Crispy Gamer

Weekend Playlist, 8/21/2009

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Ryan Kuo: I'm not playing anything. No, wait. I'm almost finished with the Hard levels in GeoDefense, so I hope to complete that game by the time GeoDefense Swarm is released. This is the only tower defense game you'll ever need.

I'm also tooling around with Osmos, which just came out on Steam. If biology class had been anything like this then I would be a doctor by now.

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Chris Buecheler: My PC is still shitting the bed on a frequent basis ... I fear a hardware problem ... so this weekend I'll probably be investigating that. If I get it fixed, then I'll play some Fallout 3. If I don't get it fixed, and all my PC games keep locking up on me, then I will turn to my Xbox 360 and play Fable II. I bought that game this past weekend, when my wife and I tried to go to a movie, only we went to the wrong theater, and by the time we had figured it out, it was too late to go see the movie we were trying to see, so we instead went to a used-game store. The moral of this story is: the hell with "Funny People" ... I hear the second half of it devolves into a chick flick anyway.

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James Fudge: Well, thanks to Kyle's and Harold's positive articles on Shadow Complex, I guess I will be playing the game beyond the trial. Oh hell, who am I kidding? I would have played it if both of them had said it was this generation's Custer's Revenge.

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Harold Goldberg: I'll be going back to Shadow Complex to search for all the gold. I'll be traveling next week and also interviewing potential medal winners for the Winter Olympics, so I'll be taking the handhelds on the road. Mainly, I'll be looking at Dissidia: Final Fantasy (PSP) for a review elsewhere, although I saw Gus' review on Game|Life and am a little worried that it might suck. I'm also working on putting some of the history of Tetris into "The Game Changers" book. Strangely, a fair amount hasn't yet been told in the Alexey Pajitnov/Henk Rogers story.

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Marc Saltzman: It's all Batman: Arkham Asylum for me, which I've been enjoying quite a bit (only about a third through the main game, though). The straitjacket with my name on it was a nice touch (great swag!), but schlock aside, this is one atmospheric and deliciously dark game that's hard to tear away from.

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Erin Bell: It will be a point-and-click adventure weekend for me: Ceville, King's Quest II (part of the King's Quest Collection that I downloaded from Steam) and the second chapter of Tales of Monkey Island.

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David Thomas: I'm so worried about not being cool that I downloaded Shadow Complex last night.

I'll also be playing the new Professor Layton game. Puzzling, dear sir!

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Troy Goodfellow: This weekend I'm mucking around with a preview build of Lock 'N Load: Heroes of Stalingrad for next week's podcast. It's an adaptation of the WW2-themed board game. Like so many wargames, it has some issues with communicating information, but with so few good squad-level games out there, I'm really hoping this works out.

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Gus Mastrapa: I'll be playing Diablo III. :P

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Scott Jones: I'll be busy this weekend ignoring Shadow Complex again, which I've dubbed The Conduit 2: Still Conduiting. I love how excited we all get when anything with any semblance of quality comes along. Shadow Complex is not terrible, not by a long stretch. And the level of polish for an XBLA game is -- just wow! But I find the gameplay dull and unexciting. And making gamers hump from one end of the map to the other for No. 4 out of 30 Grenade upgrades, Metroid-style? Cruel and unusual, man.

I'll also be polishing off Arkham Asylum, and then I'll sit around and be annoyed by the latest Professor Layton brainteaser collection. Also: I have guests this weekend. My parents, late in life, became friends with my high-school chemistry teacher. And he and his wife are in Vancouver for the weekend, so I'm taxed with showing them around for an afternoon. If I can get them to play Rock Band, somebody owes me $100.

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Tom Chick: It's shooter weekend! I'm completely enamored of Section 8, in which TimeGate finally brings to shooters some of the cleverness it
brought to real-time strategy games with Kohan. But I'll also be playing Wolfenstein for the Crispy Gamer review.

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Evan Narcisse: After much tweaking, I finally got MDK to be playable on my Boot Camp partition. I feel like I'm the slowpoke of the group, so I'll be doing my best to catch up. I'll continue to poke around Shadow Complex and will be playing Batman: Arkham Asylum for the Crispy review, too.

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What's on your own playlist this weekend? Inquiring Game Trusters want to know. Leave a comment below.