What we are playing: April 14
What we are playing is a weekly column published on Sunday. Select members of the team talk about the games they’ve been playing over the past week and which they’re most looking forward to.
Shawn Ryan – I found myself playing a lot of [easyazon-link asin=”B000TT2D0M” locale=”us”]Rock Band[/easyazon-link] this week. I went through a lot of the stuff I had packed away, saw the guitar, and decided to jump back into it. After such a long time away from it, it was nice to have fun playing it again. I also picked up [easyazon-link asin=”B00432O4VM” locale=”us”]Shadows of the Damned[/easyazon-link]. While weird, it was enjoyable and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a competent shooter!
Scott Baker – I’ve been sneaking in bits of [easyazon-link asin=”B0030HIULQ” locale=”us”]Transformers: War for Cybertron[/easyazon-link] after Microsoft snuck it to a temporary $9.99 without a word of advertisement. It reminds me of the old sleeper hit Metal Arms: Glitch in the System for its third-person shooting. I’m loving the transforming mechanic, it’s so much fun to shift and zip away. The dialogue is classic Transformers, too. The only problem is my incompetent matchmade co-op buddies who can’t fight Hard mode. You’ve failed me yet again, Starscream!
Ryan Thompson – This is a big work week for my graduate school projects, so no Xbox gaming, unfortunately. I will be playing a lot of Bionic Commando: Rearmed and Geometry Wars 2 when they go on sale early next week though, and am looking forward to it!
Kevin Plumtree – With the release of the Castle Map Pack, I jumped back into [easyazon-link asin=”B0050SYX8W” locale=”us”]Halo 4[/easyazon-link]‘s multiplayer for some matches and achievement hunting. The new spaces have better flow and match dynamics than the previous map packs. I also split some time between [easyazon-link asin=”B002I0H79C” locale=”us”]Gears of War 3[/easyazon-link] and [easyazon-link asin=”B002I0H2AG” locale=”us”]Gears of War: Judgment[/easyazon-link], working on various ribbons and medals. Finally, in a largely fruitless effort, I attempted to earn gold stars in some of Rock Band Blitz‘s harder songs. As much as I enjoy that game and the series as a whole, I fully accept I am not very good at it!
Nick Santangelo – Mostly just continued playing [easyazon-link asin=”B004QEV0MI” locale=”us”]Saint’s Row: The Third[/easyazon-link] this week. It’s a fun game, though so far I prefer GTA IV. Later today I should be able to finally set up internet to my Xbox after a week without it at my new place. I’ve got 1200 MSP sitting around that’s reserved for BattleBlock Theater.