Weekend Playlist, 8/7/2009
James Fudge: I've been spending a ridiculous amount of time playing Crazy Planets on Facebook and I haven't grown tired of it yet. After clearing just about all the maps, there's nothing really left to do but research, collect resources from my Facebook friends, and hit whatever the level cap is in the game (I think it's 17). I wish that all of the great content weren't front-loaded, but the game is still in beta and the promise of multiplayer against friends weighs heavily on my decision to not give up.
I'm also enjoying Battlefield Heroes. I'm surprised at how much fun Heroes is, despite its casual feel and cute graphics. The game feels like a watered-down version of every Battlefield game I've ever played, but the class system is surprisingly deep. I do notice that a lot of people are willing to spend money to buy special outfits like berets, shirts and emotes. If you haven't tried the game, you should do so. It's fun with a capital "F."
Finally, I am still playing UNO and Battlefield 1943 on Xbox Live. I'm kind of tired of being called the N-word in UNO. I tried it out on Facebook as well and noted similar behavior, which makes me conclude that a huge percentage of morons and jerks play the game. Oh well. Battlefield 1943 continues to be fun, but the only reason I'm playing is to unlock that last Achievement (play 100 matches). After that I'll probably move on to greener pastures.
Chris Buecheler: I opened Steam expecting to buy Bookworm Adventures 2, and instead ended up starting a new Fallout 3 campaign... I'm not sure yet whether I'll play through the whole game again, or whether I just need a brief diversion filled with blowing people's heads up before moving on to Bookworm. I'm curious about the DLC -- haven't tried any of it yet -- but I'm frankly so annoyed by having to use Games for Windows Live (which is like Steam, if you took everything that is good about Steam and made it awful), and having to spend Microsoft Points rather than just cash, that I may skip the downloadable content. Dear Bethesda: Don't enter into exclusivity deals that require your users to install and navigate shitty software, please.
Harold Goldberg: I'm looking forward to the Fairytale Fights demo I'm getting here at the house. I got stuck on Wordox the other day for about 35 levels. I might return to that if I get stressed, a high likelihood these days. I want to check out Edna & Harvey, although I'm seriously late to the party. Bookworm Adventures 2 is on the list. So is Madden and the preview copy of Need for Speed Shift.
David Thomas: Although I feel that reviewing sports games is a lot like reviewing bread -- I like bread, but I don't know that you can say much about it loaf-to-loaf -- I am going to play Madden this weekend to see if there isn't something left to say about the game.
Russ Fischer: More like comparing one loaf of Wonder Bread to another. Give me some skilled, yeasty artisans making a decent football game and it would be a different thing.
Not a damn thing to play, for me. On a plane to Boston in a few minutes to spend the weekend with friends.
Steve Steinberg: I hope to crank on an import copy of Afrika that should show up today or tomorrow. Essentially, I'm a sucker for any game involving zebras and cameras.
Marc Saltzman: Family is heading up north for the weekend, so I went a little crazy loading up my iPhone with new games for me and the little 'uns -- including Namco's new Pac-Man Remix, Dare Digital's Waterslide Extreme and LucasArts' The Secret of Monkey Island. Oh, and if anyone finds the old Zork text adventure on here, let me know!
Marc Saltzman: Thanks James, yes -- this program came up with I did a search for "Zork" -- but when I read the comments people were saying it wasn't easy to download and install these files (it's not included). Wonder if you've tried it. Thanks for the suggestion. I'll die happy if I could play all the awesome adventure games from the '80s and '90s on my iPhone -- such as Day of the Tentacle, Sam & Max Hit the Road, The Longest Journey, etc.
Evan Narcisse: At this very moment, I'm downloading the Batman: Arkham Asylum demos on both the PS3 and the 360. Riddle me this, Game Trusters: Can you tell I'm excited about that game? I've been playing Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney for an upcoming article. It's been a while since I touched the game, so it's working its charms on me all over again. Since I'll be walking about with my DSi on me, I'll also be trying to see which DSiWare games look interesting, too.
Gus Mastrapa: The group I play with on Saturday nights played Gears of War 2 instead of Left 4 Dead. It was fun, but felt wrong. I'm hoping to get more Left 4 Dead in this weekend. I just polished off Mothership Zeta with my evil Fallout 3 character. I also took her to The Pitt. Maybe I'll finally be able to get those ingots that confounded me last go-round. I'm also playing Dissidia: Final Fantasy for a review. I can't express how angry my busted-ass old PSP makes me every time I pick it up. I think I'm actually beginning to look forward to the PSP Go.
Kyle Orland: For the first weekend in a while, I actually won't be traveling, meaning I'll get some long-overdue quality time with the consoles. There's an embarrassment of rich gaming goodness I need to catch up on, too. 'Splosion Man ... The Secret of Monkey Island ... My life as a Darklord ... Overlord II ... The Conduit ... Madworld ... Resident Evil 5 ... and that's just a sampling from THIS year. Any suggestions, Game Trusters?
Scott Jones: Scratch The Conduit and Resident Evil 5.
JUST LOOK AT THE TIME I SAVED YOU!!!!!
I'm back in Vancouver, which means hello again next-gen systems!!!!!! (Goodbye little PS2.) I'll be playing more 'Splosion Man, of course, though the character makes me nervous because his energy level and constant clapping and creepy giggling remind me an awful lot of this roommate I had once in college who was a total peepee-touching pervert. This guy had tons of cut-rate German pornography rat-holed away around our apartment.
I'm also into Wipeout Fury on the PS3 (the expansion for Wipeout HD) big time right now. Man, this game does not get enough credit. One of the best racing games of all time, truly.
Erin Bell:Tragically, I broke my drum pedal a few days ago, so no Rock Band 2 for me this weekend. I'll probably check out a couple of iPhone RPGs: Zenonia and Chronicles of Inotia: Legend of Feanor.
Scott Jones: You should probably pare that list down a little, RK, unless you plan on skipping meals altogether this weekend.
Ryan Kuo: I'm only going to play them for 12 minutes each.
Russ Fischer: Just like a "real pro" game reviewer!
What's on your own playlist this weekend? Inquiring Game Trusters want to know. Leave a comment below.