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#1 Posted by Sweep (8844 posts) -

Goddamn I hate putting the month before the day when I'm writing dates. Anyway...

GENTLEMEN!!

The weekend is here, it's time for you to tell us what you have been playing. And by "playing" I mean "winning". Because ya'll are winners. Right? Right.

We want to hear about:

  • What games you have been playing
  • What you liked and what you didn't
  • What you plan on playing this weekend

So Giant Bomb! What have you been playing?

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#2 Edited by MariachiMacabre (7077 posts) -

Way too much Gears 2. My friends have all been playing it "to keep warmed up for Gears 3" so I'v been playing lots of that. I like the game, hate some of the issues with matchmaking such as host advantage and stuff. Probably gonna be playing....more Gears 2 this weekend.

#3 Posted by Berezov (504 posts) -

Dynasty Warriors 7, Dead Space 2, Tales of Vesperia and Pokemon SoulSilver. It's my birthday tomorrow so I might buy the Dawn of War 2 games on Steam too.

#4 Edited by pornstorestiffi (4911 posts) -

Bastion PC version, wich by the way looks fucking sweet in 1080p. And i have also been playing more Dungeons of Dredmor. 
 
@Berezov said:

It's my birthday tomorrow so I might buy the Dawn of War 2 games on Steam too.
Congrats, and do it, buy them. I really enjoyed all three DOW2 games.
#5 Posted by MightyDuck (1521 posts) -

Went back and played some more Mortal Kombat this week.  I also went and tried to make some more progress through Undead Nightmare on Red Dead Redemption.
 
I bought the DLC back during the winter and just never really got around to playing it.

#6 Posted by JokerFrown (307 posts) -

I've been playing Dragon Age: Origins and Gears of War 2. Nothing new or anything. Just two of my favorite games. =)

#7 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

It's pretty much been those two educational games and one game I've been playing for video content. However, I do plan to play more, like Tomb Raider or Tear Ring Saga or Half Life.

#8 Posted by Deeveeus (479 posts) -

Finally nabbed a copy of LA Noire, one of the best games I played in a LONG time! Course I love old adventure games, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised!

#9 Edited by chrismafuchris (1088 posts) -

I've been playing the latest Need for Speed game, Need for Speed Underground. I think it's a great game, there's a lot of things I like about it, namely the Car Customization. The Car Customization feature is such a masterfully executed feature that customizing your car ostensibly becomes the crux of the game. The visual effects, the reflections off the road and the excessive motion blur around you are all striking visual features and together add to a very compelling sense of speed experienced while driving your car. However, for all my praise for the game, there's a couple of things I don't like. For one thing, the rubber-band AI is incredibly annoying. Often times I'll get a 25 second lead, only to lose the race in the last few seconds. It's very frustrating. Also, I appreciate that they took the time to make the virtual city in which you race, but the result of that is that almost all of your races take place on the same tracks, save for a few variations in the track. There's 111 races you've got to do, which can get a bit daunting, especially considering how redundant some of the races are, but the promise of unlocking sweet new parts for your car really helps make it feel worth it. 
 
This weekend, I'm probably going to continue to play Need for Speed Underground
 
Also, regarding DDMMYY, I feel that it simply flies in the face of things that are already ingrained into my head, like place value. From a young age, we are taught that when it comes to numbers, the number that comes first, your millions and thousands, is universally more important that the numbers that comes at the back, your tens and thousands. To say that, all the sudden, none of that matters, and the most important number is the one in the middle, seems very counter-intuitive to me. I feel like there's a reason that when we tell time, we say the hour first (e.g. it's three thirty) and not the oppisite (e.g. it's thirty three).

#10 Posted by Scooper (7882 posts) -
  • Street Fighter 
  • It's Street Fighter
  • Street Fighter
Back next week.
#11 Posted by TheSeductiveMoose (3617 posts) -

I've been playing Minecraft. It's fun. I'm going to play Minecraft this weekend.

#12 Edited by Jeust (10548 posts) -

Nothin'

#13 Posted by Redbullet685 (6034 posts) -

Finished InFamous 2 earlier this week and I plan to play some more of Alice: Madness Returns and some Uncharted 2.

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#14 Posted by BulletproofMonk (2720 posts) -

The game I've played the most this week is Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction. I've never been a huge fan of that series, but for some reason, I'm finding this one to be pretty ok, even though it's just about the same game as the older ones. I'm definitely more interested in A Crack in Time, though, which I'll start playing when I finish ToD. 
 
I've also been playing Bastion. Bought the Soundtrack Pack from Steam, which has the game and the soundtrack. I'm liking it quite a bit, but not as much as most people here. I really like the visual style and the story, very interesting stuff. The narration and the soundtrack are fantastic as well. But the gameplay part isn't as strong. The combat isn't much fun, and the mission structure is really repetitive. Go to this place, find a core/shard, kill a bunch of enemies. I haven't finished it yet, so I'm hoping for some more variety. 
 
Also, Demon's Souls. New Game+. Fuck yeah.

#15 Posted by MoonlightMoth (468 posts) -

I've been playing Shadows of the Damned. Love the aesthetics, like the shooting, indifferent about the humour. Also started on Xenoblade Chronicles; it's good, really good. I love the battle system, the music, the world, the character customisation...so far so good.

#16 Posted by d_breeze (223 posts) -

I've been playing Pokemon Colosseum on my Gamecube. My nephew is turning 5 tomorrow and he loves Pokemon so I've been playing with him :)

#17 Posted by iBePeRFeCT (396 posts) -

Mostly League of Legends and finally got Infamous so I've been playing that some as well. The game seems kinda repetitive and I really don't get that sense of power I feel like I should have, but I'm going to keep playing it and see if it gets any better.

#18 Posted by Arker101 (1474 posts) -

That's the real reason the colonists wanted their own country, so that they could screw up the entire Day/Month/Year system, because, you know, Illuminati. 
 
I've been re-playing Red Dead Redemption, good game, but needs more Helicopters.

#19 Edited by Yummylee (21498 posts) -

Nuttin'. I've got here a copy of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow and Singularity, lent of a mate, so I'll be giving those a go for a lot of next week. 
 
Also, Sweep, you're fucking British! Write your dates as such! U_U 

#20 Posted by Jotun (555 posts) -
@BulletproofMonk said:
I've also been playing Bastion. Bought the Soundtrack Pack from Steam, which has the game and the soundtrack. I'm liking it quite a bit, but not as much as most people here. I really like the visual style and the story, very interesting stuff. The narration and the soundtrack are fantastic as well. But the gameplay part isn't as strong. The combat isn't much fun, and the mission structure is really repetitive. Go to this place, find a core/shard, kill a bunch of enemies. I haven't finished it yet, so I'm hoping for some more variety. 

I agree with you about the mission structure but not about the combat.  I really enjoy trying different weapon and secret skills combinations and wrecking fools. Then again, I'm a pretty big fan of action RPGs so maybe that adds to my enjoyment.  Sure there could be more variety, but in today's games when variety means the odd on-rails turret sequence, it's really not a big set-back for the game.
 
Also, Bastion is what I played this week. I still have Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and Dead Space 2 sitting there mocking me...
#21 Posted by BulletproofMonk (2720 posts) -
@Jotun said:
@BulletproofMonk said:
I've also been playing Bastion. Bought the Soundtrack Pack from Steam, which has the game and the soundtrack. I'm liking it quite a bit, but not as much as most people here. I really like the visual style and the story, very interesting stuff. The narration and the soundtrack are fantastic as well. But the gameplay part isn't as strong. The combat isn't much fun, and the mission structure is really repetitive. Go to this place, find a core/shard, kill a bunch of enemies. I haven't finished it yet, so I'm hoping for some more variety. 

I agree with you about the mission structure but not about the combat.  I really enjoy trying different weapon and secret skills combinations and wrecking fools. Then again, I'm a pretty big fan of action RPGs so maybe that adds to my enjoyment.  Sure there could be more variety, but in today's games when variety means the odd on-rails turret sequence, it's really not a big set-back for the game.   
The combat does have a lot of variety, that's for sure. Lots of different weapons and skills. I just don't think they're very fun or satisfying.
#22 Posted by SMTDante89 (2564 posts) -

Legend of Zelda 3DS and that's it, and not much of that either. It's all I have right now on campus (didn't have enough room in the vehicle for a TV and moved in a week early for Resident Assistant training and that's been taking up almost all of my free time)

I imagine with Check-in starting tomorrow, I won't have much time this week to do much gaming either.

#23 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

I beat Bastion twice (cheivos), played some LoL as per usual...

I WAS playing Darkstar One for the 360 when I realized that it's virtually identical to Freelancer, which I thought ran out of ideas very fast.

Also DJ Hero for the PS2, because I got it for 12 bucks with the turntable. Not bad, but it's really no fun to play music that I don't like. In Rock Band, I can enjoy playing a bad song as long as the note track is enjoyable. Also, I can't get the latency to a place that I like.

Right now I'm playing watch the stream and mess around with Gamemaker. I now have an image of Kyreo that can hookshot around a box.

#24 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19329 posts) -

Playing Catherine; going for the Platinum. Man, Babel's hard as hell...

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#25 Posted by RiotBananas (3600 posts) -

This week I've been playing a ton of Warcraft again, levelling my rogue... "Jank" seemed a fitting name, sounds a bit like shank... whatever.

Also bought Bastion and I'm slowly playing through that, the fucking challenge room things keep slowing me down though.

#26 Posted by RelentlessKnight (963 posts) -

I have neglected on gaming for awhile until I recently started playing Age of Empires Online (AOEO) and I'm digging it right now. I just hope that they patch the game and in further updates, add some freebies for non pre-members.

#27 Posted by bartok (2467 posts) -

Had a coupon for a free game rental so I got Shadows of the Damned.  Super fun game but it is a little short since I beat it in around 7 hours though worth a playthrough for the awesome story and because Garcia fucking Hotspur is one of the greatest protagonist in any video game ever along with being a sweet name.   The game play is essentially just a more refined version of Resident Evil 4.   Definitely the best Suda 51 game in terms of gameplay and it has a pretty coherent story with some nice twist and turns.

#28 Posted by chrismafuchris (1088 posts) -
@Arker101:  
DD/MM/YY is dumb. Why would you arrange it like that.
#29 Posted by PerfidiousSinn (744 posts) -

I played a lot of Red Dead Redemption this week. I'm pretty sure I'm in the final "town" and the final strand of missions, so I've stopped the storyline to clean up sidequests and unlock outfits.
 
I'm trying to find beaver furs for a Stranger quest and it's pissing me off because the beaver spawns are so low. I've got to play poker to unlock one outfit and arm wrestle to unlock another. The problem is that I don't know how to play poker and I strongly dislike the arm wrestling minigame.
 
So far, I think this game is good. I just don't see quite why it was considered a GOTY by so many people. It's GOOD, better than most other Rockstar sandboxers, but it hasn't struck me as GREAT.
 
I'll blog about it in the distant future, after I finish these Ambient Challenges. Damned beavers...

#30 Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw (6153 posts) -

Damn, it feels like I've been doing nothing but playing games this week. I finished off Alpha Protocol (bland and pretty terrible, with some good ideas I'd like to see implemented in other games), Record of Agarest War (dreadful, dreadful game), Monster Hunter 3 (crazy addictive and pretty charming), LOTRO (stuck in leveling hell), World of Goo (such a crazy good little gem), Hector: Badge of Courage (classic point and click, pretty damned funny), and just a touch more of Trails in the Sky.

This coming week, I'll be primarily playing the Wii, as I just got it hooked back up again and want to delve into Monster Hunter more, but I imagine I'll be trying to get through Record of Agarest War as soon as possible.

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#31 Posted by laserbolts (5317 posts) -

First week in a long time I haven't played xbox. Sunk some time in to minecraft but it's been a light week of gaming. Minecraft is awesome but it takes so long to do things.

#32 Posted by Dimsey (951 posts) -

Not a lot. A little Madden 10. Some Quake Live.

#33 Posted by Wildfire570 (719 posts) -

I've been attempting to finish up some back catalog stuff so I decided to play Fallout: New Vegas. I'm about 40 hours in and I'm more hooked to this game than Fallout 3. Obsidian did a great job realizing this kind of post-apocalyptic wild west feel to the whole game. I also really love the story of this game so far and it might be up there with Mass Effect storyline for me. I feel that nice mix of you know bad stuff is going to go down soon however there's no rush to finish the game. 

Of course this game is far from perfect thanks to the overall jankiness of this game and boy does still have some. Some dialogue options got cut out then reintroduced for no reason, leave a building and mole rats somehow appear causing the frame rate to chug hard, and the occasional AI glitch here and there, and also the loading screen straight up freezes. Though since I got my new Xbox and installed the game on my hard drive those issues hardly show up. I'm really hoping to play some League of Legends before school starts on Monday.

#34 Posted by Hailinel (24397 posts) -

I have officially clocked over fifty hours in Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3, because damn that game is fun. As for this weekend, I will be playing very little, as my parents will be in town and thus I'll be busy with other things.

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#35 Edited by Mahonay (828 posts) -

I've been going back and playing through games I barely started but always meant to go back and finish. I picked up Himan Blood Money from Ebay for about 12 bucks. What an absolutely fantastic game. The different ways you can carry out your assassinations in each mission are both numerous and hilarious. This game definitely does not get enough credit.

I've also been playing through the OSX version of Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic. That game still holds up extremely well. You can really see how far ahead of it's time it was when it first came out. Having a great time with it.

Finally I went back and played some Chronicles of Riddick Escape From Butcher Bay. That game is amazing at the start and then turns into a fairly derivative shooter as it would seem. I'm fighting mutants in a dark sewer and I'm already about to call it quits.

This weekend I'll be home with the family in Philly. I will probably have some time to game Sunday night but I'm not sure what. Probably more Hitman.

#36 Posted by Pie (7078 posts) -

Condemned 1/2. Splinter cell pandora tomorrow/ chaos theory. Toy soldiers cold war

#37 Posted by imsh_pl (3295 posts) -

Limbo, Bastion and Braid. So an indie week for me.
 
Bastion and Braid are both completely gorgeous and breath-taking. I'll probably write a review when I finish them.
 
Limbo though...
 
Let's just say that after all what Brad's been saying I am a bit disappointed.
 
Other than that I'm finishing my evil playthrough of inFamous 2. Great game, although not without flaw. If I'm not as lazy as always I'll probably write a review for that one too.
 
So yeah!

#38 Posted by Hector (3359 posts) -

Some MineCraft and Aquaria.

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#40 Posted by m0rdr3d (474 posts) -

I've been bouncing back and forth between Left 4 Dead 2 on the PC and Halo Reach.  I must admit it's more of a case of me TRYING to get back into Reach, but I'm having much more fun with L4D2. 
Also, I've dinked around with a couple of demos such as Toy Soldiers and Backbreaker.  Wasn't blown away by TS, but Backbreaker was pretty danged fun.  Might pick it up on a later sale since it's $15.

#41 Posted by Gamer_152 (14072 posts) -

Had a bit of a busy week but I am very happy to have Mortal Kombat now. I'm not a huge player of fighting games but in the couple of sessions of MK I've played I've found it very hard to tear myself away. Obviously, I'm a bit of a newbie at the game and I suppose if there's anything I dislike I'd have to make the rather weak criticism of "the learning curve", especially with the fatalities, but I love the characters, I love the ridiculously gratuitous violence and sexualisation, and when I'm doing well it's just really fun, that game can make you feel like a badass.

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#42 Posted by mracoon (4967 posts) -

Lots of Gears 2 in my quest to get to level 100.

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#43 Posted by Pibo47 (3166 posts) -

Deus Ex. I finally pushed through it. Good game. Story was a bit weaker than i remembered...but im still super pumped for Human Revolution. Damn shame i wont be bringing my xbox or ps3 with my to school...ill have to wait and play all those new pretty games until winter break.

#44 Edited by Coreymw (203 posts) -

I finished my 3rd play through of Bastion and bought the new Toy Soldiers game. I continue to enjoy Bastion and after my first play through of Toy Soldiers: Cold War I don't feel like giving up on it, so I guess that means I liked it. I recently borrowed a copy of "The Saboteur" from a friend and am really enjoying it. That game is very underrated. I've also jumped in and out of Halo: Reach a few times to get my credit total up. I need the last non multiplexer achievement.

My new Android phone (Droid 3) arrives on Monday so I plan on picking up some games for that.

@Jotun: I too need to finish Brotherhood. I started Dead Space 2, made it about half way and then realized that I wasn't being entertained

#45 Posted by Discorsi (1390 posts) -

I have been absolutely hooked on Diablo 2 although I did get sidetracked by the Terraria bug for three days straight. Looking forward to playing Diablo 2 more now that my wrists and hands don't hurt from playing way too long

#46 Posted by nukesniper (1312 posts) -

On PC I'm still playing Terraria with my girlfriend. That is a pretty damn good game overall. I've also gotten hard into TF2 multiplayer. Now I'm getting better at that game to a point where I don't feel terrible about trying out Spy.

On Xbox I've been playing Red Dead Redemption. I still have a D-Rank in that and I hate my D Rank games. I like it a decent amount, but my cat really likes it. I can hardly gallop down a path without him attacking my TV.

On a weird side of all of this. I have been playing Final Fantasy 1 on my newly aquired PSPgo ($70 on clearance). I'm about 7 hours into FF1 and this is a new record. I'm really liking that game and I like how smooth the PSP remake's graphics are. My PSPgo situation will come in a blog post soon though. I'm sure someone here is wondering why I bought that dumb thing when I already have a working PSP 1000.

This weekend all I am looking forward to is playing 7 Winders (board game) with my friends. I played 9 games of that one night. Consider me addicted.

#47 Posted by Toxin066 (3279 posts) -

This was my last week at home before I move back in to the dorms, so I wanted some quick games to run through. I ended up picking up Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic 3, and Sonic & Knuckles (I already had Sonic 2). Turns out these games aren't very good. A lotta jank, and a lot of poor platforming - especially coming from Super Meat Boy to these games. But the music is incredible. So that's a plus.

#48 Posted by satansmagichat (187 posts) -

Beat LA Noire on a redbow rental just the other night. Really liked that game, despite some obvious flaws.

#49 Posted by crusader8463 (14419 posts) -

Pretty much nothing but City of Heroes non stop with the odd hour or two of Team Fortress 2 throw in when I needed a break or when the servers got empty and I couldn't get a half way good team started.

#50 Posted by Enigma777 (6071 posts) -