Crispy Gamer

Weekend Playlist, 9/4/2009

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Ryan Kuo: I've sworn off Word Challenge for good, after having a few too many waking dreams of letter blocks rearranging themselves (F-I-E-R-G-A). So I'll be playing lots of Word Ace online. It's a spin on Texas Hold 'Em where your goal is to make words instead of hands. If anyone gets the game -- it's free -- and wants to play, my Friend Code is 55495.

Also hooked up my cans to my consoles, so I finally have no qualms about putting mildly disturbing games like The Dishwasher and Killer 7 on full blast.

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Paul Semel: I had planned to spend the weekend replaying Mass Effect, until I heard it was a double-XP weekend for Gears of War 2. So now I'm planning on spending the weekend playing Mass Effect during the day and Gears of War 2 at night. Weird, huh?

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Gus Mastrapa: I too am planning to re-approach Mass Effect. But the game will have to wait a week or two. This weekend I'll be at PAX touching fun, new stuff like Left 4 Dead 2. But I'm really looking forward to meeting up with the Source Dorks from Minnesota (faithful Crispy commenter w1ndst0rm will be there) and a good friend from Stanford. We've got a big honking suite and plan to play board games until our eyes pop out. I'll bring Final Fantasy Tactics A2 on the airplane with me and, if the next-day shipping gods are kind, I may have a copy of The Beatles: Rock Band to fire up if in one of those gaming rooms that PAX provides. Will be a cool way to make friends. [Editor's note: The next-day shipping gods did not smile on Gus.]

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Chris Buecheler: I'm spending the next six days, more or less, in Syracuse, NY visiting my family. So I probably won't be playing many games. I might install Deus Ex on my laptop though, and give it a replay. There's also always NetHack!

When I return, it'll be back to finishing up the last few bits of the Fallout 3 in-box experience before moving on to Broken Steel and the other DLC. Also, the overwhelming praise for the new Batman game and for that Metroid-esque shooter whose name I forget have piqued my curiosity, so I'll probably check those out shortly.

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William Abner: I am playing Guitar Hero 5, which so far absolutely sucks.

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James Fudge: I'm playing through Champions Online for a review and a little City of Heroes for comparison. So far, so good -- the character-creation system is pretty impressive. I'm also at the end of my journey with Phantom Brave: We Meet Again, which is proving to be a better experience than I thought it was going to be on the Wii. Go figure.

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Harold Goldberg: I expect I'll be playing way too much Beatles: Rock Band for my Crispy review. I'm not proud of it, but I eschewed a John Fogerty concert at the Seaport (real legend live) for six hours of the game the other day (cartoon-looking characters, not live, but in my living room). I started with drums and migrated to bass and guitar. And for two hours, I interviewed Minoru Arakawa, the first Nintendo of America president, for "The Game Changers" book. So I'll be adding his surprisingly candid take to the Nintendo chapters over the weekend.

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Marc Saltzman: I, too, have been playing an insane amount of The Beatles: Rock Band on Xbox 360, and expect this weekend will be no different. Already submitted my review, but friends keep dropping over to play -- and hey, this bird can sing (sorry). I'm also playing Mini Ninjas for an upcoming review, Guitar Hero 5 and Dissidia Final Fantasy for PSP.

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Jason McMaster: I'm playing around with Guitar Hero 5 for a review (why, in the name of God, would you put Kurt Cobain in this game?) and, well, still playing Arkham Asylum, this time for a second run on hard. Never far from me lately are my trusty DSi with Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor and the PSP with Persona -- Atlus has complete control over my handheld situation!

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Evan Narcisse: It's going to be a relatively light but Japan-intensive weekend for me. I just got a copy of Muramasa: The Demon Blade and am excited to play it after having seen it a few times. I'll be alternating that with the final retail copy of Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny. So, lots of slash-based combat for me.

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