What Are You Playing This Weekend?

David Anthony, A.V. Club web producer

David opens up a new, dangerous avenue of inquiry: What are you wearing while you’re playing?

By John Teti • November 8, 2013

The A.V. Club’s web producer, David Anthony, joins us this time around to share his intention to play a Super NES classic without wearing all of his clothes. Will you be wearing clothes this weekend? Tell us in the comments. On second thought, just tell us what you’ll be playing this weekend. That seems best for all involved.

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255 Responses to “David Anthony, A.V. Club web producer”

  1. Chum Joely says:

    I’m supposed to be whittling down my backlog these days, and indeed I did finish XCOM: Enemy Unknown on Monday (AWESOME).

    However, it looks like I’ve gotten sucked into Dark Souls on the Game Revue Club on Steam, so I’ll probably be failing miserably at that for a large chunk of the weekend. Praise the sun, or something.

    If I tire of undeadness, I might be able to finish up Fez and/or maybe get into the multiple games that I’ve recently bought for some reason despite my alleged commitment to my backlog. Super Meat Boy, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus are now in my possession and just waiting to be played.

    • DrFlimFlam says:

      I’ve made several runs at XCOM and now will just be playing it on Easy because the camera keeps screwing me on these indoor levels. This game really needs a more robust camera system.

      • Chum Joely says:

        The camera seems to be worse on the iPad version, which you mentioned in another post here. I just started an iPad run (Normal difficulty) and every time there’s even a somewhat narrow alley, the camera goes straight overhead and looks down vertically and it’s really hard to move it side to side.

        Random tips about the battlefield interface on iPad, just in case you haven’t already figured these out:
        – If you can’t get it to notice that you’re trying to place your soldier (no little circle), try a quick tap on the screen where you want to go, rather than dragging your finger and hoping it will notice.
        – The up and down arrows at the lower left (vertical placement) seem to wake up the system so it starts paying attention to your placement actions again.
        – If nothing else works, try switching soldiers by swiping on the soldier name at the lower left, then go back to the one you actually want to move. Again, this sometimes straightens out whatever is confusing the input system.

        Good luck! The user interface shouldn’t be harder to deal with than the Chrysalids!

        • DrFlimFlam says:

          I’ve got in on 360, too, but I immediately recognized XCOM as a great game to play on the laptop/tablet in the same room as my family. It’s just too bad the universal iOS version was $9.99 for a while when the PC version (and I’m not joking) has been sitting at $39.99.

          When it goes on sale I’ll get the PC version, too. I don’t know if I LOVE the game, but it scratches that particular compulsive strategy itch quite well, even if it infuriates me sometimes.

          • Drinking_with_Skeletons says:

            The expansion is coming out very soon (next week or two) so keep an eye out for Steam sales.

    • Matt Gerardi says:

      Oh dip! You guys are doing Dark Souls? I gotta get in on that. I’ve played the hell out of it over the last month.

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  2. Mr. Glitch says:

    My games and clothes are all packed up, so I will be wearing and playing very little of either.

  3. Merve says:

    This weekend, I plan to finish the Brigmore Witches DLC for Dishonored. It’s really just more of Dishonored’s sneaky goodness, and while it doesn’t bring anything new to the table, it’s still a lot of fun.

    If all goes according to plan, then I might have some time left to jump back into Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood or XCOM: Enemy Unknown. We shall see…

    • Spacemonkey Mafia says:

      I just started Dishonored recently and so far, I’m enjoying it more than any game I’ve played in a great while.
      I felt this way with Deus Ex and the feeling is replicated here, that there’s something about a game where not killing actually makes me feel more powerful. That you’re so capable and have such amazing forethought in any situation, that you don’t have to resort to something as crude and reactive as stabbing or shooting. It’s the whole Batman thing.
      Also, I really enjoy just standing above the offal-choked shoreline on a moonlit night. It makes me nostalgic for my time living in Milwaukee, which doesn’t reflect well on either of me or the city.

    • Electric Dragon says:

      I finished the main campaign last weekend – but I will probably give it a fair rest before getting the DLC.

      Instead I’ve just started Sleeping Dogs – Nightmare in North Point. Not as good as Zodiac Tournament so far (which was a blast, lacking only in length and badly dubbed dialogue.) Given that I’ve already completed Year of the Snake and Zodiac T, I don’t expect Nightmare to detain me long.

      After that – who knows?

    • snazzlenuts says:

      How does Brigmore Witches compare to the Knife of Dunwall?

      • Merve says:

        BW is very similar to KoD, but with slightly worse level design and slightly better mission structure. If you liked KoD, you’ll like BW.

      • Bakken Hood says:

        Brigmore really seems to be making a point about pacifism or something– it’s ridiculously brutal to get through with no kills or detections. It’s still enjoyable, and the second mission really offers an impressive number of ways to complete the final objective, even by the lofty standards Dishonored sets for itself.

        BTW, if you’re shooting for no-detection, the very last setpiece has issues. Look up the details if you want that achievement or whatever you call them.

    • beema says:

      I want that DLC!

  4. ProfFarnsworth says:

    I will be playing the usual Homework. I’m also planning on playing Pokemon Y with the few hours of spare time I can wrangle free. I am about half way and spending tons of time goofing off. I might just roll a character for Baldur’s Gate just for some fun, but I usually never get very far with that.

  5. mostly pokemon Y/animal crossing/dillon’s rolling western still, but Im getting my first paycheck from my new job and cool 3ds dungeon crawlers like soul hackers and etrian odyssey untold are really tempting me.

    • DrFlimFlam says:

      How is Dillon’s Rolling Western? Those Club Nintendo points burn holes in my pockets, and I like tower defense, but I’m still hesitant.

      • its fun and charming. pretty standard tower defense but with pretty graphics and a cool soundtrack. controls are a bit tricky to get down tho

      • Fyodor Douchetoevsky says:

        Ehh, I picked it up with my Club Nintendo point and have only played a level or two, but I’m glad I didn’t spend ten bucks on it. It’s a weird brawler/TD mashup and it doesn’t do either particularly well. The combo system seems kind of fun, and maybe it picks up later or something, but I don’t think it’s that great. Better than getting and NES game that I already have though.

      • Cubello is one of my favorite titles in the bitGeneration/Art Style line. Not necessarily for everyone, but a really neat and well-designed Wii puzzler. Great month for Club Nintendo games.

        • Fyodor Douchetoevsky says:

          Dude, are you getting the new Korg thing that just came out on 3DS this week? It’s soooo tempting but I only have one actual game on my 3DS right now and also am horribly awful at actual music stuff and the price tag seems a bit steep for a download.

          • I imported the Japanese cart a while back (when it was just Korg M01, sans the D which I assume stands for “digital” or “download” or both) and it is certainly a robust music tool, but far more sample-based, which doesn’t entirely mesh with the way I tend to think about tunes when I fiddle with them. It’s a beefy thing, for sure, so that justifies the price a bit, but it would help if they had a demo with just a few voices and no save function so people could gauge whether it’s their bag or not. Similarly, I’ve been waffling on Rhythm Core alpha for, like, two years because the barrier to entry seems a bit high, but I love looking at the solo mode.

            I’ve also been annoyed lately because the new version of Garageband with Mavericks broke most of my audio units. Plogue chipsounds and chipcrusher still work, thank heavens, but everything else is incompatible and it’s frustrating.

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  6. Enkidum says:

    More Amalur. It goes on and on and on but must be finished. I’m trying to finish all the faction quests as well as assorted random other quests, because why not? The combat is actually still holding up, and it’s getting difficult enough that I occasionally die, which is a nice change from the first bunch of quests…

    Downloaded Dragon’s Dogma Dark Arisen earlier this week, definitely don’t want to start it until after Amalur, because who needs two massive fantasy RPGs with unconventional fighting systems going at once? I suspect I’ll like it more, but I can’t start another 60+ hour game for a while.

    And I’ll keep plugging away at Bloons TD5 because apparently that’s what I like to do with my time. Weird, that.

    • Sarapen says:

      Yeah, I chose the other path and downloaded Dragon’s Dogma. Mostly it’s because I’m getting the impression Amalur will be taking a hell of a lot more time. I have to be judicious in my downloading because there’s only 54 GB left on my PS3. I should just install a new drive but I feel like I should dial down my consumerism.

      And Valkyria Chronicles, still and always.

      • Enkidum says:

        When you do start playing DD let me know how it goes. I’m curious to see if it scratches your open-world-with-good-combat itch.

      • indy2003 says:

        Just downloaded Dragon’s Dogma and I currently have 15 GB left on my PS3. I need help.

        • Sarapen says:

          A kidney can go for $500 on the grey market.

        • Dikachu says:

          2.5″ hard drives are cheap.

        • Enkidum says:

          Every time there’s a large game on PS+ I have to delete a bunch of older stuff on my hard drive – it’s getting to the point where I had to delete a bunch of games I haven’t played. And that’s a 250 gig. But you can re-download them all no problem. So I think I’ll get a new 2 TB drive when I have a bit of spare cash and go on a re-downloading spree.

      • killyridols says:

        I just got DD too and enjoyed the first hour, but I still have AC:IV:Pirates:! (my personal title for it) to finish.

    • Raging Bear says:

      I downloaded Dragon’s Dogma. Oh, the rage. I don’t think I’ve ever spent the first two hours of a game being consistently one-shotted by the first enemies I encounter.

      It’s a shame, too, because I get the impression it could be the type of game I would really like, if not for the simple fact that I hate it so much.

      • dreadguacamole says:

        Huh, that’s a shame. I love Dragon’s Dogma to pieces. I am exactly in the situation with Metal Gear Revengeance, though -Looks like something I should like, but I just can’t crack it.

        • Raging Bear says:

          I’ll give it another try or two before I rage-delete it. Maybe I’ll restart as a knight, since it looks like that’s the only class that can actually block at all (unless I’m missing something), which could only help.

          • Enkidum says:

            You’ve gotta be missing something – I mean I’ve never played it, but I’ve seen a bunch of reviews and gameplay videos and no one’s ever mentioned anything like that.

            Maybe it’s one of those games where blocking just isn’t that useful?

          • Raging Bear says:

            It seems like I must be, right? I stared at the control layout for a good long while, though. The prologue has you playing as a knight, who blocks with the alternate equipment button; for a knight, that’s the shield, but for my rogue, it’s the bow.

          • Drinking_with_Skeletons says:

            I’ve only ever played as a mage, and it’s pretty easy to blast through goblins and even tackle that damned well relatively early on.

          • Raging Bear says:

            Dang. Maybe I just started with the worst possible class.

          • Drinking_with_Skeletons says:

            I’m not really a big fan of the game, but mages are suh-weet if you stick with them. The firewall equivalent never stops being fun.

          • Harrowing says:

            Did you start as a Strider?

            I’m not sure what vocation rank you get it, but you can unlock a dodge roll ability under your Core Skills at any inn. Then by holding R1 and pressing X, you can do an action roll like in a lot of action-RPGs and dodge attacks. Makes a huge difference. And one of the advanced vocations, Assassin, gets block/parry abilities with the daggers that make it shockingly easy to avoid damage.

            Early game DD is pretty punishing, though.

      • Harrowing says:

        Are they bandits? Bandits are hardcore in Dragon’s Dogma. DD has a pretty strange difficulty curve, as much as I adore it. It’s hard as hell early on and bandits will ruin you until you’re level 20 or so. After that, the game gets alarmingly easy thanks to the lack of level scaling, all the way until the post-game content, at which point it goes back to being punishingly hard (but now you have the variety of skills and equipment to deal with it).

        Or did you pick Hard Mode? Hard Mode does nothing but double the damage enemies do and the stamina consumption of your skills, and really shouldn’t be picked for a first playthrough.

        • Raging Bear says:

          They were bandits, but only the knight-esque bandits at that. Other bandits, and goblins and wolves, I’m totally fine with. Then they do that thrust attack, and that’s that. And I did start as a strider (which I misremembered as ‘rogue’). Definitely didn’t start on hard mode, though, and just refusing to switch to easy (as it offers every time you die) out of pure bloody-mindedness.

          I’ve ranked up a few times, so I might check to see if the dodge is available. More likely, I’ll just restart as a different class.

          • Harrowing says:

            The dodge is pretty amazing, if it’s available. And the sword/shield bandits are absolutely the worst ones. They’re practically mini-bosses at that stage no matter what class you are.

          • Raging Bear says:

            Good to know. I’ll fight the urge to give up.

    • Harrowing says:

      Definitely try out Dragon’s Dogma. I actually bought Dark Arisen at full price a couple of weeks ago and even though I could get it for free now, I don’t regret it at all. I really fell in love with it.

      The story’s a bit strange, in that I think it’s remarkably boring and standard all the way until the post-game, at which point it goes batshit crazy and is awesome. And the story for the Dark Arisen expansion content is surprisingly emotional and atmospheric; Dark Arisen takes everything that Dragon’s Dogma does well and polishes it until it shines. Absolutely excellent game.

  7. caspiancomic says:

    It’s time for a Pokemon Thread my beauties!

    I’ve done it- I’ve beat Pokemon Y. Overall: loved it. Post game is a little thin, but there are still a lot of experiences to be had and mysteries to solve. Plus, I adored the main quest, so it was all totally worth it. Final team: Greninja, Avalugg, Hawlucha, Raichu, Vileplume, and Cubone. I had a Sigilyph and a Drifblim in the wings just in case, but in the end I was able to succeed my first time out with the team I chose. I’ve scooped two of the bonus legendaries already, and working on the third now.

    Also, since it’s post game content time, I thought I would post a round-up of everybody’s Friend Safari results. The way the Friend Safari works is that after you’ve cleared the Elite Four and all that, you unlock Kiloude City, which has a special twist on the standard safari model. Every person in your DS friends list has their own type and offers two Pokemon for you to catch, with a third unlocking if that person has themselves cleared the Elite Four. These mons have a lot of meta game potential apparently, because something something perfect IVs, increased chance of Hidden Abilities, blah blah blah I don’t understand the meta game at all, but if you’re into that sort of thing it’s worth sticking your head it. What I think is neat about it is that you can catch mons in the Friend Safari that don’t normally appear in the game. Since there’s no way to tell what your own type is or which mons appear in your own Safari, I’ve made up a list of the folks on my friend list and what the contents of their Safaris are. Note that I’ve totally forgotten which Disqus account goes to which DS account, so I’m going to be posting these by DS usernames rather than Disqus handles. Feel free to chime in with which username is yours and I’ll update the list.

    Gameological Friend Safari

    Jack (Jackbert): Fighting– Meditite, Throh*
    Me: (note ME me, somebody’s user name is “Me”) Fairy– Dedenne, Mawile
    Sky: Rock– Dwebble, Corsola, Shuckle
    matt: Dragon– Gabite, Noibat
    Popkin: Water– Panpour, Floatzel, Frogadier
    HD: Fairy– Kirlia, Swirlix**
    Kai: Steel– Magneton, Forretress***
    kevin: Fairy– Dedenne, Mawile, Floette
    Khamson: Ghost– Shuppet, Phantump
    Matt: Dark– Vullaby***, Crawdaunt
    Darren: Fighting– Meditite, Pancham
    John: Psychic– Grumpig, Espurr
    Ol’ Satan: Fire– Pansear, Pyroar
    cnditionals: Ground– Trapinch, Nincada
    mariano: Electric– Emolga, Stunfisk
    YO607: Rock– Dwebble, Onix

    *Normally exclusive to Y
    **Normally exclusive to X
    ***Normally unavailable in Gen VI

    If anybody has checked what my Friend Safari looks like, I’ll add myself to the list (my DS handle is Patrick.) Special thanks to HD for helping me smuggle a Swirlix into Y, and to Khamson for giving me a sweet Shuppet to raise.

    • ProfFarnsworth says:

      My name is Khamson on my 3DS. I usually go by the Professor now. Also, if you still want a Machop, I’ve got 2 I’m willing to trade.

      • caspiancomic says:

        Oh snap! Thanks for the Shuppet, man.

      • ZTO says:

        I kind of need to get you added to my friends list. I really want a Phantump with the hidden ability Harvest. It has the potential to be a fantastically annoying stall pokemon. I will update when with my FC when I get a chance.

        • ProfFarnsworth says:

          Sure, my friend code is: 3754-6751-4406.

        • Drinking_with_Skeletons says:

          For anyone who wants to add me and hasn’t already, my code is 1779-0321-2092. I’m Darren in the list above; I’ve beaten the Elite Four so if you are online while I am you’ll also get a 3rd Fighting type in the Safari.

    • ocelotfox says:

      Gotta thank Matt for the Gabite and Noibat (I’ve bred the perfect IV, EV, Nature Noivern and Garchomp thanks to that) and Popkin for the Frogadier (giving me two perfect IV, EV, Nature Greninjas, one with Protean, one without). Needless to say, thanks to everybody else too!

    • ooh ok! mine is fire and has a Braixen in it

    • Jackbert says:

      I don’t know if my Pokemon is good, but you’re welcome anyway! Jumping up here because I’m posting late, but I finished Gone Home, loved it, and probably won’t be playing anything this weekend because Hotline Miami doesn’t have cloud saves.

    • NakedSnake says:

      I’m glad that the game was able to figure out that Ol’ Satan would indeed have an affinity for fire.

    • Drinking_with_Skeletons says:

      I’m currently working on making a team of all Fossils. They’ll suck against water but I don’t care, it’s cool.

      Love that they have a pretty good range and they aren’t all dinosaurs. Armaldo kicks ass, and he one-shots those Mega Gengars that I guess people online think are pretty good.

      Any tips on Fossils is appreciated.

      • ZTO says:

        Fossils, by and large, suck. They’re totally cool, but they’re just too slow a lot of the time. Which is why they’re super fun to use in trick room teams. Trick room makes it so the slowest pokemon goes first. All of a sudden those stupid slow dinosaurs are terrifying dinosaurs with jetpacks and superspeed.
        You can also use omastar and Kobutops in a rain team as they both have swift swim. I think Armaldo can be used in rain as well with his hidden ability.
        And then there’s Rampardos. 165 base attack of pure terror. Set up trick room, switch this guy in, and watch as nearly everything except the absolute bulkiest stallers get head smashed into oblivion.

        • Drinking_with_Skeletons says:

          I should try to setup Trick Room with Aurorus. He sucks so bad because of his weaknesses, but his stats are good and his moves are sweet.

          And Armaldo has been absolutely great. He’s got a very nasty Attack stat and a good moveset; Rock Polish on turn 1 usually gives him the speed to go toe-to-toe with all sorts of guys. I’ve yet to have an opponent have a Mega Gengar survive for more than a turn (which I’m going to assume comes as a shock to them).

          Of course, I’m very far from top-level play and have no real desire to get that far.

          • ZTO says:

            Armaldo is probably one of the better fossils, save the rain-team kobutops/omastar. I think my friend uses one on his sandstorm team, the Ginyu Force. All rock types get +50% special defense from sandstorm, which makes him very bulky. I could see you making a working fossil team with an Aerodactyl (possibly mega) suicide lead and a sand setter or a Tyranitar to come in and set with Sand Stream. You’ll be pretty well guaranteed to get wiped by belly drum + water jet Azumarill or and strong fighting type with Mach punch, like Conkuldurr, but it should be a fun theme-team to run. You can even steal my secret plan to make a trick room setting Carbink named MichaelBay with a normal gem, stealth rock, trick room, power gem, and explosion!

          • Drinking_with_Skeletons says:

            I doubt that I’ll do much with the Fossils competitively; Armaldo has held a prime spot on my team for a while now, though.

            For actual competition (random single ranked), my go-to team so far has been Armaldo, Greninja, and Aegislash. I haven’t had amazing success, but it’s fun.

            Oh, does anyone know about that weird line in Sycamore’s lab where the kid says there are pokemon you need a washer and dryer to study? I bring it up because I fought a Japanese player who had what looked like a sentient washing machine on her team.

          • ZTO says:

            That’s Rotom. Not 100% sure how you get him in this game, but I think I read you need to check out the garbage cans in the lost hotel on Tuesdays or something. He’s a little electric dude that takes the type of things you interactive with. He always keeps the electric type, but he can be a stove, lawnmover, fan, washing machine, and refrigerator, which give him a second type of fire, grass, flying, water, and ice respectively. The electric/water washing machine is really, really good.

          • Drinking_with_Skeletons says:

            I imagine so; it’d be weak to grass and nothing else, wouldn’t it?

            Actually, I could use a good electric or grass type. I finally got a mareep a couple of days ago, but I’ve really got nothing right now to deal with pure Water types. I guess I need to dust off my Chestnaught or hope that Lileep turns out a lot better than I think it will.

          • ZTO says:

            Grass and technically ground, but he’s got levitate. There just aren’t that may electric types so Rotom ends making 3 or so unique types.

            Chetsnaught is kind of strange. I have’t quite figured out a good way to use him, especially since I don’t have one with a hidden ability. Best set I’ve seen so far has been taunt/hammer arm/spiky guard/leech seed, but I don’t think that will work for what you need.

            As for a grass type, I’ve had some good luck with Gogoat. He’s exceptionally bulky and can stall for absurd ammounts of time by spamming bulk up/hornleech/milk drink.

          • Drinking_with_Skeletons says:

            Water doesn’t cancel ground? That’s why I’m always confused about typing; the offense and defense don’t always match.

            There are actually a lot of Grass-types that I kind of like the look of, so I really just need to experiment. I’ve got a flying banana tree/dinosaur thing that’s pretty appealing.

            I also need to get back to training my beartic. I like Ice types for some reason, despite how they’re kind of crappy, and I want to see what I can do with him. Mostly because his starting form was both adorable and disgusting.

          • ZTO says:

            Cubchoo! Aww, I always feel so bad for flattening Cubchoos.

            Ice is a super offensive type, so I wouldn’t call it bad. Only problem is that most special attacking water types get Ice beam which is usually more than enough for the things that ice checks. Complicating this further is Protean Greninja who IS an ice type, but only when he wants to be. Thick Fat Mamoswine is a beast, though.

            That said, Beartic is mad cool and you should totally make one because he’s a freakin’ polar bear with an ice beard.

          • Drinking_with_Skeletons says:

            Swirlix (I think) are the ones I feel kind of bad about. I just comfort myself with the fact that they’re clearly tripping balls at all time and probably don’t feel a thing.

            EDIT: I also bred a Beartic without having known about the existence of cubchoo beforehand. Needless to say, I had a delightful surprise. I also love the disgusting Pokedex description and the truly vile pokemon amie interaction.

          • ocelotfox says:

            Rotom’s found wild in garbage cans in the Lost Hotel. Got one at Lv. 38, I believe.

          • ZTO says:

            Good to know. I try to stay away from actually GOOD pokemon, but it’s hard to resist a washing machine that appears to be grabbing a long tube, set about groin height, and shooting Hydro Pumps at the enemy. Too bad he doesn’t have Gunk shot really.

          • ProfFarnsworth says:

            I love Aurorus, just due to the fact that an Ice dinosaur is freaking awesome. Also, she (mine is a girl) looks pretty with the fans on the head.

          • Drinking_with_Skeletons says:

            Oh, I love it too, especially since it’s based on a real sauropod (amargasaurus). It’s awesome in single-player, but good luck achieving anything online.

          • ProfFarnsworth says:

            I hate people online. They usually are infinitely better than me, and so I just stick to single player stuff.

  8. ocelotfox says:

    On the road in Florida tracking down a job, so I’ve got the trusty old iPhone and 3DS to keep me company. Finally finishing Fire Emblem: Awakening after faffing about for too long fighting Risen and matchmaking, and after that, I’ll probably get into Rayman: Fiesta Run, because I’m having a love affair with Ubi Art’s productions right now and I don’t care who knows.

  9. The_Helmaroc_King says:

    As a fan of both Mega Man X and pantslessness, I approve of this WAYPTW.

    I’ll be playing more Lollipop Chainsaw, like, oh-em-gee?

    The game’s okay, but far from stellar. I’ve had some annoyances, like the camera being wonky at times, but the combat just doesn’t seem to have a solid flow yet.

    As for the presentation, I’m starting to wonder if the internet has inoculated me against sex in general, but it doesn’t seem as over-sexed as it might’ve been? Then again, when I think of over-sexed games, I think of Bayonetta, which was an extreme case (even for video games).

    • duwease says:

      I was hoping someone wouldn’t bring up Bayonetta in a conversation about playing games without pants..

  10. Aurora Boreanaz says:

    I will be playing take care of my daughter while my wife’s knee heals from a possibly torn tendon. IF/when I have free time, it will be spent either on Terraria (I WILL finish my new castle someday), Arkham City (yay Humble Bundle with GOTY PC version) and/or Dark Souls for the Game Revue Club.

    • Electric Dragon says:

      Ouch. Best wishes and get well soon to your wife!

    • snazzlenuts says:

      Boo-urns about the knee, man!

    • ProfFarnsworth says:

      Having an injured spouse/significant other stinks. It just gets infinitely worse when you have a child as well. Wishing your wife a speedy recovery and some free time for you!

      • Aurora Boreanaz says:

        Thank you all for the well wishes. Fortunately it’s not a serious injury yet, she just has to be careful not to make it worse while she medicates and does some physical therapy for a few weeks.

  11. rvb1023 says:

    Beat Pokemon X minutes ago and will be beating The Cat Lady sometime this weekend. I would like to test some more Dragon’s Dogma but I fear for my PS3’s disc drives safety. It sounds really mad at me.

  12. Nudeviking says:

    Some kind of Zelda and debating whether or not I want to buy a 3DS of some sort for Pokemon. I’ve heard that the 3DS and the 3DS that’s 2D and looks like an axe blade are region coded. Anyway I have a bunch of original recipe DS games. 50% or so are American. The other 50% or so are Korean (plus one or two Japanese games). Anyway I’m not sure if those games are affected by the region coding of the later systems or if they’re all okay and only the 3DS games are region specific. Anyone know?

  13. Citric says:

    If the weather holds, possibly nothing, possibly board games, since I won’t be home.

    If the weather does not hold, Pokemon Y and the Last of Us. Pokemon I’m glad I’m playing but I’m also not quite as enamored with as some people – which could explain why I bought it near launch but only have three badges. Last of Us is really cool, but I’m really not far in – finally popped it in after stealing it from my nephew.

  14. SirExal says:

    I’ve been playing a few games on an online Genesis emulator, most predominantly clever platformer El Viento. I’ll probably make a push to beat it this weekend.

    It truly astounds me how difficult the Genesis games are–I’ve had to use emulator save files to get as far as I have, not to mention a walkthrough to beat the first boss. On some games–f’r example, sidescrolling anime shooter Trouble Shooter–I can’t get past the first level. Imagine playing Bioshock Infinite under 1993 rules–you get three lives to beat the game, and have to either find more lives or use continues, and if you don’t, right back to the beginning of the game, bitch.

    It sorta makes it clear why video games of the era were solely the arena of the young–kids were the only ones with the copious free time needed to try repeatedly and beat this crap!

    • SamPlays says:

      If they’re available, you really need to try Gunstar Heroes and the two Vectorman titles. Gunstar is probably one of the best Contra-style shooters ever made – great graphics and effects, super hard and the bosses are a lot of fun (not to mention HUGE). If Contra can be equated to a meat-and-potatoes aesthetic, Gunstar Heroes is like coq au vin with gratin dauphinois and tarte tatin. I know we’re supposed to put Contra on the pedestal but Gunstar is a straight-up better, more innovative game in every conceivable way except… be prepared for a lackluster ending. The Vectorman games were some of the last AAA titles developed for the Genesis but they’re well worth trying out – again, they’re pretty difficult but the controls are tight and the graphics were pretty stellar. But your point is a good one – I don’t know if I’d have the patience to replay games in order to gain “mastery” of them. I bought Contra: Shattered Soldier for PS3 partly out of nostalgia and I barely got past one level. As you say, it follows those “1993 rules” and I’m getting too old for that shit!

    • aklab says:

      Totally. Nowadays if I go back and play games that I know I beat multiple times in my dumb youth, I can’t get anywhere without liberal use of save states. Although maybe it’s my old age and poor reflexes at this point.

    • NakedSnake says:

      Nice. At some point, I’m going to have go back to my Genesis emulator and beat the three unfinished games I have for that Phantasy Star III, Ranger X, and Buck Rodgers: Countdown to Doomsday. They’re all great, but the Buck Rodgers game is particularly awesome and deserves to be played.

  15. Newton Gimmick says:

    Halifax’s annual nerd convention is this weekend, so I’ll get to sample some tabletop games. They had a dedicated pinball room last year, apparently, so that’s a possibility as well.

    On the home front, I’ve been playing Dragon Age again. I’m a pretty major dick on this play-through (Zevran, Leiliana, and Wynne are all dead). It’s been fun.

  16. alrighthearthis says:

    I’m going to finish up The Wind Waker HD this weekend. I have all the Triforce pieces collected so it’s time to head back to Hyrule.

    I also bought Sonic: Lost World purely for curiosity for roughly $20 thanks to a coupon and will give that some more attention once Wind Waker HD is laid to rest. I’ve only played through the first zone so far and am quite perplexed but intrigued by the choices Sonic Team made.

    • Drinking_with_Skeletons says:

      I kind of wish I had a Wii U for Wind Waker. Played the GC version on the Wii years ago and got all the way to the Triforce section, did some mental math on how long it was going to take to get the money to pay off Tingle to translate or whatever the maps, and said “Fuck it.”

      • alrighthearthis says:

        This time around you pay Tingle for three maps which still left me with roughly 3000 rupees. The rest are on an map that he gives you that makes all but the one on the ghost ship easy to track down. I had a lot more fun with the game this time around aside from the Earth Temple being a headache due to Medli’s AI.

  17. Girard says:

    It’s probably a bad idea that the seed of MegaMan weekend was planted in my head. I have, like, zero time, but now I kind of feel like I have to do this.

    • Destroy Him My Robots says:

      You say zero time, but maybe that just means… Zero time.

      I’m sorry.

    • NakedSnake says:

      I was pleased to discover that I’ve actually never played Mega Man 6 for the NES (or at least I don’t remember it), so I’m actually playing the DS emulated version right now. As usual, I curse the day that the charged up mega buster was developed, as the brrriiiiiiiii drowns out the music. I like the inclusion of off-kilter bosses like Samurai Man and Centaur Man. Unfortunately, it seems pretty clear that they’re otherwise out of ideas, if the level design is anything to go by. The levels seem to rely heavily on spikes/pits/insta-kill for their challenge. But MM is MM so it’s still fun.

      • Girard says:

        Late-period NES MegaMan gets a bad rap, but those games are as solid as all get-out, introduced some interestingly weird innovations (the Rush outfits in 6 are kinda cool), and still sported the series’s trademark amazing graphics and fantastic music. I too loved how weird Centaur Man was, and as a kid was super confused by the name of Yamato Man.

        If you’re in the mood for more NES MegaMan you haven’t yet played, might I recommend:

        Rockman 4 Minus Infinity: A completely thorough MM4 hack that tranforms it into a completely different game where the bosses have totally different attacks and AI (effectively, all new robot masters), you get totally different weapons, and there are all of these cool effects that totally push the limits of an NES ROM.

        MegaMan Unlimited: An insanely hard, but extremely faithful, NES-style MegaMan fan game with all new everything.

        • NakedSnake says:

          I have definitely identified Flame Man as the weak link. I like the fact that he’s an oil man. Adds an extra spark to the idea of kicking his ass. Tomahawk man also seems pretty weak. He’s next. Honestly right now now I’m thinking of replaying all 6 NES Mega Mans and all 5 GB Mega Mans.

          I bought the Mega Man Zero collection for DS, but for some reason I’m having trouble getting into it. I’m still on the first one, so maybe they get better over time? For some reason it doesn’t grab me the way the early stuff (including X) did. I’m hoping I’m not just a feeble victim of nostalgia.

          • Girard says:

            The Zero games are pretty good, but not as solid as the X and Original series, I think. There’s some shoehorned leveling mechanisms, and the games never seem to decide decisively whether they want to be Metroidvania or MegaMan games in their structure. I enjoyed them enough when I played them, but have never really felt the need to replay them.

            At some point I want to replay X5, which is one I kind of wrote off back when it first came out in high school, but which I think I could now appreciate more as a weird experiment in the series.

          • NakedSnake says:

            You know, I think it might be the semi-metroidvania that rubbed me the wrong way. I think that a real-deal metroidvania mega man would be fucking amazing, but the “return to base immediately” feel of Zero seemed weird. The walking around the base and talking to scientists felt like total filler. But the Zero games are still on the backlog, no doubt. Never played X5 or any of the PS Mega Mans. It looks like I’d have to emulate it, though.

          • Girard says:

            Speaking of fan games and Mega Man (X) metroidvanias, MegaMan X: Corrupted looks like it could be good fun someday.

            The PS MegaMans are…weird. X4 is pretty good, if not as tight as the SNES ones. X5 is weird and feels kind of off, had a lower budget so it has no cool FMVs, but it tries some weird experimental game design stuff that is kind of interesting. X6 was a cash-in made without Inafune’s involvement, and definitely feels that way. MegaMan 8 is kind of ugly and annoying, but has its moments… though I honestly think I prefer the SNES game kind of based on it, “Rockman & Forte.”

    • Merve says:

      You can always make time for MegaMan. You know that “sleep” thing you do every night? You don’t need it. ;)

    • Chibi-Robo: Park Patrol is one of the best “I’ve got ten minutes to kill, what will brighten my day” games.

  18. dreadguacamole says:

    Desktop Dungeons’ final version is finally out, so I’m diving back into it. It seems to be a lot harder than the last time I played it, making a lot of arcane tricks and unintuitive uses of your abilities.necessary a lot sooner than I remember. At this point, it feels to me like a hardcore puzzle game were chance and carelessness will frequently screw you up; in that respect, it feels a lot like a rogue-like.

    I also intend to make use of Steam’s recent You Don’t Know Jack madness to expose my friends to its loopy awesomeness. Looking forward to that.

    I’ll also be hurling myself against Dark Souls’ DLC bosses – Artorias is kicking my ass handily. I intended to play more of it for the revue, but it’s a game that I can only take in small doses, particularly when I run up to boss battles.

    Other than that, I’ll be eroding by backlog randomly, I think. All while fully clothed, thankyouverymuch.

    • duwease says:

      Glad to see someone else has been camped out for the Desktop Dungeons release too. What am I saying, this is Gameological.. of course there was!

      • Fyodor Douchetoevsky says:

        I stopped paying attention to it after I beat the beta version. Maybe I’ll check it out again now that it’s ~official~

    • Roswulf says:

      I’ve had the same Desktop Dungeons experience. The Hard Dungeons are kicking my ass, and the only god I’ve got a good grasp of is good ol’ Taurog. It’s clearly some combination of the designers nerfing the more obvious tricks (oh Crystal Ball, you were so ridiculous) and me forgetting how to play.

      Still a really interesting game.

  19. Smilner says:

    Playing more Arkham: Origins, and boy howdy is it harder than the previous two. I’m not a controller-thrower, but this game can test my patience sometimes. I suppose I’m still on sabbatical from GTA5 until my mess with PSN gets cleared up. I’ve got 180 million dollars locked on the stock for ZIT until then, so here’s hoping it doesn’t crash any further. I want that goddamned country club.

    As far as D&D4e goes, I think tonight is the night my party finally breaches the Scepter Tower. We shall gain the favor of the Lady Saharel and be recognized as the heroes we are! Huzzah!

    • Drinking_with_Skeletons says:

      Origins is a lot tougher than the other games. I can’t quite put my finger on it. Try using the quick gadgets more. They were pretty optional in City, but they really make a difference in Origins.

      • Smilner says:

        You’re absolutely right. Whenever I’m getting pummeled, I start flipping over baddies and laying explosive gel like I’m marking territory.

        • Drinking_with_Skeletons says:

          It gets a lot easier too once you get a certain item in the hotel.

          I think part of it too is that you can’t prioritize certain skills like you could before; a lot of useful moves, like the knife takedown, require you to complete a sidequest.

  20. Destroy Him My Robots says:

    I switched accounts on my PSP to take advantage of some PS+ stuff I had lying around and started Kenka Banchou Portable (which is just the PS2 game I think). I’ve only managed to play it for an hour, but it looks like something I should enjoy.

    I also got a brand new set of gear in Monster Hunter and finally upgraded my Charge Axe, so that’s gonna see some use as well.

  21. dmikester says:

    Assassin’s Creed 4, all the way. As I thought, once I got into the actual sailing the seas and pirating part of the game, it got terrific. I’ll be exploring the Caribbean, taking down forts, hunting whales and jaguars, boarding various ships for metal, and collecting every last random thing the game has to offer.

  22. DrFlimFlam says:

    I made a good Bell haul in Animal Crossing this week (was in for 60 stacks and sold at 258 bells per), so I’m putting a few more expansions in on the home. I was hoping to be done hoarding turnips, but the 258 haul was about half of what I had my sights set on. Still, now I’m just hoarding perfect cherries, so that whenever that becomes the item of the day I will just march in bags of them like it’s Miracle on 34th Street to finish up home rennovations.

    I still can’t believe no one in town wants a light house. That’s like the last thing I NEED to do.

    Also XCOM on iPad, but I mentioned that earlier.

  23. Catan, hopefully the first time using the multiplayer expansion, Domininion, Zombies!!! and Disc Golf.

    • boardgameguy says:

      Catan with multiplayer expansion makes for a longer game than the mechanic merits, in my opinion. Be wary. Or just play Cities and Knights instead.

      • DL says:

        I was thinking the same thing the last time I played Settlers with 5…it was pushing into “Monopoly” territory, as we were relieved someone finally won, which shouldn’t be the case with Catan. I’ll look into Cities and Knights

  24. stakkalee says:

    I’m so, so bored of GTA V so I think I’ll drop some scratch on Saints Row 4. Plus I have to break in a new work laptop this weekend, but the most fun thing I get to install on there is some medical billing software. Whee. I’m sure I’ll break down and install some games on it eventually, but for now there’s still a chance I’ll have to give it back, so it’s all work, no play.

  25. duwease says:

    Trying to finish up a 100% run of GTA V, but I think it’s glitched.. a bunch of side missions seem to just not appear. The story, by the way, seemed a bit aimless and a letdown compared to Red Dead and even GTA IV. I did like the three protagonist angle to the story, but the story itself never really reached a crescendo of any sort.

    Also continuing to play the beta of Hearthstone, which I am enjoying. Limited card pool so far, but that helps me get a handle on things I guess.

    But enough of that, time for the big story. DESKTOP DUNGEONS IS OUT!!! I’ve been waiting for this ever since becoming horribly addicted to the free version when it was on Sawbuck Gamer… 2? 3? Years ago. They made a professional release yesterday, with spiffy graphics, new classes, a kingdom mode.. just, all kinds of stuff. As a person who likes roguelikes and puzzles, a unique combination like this is absolute nirvana for me. I heartily endorse going to check out the free web-based version of the original and seeing if it’s for you.. since the gameplay is pretty original, you’ll have to play it to see.

    • Dikachu says:

      I enjoyed the story in GTA V pretty well, though parts of it were kind of patchy. I will say, though, some of the side quests could have used a lot more story. I kind of want to get 100% but doing all the required jumps and bridge flights and toxic waste collection just seems like a fucking colossal waste of time.

      I hope they release expansions soon, though, since I’m still not tired of driving around and exploring the place. Even with like 150+ hours in the game I’m STILL discovering new areas I’ve never seen all the time.

      • duwease says:

        I don’t mind the bridge flights, as they can be knocked out pretty quickly and are sort of fun in some unexplainable way. The jumps and toxic waste though.. f that. Like you said, maybe when the DLC comes out (or they fix whatever’s wrong with my missions not showing up at least). With a new story going on, it probably won’t be so bad to do a jump or two on the way to something else. My problem is, I was doing everything else but the jumps on the way to various missions, and now I’ve just got like 45 jumps sitting by themselves on the map, and doing all that in a row is just dull.

        • Carlton_Hungus says:

          The annoying thing about the jumps is they encourage reloading and other glitches that take you out of the gameplay experience.

          Often after a failed jump you’ve either wrecked the car/bike you tracked down to do the jump or you’re dead. So I found myself reloading a few times (a time-taking procedure) on the jumps that were annoyingly particular about landing.

          And even when you complete the jumps I’d pull the switch characters trick in order to instantly, magically repair my car.

          My big conundrum now is weighing whether I’m going to try for 70 gold medals on all the past missions, I think that would definitely be more fun than the collectibles.

          • duwease says:

            Normally I’m a big “try to get a good rating on missions” kinda guy, but the implementation in GTAV is awful. For one, most are time limits, which count cutscenes for some awful reason, so you won’t get them naturally the first playthrough unless you skip the story completely. Then there’s the fact that missions are often 20+ minutes, much of which is just driving from point to point. Using a checkpoint invalidates most medals. There’s no “restart mission” option, and exiting a mission and loading it back up can take upwards of 2-3 minutes.

            As much fun as experiencing the world of GTAV is, in many facets of actual game design they’re stuck in the early 2000’s.

            That said, I’m about 1 mission away from 70 gold medals, because I’m a sucker like that :) If you choose carefully, there’s close to 55-65 missions that don’t have all the problems I mentioned above to get gold.

          • Carlton_Hungus says:

            Yeah, I plan on picking and choosing my missions as carefully as possible, and getting the easy ones out of the way first. As much as I usually don’t mind the long drives I’m sure I’ll be hating them as I restart a mission for the nth time. I’m more worried/preemptively annoyed about the headshot requirement missions.

            As a glutton for punishment and a platinum trophy hound I’m sure I’ll be getting around to it eventually.

          • Dikachu says:

            Do the hobby gold medals count towards the 70? Cuz that might make it something worth trying for. Fuck the gold medals for the long-ass heists, though.

          • Carlton_Hungus says:

            I don’t think so, I think’s it’s just story line and some of the strangers & freaks missions. But for the heists you can knock out all the prep missions which do count.

        • Kyle O'Reilly says:

          In relation to the bridge goals, it’s fun to fly through tight spaces. Probably something Freudian but it’s still fun.

      • Kyle O'Reilly says:

        What I would like to see though it sounds dumb as I type it is a sort of Horde mode, where I can bunker up in a level and deal with wave after wave of infantry soldiers on foot as opposed to get to three stars and then get murdered by the goddam helicopter again because it alwasy just inches out of the way of my rocket.

      • toastedkatz says:

        I haven’t used online maps and have only found a tiny number of jumps in my wanderings — I think the city is just so detailed and the jumps aren’t as obvious as the huge polygon ramps stuck in the medians like they were in the old games.

        Is there some good method for finding these things? Do you use internet maps and custom waypoints?

        • Dikachu says:

          Yeah, I think you pretty much have to use online maps to find them, unless you have a whoooooole fucking lot of free time. Same with the spaceship parts, note scraps, and nuclear waste.

    • boardgameguy says:

      I played the heck out of the free version too after it was written up for Sawbuck Gamer. Derek Yu really is a clever developer. Will have to look into this new one you speak of..

    • CrabNaga says:

      Are you sure that the side missions you’re missing aren’t the Epsilon missions? You need to do something special to start those.

      • duwease says:

        Actually, one of them is the wandering-in-the-desert Epsilon mission. Digging around online, I think the others may pop up after I do some other things, but I have no idea how to make that one appear. Put on the robes again maybe? It’s been a couple of in-game months since I landed that damn plane for them.

        • Carlton_Hungus says:

          Go on line and fill out the Epsilon Society webpage’s survey with Michael, that’ll start the whole shebang.

    • Kyle O'Reilly says:

      The story was ten kinds of aimless. It was a textbook case of not having a clear villain or goal, so all it had to pull the story forward was character and they really didn’t have much too them. Franklin never got to really grow, Michael never really changed for his family they just took him back because fuck yoga, and Trevor lost all player sympathy when (spoiler obviously) he murdered that dude and his girlfirend in cold blood. That was a huge tone shift from that really jarred me out of the story. Going from “LOL Trevor whips his dick out” to “Innocent man is exploited and then murdered because of you” is pretty bad writing and it’s a shame because Red Dead was soooooo good in the story department.

      • a_scintillating_comment says:

        Yeah, GTA is a technical marvel, choked full of fun stuff to do, but gimme at least a passable story.

        Should be really interesting if they use the 2 or 3 character switch mechanic for the next Red Dead.

  26. snazzlenuts says:

    Even more Skyrim for me. Time to reunite Skyrim, Stormcloak style!

    • DrFlimFlam says:

      The soundtrack listening has made me want to get back in, so I should do that, but every time I turn on the 360 my FemShep run is the drive, and, well…

      • snazzlenuts says:

        I understand. I may dive back in to that game for the ump-tenth run. Or I may start in on XCOM Enemy Unknown. Haven’t played that one, yet, but have heard great things.

  27. doyourealize says:

    I’ll be taking my annual trip up to Portsmouth, Vermont with the wife. So I won’t be playing too many games, but I will be pantsless. Va-voom!
    When I am playing a game, it’ll be Guild Wars 2, and maybe some Dark Souls, as well as trying again on the Dark Souls 2 beta. I guess I can be pantsless if you want.

  28. Dikachu says:

    With Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus coming out next week, I think I might play through Crack in Time once again. It’ll probably only be my 12th time.

    It’s about goddamn time they’re coming out with a regular Ratchet game. Crack in Time was the last good one and it came out in 2009.

    • indy2003 says:

      Since you seem to be a fan of the series, let me ask you a question: I have All 4 One sitting on the PS3 (a free PS+ title), but I’ve heard some say that it’s only worth playing if you have somebody else playing alongside you. True, or should I go ahead and give the single-player experience a shot?

      • Dikachu says:

        I didn’t get very far in that game, mostly because it’s more a base-defense/CTF game than a Ratchet game. I haven’t tried playing it with someone else, though. The single-player is pretty boring (and a little too difficult for someone with my CTF experience). In fact, it’s the only Ratchet game that I don’t have 100% trophies in (I think I got to like 17% before giving up).

  29. indy2003 says:

    I have a rather full weekend so I may not get a chance to play too much, but I’m planning to keep chipping away at FFVII (just arrived at the Temple of the Ancients) and continuing a new one I’ve just started: Hotline Miami. Only two chapters in and I’m already hooked. Challenging and addictive, but I have a feeling that I haven’t really experienced the game’s true difficulty level yet…

    • Chum Joely says:

      Yeah, Hotline Miami gets pretty hard around chapters 4-6 (can’t remember the exact spot– it’s been a while), and then it mostly goes up from there, with a few brief dips in the difficulty curve. Are you playing on PC or on one of those newfangled console versions?

      In case you didn’t know: Definitely use the masks. They can make a big difference.

      • indy2003 says:

        I’m playing it on the PS3. Thanks for the heads up on the masks, too – I’ve only got three or four at the moment, but they seem to offer some valuable bonuses.

  30. Carlton_Hungus says:

    After my GTA Online hiatus to play Batman, it was nice to jump in after a few weeks and deal with no stability issues with a cool extra $500k in the bank.

    On Sunday I’ll be larping the Veteran’s Day 10k with my wife.

    Also when tensions run high over our television I’ve fired up the old SNES emulator and am three stars into Super Mario RPG.

  31. boardgameguy says:

    I hope to get some gaming in this weekend, although I played quite a bit this week which included Through the Ages, Dungeon Roll, Forbidden Island, and Lord of the Rings: LCG. However, I received a copy of Trains recently (think Dominion with a board and more ways to score points), so I’m hoping to get that on the table.

    As for computer games, I don’t know if I should next play Brutal Legend or Trine 2. Any suggestions?

    • Carlton_Hungus says:

      I’ve played Trine 2 and really enjoy it (haven’t played Brutal Legend, so this is a rather uninformed recommendation). One potential concern however may be that it’s a pretty short game. You can sit down and go through it all in 2-3 hours. But its graphics style is gorgeous, pretty interesting puzzles (although some can be sort of cheated by flying the wizard (which sounds like a sex act)), and simple but cute story telling.

      • boardgameguy says:

        Sounds like Trine 2 it will be. Thanks for making that easy. I often prefer shorter games since they tend not to overstay their welcome and seem like less of a commitment to start.

  32. PappyBojiggity says:

    I’ll be waist deep in Grim Dawn, from the makers of Titan Quest- early access and it’s amazing so far. Couple that with the Path of Exile and I’ve got a pretty nice weekend lined up!

    • Drinking_with_Skeletons says:

      How’s the leveling pace? I loved TQ back in the day, but I’ve been spoiled by Torchlight, Torchlight 2, and Diablo 3. Don’t know if I can go back to such a slow curve (especially since I’ll probably be playing solo and will thus more easily gimp myself if not given a lot of skill points).

      • PappyBojiggity says:

        I’ve invested 4 hours and built 2 lvl 7s and unlocked enough powers to keep me interested. I also enjoyed the Torchlights but Diablo left me yearning for the earlier days- both far easier to lvl and dominate from the get-go. I must admit I came to TQ way late but invested over 190 hours in the immortal throne so I’m over-joyed at anything that’s just like it- we should shred sometime.

    • Merve says:

      I just wanted to say that I haven’t seen you around here before, but I love your username.

      • PappyBojiggity says:

        Thanks, Merve! I’m a longtime lurker. I’d wish I could be more active but the depth of knowledge is often well above my level of comprehension and I don’t want to make a fool of myself.

        • Merve says:

          Feel free to jump in on any and all conversations! I like to think we’re welcoming to people with any level of experience in playing and/or discussing games.

        • Enkidum says:

          KILL THE NOOB!!!

          Nah you’ll do fine here. I don’t know what the hell I’m talking about, ever, and they at least pretend to be nice to me.

          Hadn’t heard of Grim Dawn but I just went to their website and those screenshots are beautiful. Think I’d better avoid it because ARPGs are like meth for me.

          Does it do anything to improve on the CLICK EVERYWHERE ALL THE TIMES AND OCCASIONALLY PRESS A BUTTON gameplay of Diablo? Because while I enjoy that when I’m doing it, after another 3 hour session or whatever I feel like I just ate two meals at McDonalds or something.

          • PappyBojiggity says:

            It’s much the same- click, spark, inhale but that’s just the kind of game I like. Slash and loot! Just realized that multi-player isn’t enabled yet so that kind of stinks but otherwise it’s keeping me clicking. That said- I think I pulled a muscle in my back playing for too long and may be on the IR for the afternoon- it’s a travesty.

  33. aklab says:

    *sigh* Disqus ate my original comment, which was the best comment I had ever written. It preemptively got all the likes and all the comment cats.

    In summary, Final Fantasy IX, Penumbra: Black Plague, and no more AssCreed II.

    • Newton Gimmick says:

      Number nine! Whereabouts are you?

      • aklab says:

        Disc 2, just got to the Black Mage Village. I’ve never played it before! I’ve played 1-8 and 10 multiple times, but 9 came out right when I started college and I had no Playstation access (complicated game-sharing scheme with my sister). I wish I had played it, you know, a decade ago, but it’s also incredibly awesome to be playing it for the first time now.

        • Newton Gimmick says:

          Chocobo Hot and Cold is probably my favourite mini-game in Final Fantasy history. It’s immensely satisfying.

          • aklab says:

            Yes! I’ve gone back and played it voluntarily quite a few times, which automatically puts it ahead of 90% of minigames. Still trying to get the hang of Tetra Master though.

          • Drinking_with_Skeletons says:

            I never liked Tetra Master much, but thankfully it isn’t necessary to unlock all the game’s good items and abilities (unlike friggin’ 8).

            But good God was Chocobo Hot and Cold addictive. You can get some awesome stuff really early if you are committed.

            How are you finding the characters? For years I thought some of them were dramatically better options than others, but I replayed it last year and realized that every character brings something great to the table, though it may not be obvious.

          • aklab says:

            I really love the fact that the characters are so different. In FFs 5-8 you can get by with pretty much any team. In most battles all you have to do is melee attack with each character and cure as needed (and you’ve taught Cure to all your characters so you don’t even have to plan turns around it).
            In 9, you actually have to use all your options in battle. It actually makes sense to defend and use magic in random battles, and it requires you to put together a balanced team. (Although, in disc 2, I haven’t had the option to choose my characters yet!)

          • Drinking_with_Skeletons says:

            You can’t drop Zidane until the final dungeon (BOO!) but you can do some cool stuff. Freya is a beast; her regen-all ability is great for keeping the team topped off (especially if everyone has a high Spirit value) and dragon crest is absurd, while Amarant can get an auto-revive+regen ability that basically negates the need for Phoenix Downs and Life spells.

            Quina is the one I’ve always had a hard time with.

          • aklab says:

            I always have a hard time with blue magic characters, so with Quina I forced myself to eat every enemy on the first encounter. It’s paid off pretty well — between Mighty Guard and White Wind for defense and Matra Magic/1000 Needles/ Frog Drop for offense, she/he/it’s basically my best-rounded character right now.

          • Drinking_with_Skeletons says:

            My beef is that it’s hard to get his/her best offensive spells (Twister and Earthquake) and, despite the difficulty in getting them and the fact they cover otherwise hard-to-deploy elements, they aren’t really as good as Vivi’s best spells or the better summons.

          • DrFlimFlam says:

            I much preferred Tetra master to the FFVIII card game. I’m not great at it, but I “get” it in a way Triple Triad never made sense.

  34. Cloks says:

    I’ll be playing Bam: A Ham Yum for the third time.

  35. DL says:

    There is a better than 50-50 chance I will buy a WiiU “Super Mario” Bundle this weekend, and might get Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director’s Cut to go with it.

    This means I will likely spend more time playing WiiU: Software Update – Progress Bar than anything. My wife will probably try some yoga on Wii Fit U when she can pull the GamePad out of my hands, and we’re both interested to see if WiiTV is any good.

    Whatever clothes I wear, they will be probably still be dusty from installing the WiiU into the entertainment center, and I’ll talk my wife into wearing her yoga pants, which would totally be worth giving up control of the GamePad. (I can always catch up on Kid Icarus: Uprising and Super Mario 3D Land).

    • Fyodor Douchetoevsky says:

      Ooh, how is Kid Icarus? Are they controls really that awful? Do you play the multiplayer on it? I think that might be the next game I pick up for my 3DS. That or Animal Crossing.

      • DL says:

        I’m left handed, so the controls on Kid Icarus: Uprising can be painful (both literally and figuratively), but the game is so beautiful, funny, engaging, and atmospheric, that I love just starting it up. The online multiplayer is good. I haven’t played in a few months, but when I did, I felt like I was put with similarly-skilled players, so I was at least competitive on occasion.

        Frankly, get it before Animal Crossing, but only if you love games, because it’s very much a gaming challenge. It rewards intense focus, repeat play-through of levels, memorization, and skill. You are constantly spending and even gambling the hearts you earn (very much like Kudos from Metropolis Street Racer/Project Gotham), and it tends to punish poor performance as well as under-achievement…it’s rather old-school in that respect, and makes you a better player for it.

        Note all of those descriptions are the exact opposite of Animal Crossing…but I have both, and really enjoy them both.

        • Fyodor Douchetoevsky says:

          Yeah Animal Crossing is as about laid back as games get. Kid Icarus sounds like a lot of fun to me, even though I’m still not quite sure exactly how it plays. I’ve been careful to not buy any 3DS games though unless I can get them for a good price, cause I’m still working my way through 3D Land, so it may be a bit, but Kid Icarus is officially up a spot from Animal Crossing on my list now.

  36. Call Me Carlos the Dwarf says:

    I’m playing some more Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura this weekend.


  37. Passe_Partout says:

    I have gotten around to playing Pokemon X and I’m really liking it. Oddly enough it’s because the battles aren’t really that tough. I’m having a fun time just catching all the Pokemon I can on each route and then messing around fighting people and making my monsters love me and stuff. I’m also running through my Steam library on my low-spec laptop and trying to clear off the dust from some of my underplayed games.

    If anyone wants to exchange Friend Codes feel free to leave it here. I know squat about natures and IV’s but I will spam my O-Powers and hopefully give you some cool Pokemon in Friend Safari.

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  38. Fluka says:

    I am always fully-clothed and showered when gaming. Trouserless computer time is reserved for writing important research papers and editing core components of our software framework.

    I’m traveling this weekend (high school reunion ohdeargod), but when I get home I’ll be playing more Dragon Age: Awakening. Which, unlike the main game, I have never played before. It’s a strange little beast. You can see some of the mechanics moving towards Dragon Age 2 (Stamina potions finally, and also more context-specific companion conversations). It moves super-quickly, and it’s incredibly generous about giving you lots of money and powerful unique armor and weapons. The writing’s a bit less polished than DA:O (hi there, maniacally laughing broodmother lady), but the companions are a good set. I can reconcile Anders’ completely different personality (bad jokes and “Hey laaaaaaadies!”) if I view him as in obvious denial about being his sullen bisexual terrorist self. Gonna be done soon, though, and then will need another game! (Spoilers: it’ll be Dragon Age 2.)

    • Drinking_with_Skeletons says:

      I liked that they had some moves in Awakenings that weren’t so finely balanced. In Origins it seemed like every move was crappy and weak and/or cost way too much mana for “balance.” I appreciate wanting me to think about positioning and buffs/debuffs, but damn guys. I’d like to occasionally fire something powerful off.

      • Enkidum says:

        Mage with area effect spells – basically you can kill just about any group of anything.

        • Drinking_with_Skeletons says:

          Yeah, but you’ve gotta be careful not to get your team caught in the blast and it was too easy to miss an enemy and have them tear your mage’s ass up. Maybe I just wasn’t good at the game. I do know that I thought archers sucked and two-handers weren’t much better.

          • Enkidum says:

            Oh yeah, that’s true. I basically paused it continuously and played it as a turn-based game giving explicit instructions to all team members, so Anders wouldn’t just run onto my oil field that I was about to spray with lightning.

            I always go mage-heavy, because fuck it I like being a superhero, and apparently DA:O is heavily mage-biased. So it was probably easier for me that way.

          • Drinking_with_Skeletons says:

            It also depends on the spell. I seem to remember there being spells that were just “fuck-you” worthless investments.

            In particular, trying to set Wynne up as a healer/buffer just results in someone who casts a few semi-useful spells and then has no mana to contribute anything for the rest of the encounter (including the healing that was the whole damn point of bringing her along).

          • Enkidum says:

            It’s been a couple of years since I played it, but as I recall my strategy was pretty much use my main character to begin each fight with oil followed by lightning (which combine into a field of fire), then get Morrigan to do something else awful, having arrow chick picking off whoever she could. Then as soon as the flames died down, send in Anders and have Morrigan and my character do single-person attacks for the rest of the time, with occasional buffs/healing.

            It would have been a completely different game if I played it without constant pausing, basically I made it so I could afford to play incredibly sloppily and lazily, because that’s how I roll, motherfucker.

          • Drinking_with_Skeletons says:

            I think I was just spoiled by Neverwinter Nights 2, which lets you buff everyone to hell and back and also has a setting with no friendly-fire.

    • Newton Gimmick says:

      I played Awakening before DA2, and I was so mad that Anders’ personality had grown so sullen. Ugh. Fuck Justice.

      • Drinking_with_Skeletons says:

        I like that they’re consistent with Justice. There’s no changing his nature and he will turn on you the second you actually go against his worldview. EDIT: Oh wait, you’re talking about that stuff from DA2! Almost entirely forgot about that; yeah, that was kind of shitty. It does make sense based off of my initial post, though; Justice is a rigid bastard.

      • Fluka says:

        Oh yeah. I always forget that Justice was to blame for that. I guess he made Anders lose the silly gold earring too.

  39. fieldafar says:

    Got the Director’s Cut of Deus Ex: Human Revolution for a mere $5, apparently since I already had the original game and DLC I can get it for cheap. So I’ll probably be playing that.

  40. signsofrain says:

    Going to be playing Typing of the Dead, and probably more GTA V Online. The stimulus package just dropped so I bought myself a condo and I’ve been souping up my Fusilade and doing some fun co-op missions with a buddy of mine. Hope to see some of you in the game. I’m on the GLOG crew, name’s uemtux.

    • NakedSnake says:

      I’ll be interested to hear how fun Typing actually is. I’m a big fan of the series, but I never played Typing of the Dead.

      • signsofrain says:

        I think it’s pretty fun. It’s basically house of the dead only instead of shooting the zombies you have to type the words that appear in front of them. The plot and dialog are total nonsense, and you’re either going to find it amusing or really annoying. I mean, even by House of the Dead standards the PC typing of the dead has terrible writing and dialog and no story. The graphics are pretty weak too, but hey, when typing kills zombies I’m on board! I always liked those typing games, like that one on Macs where the words are bombs and you’ve gotta type them to shoot them out of the sky. Oh, also, I consider myself a decent typist (I write code for a living) and even the normal difficulty is challenging, so that’s good!

        • NakedSnake says:

          The worse the dialogue is, the better. I’ve been looking to polish my typing skills recently. Maybe this is the thing.

  41. jakemckenzie says:

    I’m playing a lot of battlefield 4 with segiments of Typing of the Dead to break the tension.

  42. Brent Black says:

    Civilization V.


    • Drinking_with_Skeletons says:

      Man, I need to play more Civ V. The Shoshone are friggin’ awesome, and they’ve changed so many things with the last expansion and most recent patch.

    • Kyle O'Reilly says:

      Not even in the end game where it starts to get wicked boring because you’re just cycling through turns waiting for your second and third largest cities to hurry it up with the space parts before Germany gets all uppity and denounces you again?

      Out of curiosity what difficulty do you play on?

  43. Matt Gerardi says:

    I’ll probably spend some more time with Assassin’s Creed IV. I’m shocked by how much I’ve been enjoying it, see as how much I hated the last one. The biggest difference is the overall tone. ACIII is just so dour and angsty. It’s not a story or world that’s fun to be a part of. ACIV, on the other hand, is energetic and silly. It’s a hell of a lot more pleasant.

    • Carlton_Hungus says:

      So … tempting … must … resist. Wife already mad I bought Arkham Origins and GTAV in such close proximity.

      • Kyle O'Reilly says:

        Black Flag on Black Friday will definitely be cheap somewhere. be strong brother.

        • Carlton_Hungus says:

          My true goal is to hold out until early 2014 and (assuming I get a new job), pick that up when I get my shiny new PS4.

    • George_Liquor says:

      I’ve missed out on the whole AssCreed thing so far. Do you recommend starting with the first game, or can I jump in anywhere?

      • Matt Gerardi says:

        If you play any of them, I’d say go for AC2 and its follow-up, Brotherhood. You could probably skip the first one, Revelations, and AC3. If you end up hooked on the absolutely bonkers meta-narrative, it’s worth checking out the others, but they’re definitely not as good of games.

  44. Drinking_with_Skeletons says:

    More Pokemon X for me. I’m working on an all-Fossil team and plan on trying to do some more online battling if possible.

    Also playing Batman: Arkham Origins: Blackgate on my 3DS. It’s OK. It’s kind of fugly and the writing is a big drop from every other Arkham game (Catwoman is done pretty well, though). The controls take some getting used to and feel similar enough to the other titles’ control schemes to throw me off. This isn’t helped by the camera; you can only ever move left and right, but the 3D environments (and the 3DS’ actual 3D) make it seem like you should be able to move more freely in a lot of places. Total mishandling of Solomon Grundy though that I think contradicts his appearance in Arkham City.

    Also, there seems to be some Avengers-style teasing going on with these Arkham: Origins titles. I don’t know if this is something Rocksteady is working on or if it will be another B-team title.

    • Fyodor Douchetoevsky says:

      Dang, I was hoping that Batman game would turn out to be cool. I’d love to get a new Metroidstyle game for 3DS. Those Spiderman games on regular DS were surprisingly decent, the web-swinging in particular was a lot of fun, so I was hoping this would be similar.

  45. Kyle O'Reilly says:

    I’ll be playing Dark Souls with the Game Revue Club. you should join us because it’s much more lively this time. I am not sure if I’ll make it all the way because Dark Souls is such an amazing game to play through a first time that the second time, it loses a lot of the magic of discovery and the feeling of accomplishment. I’ll still probably play at least to Orn and Smaug because the gameplay is still rich with the tastes of yesteryear and pretty much near-perfect in all regards.

    I also finally got my new solid state drive for my laptop so I’ll be playing which of these Windows 7/8/8.1 bootleg iso files will accept any of my legitimate product keys. Wish me luck because I got a feeling that’ll be a difficult game in and of itself.

  46. a_scintillating_comment says:

    Secluded weekend away with my band, so no games. Looking forward to continuing my Dark Souls run with the Game Revue Club, and finishing up GTA V’s story next week. Still rocking a bit of Age of Empires 2 here and there as well.

  47. beema says:

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  48. His_Space_Holiness says:

    This week in Ferelden: As threatened, I started a new run through Dragon Age: Origins, literally years after I ragequit my first attempt. I’m playing on easy, as a mage, just to make the whole thing as painless as possible. I tried it with challenge, and it just frustrated me. This time, I’m just cruising. I’ve finished the Mage’s Circle and Redcliff quests, and am just bumming around Denerim picking up sidequests aplenty. My character is based on Dashiell Hammett’s Continental Op: gruff, crafty, and honorable, but not above a dirty trick here or there for the greater good. My primary party is Alistair, Leliana, and the dog. So I can pick the “good” option in most cases and not get shit from Morrigan or Sten about it. I also instantly regretted sparing Zhevran. He’s annoying. Oh well, he’ll betray me and I’ll get another chance to kill him, so no harm done.

    • ProfFarnsworth says:

      I liked playing on Easy. I usually play at the end of hard days and Easy always made playing enjoyable and fun. Playing as a mage doubly so, since I always missed with my spells. I also got really annoyed with Zevran. I don’t know why he is so WHINY.

      • Drinking_with_Skeletons says:

        I do not recall Zevran being whiny. I remember him as being more multifaceted than he originally comes across and generally pretty laid back.

    • Drinking_with_Skeletons says:

      One day I want to do a playthrough with Morrigan, Sten, and Shale as my party for the whole game. I did it once through Redcliffe and they were just absurdly bitchy about everything.

      • ProfFarnsworth says:

        Shale is such a fun character to see and hear all the little quips about. I really love hearing all Shale’s replies about the pigeons.

    • Sarapen says:

      But the dog doesn’t talk, you’re missing out on conversations.

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    I played through Megaman 2 three times. I played some Ni No Kuni (yeah, still not done with it. I have to play it in little bits here and there, and generally when I’m tired. I just hit a point where the difficulty scaled up tremendously. I went from easy boss battles to suddenly being wiped out by the stuff wandering around the world map. I had been grinding levels out for the fun of it, too, and now I feel like I have to to grind when I really just want to get to the end. I’m at the point where I think I might just read about the end and be done with it. I like it a lot, but it’s become a time sink).

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