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.

What We Are Playing

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.

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