lot of East India Company, which comes out next week. It's really a throwback, and not all in good ways, but it's just the right pace for a hot summer night. Also, we have our Out of the Park Baseball draft this weekend. Fingers crossed for a catcher that can hit.
The Out of the Park Draft should be a blast. 20 team owners all in a chat room criticizing everyone else?s picks.
Troy: My father has ranked every player by position, 30 players deep. You're so screwed.
My weekend will be less about games and more about taming an unruly lawn saturated by two weeks of torrential rains. Mother Nature: 1, James: 0. I've also been reading a lot of books about New York and New England folklore, which is pretty fascinating. My favorites so far: an ancient book penned by New York folklorist Louis C. Jones called "Things That Go Bump in the Night" (1959) and Marion Lowndes' "Ghosts That Still Walk: Real Ghosts of America" (1941). Great books, but expensive. Oh, and Champions Online is running all weekend, so there's that to look forward to!
I'm going to Vegas for a bachelor party, so I'll be playing the Star Wars slot machine. The good news is that there are a bunch of geeks in the party so we'll all have our handhelds. I'm bringing a stack of games that have multiplayer like Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars and Advance Wars. My roommate for the weekend is a board game geek so we'll be playing the new expansion for Race to the Galaxy whenever we can.
Stephen L. Kent:
Watch out for Mike Tyson if you wake up with a missing tooth and a tiger.
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