We never stop playing video games. That’s a fact. Even after we call it quits for the week we still look forward to getting home and continuing our digital conquests. It’s our life blood. So we thought it would be fun to share with everyone what our gaming intentions are for the weekend so you guys can get a sense of what we’re playing and enjoying on a weekly, non-formal basis. Yes, this concept isn’t new to the internet. But hey, we kind of want to join in on the fun. Can you blame us for that? So without further ado, here’s what we’re playing this weekend that will forfeit any semblance of rest…
Alex Keen: The weekend after PAX always sucks. After playing a ton of early release games, going back home is never the same. Instead of truly new and original experiences, you’re stuck either playing the same stuff over again or picking up a game that everyone has already completed. It’s definitely a major come down.
With that said, I will be playing Full House Poker on my Xbox for most of the weekend. Now that the game is in full release, I’ll be very jazzed to take on real players instead of a bunch of frigid game reviewers. This will be the first weekend for Texas Heat mode and I’m psyched to try it out with thousands of players.
Beyond that, I’d like to pick up Borderlands and Beyond Good and Evil HD for some more goodness. After my initial excitement for Beyond Good and Evil, I have been avoiding it like an awkward cousin in the super market. I know who she is but there really is no benefit for going over and saying hello. Know what I mean?
Mike White: I agree with Alex on this one. Even though it was my first PAX experience, I can’t help but yearn for the games we were teased with. I want another shot at healing the Taral V flashpoint in Star Wars: The Old Republic. I want to shoot more robots. I want to know what happens next in Portal 2.
My PC gaming will be little to none this weekend. I currently have a tower full of nice computer parts acting as an overgrown paperweight until my Windows 7 disc arrives. My old computer parts are arranged nicely in the cardboard box my new motherboard came in, and even though that computer actually runs, I don’t like to leave it on for too long. Something about heat and cardboard doesn’t sit well with me.
Instead, I’m sure to spend more time with Borderlands and Pokemon Black and White. My Rogue has some leveling to do and I’ve only seen about 40 of the 800 billion guns promised from that game. As for Pokemon, my character has been sitting in his hometown for well over a week since defeating the champion/elite four. I know there’s more pokeymans to catch, but the story after the elite four just isn’t as motivating.
Joey Davidson: Two things are happening this weekend: I’m getting drunk in Ocean City and I’m going to plunge deeper into the Dragon Age 2 storyline. Ethan Hawke is one hell of an early level mage, after 8 hours in, and those damn Templars can suck one.
I believe that I’ve been handed the reins for the Dragon Age 2 review for Crave, so that means I’ll need to play a lot more in order to bring my experience up to review-ready standards. So far, though… this game feels less robust than any other BioWare title I’ve played. It’s like they stripped the original Dragon Age down so much that they took a lot of the game’s life along the way.
It’s not bad, mind you. I’m enjoying what I’ve played so far. But this is the first time a BioWare game hasn’t completely wrapped me up. Time will tell.
Erik Norris: It’s all Homefront and Dragon Age 2 this weekend for me. While this past weekend’s PAX East was incredible, it really did a number of us being caught up with our reviews. Now I’m backlogged like crazy. I still have to wrap up the Homefront campaign, which I figure I’m almost done with. Then it’s on to multiplayer, which I hear is the highlight of the entire package. I’m really hoping that’s the case.
In regards to Dragon Age 2, sadly I haven’t been able to touch it since picking up the game on launch day. It’s one of my most anticipated titles of the year, so it kills me to see it acting as a paper weight these last two weeks. I come home at night, glance over at the unopened case and weep. But I’m crackin’ that bitch open this weekend and going balls deep into the adventures of Kirkwall’s champion, Hawke. I plan to slay many a dragon in the coming days.