What we are playing: January 20
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.
John Laster – I’ve been addicted to Guardians of Middle Earth. If they ever patch the netcoding that game will be amazing.
Scott Baker – A friend of mine just got a Wii U. We finally managed to get together with some friends to enjoy [easyazon-link asin=”B002I0K3M0″ locale=”us”]Nintendo Land[/easyazon-link] and [easyazon-link asin=”B002I0K3CK” locale=”us”]New Super Mario Brothers U[/easyazon-link]. Nintendo Land is a fantastic party game with creative ideas and fun uses of the Wii U tech. Seeing Nintendo finally make the jump to HD is like bumping into your long-lost childhood crush at the high school prom. That said, I’m still holding off my next-gen console purchase to see what all three companies have to offer before I commit to one.
Ryan Thompson – I can’t believe how good [easyazon-link asin=”B007WQOIGW” locale=”us”]The Walking Dead[/easyazon-link] is. If you missed this, go get it immediately! I’m beginning Episode 3 tonight and can’t wait to see how things turn up. Aside from that, I am finishing the campaign for [easyazon-link asin=”B008OQTRYW” locale=”us”]Sonic & All-Stars Transformed[/easyazon-link] — it’s legitimately difficult even for kart racer veterans, and it has been an absolute blast to play through.
Chris Leggett – I decided that today was the day to begin my [easyazon-link asin=”B0050SYX8W” locale=”us”]Halo 4[/easyazon-link] solo run on Legendary. So far, so good! Although you do occasionally run into difficult sections you may have to repeat a few times, cautious play generally wins out. I’m also now onto Peace Walker on my run through the [easyazon-link asin=”B0050SYOOA” locale=”us”]Metal Gear Solid HD Collection[/easyazon-link]. I must admit, though, that it’s hard to get into straight off the back of the mighty Metal Gear Solid 3; being a port of a PSP game, Peace Walker really feels like a watered-down handheld affair, in the early stages at least.
Matt Liparota – Sadly, I’ve had very little time for gaming of any kind this week – not even quick games on my iPad! I did manage to get in an hour or so out of [easyazon-link asin=”B003O6E7DI” locale=”us”]Professor Layton and the Unwound Future[/easyazon-link] on my 3DS (I got [easyazon-link asin=”B008OQTV7K” locale=”us”]Miracle Mask[/easyazon-link] over the holiday, so I’m trying to catch up). Not having any time for my favorite pastime is pretty depressing, but hopefully I can make some time for [easyazon-link asin=”B005C2D2MO” locale=”us”]Dishonored[/easyazon-link] and [easyazon-link asin=”B0050SYK44″ locale=”us”]Borderlands 2[/easyazon-link] this week.
Nathan Bowring – Started the week by finally starting the Halo 4 campaign – easily the most beautiful game I’ve ever played. I’m not sure where I stand on the story yet, but it plays like a Halo campaign and that’s good enough for me. I’ve also been making frequent visits to Pandora in Borderlands 2. I think I made the right choice in choosing the Gunzerker class; there’s no better feeling than running into a hoard of enemies with two powerful shotguns and a fistful of incendiary grenades.