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

Nick Santangelo – Finished off [easyazon-link asin=”B004FSE52C” locale=”us”]Tomb Raider[/easyazon-link] this week. It was a fantastic game, and I didn’t run into any of the framerate issues many complained about, though half of Lara’s hair did disappear on more than one occasion. Also, I have never seen a game struggle so much to manage a two-monitor setup.

Steve Melton – Played through [easyazon-link asin=”B004FYEZMQ” locale=”us”]Mass Effect 3[/easyazon-link] again, this time with the Leviathan, Omega, and Extended Cut DLCs. Soooooo good. It was actually more fun the second time due to my uber-leveled characters. Time to finish the Citadel DLC. I also started playing through Quantum Conundrum. How did I miss out on this game for so long? It’s puzzly like Portal, but with lighter humor and cuter visuals.

Kevin Plumtree – I am working my way through the campaign in [easyazon-link asin=”B002I0KP4G” locale=”us”]StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm[/easyazon-link] and would love to jump into the multiplayer soon, even though I know I will not last two minutes!  The missions have been a lot of fun because each offers a different primary task instead of simply saying to destroy the enemy base.

Christine Mitchell – This week I worked on making my way through Tomb Raider and so far I’m loving every minute. I’m also still playing Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds which I played for review last week but am still enjoying.

Scott Baker – I finished Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath on my Vita, and it’s incredible how it holds up. Stranger’s bouncy speed is a thrill to control, and being able to mix and match live ammo keeps combat interesting. I’m also powering my way through challenges in [easyazon-link asin=”B0050SYX8W” locale=”us”]Halo 4[/easyazon-link] because I want to unlock my first specialized class. I have to say, Binary Slayer is the best action sack gametype I’ve played in a long time.

Ryan Thompson – I started on StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm and love the campaign thus far, though like Kevin, I am also a better observer than player of competitive play.  I’m still working on Tomb Raider, and will be playing a bunch of Final Fantasy VI this week in preparation for my upcoming research presentation on the popular RPG.

Matthew Smail – This week has been all about [easyazon-link asin=”B007XVTR3K” locale=”us”]CoD: BLOPS2[/easyazon-link] and a little bit of [easyazon-link asin=”B0022TNO7S” locale=”us”]Max Payne 3[/easyazon-link] for good measure. A pair of mediocre shooters really, but good for a laugh at least. Looking forward to a couple of XBLA games at the end of March, so roll ’em on I say!

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