What we’re playing (Weekend Edition)

It’s the weekend and it’s time to get geared up for a great weekend of gaming! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these so I’ve got some catching up to do. I know Nat hasn’t been feeling well, so I’ll let him fill us in on what he’s been playing whenever he feels like it.

As for me, I’ve been pretty busy. After reading Nat’s (and everyone else’s) attempts to actually finish a few games, I took it to heart and placed a self-imposed rule that I had to finish something, anything, before I picked up a new game. I really wanted to get Burnout Paradise, so I gave it the college try and decided to wrap up some loose ends.

Even though you never really “finish” Pokemon Diamond, per se, there is an end to the game, which after consulting GameFAQs once or twice, I finally made it to. I found and finally finished off the last bad guys. It was fairly easy and quite anticlimatic. But it is the first Pokemon game I’ve “finished” so there’s that. I think my Pokedex was more than half full which flies in the face of the mantra of collect them all, but I’m only human. I’m not waiting around for a convenient Friday just to catch a pocket monster.

I also managed to finish the single player campaign in Halo 3 (On Heroic, mind you). I hated the sphincter level, but the last level was most enjoyable. A true homage to the Halo series. The ending was infinity times better than Halo 2’s ending.

Halo 3

Yes it was.

But now I’m done with those two games. Sure, I still play Halo 3 multiplayer like it’s my job, but I doubt I’ll be doing the single player much more except to find the skulls. Maybe I’ll do co-op with someone to get the achievements, but that’s about it.

So here’s what I’m playing:

Burnout ParadiseBurnout Paradise: I’m a few months behind the curve on this one, but I am loving Burnout Paradise. Burnout’s trademark speed and pedal-to-the-metal is still there, with the added open world. I haven’t stopped grinning since I started playing this one. I haven’t played with anyone online yet, but I can definitely see that being a blast. I miss crash mode but showtime mode is a decent replacement.

Super Mario Galaxy and NSMB: Again, I’m a few months behind the curve with SMG, but I can’t get enough of this. A little while ago, my 3 year-old started watching me play NSMB on the DS and wanted to try it. He isn’t bad (for a 3 y/o) and he really likes the Mario character. My daughter loves Princess Peach (duh) so our new past time is to play Super Mario Galaxy. This is another one of those games that are just plain fun. The platforming has been taken to another level with the galaxy concept. I love it. Being able to have my daughter join in the fun with the other Wii-mote is perfect. I’ve gathered 22 stars so far and I don’t want to stop any time soon.

I’ve also been playing a handful of web-based flash games (a few I’m too ashamed to admit to playing, others I’m saving for future blog posts) all in the name of “research”. And of course I can’t go to bed until I get in a game of Spider Solitaire and Tetris.

This weekend I’ll be playing Burnout and SMG, and hopefully getting back to my Mass Effect save. Should be a busy weekend.

NAT: I’ve been playing the “stay hydrated and gain my weight back” game (PSA: wash your hands). Actually, two nights ago, I finally took the cellophane off my copy of Mass Effect. My initial impression is that it’s cinematic. Even though we purchased Brawl, we must be the only home in America that’s just not sucked in by it. We’ve played it a total of two nights. My son has been keeping me busy with a few racing games: Cars, Cars:Maternational, Forza 2, and a couple of the Burnouts. However, mostly, I’ve been playing Bully: Scholarship Edition. It’s been a hoot. Last night, I popped Geometry Wars Galaxies into the Wii and now I have an itch to play a lot of that. This may seem like a lot of titles, but for me, it’s only been 5-15 minutes at a time.

What are you playing?


  1. My son is addicted to Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Mario World on the GBA.

    I’m wrapping up Lost Odyssey. I hope to finish it tonight or tomorrow… I go back to work on Monday so I have to finish it up this weekend or I’ll feel like I failed 🙂

    I picked up Crisis Core yesterday and so far it’s really, really good… at least for a massive Final Fantasy nerd like me (and I’m one of those Final Fantasy nerds who tends to decry FFVII, yet I can’t stop enjoying the games/movies spun off of that game).

    I’m also hoping to finish up Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney this weekend. I am on the tail end of the final case so I hope to wrap it up over the next night or two or, at worst, on Monday.

  2. I can tell you what I’m not playing: anything on my dead XBox 360. Hooray. I grabbed the “Sins of a Solar Empire” demo though, so at least there’s that.

  3. I dominated Crisis Core in two days. I feel like a geek.

  4. Ecaflip's Coin says

    I beat SSbros brawl subspace campain. I lucked out with Tabuu managed to go through the whole fight without him using his butterfly instant kill move once. [im so lucky =D]

    Also beat KH chain of memories Riku and Sora (Am I a nerd for posting this???)

  5. @Brock – I’m thinking about picking up Lost Odyssey, but it will probably be over the summer during the lull in game releases. How long did it take to finish?

    @nowak – I saw that! Two dead boxes? That’s not right.

    @CinX – If you feel like a geek, you’ll fit in just fine around here. Thanks for the comment!

    @Ecaflip – Same for you, man. We’re all nerds here. Thanks for the comment.

  6. flamingsquirrel says

    little late, but:
    Craploads of PSP games:
    Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops
    Final Fantasy 7 Crisis Core
    God of War Chains of Olympus
    and (I’m ashamed to admit it)
    GTA Vice City Stories.

    I lent my Wii to a friend, he wants to see if he should get one. I wouldn’t have been playing it anyway.

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