Weekend Playlist, 1/8/2010
Ryan Kuo: I'll be playing basically everything. I got an HDTV earlier this week and am this close to sitting on the couch with it cradled in my arms like a baby. I want to try out a bunch of different games, but so far, 'Splosion Man is a hell of a lot easier to play when you can see the barriers and switches. I'm finally giving BioShock a good, proper playthrough. And I will finally return to Fallout 3 after putting it on hiatus because playing it on my old tube was giving me eye and neck strain.
Harold Goldberg: I'm drinking the Bayonetta Kool-Aid this weekend, baking some geckos, if you know what i mean. I enjoyed "Avatar" in IMAX 3-D so much that I'm tempted to give the game another chance. And, for the videogame book, I'm playing Crash Bandicoot again. I've been keeping an eye on CES, and kind of wish I had a 3-D television and that all current games were in 3-D, too. I hate the glasses going over my glasses, but could you imagine the imminent God of War III in 3-D? Tasty.
Chris Buecheler: I am quite deeply immersed in Batman: Arkham Asylum, after receiving it for Christmas. I just saved the Warden, and now all of the lunatics are out of the asylum. ZOMGs! I really like the exploration aspects, and I'm even enjoying the collection aspects because the items a) are varied and b) give you something useful (experience points) instead of useless (Xbox Live Achievement points).
Marc Saltzman: I'm at CES this weekend so the only game I'll be playing is Human Frogger, as I try to avoid getting hit by cars on Las Vegas Blvd.
Paul Semel: I'm knee-deep in Divinity II (and not loving it), but it's for a review so I'll keep slogging away. With any hope I'll finish it before the weekend ends so I have time to start in on Bayonetta.
Tom Bissell: I keep playing the Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer, possibly because I've finally got a loadout I really like. Last weekend I came in first place in 17 free-for-all matches in a row, including one spectacular hour in which I had two 30-kills-and-four-deaths runs. (My loadout has me invisible and silenced; I lurk around the edges of the maps, stealing the air drops of those foolish enough to request them.) This is the first weekend in a while in which I will not be playing Brütal Legend, because I was racing through the gameplay to get to the next cut scene, which is not a happy thing to be doing.
Also, my girlfriend and I are playing Fallout 3 together. She's amazed by how much she likes it. Having been through the game on three separate occasions, I'm still shocked by how affecting and creepy the Wasteland remains. Right now I'm downloading Saints Row 2 through Xbox Live. I played and disliked it last year, but a couple people whose taste I respect have convinced me to give it another go. Finally, I may try, yet again, to get the Achievement in Left 4 Dead 2 in which you knock all four Survivors asunder with one Charger run. I've knocked three of them countless times, but the fourth remains maddeningly elusive.
Gus Mastrapa: I bullied w1ndst0rm into buying Borderlands with his holiday gift card. I'm hoping we'll be able to get together and play some more this weekend. I've also downloaded the beta for Eskil Steenberg's Love, which I'm really looking forward to experiencing more of -- the game is beautiful, but so far fairly difficult to grok.
Evan Narcisse: I didn't get a chance to play any Left 4 Dead single-player over the break so I'm going to try to fit some of that in. While co-op's the best thing about Valve's shooter, I've found that playing alone is the best way to soak up the narrative touches the game throws out there. There's also a copy of Bayonetta begging to have it plastic sheath ripped off. Before I do that, though, I'll most likely be getting my bromance on with John Teti as we march through Army of Two: The 40th Day, if our early copies get here in time. [Fist bump/air guitar/butt slap!]
Scott Jones: Bayonetta and I will be spending the weekend together at a Tahoe resort, where we will enjoy shrimp cocktails and sparkling wine and I will attempt to unlock all of her Platinum medals. Wish me luck. She's a lot of woman to handle.
I'm also playing Dragon Age: Origins on my shiny new gigantic iMac. There's a lot of talking. And there's a steady stream of junk that constantly needs to be sifted through. Mostly this game just makes me want to cut my ear off and send it to Bayonetta.
I also have The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks on pause on my DS. The DS has been blinking at me each day -- greeeeeen ... darrrrkkkkk ... greeeeeennnn ... daaarrkkkkkkkk. But yesterday it turned to yellow, which concerns me. If it gets to red, that means Spirit Tracks probably won't get finished. Ever.
Then the pile of unfinished Zelda games in my life will increase by one. (Last Zelda I finished: Wind Waker.) (And that was like having a part-time job.) (P.S. Tingle: I miss you. You still make me feel funny inside.)
Troy Goodfellow: I've been holding off on finishing Dragon Age: Origins because there was new DLC coming. I should probably see how this story ends.
I'm also still exploring all the changes in the Heir to the Throne expansion for Europa Universalis 3. Tom's stories about playing Venice and assertions that I am underestimating some of the new concepts will make me go back later today to prove him wrong and demonstrate which of us is the better Doge.
James Fudge: When I get back from New York I'm going to be playing Borderlands and Batman: Arkham Asylum. I convinced my nephew to buy it when he was around for the holidays and we had a blast playing it split-screen, but I really want to see how the game flows with two or three more players in the mix. I'll have to bug Gus and w1ndst0rm I guess.
William Abner: Borderlands for me as well. My old college buddy spent the week after Christmas at the house and he got hooked on it. We?ve been playing co-op the past three nights. I don?t see that changing soon. It's a crazy addictive game.
Jason McMaster: I've started playing Team Fortress 2 again and am still knee-deep in League of Legends. Thanks to the Steam Holiday Sale, I managed to get about a million games I've been wanting to try, so I might delve into those. Now to choose between Heroes of Might and Magic V, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky or Section 8. What do you guys think?
Kyle Orland: Ditto to Marc's comment. It's like a sea of people out here in Vegas. Maybe I'll catch some time with Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story or the new Zelda on the plane ride home this weekend.
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