What we are playing: February 3
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.
Matt Liparota – I was finally able to break my “no gaming” streak in a big way this weekend – I jumped back into [easyazon-link asin=”B005C2D2MO” locale=”us”]Dishonored[/easyazon-link]; still one of the best retail releases of last year and “Lady Boyle’s Last Party” was one of the best missions of the game so far. I also swiped [easyazon-link asin=”B0050SYV70″ locale=”us”]Far Cry 3[/easyazon-link] from my younger brother and I’m having a blast with that so far (nothing quite like clearing a small shanty town of pirates only to be mauled by a komodo dragon while you’re raiding it for loot). I also got in some Zuma’s Revenge to take a break from the seriousness of the other two.
John Laster – Continuing my run of being late to the party by playing through[easyazon-link asin=”B004WLRQMI” locale=”us”]The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess[/easyazon-link]. It’s neat so far but a little strange. In the meantime, I’m playing Skulls of the Shogun on my [easyazon-link asin=”B00A2V7BA4″ locale=”us”]Nokia Lumia 920[/easyazon-link]. Loving that game.
Nick Santangelo – I finished up [easyazon-link asin=”B007WQOIGW” locale=”us”]The Walking Dead[/easyazon-link] early in the week, and despite the presence of a few minor annoyances, it clearly earned every ounce of praise that has been heaped upon it. Make room at the top, [easyazon-link asin=”B004FYEZMQ” locale=”us”]Mass Effect 3[/easyazon-link] — The Walking Dead is my pick for best game of 2012. Following through on my selection for most anticipated XBLA game of 2013, I snagged Skulls of the Shogun the day it came out, and I’m loving it. I’m 40 percent of the way through it and have yet to hit this brutal difficulty spike that the reviews have all been talking about. Skulls is fun, pretty and hilarious. Go get it.
Scott Baker – I’ve been swamped with studies most of the week, but I slipped in some time to finish the [easyazon-link asin=”B0050SYX8W” locale=”us”]Halo 4[/easyazon-link] campaign. It’s going to take a while of replaying and terminal hunting for me to figure out what actually happened in the story. I also snuck in The Unfinished Swan. Its beautiful concept shows how much artistry there is yet to discover in game design. With the rampant rise of independent games as distribution barriers fall, I can’t wait to see what else is yet to be crafted.
Nathan Bowring – This week I’ve taken small chunks out of a lot of games. I just got a copy of the original [easyazon-link asin=”B000WMEEB2″ locale=”us”]Borderlands[/easyazon-link]which I’m enjoying, even if the story is nonexistent. I’ve made slow progress through [easyazon-link asin=”B0050SYLRK” locale=”us”]Assassin’s Creed III[/easyazon-link], and even though it’s buggy climbing across historical rooftops is still fun. I’ve finally started The Splatters, which I picked up on sale last year but haven’t got around to playing, and naturally I’ve also made time for the occasional Halo 4 match.