Archives for August 2011

Weekend Gaming

Games, games every where but not a lot of time to play them. This past couple weeks the Buttonmashing Homestead has been a beehive of activity as we got ready to unload eight years worth of accumulated “stuff” in a garage sale. We were successful in getting rid of about 75% of it, with the rest going to Goodwill. We now have an empty basement and a feeling of accomplishment. But last weekend didn’t leave too much time for gaming. This week, however, we’ve been kid-free as they enjoy their last bit of summer vacation at their grandparents’ house while Mrs. Buttonmasher and I have a few days to ourselves. Which means, after the honey-do list is done, MORE GAMING!

So what have I been playing? I finding myself on a small screen (compared to my 50″ Samsung) and an even smaller screen than that. On the PC, I’ve been playing with a couple free-to-play (I have decided to eschew the F2P acronym that I despise) — Age Of Empires Online and League of Legends. I played in the Age beta but I’m a complete newbie to League of Legends (another acronym I refuse to use) and I’m not sold on it yet. I’ve played the tutorial twice and the first training battle twice and I’m not quite sure I get it. Yet, at least. I’m giving it a fair shake, though. I’m TheGreenDestiny if you want to play. I’m also playing a few iPhone games. I still can’t give up Tiny Tower, I’m loving Groove Coaster, and I’m trying to make a go at Trade Nations.

And I think I’ll finally settle in to some 360 gaming this weekend. I still have Bastion and Crysis 2 to play. What are you playing this weekend?

Torchlight II too big for Xbox Live Arcade

I haven’t decided if I’m gutted by this news or if this is a “meh” kind of story. From Eurogamer:

Super-sized PC action RPG sequel Torchlight 2 is too big to fit on Xbox Live Arcade and will need to be “comprehensively redesigned” if it’s ever to see a console release, developer Runic Games has revealed.

I mean, Torchlight is a PC game at heart, that’s where I played it first and fell in love with it there. Sure, I’ve probably played the Xbox Live version more than on the PC, but that’s more of a convenience thing than a quality thing.

I will play Torchlight II on whatever platform it’s available on. If it makes it to the Xbox Live Arcade, that’s just gravy.

(via That Video Game Blog)

August Releases

August, what have you done? Where is the marque game? I know Madden comes out, but it’s not till the end of the month! Deus Ex is a good start and everyone excited about El Shaddai but that’s it. I guess I’ll go play some more Bastion.

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Week of August 1st
Saint’s Row Double Pack Limited Edition

Week of August 15th
El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron

Week of August 22nd
Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Week of August 29th
Madden NFL 12 – I may pick up my first copy of Madden since I bought Madden 2003 for the Gamecube. All because of the cover athlete, Peyton Hillis, who plays for my team, the Cleveland Browns.

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Week of August 1st
Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension

Week of August 29th
Gunslingers
Madden NFL 12
Sing4: The Hits Edition w/Microphone

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Week of August 1st
Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension

Week of August 15th
Pucca Power Up

Week of August 29th
Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 – The real question is: will someone play this for 700 hours?

Nintendo 3DS

Week of August 22nd
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked

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Week of August 8th
PC Railway Simulator

Week of August 15th
Age of Empires Online – This is probably my only other pickup for August. I really enjoyed the Beta and I was invited to get in early, so I’ll be jumping at the chance for that.

Week of August 22nd
Sail Simulator 5 Deluxe – If I’m going to list Rail Simulator, I gotta list Sail Simulator. I’d really like to meet someone who’s played the first four games. Can it be that popular that they’re working on #5?!
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Lord of the Rings: War in the North

Week of August 29th
The Sims Medieval: Pirates and Nobles
Patrician IV Gold Edition
Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad
Tropico 4

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Week of August 1st
Bleach: Soul Resurreccion
Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension

Week of August 15th
El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron
No More Heroes: Heroes’ Paradise

Week of August 22nd
Lord of the Rings: War in the North
Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Week of August 29th
Bodycount
Child of Eden
Madden NFL 12

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There are a ton of Japanese Importsavailable for the PSP this month, but the only game I recognize coming out this month hits at the end of August:

Week of August 29th
Madden NFL 12

What are you picking up?

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