Weekend Playlist, 9/4/2009
Ryan Kuo: I've sworn off Word Challenge for good, after having a few too many waking dreams of letter blocks rearranging themselves (F-I-E-R-G-A). So I'll be playing lots of Word Ace online. It's a spin on Texas Hold 'Em where your goal is to make words instead of hands. If anyone gets the game -- it's free -- and wants to play, my Friend Code is 55495.
Also hooked up my cans to my consoles, so I finally have no qualms about putting mildly disturbing games like The Dishwasher and Killer 7 on full blast.
Paul Semel: I had planned to spend the weekend replaying Mass Effect, until I heard it was a double-XP weekend for Gears of War 2. So now I'm planning on spending the weekend playing Mass Effect during the day and Gears of War 2 at night. Weird, huh?
Gus Mastrapa: I too am planning to re-approach Mass Effect. But the game will have to wait a week or two. This weekend I'll be at PAX touching fun, new stuff like Left 4 Dead 2. But I'm really looking forward to meeting up with the Source Dorks from Minnesota (faithful Crispy commenter w1ndst0rm will be there) and a good friend from Stanford. We've got a big honking suite and plan to play board games until our eyes pop out. I'll bring Final Fantasy Tactics A2 on the airplane with me and, if the next-day shipping gods are kind, I may have a copy of The Beatles: Rock Band to fire up if in one of those gaming rooms that PAX provides. Will be a cool way to make friends. [Editor's note: The next-day shipping gods did not smile on Gus.]
Chris Buecheler: I'm spending the next six days, more or less, in Syracuse, NY visiting my family. So I probably won't be playing many games. I might install Deus Ex on my laptop though, and give it a replay. There's also always NetHack!
When I return, it'll be back to finishing up the last few bits of the Fallout 3 in-box experience before moving on to Broken Steel and the other DLC. Also, the overwhelming praise for the new Batman game and for that Metroid-esque shooter whose name I forget have piqued my curiosity, so I'll probably check those out shortly.
William Abner: I am playing Guitar Hero 5, which so far absolutely sucks.
James Fudge: I'm playing through Champions Online for a review and a little City of Heroes for comparison. So far, so good -- the character-creation system is pretty impressive. I'm also at the end of my journey with Phantom Brave: We Meet Again, which is proving to be a better experience than I thought it was going to be on the Wii. Go figure.
Harold Goldberg: I expect I'll be playing way too much Beatles: Rock Band for my Crispy review. I'm not proud of it, but I eschewed a John Fogerty concert at the Seaport (real legend live) for six hours of the game the other day (cartoon-looking characters, not live, but in my living room). I started with drums and migrated to bass and guitar. And for two hours, I interviewed Minoru Arakawa, the first Nintendo of America president, for "The Game Changers" book. So I'll be adding his surprisingly candid take to the Nintendo chapters over the weekend.
Marc Saltzman: I, too, have been playing an insane amount of The Beatles: Rock Band on Xbox 360, and expect this weekend will be no different. Already submitted my review, but friends keep dropping over to play -- and hey, this bird can sing (sorry). I'm also playing Mini Ninjas for an upcoming review, Guitar Hero 5 and Dissidia Final Fantasy for PSP.
Jason McMaster: I'm playing around with Guitar Hero 5 for a review (why, in the name of God, would you put Kurt Cobain in this game?) and, well, still playing Arkham Asylum, this time for a second run on hard. Never far from me lately are my trusty DSi with Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor and the PSP with Persona -- Atlus has complete control over my handheld situation!
Evan Narcisse: It's going to be a relatively light but Japan-intensive weekend for me. I just got a copy of Muramasa: The Demon Blade and am excited to play it after having seen it a few times. I'll be alternating that with the final retail copy of Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny. So, lots of slash-based combat for me.
What's on your own playlist this weekend? Inquiring Game Trusters want to know. Leave a comment below.