The month of March 2013 rages on with its brutal release schedule. This week saw the launch of the latest in one of Sony’s biggest exclusive franchises, God of War. But with Tomb Raider and SimCity still occupying the VGW crew, will anyone step up to the plate to see the story that took place prior to the events of the first God of War game? Check out what the VGW staff is playing this weekend!
Brian Shea, Editor-in-Chief
Last night, I finally finished Tomb Raider, and I have to say that I absolutely adored it. It’s easily my favorite game of 2013 so far, and probably finds itself somewhere in my top 20 games of this generation. Because of this, however, I am without the game that I’ve been working on for the past week, so it’s back to the backlog until Gears of War: Judgment arrives on my doorstep this Tuesday.
My backlog’s biggest priority at the moment is, as I mentioned in a previous edition of Unfinished Business, Dead Space, but I’m also still churning away with Halo 4‘s multiplayer, as well as thinking about playing some Horde 2.0 in Gears of War 3 to prepare myself for Judgment. Finally, I’ve been neglecting my copy of Dishonored for far too long, so I may try and crack that back open as well. If all else fails, I’ll just do what I’ve been wanting to do since last summer: play Spec Ops: The Line and Max Payne 3 again. Because really; why not? Also: Pokémon.
Anne Lee, Copy Editor
This weekend will see me doing much of the same – I’m still hard at work catching fish in Fishing Resort, and anyone who follows me on Twitter knows that I’m still very much absorbed in the Japanese version of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, even though it came out a whopping 4 months ago.
March has seen a slew of amazing releases for my current favorite platform, the 3DS, but while I toss up whether I want to give the rest of my waking days to Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate or go the less time-consuming route of Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, I’ll be busy puttering around with the six PSOne Classic import titles GungHo Online Entertainment America released this week on PSN. That batch includes everything from a mahjong game to RPG inspired by The Wizard of Oz to a traditional dating simulator, so I think my different genre bases will be pretty well covered!
Stu Strock, Staff Writer
This weekend is going to be a medley for me, since I’ve acquired 8 new games this week. Most of them came from a massive sale on gog.com, and I don’t really know where to begin. So far, I’ve begun with pid, a charming 3D side scrolling platformer about a kid whose space bus drops him off at the wrong planet, and he must use anti-gravity beams to make his way through a mechanical city in order to find a way off the planet and onto the right bus home.
I’ve broken my rule of sticking to one game at a time and have also started Capsized, a hand drawn 2D side scrolling shooter about a crew of a ship that goes down on a hostile jungle planet. Its formula is kept simple, and the only sounds are the unobtrusive energy weapon noises and killer ambient techno music tracks. I never thought I’d say playing a fast-paced shooter could actually be a calming activity, but Capszed could definitely be described as serene.
In the realm of AAA titles, I finally got around to picking up Darksiders II and Hitman: Absolution with credit from trading in a duplicate copy of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. I also snagged the two free PS Plus games this month, Spec Ops: The Line and Vanquished. Throw in several more indie titles waiting for me from the gog.com sale, and I feel like a gaming hummingbird. If you’re interested in getting 5 slick indie titles (for less than $20) from a selection of 20 or so, the sale at gog.com should be running through the weekend.
Just be careful, you may end up trying to play them all at once like me.
Russell Jones, Staff Writer
I’m playing host to my mom and brother when they come into town. I foresee crawfish, St. Patrick’s Day parades and possibly boardgames in our future.
Other than that, I’m going through new cities and regions in SimCity faster than clean shirts. Some friends and I are trying private regions and enjoying the interaction, while shaking our heads at bugs and other things that still need fixing. Maxis is making headway in their fight to server stability, and at this point I’m sticking with the game because A) it’s still compelling as all get out to me, and B) navigating the troubles the game’s going through feels kind of like pushing through rough seas or surfing crazy-dangerous waves. You never know if you’ll make it intact out the other side, but it’ll be one heck of a ride.
I’m also taking some time to re-familiarize myself with Darkstalkers Resurrection, which hit XBLA this week. I’m not a fighter kind of person, but I remember wistfully longing to dump quarter after quarter into the Darkstalkers arcade cabinet at one of the gas stations in my tiny hometown, so this will be the chance to relive those nostalgic moments.