Crispy Gamer

Weekend Playlist, 8/28/2009

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James Fudge: I'm playing Phantom Brave: We Meet Again for Wii and plan to check out the new DLC for Castle Crashers this weekend, along with some Disgaea 2 on the PSP. Yeah, it's an NIS weekend.

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William Abner: Wolfenstein for a review, some Middle-earth Quest and some Rock Band 2 in preparation for the Beatles release.

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Gus Mastrapa: I'm hoping to have The Beatles: Rock Band in my grubby hands before the end of the week. We'll see how that goes. Otherwise I'll continue fooling around with Final Fantasy Tactics A2 and check out some more of that Batman game all the kids are talking about. Man, that game is really good -- it continually surprises me. I can hardly believe that it's from Eidos. I'm also hoping to play some World of Warcraft with Teti. I got him in via the referral system, so I'm curious to see the way the XP bonuses and all that work.

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Tom Chick: I'll be setting up more LAN games of Section 8, which has just bowled me over. What a wonderful, smart, addictive, gratifying shooter. I wish it would hurry up and come out so I can play it online. I'm also enjoying a second playthrough on Batman: Arkham Asylum, which I played as a pre-release build many months ago. It hasn't changed much. Finally, I've also gotten myself hooked again on the easy charm of Castle Crashers, only this time as an evil (but cute!) necromancer.

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Chris Buecheler: I managed to actually fix my PC last weekend -- somehow a faulty SATA cable was the problem -- and thus spent a good chunk of time on my second playthrough of Fallout 3. My Xbox 360 has been getting used even though I've been on Fallout all week, though, because my normally non-gamer wife became addicted to Prince of Persia. She is at the very end and basically just has to push a button, but she refuses to beat the game because she "morally objects to the choice being forced on you" and thus just YouTubed the ending so she could see it.

She also requested that I ask Kyle -- who did our review of the game -- if there are any other games that he thought were too easy but otherwise good, because PoP was just about the right level of difficulty for her. :)

In the meantime, I'll be at the PC, atomizing the heads of Super Mutants from a hundred yards away with stealthy sniper shots, or creeping up on Ghouls and punching them in the back so hard that their arms blow off!

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Russ Fischer: Busy weekend for me, I hope. Should be getting into a head-to-head Beatles: Rock Band / Guitar Hero 5 battle, both for review. My friends don't care if I shackle them to those games for eight hours straight as long as there's beer, so things should work out fine. And since Arkham Asylum is the first game in a couple months to irrationally compel me to track down every last collectible, I'm sure I'll still be roaming those grounds. (I still need a couple Joker teeth in East Arkham.) I might play some more Dissidia and a bit of Borderlands, too.

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Troy Goodfellow: No reviews on the plate, so I'm returning to the days of Napoleon with Crown of Glory: Emperor's Edition. It's an allegedly improved version of a nearly unfathomable 2006 war/strategy game. It now has naval battles, better economic management and other tweaks.

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Kyle Orland: Like Gus, I'm hoping to get a copy of Beatles: Rock Band and rock out at a belated birthday party. Also hoping to dive into Arkham Asylum even more, and maybe catch up on Rock Band Unplugged and HAWX.

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Ryan Kuo: The new Layton game has renewed my interest in my DS. But ... yeah. I rearranged all my iPod icons in order of how badly I want to finish the games. At the top are Eliss, GeoDefense and Isotope. Near the bottom is an old point-and-click adventure, Simon the Sorcerer. There's something incredibly depressing about it. The game must have seemed very smart and self-aware at the time. Now it feels like I'm seancing with ghosts who don't know they are dead.

I've also just downloaded Alive 4-Ever while it's still on sale in the App Store for 99 cents. You guessed it, it's a Left 4 Dead-inspired, top-down survival shooter, and it's really good so far.

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Jason McMaster: This week's gaming obsession for me is Batman: Arkham Asylum. I've been spending a bunch of time on the Challenge rooms and trying to find all of the Riddler Challenges, which are replacing my desire to complete Shadow Complex at 100-percent. Other than my friend EL BATMANG, I'm playing a ton of League of Legends, the game by the guys who made Defense of the Ancients for Warcraft III. This is going to be an interesting Christmas season.

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Evan Narcisse: If you can't tell, I'm totally enslaved to Arkham Asylum right now. I think it's going to be the first game in a long while that I try to complete 100-percent. I'll also be playing a PSP game for review. It's been so long since I turned on my PSP that I think it'll try to shank my iPhone in the showers later. I'm a little worried about those two.

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