What we are playing: April 21
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.
Nick Santangelo – I didn’t get too much gaming in this week, but I continued chipping away at [easyazon-link asin=”B004QEV0MI” locale=”us”]Saint’s Row 3[/easyazon-link] and had a pretty good time doing so. I bought BattleBlock Theater early in the week, but I wasn’t able to get around to actually playing it.
Brandin Tyrrel – There hasn’t been much time for games lately, but I was able to tear through a preview for The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing. Outside of that I got in a few games of Smite with Shawn and bugged John to ditch LoL and play a real MOBA. Still waiting…
Chris Leggett – I’m trying to catch up on my backlog from the recent Games on Demand sale, and I’ve just started playing [easyazon-link asin=”B004PAGJOC” locale=”us”]Dead Island[/easyazon-link] with a friend of mine over Xbox Live. I’m surprised at how much I’m enjoying it. It has its issues, but the foundations are in place for a solid zombie game. Later tonight, some friends and I are getting together for an eight-player, double-elimination, random-character-draw [easyazon-link asin=”B0088I7KYU” locale=”us”]Injustice: Gods Among Us[/easyazon-link] tournament, which should be a lot of fun. We’re all going in blind so that the playing field is somewhat level.
Matthew Smail – Well, things have been a little hectic at home lately with Jen off work and fairly ill. That said, I have been able to play a little bit of Tomb Raider, a little [easyazon-link asin=”B003O6EB70″ locale=”us”]BioShock Infinite[/easyazon-link] and even some 3DS games like Luigi’s Mansion 2 and Fire Emblem. Both are great and it could even be time for me to ditch the Vita permanently – it just doesn’t seem as fun! Hopefully next week I’ll have more to say, but for now it’s safe to say my gaming pile is stacking up and up!!
Ryan Thompson – Turns out the challenge rooms on Bionic Commando: Rearmed are difficult! There are a few of them I’m beyond five stars on, for beating the developer times. Aside from that, I’ve gotten good mileage out of my [easyazon-link asin=”B003RS8HG6″ locale=”us”]Rock Band 3[/easyazon-link] keyboard, using the onboard MIDI connection to input musical notes into Finale on my computer. The Pro guitar has the functionality also, if you’re one of the people that has the fancy instruments…
Scott Baker – I’ve been jumping around a bit, but I keep coming back to Resident Evil 4 HD. Aside from just wanting to unlock all the achievements, I have forgotten how much fun it is. Practically speaking, the game is a mechanical monster. The stiff controls and robotic motions should make the game awful, yet the combined design of AI, target-focused shooting, gun balancing, and looting puts it together perfectly. Add the ridiculous dialogue, and you’ve got Resident Evil.
Kevin Plumtree – I finished up the remaining Zombies achievements in [easyazon-link asin=”B003JVKHEQ” locale=”us”]Call of Duty: Black Ops[/easyazon-link], and started the campaign of [easyazon-link asin=”B007XVTR3K” locale=”us”]Call of Duty: Black Ops II[/easyazon-link]. I also played a tiny bit of [easyazon-link asin=”B002I0H2AG” locale=”us”]Gears of War: Judgment[/easyazon-link], and began [easyazon-link asin=”B0013KK808″ locale=”us”]Wall-E[/easyazon-link] (don’t judge!).
Christine Mitchell – I’ve been spending most of my gaming time in Terraria. I’ve don’t seem to be able find any good loot yet so I’m getting a bit annoyed with it now but it’s still very addictive.
Shawn Ryan – Being from the Boston area, I obviously didn’t play a lot this week. When events like this happen so close to home, it gives you a completely different perspective and outlook on life, so it was kind of hard to enjoy daily activities as freely as normal. The most comforting aspect of the entire thing is how together the community was. It sucks that it takes something like this to show such patriotism and comradery, but it’s also nice to be able to take that positive away from it. With that being said, I did game a little. I mostly played [easyazon-link asin=”B003O6E7O2″ locale=”us”]LEGO Pirates[/easyazon-link] all week, but also squeezed in some [easyazon-link asin=”B009GWKP76″ locale=”us”]Midway Arcade Origins[/easyazon-link]. Also managed to hit a pretty big achievement mark.