Weekend Playlist, 10/2/2009
James Fudge: I'm still playing Champions Online and enjoying my time on Monster Island where manimals, giant metallic robots and gargantuan apes with flaming fur are perfectly normal. I should have a copy of Risen by this weekend, so I'll be fooling around with that as well -- I'm not sure what to expect from this game after Piranha Bytes' last game (Gothic 3).
Gus Mastrapa: I'm going to Puerto Rico where exposure to videogames will be minimal.
When I was 15 or 16 I spent a summer there and felt totally disconnected from pop culture. I pretty much spent the entire time watching MTV and wishing I was friends with the kid a couple doors over who I could hear playing Super Mario Brothers 3.
I'm kind of sad to be leaving just as Crash Course for Left 4 Dead dropped. I hope my online friends don't get bored of the new campaign while I'm gone. I'll be taking my DS with me. So I'll be playing some more of that new Mario & Luigi game, re-approaching Final Fantasy Tactics A2 after my soul-crushing save game tragedy, and taking a look at James Patterson's Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion. Seriously. I'm curious to see if writing here can hold a candle to the Phoenix Wright games.
Jason McMaster: The Demon's Souls press servers are now offline, and my obsession takes a weeklong break as I await my release copy. In the meantime, I've been playing Dragon Quest IX (slowly but surely), Scribblenauts and Spyborgs. What a Nintendo-heavy weekend.
James, I love Gothic and Gothic II and wish Gothic 3 weren't so broken that it was unplayable. I'm pretty interested in Risen, so you must give us a full report!
Chris Buecheler: Probably taking the weekend off from gaming, more or less. I just launched a site for my free novel and I'm dedicating most of my time this week to trying to promote it. What's that, you say, I should shamelessly use this space to do so? Very well! Check out http://www.thebloodthatbonds.com/ and download the book. It's free and it's chock full o' sex, drugs, violence and vampires.
Ryan Kuo: The iPhone version of Canabalt has taken over my life. Can't stop running.
I might also check out the Kandinsky retrospective at the Guggenheim to try and figure out what I like more, Kandinsky or Killer 7. Stay tuned!
Evan Narcisse: Yesterday was a busy day, which had me at the launch party for gdgt, the new social technology site by the founders of Engadget; and then at Sony's launch party for the PSP Go. I scored the new version of the Sony portable so I'll probably be fiddling with the Go during the weekend to see what the experience feels like.
Earlier this week, I'd gotten a PS3 version of Katamari Forever sent to me. It reminded me of the last time I played a Katamari game, which was on the iPhone, for an article on series that have been ported to the Apple handhelds. The Katamari port was pretty janky. I can't really access my old warm fuzzy memories of Katamari anymore, so I might pop in Forever to see if it does the trick. And the DJ at the gdgt party played the Katamari theme song in totally un-ironic fashion. Synchronicity?
Finally, I got told that I'd be getting Uncharted 2 tomorrow by Sony reps at the party last night, so I'm hoping to sink my teeth into that. But I need to get the new Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes review done first.
John Teti: I am still not back home in New York yet, but I am stateside (Oklahoma) for my sister-in-law's wedding. I'm still playing GeoDefense Swarm on the iPhone, and I like it better than Fieldrunners -- it has a bit more lasting power thanks to its variety of maps.
I also, like Gus, have FF Tactics A2 packed so I can give it a fresh look. Thankfully I've never suffered a save-file disaster, but I now live in fear of just such a tragedy.
Elise Vogel: I'm still playing Fallout 3. I've fallen in love with the Wasteland.
And I (finally) picked up a copy of Arkham Asylum, so I'll be sneaking around in there a bit.
What's on your own playlist this weekend? Inquiring Game Trusters want to know. Leave a comment below.