The lights are on
The Super Bowl is on Sunday, and that means one editor might visit the virtual gridiron, while others keep chipping away at recently released titles like The Cave, Fire Emblem: Awakening, and Far Cry 3.
Jeff Marchiafava: Look, I’m going to get back to Far Cry 3 one of these days, so get off my back! However, in honor of the Super Bowl this weekend, I might just try playing one of those fancy Madden games I’ve heard so much about. I haven’t played a football game since NFL Blitz, so maybe this is the perfect time to pick up the old digital pigskin again. Don’t understand how playing NFL Blitz 15 years ago makes now the perfect time to try a Madden game? Don’t worry so much!
Ben Hanson: I'm traveling back home for the weekend so I'm not sure how much time I'll have to play games. I'm planning on sneaking my 3DS along to play some more Fire Emblem. I'm intimidated and scared of the game's complexity, but I feel compelled to stay current with Nintendo and Intelligent Systems. On top of that, I recently downloaded an adventure game for my iPhone called Lume with a unique art style that I hope to check out. Have a good weekend!
Jason Pfitzer: Heading to University of Wisconsin-Stout this weekend with some alumni to attend a 48-hour LAN party! I'll be getting home just in time to watch the Super Bowl – by myself.
Kyle Hilliard: I was going to keep plugging away at The Cave after getting all the bad endings for the characters and two of the good ones, but the Cloud ate my save file forcing me to start over. I lost all my cave paintings which made me lose all my momentum. Looks like I will just have to make due with some more Far Cry 3. I still need to start a Devil May Cry game, too. As far as non-video games go, I’ll be hanging out with Dan and his dad.
Kayla Herrera: After scrounging around for the week’s best mobile apps, I will be sure to put one of my discoveries, Badass, into frequent use. My boyfriend’s driving out from Houghton, Mich. for our anniversary, and we plan on playing some Split Second and Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing together. The overarching plan is to invest in Guild Wars 2 together at some point this weekend to take advantage of the new Living Story initiative, and participate in something long distance other than World of Warcraft and Team Fortress 2 (shake things up a bit) – although I can almost guarantee nothing will pull me away from Team Fortress 2 this weekend.
Kimberley Wallace: I have a confession: Although, Maniac Mansion is one of my favorite games, I can’t remember if I ever finished it. I remember my brothers and I getting really far (don’t worry; we took care of the hamster), but I can’t recall if I ever saw the ending. The uncertainty has been driving me crazy, especially because it stands as one of my favorite games. So, this weekend I’m on a quest to replay through the game, hoping my memory reconnects the dots and enlightens me if I ever really did beat the game way back when.
Louis Garcia: I have to put together a weekly newspaper this weekend, but if I can I’m going to squeeze in some more time with Far Cry 3. There’s nothing better than getting dive-bombed by a leopard when trying to scope out a pirate base. I may also sneak some time in with The Cave after hearing about it from Kyle Hilliard, and will try to watch some Battlestar Galactica after Matt Miller explained what it is to me. It should make for good viewing after playing soccer on Sunday.
Best Devil May Cry yet by far. Enslaved was amazing though; I don't know if Ninja Theory can top that (although it's heartening to see that, even though Andy Serkis was too busy with the Hobbit to help out with DmC, Alex Garland is still at Ninja Theory working on the scripts). But so far, DmC is doing nothing but cool stuff; the entire world of Limbo is one of the coolest ideas I've seen in forever. Every other game world seems so static and boring now.
Meanwhile, the combat is top notch; feels just as great as any other Devil May Cry. And the tone is the same, just refined and more professional. Dante is still punk rock as heck, and very - no pun intended - Devil May Care; seriously, if anyone still has a problem with the new look, they're just hopeless and stupid. It still FEELS like Devil May Cry; that's 100% clear to anyone who's LOOKED at it for 3 seconds. It just feels better and fresher and smarter. It's EXACTLY what the series needed after DmC4's big shakeup was a new hero who looked and acted exactly like Dante anyway :)
I hear sales for DmC are less than those of DMC4 in Japan and in the UK though. So far, anyway. I don't know what to think about that. But I hope Ninja Theory's game sells alright. It definitely deserves it. But I can understand people putting off buying it for awhile. Capcom (and any other publisher who dropped a big game in January - Namco, I'm looking at you with Ninokuni) is horrifically stupid for putting DmC so soon after Christmas. I really shouldn't have picked it up yet; I have at least 3 other Christmas games I have to play through still. Not to mention, there's absolutely no advertising for it. Not a single commercial or ad; very unusual for Capcom. Gamers SHOULD wait to pick it up though; I'm sure there are a ton of people making steady progress through their Xmas pile. It's just dumb to release a game in January...
Just picked up Far Cry 3 Friday. Loving it so far! It's like gta, but in the jungle. Should take up my weekend up until the Super Bowl.
Decided to replay through GOW 3 and even picked up an older game from GS, Brothers in Arms: Hells Highway. I've gotta say, for $10 its pretty good so far. I've always loved playing games that were from a consoles early years. It shows you how far devs have come and how high the bar can be raised.
Planetside 2 and maybe some League of Legends while waiting for Monday to hit so I can get my hands on Fire Emblem.