What we are playing: April 28
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 finally got around to playing The Behemoth’s BattleBlock Theater this week, and I’m questioning why I didn’t force myself to find time for it sooner. The levels through three chapters are short on length but high on fun factor. I’m not the type who ever feels the need to attempt to hunt down as many collectibles as possible, and yet I find myself going to extra mile to get my hands on as many gems (only three are needed to complete each level, but each level has extras) and balls of yarn as possible in BattleBlock Theater. I’m not sure why I need to have them, but I know that I do. Sometimes the game’s humor falls flat due to the vignettes between chapters dragging on for far too long, but the writing hits more than it misses. And I haven’t seen it get a lot of mention, but the score is fantastic.
Shawn Ryan – After holding out for a month, I played [easyazon-link asin=”B003O6EB70″ locale=”us”]Bioshock Infinite[/easyazon-link] with the free time I had this week. Awesome game. It is a little more shooter heavy than I was expecting, but it may just seem that way because I decided to start on 1999 mode. I beat it last night, and the ending… woah. Easily became a Game of the Year candidate, right next to [easyazon-link asin=”B004FSE52C” locale=”us”]Tomb Raider[/easyazon-link].
Scott Baker – In a dramatic irony fit for a Greek tragedy, my Xbox red-ringed the night before my last final of the semester. I was saving Bioshock Infinte, too. Luckily, I got it repaired and plan to dive into it this coming week. Instead, I spent some quality time with Journey and reflected on the hidden story of its serene world. That game reminds me of those perfect movies you can watch over and over again. Each time I play it, I feel something new.
Ryan Thompson – Played a bunch of Geometry Wars 2 this weekend, but not much else — it’s finals week, as I’m sure many of you are aware, and I’m busy writing term papers for the next week.
Christine Mitchell – Didn’t get much time for gaming this week but I picked up [easyazon-link asin=”B0050SYV70″ locale=”us”]Far Cry 3[/easyazon-link] yesterday and I’m liking what I’ve seen. Looking forward to Blood Dragon now.
Chris Leggett – I’ve got a bunch of games competing for my limited time at the moment, but the one that tends to win out is Peace Walker from the [easyazon-link asin=”B0050SYOOA” locale=”us”]Metal Gear Solid HD Collection[/easyazon-link]. I found it difficult to get into at first; it really felt like a watered-down handheld game at first, particularly playing it immediately after Metal Gear Solid 3. But the further I got into it, the deeper and more interesting I realized it was. I’ve also had a lot of fun with [easyazon-link asin=”B0088I7KYU” locale=”us”]Injustice: Gods Among Us[/easyazon-link] lately, and I might try my hand at the online competitive component later today if I get a chance.