Crispy Gamer

Weekend Playlist, 9/11/2009

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James Fudge: I now remember why I don't review MMOs. I'm stuck in Champions Online hell as I continue to grind through the game to get to a level acceptable enough to warrant writing a review. There's a lot to love about Champions Online, but I wish there was a rule that MMOs have to be reviewed one month after launch. That way, I don't have to experience the nerfing, posturing, complaining and technical difficulties associated with a freshly launched title.

I am also fiddling around with Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days and have finished playing Phantom Brave: We Meet Again. I have the new Need for Speed around here somewhere as well, but haven't cracked the plastic yet.

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William Abner: Beatles. NHL 10 for a Crispy review. And some more Beatles.

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Scott Jones: Still playing Muramasa: The Demon Blade and feeling sort of in love and annoyed by it simultaneously. But that's love though, right? Right?

Having reviewed The Beatles: Rock Band and Guitar Hero 5 recently, I'm back in love with music-related games. I forgot how much fun these damn things are. I'm drumming through about 10 songs a day in my apartment, trying to take my drumming skills to the next level. Yes, it's just as lame as it sounds. There's a nagging sense of loneliness that comes from drumming alone in my apartment. Beer helps make it go away. (Beer is your friend.) I now pronounce you beer and wife. You may kiss the beer.

Weirdly enough, I've suddenly been overcome with the urge to play through The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask this weekend. I have no idea why. It's my only weekend home for four weeks, so maybe I feel like I need a game project to work through.

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Troy Goodfellow: I'm playing Majesty 2 for review, and it's a bit of an odd experience -- as much nostalgia as novelty, more remake than sequel. I think I like it, though it can get very frustrating at all the wrong times.

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Jason McMaster: The Beatles: Rock Band, hopefully with Gus and Bill, but only if Bill can stop playing long enough to invite me. Also, to continue my sick Atlus streak, I've been playing a lot of Demon's Souls. Good Lord, what a punishing game. I really like it so far, but it's about as close to being punched in the face by a console as I've ever come. I'm going to have to make up excuses to cover my black eye. I walked into a door...

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Ryan Kuo: Scribblenauts all weekend for review. So far I've seen some very disturbing things in the game, like a baby dinosaur eating its mother's remains and Satan being hacked to death with a cleaver. The game in general is mystifying, and it seems to stumble upon meaning in spite of itself, if you take complete absurdity to be meaningful. Like life. There, that's the review.

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David Thomas: Try shooting god with a raygun. Now that's cynical.

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Chris Buecheler: I'm the only person in America who doesn't care in the slightest about The Beatles: Rock Band, so I won't be playing that. Instead, I'm going to be finishing up my replay of Fallout 3 and Broken Steel, at which time I will almost definitely turn to Shadow Complex and give it a shot.

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Paul Semel: My name is Paul Semel, and I don't like the Beatles.

Wow, it feels good to finally admit that.

ZEPPELIN RULES!!

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Scott Jones: CWB and Semel are Communists! PASS IT ON.

Seriously, I could give f***-all about the Beatles, but these songs are still ripping fun to play.

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Gus Mastrapa: I fully understand people who are resistant to the Beatles. Baby boomers have a nasty way of forcing their culture down our throats. But this game is great for the way it sets the bar for proper, respectful and imaginative band-based music games.

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Harold Goldberg: I'm still playing The Beatles: Rock Band, but with much less of a feeling of rapture. I've gotten 100 percent on over a dozen songs in Easy and Medium difficulty levels on guitar and bass, and I can't get 100 percent in Hard or Expert mode. I guess I'll try to get 100 percent on everything in Easy and then Medium. I heard anecdotally from a retailer that the game isn't selling as expected. I hope that's not true nationwide. In any case, this weekend, I'll be playing Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story.

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What's on your own playlist this weekend? Inquiring Game Trusters want to know. Leave a comment below.