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Weekend Spent: Sept. 22-23 - How are you spending the weekend?

Matt: I'm going to spend lots of time getting beaten over and over and over on the final stage of Tekken Tag Tournament 2. I'll probably do that until I start crying. Then I'll have a go on my new favourite Xbox Indie game - Qrth-phyl, which I'll play in a sort of Zen-induced comatose until the sun comes up. Then I'll ease myself back into consciousness by brushing up on my typing skills using Learn With Pokemon Typing Adventure on the DS (which arrived last week and comes with a Nintendo wireless keyboard). Then I'll go to bed.

Justin: Having now finished Resident Evil: Code Veronica again (which was ace) I'm now back onto Batman: Arkham City. I'll also be playing Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz on PS Vita. Nice to have something new to play on that. Oh, and I got an iPhone 5, so I'll be playing Squeak's Dreams through to make sure it runs OK on the new wider display.  

Darren: This weekend I'll be exploring the galaxy and torturing the neighbors. Right now indie space-sim FTL has me in its micromanagement grasp, and whether I'm opening the airlocks to suck the medbay fire out into space or rerouting power to the shields in order to fend off a barrage of missiles, I'm appreciating the change of pace in a game that, for once, isn't just about shooting guys in the way of the next checkpoint. I'm also getting acquainted with Rocksmith--it's finally getting released in Australia--and having never played an actual guitar in my life, I'm keen to see whether it can get me going in the realm of real music. Oh, and chances are I'll also dip into some more Tiny Tower, despite there being little to do beyond the occasional store restocking and admire my colour-coordinated floors, high-levelled employees, and my stockpile of over $260 million dollars. No, I don't have a problem. No, you're addicted. Shut up.

Sophia: Now that we aren’t having weekly updates for our Game Club, I am falling a bit behind with The Secret of Monkey Island. What I really mean is that I actually haven’t started. So I’ll be playing that one, and you should too! It’s one of my favorite games of all time, and I’ve played it so many times that I’ve lost count. It took me months to beat it the first time.

Sterling: It’s footy season. I’m dual-wielding both FIFA 13 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2013. Look for our FIFA review first thing Monday morning, and PES following the next day. My careers at Daniele De Rossi on both games are going swimmingly, and I haven’t gotten a red card yet, despite my numerous vicious tackles. I wish I could say that this is a temporary bout of footy fever, but really, this is just a fever pitch. Somewhere in all of this, I’m going to make time to watch the real thing this weekend, too.

Cooper: I’ll be diving deeper into the madness that is Faster Than Light (just as Darren is), and you can expect a review and some other fun with it next week. Besides that I’ll be playing a game that I can’t talk about, even though I want to talk about it.

Tom: Last weekend I successfully made a run for the Borderlands 2; har har, perhaps I should step away from this 100 punniest game titles feature. I’ve been hearing good things about this indie game FTL, a roguelike set in space, so I may see what that’s all about this weekend. Or I’ll just play more Borderlands 2--I have yet to take it online. 

Lorenzo: It’ll be a reviews weekend for me. I’ll be jumping back into Darksiders 2 for the Argul’s Tomb DLC, as well as trying to bash people’s heads in as I put a little more time into War of the Roses. What’s War of the Roses you ask? Well, check out our War of the Roses Quickplay video to watch us play a full half hour of the multiplayer beta. 

Henry: If you’ve been watching the many videos on the site this week, you’ll see that I’ve been playing a ton of games at Tokyo Game Show, from Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance to Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney. The show enters the public days this weekend, so if I’m able to brave the huge crowds, I’m going to try to play some more Revengeance. And of course I’ll be clearing out my 3DS StreetPass Plaza over and over again to try and collect as many new Japanese Miis as I can.

Lucas: I’m jazzed about Demon’s Score, a crazy iOS title that’s like a rhythm game mixed with Infinity Blade mixed with an amazingly nonsensical story involving hellspawn and posessed teddy bears. So yeah, my goal is to 100% that game over the weekend. If I’m not too jetlagged after my return from Japan (Tokyo Game Show, how I loved thee), I’ll also work on getting my inept blood elf paladin up to snuff, in anticipation of the release of World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria.

48 comments

  • Tranquilbez34 - September 21, 2012 5:44 p.m.

    Going through a few games in the next couple of weeks because I'm on school holidays. Currently playing Deus Ex: Human Revolution, WWE'12, DJ Hero 2 etc.
  • Moondoggie1157 - September 21, 2012 5:56 p.m.

    Doing a Bayonetta run... Again. Probably chip away Arkham City as well, aww yeeeaa
  • avantguardian - September 21, 2012 6:54 p.m.

    what is it about arkham city that makes one have to "chip away" at it? i've had it for months, and can only seem to play it for a few hours at a time. it's weird, because everything about it should make it marathon-worthy, it just hasn't inspired me yet.
  • Moondoggie1157 - September 21, 2012 7:45 p.m.

    I feel the exact same way. I don't know what it is, I love the game to death, but there just isn't that hook that I have with some other games... And oddly enough, overall I don't like those games as much as Arkham, Weird.
  • BladedFalcon - September 22, 2012 8:14 a.m.

    It IS weird... because I didn't chip away at the game, I focused completely at it until I Platinum'd and cleared all the challenge rooms. I think it was mainly that I simply love the combat system and the stealth, and the challenge rooms actually offered a more strict, but far more rewarding fun in completing them than even the standard missions. Then again... I never chip away at any gamer to be honest. I usually tend to focus on a single one until I do everything I want to do with it... and then I'll never touch it again for the most part XD
  • Moondoggie1157 - September 22, 2012 8:22 a.m.

    I'm not usually like this with games though, I mean I ran through Rayman Origins for the platinum, Bayonetta I play through at least 2 or 3 times a year, and I am constantly juggling different Pokemon versions, and I play all of those for days on end... Just Cause 2 is in the same boat as Arkham though, it's an amazingly fun game, but I can only do small doses at a time. I guess I need help :/
  • ParagonT - September 21, 2012 6:46 p.m.

    Probably going to burn away some Guild Wars 2 and finish my Typography project. One of the first weekends without out-of-class work, so I'll probably be social this go around and stay on campus this weekend. Other than that, probably hit a bar with a friend and watch anime. By the way, anyone have any good suggestions for some anime that's less "mainstream"? I need some true diamonds here, because I've watched a LOT.
  • Moondoggie1157 - September 21, 2012 7:53 p.m.

    Yea, same boat when it comes to the school work... I'll likely throw an hour or two into an iconography paper, but aside from that it's gaming like a maf'k. I wish I had some real diamond series to offer up, but I'm not too much of an authority when it comes to anime. I dig my Eureka 7, and the rest are usually just film... Paprika, Memories. If you haven't seen 13 Assassins, you should check it out, not an anime but still a wicked samurai story. But hey, it's always a safe bet to start a DBZ marathon haha.
  • ParagonT - September 21, 2012 8:36 p.m.

    Oh God... DBZ..... If I commit to any marathon of that, it's going to be Team Four Star's abridged series haha. I love DBZ, but it get's old after awhile. Definitely can tell that the series/franchise seemed to get stale after Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z: Vegeta through Frieza. I'll check out the Assassins film sometime tomorrow and see if I can find a site to watch it on, unless I need to purchase it.
  • Moondoggie1157 - September 21, 2012 9:04 p.m.

    It really does get old, I wish I could argue that one haha :P 13 Assassins is a great flick though, and when it comes to the fight sequences, it's unrivaled in my opinion. Think of the 45 minute Ben Hur chariot race, but replaced with katanas, blood, and Japanese melodrama... It's good shit.
  • BladedFalcon - September 22, 2012 8:19 a.m.

    Well... I don't know if they are still too mainstream for you, but I really loved Trigun And the Rurouni Kenshin Anime. (At least up until the Kyoto arc, which is amazing.) Aside from that... well, movie-wise, Princess Mononoke has always been and remains to be my favorite anime movie ever, and personally I never mind watching it again. And summer wars is a jolly good time as well.
  • Moondoggie1157 - September 22, 2012 8:55 a.m.

    Fuckin' eh, Falcon. Princess Mononoke is definitely on my top 10 films list
  • BladedFalcon - September 22, 2012 9:51 a.m.

    Yeah, honestly, I consider that film to be pretty much a masterpiece. ...And pretty much the only film I've seen with an environmentalist message that doesn't feel preachy, forced or tacky. Probably because for once it doesn't make the other side feel like merely one dimensional, greedy jerks.
  • ParagonT - September 22, 2012 10:36 a.m.

    Watched them all, not to say they are not good, just seen them a lot. My girlfriend is pretty much on a buying spree every birthday/holiday to get me all of Miyazaki's masterpieces XD. But thanks for the recommendations though. I'd say out of anime films, Lupin the Third:The Castle of Cagliostro would be one of my favorites.
  • BladedFalcon - September 22, 2012 11:13 a.m.

    Heh, fair enough, again, I was aware that pretty much all I mentioned was still very mainstream, but that's what stuck on my mind so far... OH! I just remembered one! I think those one is definitely more obscure, although the subject topic might initially turn you off: Slam Dunk. Yes, it's about Basketball, but first and foremost it's a comedy, and in that respect I found it to be absolutely hilarious XD And take into account that I actually kinda hate sports in general XD But that did nothing to diminish my enjoyment of the series. Though it's also kinda oldish and somewhat old budget, so the graphics aren't the sharpest or the most fluid, but i still think it's pretty well drawn and the animation does the job great most of the time.
  • ParagonT - September 22, 2012 11:31 a.m.

    I loved that anime! I love how he hits his head off the ground to "focus" in particular haha. Alongside with the delinquent hair style (have no idea what it's called, it's pretty funny through and through. The animation reminds me of GTO (Great Teacher Onizuka), very sketchy/overly detailed, but hilarious. I'm working on Black Butler II, but it's seriously not going anywhere with the plot =/.
  • BladedFalcon - September 22, 2012 11:34 a.m.

    Hahaha, yeah! that and I always liked how silly he acted around the "Fatty" coach XD And indeed, while i haven't watched GTO, The similarities in the animation are undeniable, wouldn't be surprised if they were animated by the same studio.
  • GR_SophiaTong - September 23, 2012 10:54 a.m.

    I like ponyo :D such a cute story.
  • ParagonT - September 24, 2012 5:59 a.m.

    I think Ponyo is a good movie as well, but so much different than Miyazaki's other films that he's recently directed. I think you gave me an idea to look at some of his earlier works. Thanks as well!
  • BladedFalcon - September 24, 2012 7:08 a.m.

    Yeah, Ponyo's pretty good ^^ I mean- Honestly I've yet to watch a Miyazaki film that I haven't enjoyed. Though I do remember not liking Spirited away nearly as much as the hype warranted... So I think that probably means I should watch it again. (I was probably like 13 when i first watched it.) as for his first works... I think the only one I've watched so far is "My friend Totoro" which is also a very good, cute an innocent story, but still pretty worthwhile to watch.

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