What we’ve been playing: Week of 10/4/2011

Hey guys and welcome to games of the week! You know what to do (hit the jump and read it).

Stevie Grant- Writer of Top 10 Worst and Boss Attack:
I’ve been doing a lot of university work, which is why the intro and ending bits to this article will be major short. I did re-play Limbo however which is fun. Nothing Sega, sorry. Also I completed The Wily Wars which I’ll start writing about again this Saturday. So yeah that’s it.

Alexander Sargeant- Writer of Retro Reviews:
I played JOB INTERVIEW. Which was fun, until I wasn’t called back after they said they’d call at the end of the week. Did I miss an event flag? Do I have to complete another route before this one opens up? Who knows…

That aside, TALES OF SYMPHONIA because I haven’t played it since I was fifteen years old and I didn’t really know what Tales was then. Still great. Dynasty Warriors 7 too which is outstanding. Aside from the slightly iffy choice on how to handle the framerate (Jumps from 60/30 based on how much is on screen), all the gameplay changes are utterly interesting. I love the way the campaigns unfold now, and collecting hoards of weapons is a lot more compelling when you can equip them as soon as they pop into your inventory. There’s also a nice ‘7 Blades’ vibe in carrying around more weapons than you can wield.

And of course, Streets of Rage Remake, which is still fantastic. I have issues with how they handled the currecy mechanic, as you would think they’d give you some money as a consolation prize for not making it to the end, letting you unlock at least something to make the whole ordeal worth it. Even then though, every bit of content I unlock tends to be pretty damn substantial. Elle is beyond awesome.

Also every Cave shooter ever, because I seem to be collecting them, and DDP/Galuda II/Bug Panic are all on sale on iOS for a grand total of $11 together, which is RIDICULOUS VALUE BUY DOING NOW GO.

Josh Newey – Writer of With Great Power Comes Great Games and Underappreciated Gems:
I’ve been moving. And moving. And then moving. All damn week. Haven’t gotten internet yet so I’m writing this from a phone. Played a little bit of Typing of the Dead. And then I continued moving.

The End…?

No it’s not the end! Still got more to go Josh.

John Doherty- Writer of Take Cover:
I haven’t had any real gaming time this week. I think I played an hour or so of League of Legends, but that’s about it.

Who knew going to video game school would cut down on your video game playing time?

Tom Kyzivat- Artist and Podcast Co-host:
Blah, blah, blah. Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Blah, blah.

Alex Riggen- Editor in Chief and Podcast Host:
I’ve made it a goal to play all of the Steam games I’ve bought over the past couple years. I have so many unplayed games that I got for incredibly cheap that it seems time to finally catch up with my backlog. I started with FEAR 2 this week and loved it. It wasn’t as scary as the first game but there was a lot more variety and there were still some creepy moments. I wish I could say I was looking forward to the third game but the fact that its not being developed by Monolith scares me.

After finishing FEAR 2 I started up Alpha Prime but ran into some game ending bugs so I can’t say much about it. It seems you have to keep refilling your oxygen tank in the game but every oxygen tank filler machine I went up to exited the game. Thus, I gave up and instead started Cryostasis. It’s an FPS horror game with some similarities to Amnesia and Condemend. The entire game has a theme of ice and cold as you try to keep warm while fighting off crazy people in melee combat. It’s not incredibly scary but it’s a very unique game. I haven’t gotten very far in it yet.

Yeah sorry that this one this week is a little short. But you can help that by posting what you played in the comments! Yep! Do that please. See you next time!

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