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 – The arrival of Christmas could mean only one thing: it was time to break the [easyazon-link asin=”B000TT2D0M” locale=”us”]Rock Band[/easyazon-link] instruments out of the closet and knock the dust off. It really is amazing how that game causes a room full of people to go from yelling “Are you guys serious with that crap?!” from the kitchen to crowding around the mic and yelling, “Do you have anything by [Favorite Band]?!” I also continued my quest to finish [easyazon-link asin=”B0056WJA6M” locale=”us”]Darksiders II[/easyazon-link] so that I can find the time to play some of the PC games I bought/was given during the Steam Holiday Sale. I’m about 11 hours in now, and I really like the game, but Vigil sure does like making the player collect three things. Repeatedly. Also, [easyazon-link asin=”B0050SYX8W” locale=”us”]Halo 4[/easyazon-link] multiplayer. Also repeatedly.
Chris Leggett – I’m rounding out 2012 on a retro kick. I’m replaying [easyazon-link asin=”B003O6E800″ locale=”us”]The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time[/easyazon-link] on my 3DS. And as a newly reformed Metal Gear fan, I’ve decided to revisit the game that put me off the series so long ago: Metal Gear Solid 2. So far, so good. I feel like Im in a better headspace to accept its crazy storyline for what it is now. On the XBLA front, I’m finally making my way through the fantastic Mark of the Ninja!
Matt Liparota – Although Christmas was good to me on the gaming front, this week only one game meant a danged thing to me: [easyazon-link asin=”B007WQOIGW” locale=”us”]The Walking Dead[/easyazon-link]. I wrapped it up just after the holiday and, beyond the shadow of a doubt, it is the best game I’ve played all year based on its narrative alone. Clementine is the breakout star of the year (although I think there’s room on that list for poor little Duck as well) and even days after completing it I find myself revisiting the game, decisions I made and that haunting final episode (including that confrontation near the end – a masterful piece of storytelling that forces the player to answer for the decisions they made throughout the game, good and bad). I can’t recommend this game highly enough – if you’ve missed out on the game so far, get out there and play it.
Ryan Thompson – I got the Rock Band 3 keyboard for Christmas — that’ll be next week. Over the holidays I see my brother, and the two of us throw down in [easyazon-link asin=”B0012N3ZXS” locale=”us”]Street Fighter IV[/easyazon-link] (I play Ibuki, Makoto, and Chun Li) and Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (where I play Ryu). My brother plays Vega (Claw) in all of them, and his footsies are brutal. I’m holding my own as he prepares for EVO this summer! I also received [easyazon-link asin=”B008OQTRYW” locale=”us”]Sonic Racing Transformed[/easyazon-link] and the [easyazon-link asin=”B004HYK956″ locale=”us”]Skyrim[/easyazon-link]expansions for Christmas — I’m looking forward to playing them when I get back to Minneapolis.
Scott Baker – I’m out in Mexico vacationing with my family, so I brought my Vita along. I was saving [easyazon-link asin=”B0050SW8OS” locale=”us”]Uncharted: Golden Abyss[/easyazon-link] for this, and that game’s graphics have me floored. Gimmicks aside, it also plays like a solid Uncharted game. I hope the Vita can find its legs to live a long fruitful life, because it is the perfect handheld for me. I picked up The Walking Dead on sale this week so that is on my list for when I get back.
Nathan Bowring – I got a few games for Christmas, but the one I’m focusing on is Halo 4. Already put in a lot of hours in a few days, especially in the SWAT and Regicide game types. Haven’t touched the campaign yet, but plan to start that soon. Also started a co-op game of [easyazon-link asin=”B0050SYK44″ locale=”us”]Borderlands 2[/easyazon-link] with my sister. We’ve just made it to Sanctuary, and so far the adventure has been a (surprisingly hilarious) blast.
This year is almost over! What do you look forward to playing in the new year?