Weekend Playlist, 8/14/2009
Ryan Kuo: I'm replaying Spider: The Secret of Bryce Mansion in Precision mode on the iPod. It's essentially Bad Mojo meets Hotel Dusk. There is a secret room somewhere in the abandoned mansion that I'm trying to find. The game is even better on second playthrough.
I'm also playing Killer 7 on the PS2. I'm late hopping on the Suda bandwagon, but I LOVE IT.
William Abner: A little Red Faction: Guerrilla. A little Blood Bowl. A little Madden 10. But mainly, playing a game Saturday night of Tales of the Arabian Nights with some friends. Board games -- it?s what?s for dinner.
Tom Chick: Shadow Complex and Trials HD, which beautifully demonstrate that just because you have 3-D graphics doesn't mean you need 3-D gameplay. These are both throwbacks in the best sense of the word. I'm also still going strong with Wipeout HD Fury and a preview build of Dirt 2. Although they're very different, they're each an example of how amazing racing games can be. One is an out-of-this-world, mind-bending, super-crisp sci-fi game; and the other is as down-in-the-dirt, edge-of-control and Earthy as can be. If I had to pick one over the other, I would be like the donkey who starves to death when he's put equidistant between two bales of hay.
Troy Goodfellow: Besides trying to see if I can find a top-3 starter for my Out of the Park Baseball X online league team, I think it's going to be more Hearts of Iron III.
Paul Semel: I've been playing Prototype -- er [Prototype] -- the last couple days, so I'll probably continue with that. I'm also still playing Gears of War 2's multiplayer, so I'll be playing that late at night when all the twits have gone away.
Chris Buecheler: I did go ahead and purchase Bookworm Adventures 2 last weekend, so I've been alternating between short bursts of that and longer bursts of Fallout 3. I'm mildly frustrated with the latter because it's doing a new, weird thing where it will periodically freeze for anywhere from 10 seconds to a minute and a half, usually when the game is bringing up a 2-D menu interface. These freezes become more frequent as I play until I either quit out or my PC suddenly hard reboots. Good times! I guess this is why everyone else I know is playing it on the 360 despite the dramatically inferior control and lack of mod support.
On the other hand, Bookworm's been great so far. My top five words, in order from one to five: Evaporated, Exacerbate, Gradations, Protecting and Ineptitude. I feel like I need to study up a bit -- those just aren't long enough!
Harold Goldberg: I'm enjoying Shadow Complex right now and I expect to be right through the weekend. I love the foreboding but sad violin (cello?) notes that begin the game. I'm not sure about the cut scenes, but I see what the mustards are trying to do, and, a few levels in, it looks very promising. More about Shadow Complex in the new column next week.
James Fudge: I'm going to be playing Champions Online for the last time in a closed beta environment -- next week Cryptic opens the game up to the unwashed masses. Crazy Planets has run its course until Playfish adds more content, so I'm done with that for awhile, save the daily resource gathering and research. But I've replaced it with Worms Armageddon on Xbox Live Arcade. Other games I'm playing this weekend, if I can find the time: Wii Sports Resort (Archery blows) and Battlefield 1943 / Heroes.
Evan Narcisse: I'm planning on playing Shadow Complex. I totally wrote it off at E3, but everyone I know who's spent time with it has been raving about it. So, we'll see if a side-scrolling shooter that's got Cliffy B's co-sign will live up to the hype.
Gus Mastrapa: It does. I'm calling Shadow Complex the videogame equivalent of "The Wiz" -- a modernized, and pretty damn good, remake of a classic. If you're keeping score at home, that makes Super Metroid the Wizard of Oz.
I missed Left 4 Dead on Wednesday and will miss it on Saturday as well. I'm going into L.A. for a party (hoping to see Tom Chick there). So for my weekend I'll be playing some more Final Fantasy Tactics A2, which I'm beginning to realize is one of my favorite games ever. I'll finish up Shadow Complex, sniffing out the final hidden power-ups. And I'll be playing some World of Warcraft -- we finally got our five-man static group back in action (the NASA folks in the group were busy all summer with conferences and whatnot). Our slowpoke Draenei will be doing a final Blackrock Depths run before preparing to go through the Dark Portal.
Kyle Orland: I'll be finishing up Shadow Complex for review and going to the PAPA Pinball Championships for a story. Hopefully I'll be able to get a few games in at the practice tables amidst the tournament.
Scott Jones: I don't know why, but I'm already sick of hearing about/talking about/playing Shadow Complex. Maybe it's the dumb name. I don't know. Maybe I need a day off, or a hug, or a beer. Or a Dayoffhugbeer. That sounds nice...
For some reason I'm playing Punch-Out!! Wii again. I can't explain these things. Don't ask me to. Please. I'm trying to work my way through the evil, sadistic, cruel, painful final circuit. Say a prayer for me. I feel terrible about all the beatings Little Mac has taken lately. His eyes are all purple, and he's got that Band-Aid on his chin. Sorry Little Mac! No hard feelings, OK?
For some reason I've also been obsessed with getting the Warp Whistles in Super Mario Bros. 3. Man, there is NO WAY you could ever find these things without a FAQ or the help of a retired Nintendo Game Counselor. NO. WAY.
What's on your own playlist this weekend? Inquiring Game Trusters want to know. Leave a comment below.