Week: End Game: On 09.03.11

Have a look at what we are playing in our weekend round table! (Hint: Xenoblade still.)

By Lewis Hampson. Posted 09/03/2011 15:00 2 Comments     ShareThis

Have the lucky people who own Xenoblade Chronicles, been able to put anything else into their console, or dare I say, play another system altogether? Read on and find out because it’s time for this week’s Week: End Game: On!

Andy Hoover

I’ve finally gotten around to delving into Resident Evil: The Mercenaries and will continue playing on into the weekend. I know some folks complained about its rather shallow gameplay but I absolutely love the game. Back in the day I was a pro at the minigame in RE4 and now it is even better thanks to the solid 3D and portability factor. Oh, and who really care about there being only one save slot and no option to delete it? The game is all about the old school, arcade attitude to gaming when high scores were the crux of every great gaming experience.

Also on 3DS, I plan on booting up Devil Survivor: Overclocked. The original was an incredibly fun, challenging, inventive, and addicting game that I absolutely loved. Now that everything is just a little bit bigger and better, you can bet that I am pumped to delve back into its demon infested world.

Lastly, and having nothing to do with Nintendo, is Deus Ex: Human Revolution. While the long awaited sequel didn’t quite live up to the hype in my book, it is still a great game that stands out for your typical first person games thanks to an intriguing story and infatuating environments.

Lewis Hampson

My Wii has been neglected for quite some time now. I hope to rectify this sometime in the future with a copy of Xenoblade. Until then I will make do with Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Resistance 2, also I have just downloaded Tetris which is steadily eating away my time.

Katharine Byrne

Having just made the transition from being woefully unemployed to having a full-time job (hooray!), I’ve come to the sad conclusion that my gaming hours are probably going to be greatly diminished from now on. As my free time becomes an increasingly precious commodity, I’m going to have to plan my gaming schedule with a lot more care now than I have done in the past. That said, I’m very much looking forward to getting in some more Xenoblade Chronicles this weekend as well as a few more Professor Layton and the Curious Village puzzles, though I might save the latter more for my new daily commute up to London. Together with all my free 3DS Ambassador games that I’ve just downloaded, I’m hoping that my 3DS will make my hour-long train journeys a lot more palatable!

Bill Marcotte

I’ll be playing Punch Out Wii – now $20 – always wanted to try it but couldn’t justify the price Nintendo was asking. Might start playing Super Paper Mario Wii (also $20 – sensing a trend?) if I pull a muscle and also as a change of pace from GoW3 and Demon’s Souls.

Aaron Roberts

I’m excited because I’ve finally received Last Window. Yeah, it means I can’t play it on my 3DS, since I’m too lazy to actually import a foreign system and such (and of course it’s totally unnecessary since the DS Lite is region-free). It’s amazing how good Cing’s stuff still is, even though the development house was shuttered many a moon ago.

What is a little disturbing is when Kyle Hyde or one of his acquaintances accidentally spouts a painfully British piece of slang or vernacular. Since Hyde is clearly supposed to be American in every version of the game in any region, these are a little jarring. I can forgive spelling like “favour” and stuff, but when someone says his mother is “in hospital” or Hyde throws something in the “rubbish bin,” that might kind of breaks the fourth wall for this fat, stupid, Ranch dressing enthusiast. But at least I get to play it at all, right?

M. Noah Ward

After getting and falling in love with Monster Tale during my trip to PAX, I hope to get some more time with it this weekend. Who needs to finish Lock’s Quest after all? Well, maybe I’ll give it another try just on principle but Monster Tale is so much more enticing. And maybe I should get to that 999 since, out of nowhere, it’s getting a 3DS sequel!

Joshua Johnston

I could make up something about playing Madden 12 or Dora Saves the Snow Princess, but who am I kidding? I’ve still got 80 hours of Xenoblade Chronicles to complete. It’s not like Monolith’s magnum opus is some Halo title that can be beaten in a day. I’m 20+ hours in and at times I still feel like I’m scratching the surface.

Now it’s your turn, what are you playing this weekend? Let us know in the comments!

2 Responses to “Week: End Game: On 09.03.11”

  • 201 points
    NintendoDad says...

    Red Steel 2 (Wii): I always wanted to play this but when it received mix reviews at launch I cooled off on it. Recently I found it for $20 at Walmart and picked it up. Wow! This game is way better than I thought it would be. The sword fighting is a blast. This is the best use of motion control that I’ve played since Wii Sports. I’m about 4 hours in and am really enjoying it.

    Gargoyle’s Quest (VC): Although it’s an old black and white GB game, and tough, it’s also enjoyable. I love this GB VC since I never had a GB growing up.

    Super Mario Bros (VC): One of the ambassador games, I decided to tackle this one first since it’s short. I’ve played and beaten it dozens of times but figured I’d give it another play through. I’ve been trying to get through world 8, harder than I remember.

    Radiant Historia (DS): I’m around 47 hours in, close to the end but at a point where I have no idea what to do next. I’m going to have to consult gamefaqs to get back on track.

  • 258 points
    Joshua A. Johnston says...

    That’s a nice lineup there. Red Steel 2 is leaps and bounds better than the first, Gargoyle’s Quest is a deep (if at times steeply difficult) classic, and Radiant Historia is one of DS’s best epics. SMB, of course, needs no commentary.

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