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.
Ryan Thompson – I’ve been having a blast with Darksiders II recently — Emily Reese featured the game’s score on Minnesota Public Radio’s Top Score podcast and I had to pick it up. Go have a listen to the phenomenal soundtrack by Jesper Kyd (who also worked on the Assassin’s Creed franchise): www.classicalmpr.org/topscore
Brandin Tyrrel – I started the week playing Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood — slowly making my way through the series for an eventual run at AC3. Now it’s all Halo 4, all the time.
Nick Santangelo – Started off the week by wrapping up my time with Pid before writing my review, and then I picked up a little indie game that you probably never heard of called Halo 4. I wasn’t so sure how I felt about it after the first night, but I am absolutely loving the multiplayer after sinking a few hours into it. My friends and I were still playing Reach regularly right up until Monday night, and I definitely see us playing the hell out of Halo 4 for the next few years. Unfortunately, the campaign has vastly underwhelmed me through five chapters. The story makes no sense at all to someone who hasn’t read the novels, so I had to jump into Halo Wikia for an hour or so to figure things out. The gameplay is good, but, for my money, Combat Evolved and Halo 3 have far superior campaigns.
John Laster – I just bought a Lumia 920 which means I’ve been playing the transfer the contacts game. Also some Star Wars Angry Birds which is pretty fantastic. The game totally isn’t a licensing cash in like I was worried about.
Matthew Smail – Just before I went on holiday, I completed XCOM and Catherine, very different but I loved both. When I get back, I’ll be picking up Dishonored for a while
Ben Fisher – Still knee deep in slaughtering the creatures of Pandora with my Mechromancer. My FTL addiction is just simply ruining my life, so much that I am thinking about starting up FTL Anonymous. I am seriously considering Assassin’s Creed III, but will probably not get to it this week :P
Phil Nachum – I’ve mostly just been playing Assassin’s Creed III. I’m finding that the main story missions are consistently pretty awful, but all the side missions and distractions are really the reason to play. It’s odd that seemingly more care was put into missions that a lot of people will likely never play.
Matt Liparota – A nice mix of Halo 4 and Assassin’s Creed III this week. I’m still plugging through ACIII‘s story (which I quite enjoy, but I tend to get sidetracked by the ancillary stuff), but I was able to charge through Halo 4‘s campaign pretty handily – and, if you haven’t played it yet, 343 Industries has picked up the mantle and just run hog-wild with it (and it has the best story of the franchise to date, although that’s a pretty low bar to begin with). Definitely a must-play for fans of the series and better than it has any right to be.
Nathan Bowring – Haven’t picked up a new title in a while, which has given me plenty of time for backlog. About to finish the original Assassin’s Creed, then I’m going to finish my horrifying adventures in Bioshock. Also been having a blast in Minecraft ever since the update.
A lot of big titles have been released in the past few weeks. What AAA titles are you currently enjoying?