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What're you playing? A lot of Mario Kart 8 around here

12:00 PM on 07.04.2014 // Steven Hansen

Wow, too many god damn people work for this site

You guys might not know this, but some of us here at Destructoid are big fans of videogames. For a change of pace, we'd like to share that interest with you all and fill you in on some of the games we're playing right now. 

I mean, not right now, right now. More like this last week. It's the 4th of July right now. No one hates America more than me, but I'll take an excuse to skip out on work in favor of hot links and tequila. We're with our families, friends and loved ones, sitting out in the sun, sharing stories, throwing sports balls. Some us are planning to lose a few fingers to explosives as the sun winds down and the alcohol compromises our equilibrium and decision making.

What kind of sad loser who smells bad is sitting around playing videogames and browsing the internet on 4th of the July, I ask you.

Anyways, let us know what you've been playing these days in the comments! 

I'm very busy rearranging my life so I don't have time to play much. I just started EA Sports' UFC and can't get it to glitch out like I keep seeing in the GIFs. Disappointing! I'm also regularly checking in with Tomodachi Life, which I haven't put down since launch. That game is ridiculous. Finally, my bedtime game is now Atelier Rorona Plus, which should provide some sweet dreams.

I've been playing a ton of Hero Siege thanks to the Steam sale, I also just played through Spec Ops: The Line again because of it's amazing story. Also been playing through Pushmo World and How to Survive on the Wii U with my daughter. It's funny, she asks me every day if I'm going to play the zombie game (How to Survive). She's totally invested in the story, I'm not sure why... Oh, and Mario Golf: World Tour. Lot's and lot's of Mario Golf: World Tour.

If you didn't already know, I'm obsessed with Pokemon. One of my favorite things to do with my IRL friends is challenge them to random pokebattles through this awesome web app called Pokemon Showdown. ( I've been playing a ton lately so lets battle sometime!

Super-embarrassing confession: I never finished The Witcher 2. I played it a bunch when it came out on 360 and didn't really "get it." After seeing The Wild Hunt at E3 last year, I ran home with a raging hard-on and started a new game, actually getting into it. After a few weeks, I was promptly sidetracked by work, other games, moving house, and real life. So, after seeing The Wild Hunt at E3 again, I've resumed by adventures as Geralt yet again. Other than that, I've had some fun drunkenly crashing cars and dying a lot in the Battlefield: Hardline beta. I'm honestly not sure who's having a harder time playing: me, my internet connection, or the game itself.

I just beat the first BioShock again yesterday, and man do I love that game. The characters, the storytelling, the plasmids, it's so great! I've had an influx of new Animal Crossing villagers recently and I'm pretty keen to all of them. I just wish Queenie would freaking MOVE OUT. Other than that I've been working my way through 1001 Spikes, Mario Kart, and Mario Gold: World Tour.

And Dota 2. Always Dota 2.

I cannot stop playing Boom Beach. No, seriously, I'm going to upgrade my sniper tower as soon as I send this email.

I've been working my way through Mario Kart 8 Grand Prix a little bit at a time. I've finished 50cc and 100cc, and am just getting started on 150cc. Otherwise, I've been spending a lot of my free minutes here and there playing Bravely Default, which I'm liking a lot more than I expected to. It's nice to be able to just flip open my 3DS, grind a little bit, then close it. When I have more time (usually before going to sleep), I try to actually advance in it. Lastly, I'm still playing Borderlands 2 with friends who only recently got it. With the Steam Sale, I have a new set of friends who are just starting out, so I'll probably be at it until the Pre-Sequel comes out.

I'm currently playing Valiant Hearts, and that's a good thing because I've not yet found a title this year that I can more highly recommend. It's a game that highlights the atrocities of war without forcing the player to reciprocate them. It's an emotional journey where subtlety weighs far heavier than the most overwrought dramatics. Simple cues like the curve of lips or the slumping of shoulders expertly convey the immediate and long-term toll of violent engagement. I'm only half-way through with no idea where the protagonists will end up. While their stories are central, the war-torn landscapes and people you meet (and usually help) only briefly teach the more important lesson -- there are no winners when it comes to war.

I finally uninstalled Spelunky after 314 hours... As much as I loved it, I know it distracted me from really getting into other games. So now, I'm in Steam sale mode but I'm really being picky with what I'm buying. So far I've played a bit of The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II which is scratching that Diablo/Torchlight itch. I've also picked up Noir Syndrome which looks like a really interesting adventure game.

I also bit the bullet and got Rocksmith 2014 which I'll start to play once my required cable turns up from Amazon and I retrieve my brother's electric guitar from my parent's house. Early onset of a mid-life crisis? Nah.

Every morning and every night before bed, I check in with my Miis in Tomodachi Life. I've been playing it consistently ever since its release, and I'm happy to report that Geordi LaForge is best friends with Vladimir Putin. Daria and Naked Snake are getting along swimmingly, though Dr. Steve Brule was jilted by Daria and fell into a deep depression. Jon Snow is dating Arya Stark against my better judgment, and we're celebrating the birth of our very first, oddly-misshapen Mii baby. Seriously, its head looks like a potato. I don't claim it. I'm also playing this super difficult game called "Looking for An Apartment That Isn't In The Gross Part of Town," and while the graphics are decent, the replayability factor is horrid. In my increasingly rare bouts of down time, however, I'm playing through Commander Blood again and backtracking some in Harvester to relive some of my favorite moments. What's next? I'll probably pull out Loom and go through it again.

Far Cry 3 was cheap enough in the Steam sale that I couldn't hold off any longer, especially considering I've already played and enjoyed the hell out of Far Cry 2 and Blood Dragon. It's about damn time I got this. For as much fun as I had sneaking through all of the outposts and getting jump-scared by random crocodiles, more than anything, it just left me wanting Far Cry 4 given its far more interesting locale. Questionable story aside, great game, though. I've now moved on to Shovel Knight and I wish I could put life on hold to marathon it.

I'm working through all three Rhythm Heaven games at the same time! It's great because I travel a whole ton, so I can take the DS or GBA version with me and never be without it. When I'm home I play it quite often and you can catch me cursing or praising it on twitter.

After E3 winded down there wasn't a whole lot to review, so when Shovel Knight came across my desk I was pretty thrilled to get my hands on it. I'm on my third playthrough and I'm loving it -- one of the best modern day retro games ever. I'm also playing the Mountain game from the guy who directed the videogame scenes in Her, WildStar, Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark, and I just completed my fourth level 50 character in FFXIV (Bard).

Blizzard stuff; WoW mostly, but also a lot of Heroes of the Storm and a sprinkling of Hearthstone.  Also forcing myself through Deadspace 3 and holy FUCK that game is boring so far. Will probably replay Spec Ops: The Line soon since Bill Platt bought it for me on Steam.

Picked up MLB 14: The Show on PS4 this week because it's the summertime and I can't think of anything more summer than baseball. It's super good. Also finally picked up Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes on PS4 so I've been playing that when I'm not baseballin'. I like getting the tank and just running all the guards over. Other than that it's the occasional Mario Kart 8, Final Fantasy X HD, and Final Fantasy XIV: A Real Reborn as usual here and there to get some things done in those when I can.

A real busy month at the day job has kept me unable to play anything for more than half an hour, which means I've been pretty much limited to playing in Star Trek Online's annual summer event has been the limit of my gaming. That, and playing Dragon's Crown on the can with my Vita. When I do find the time, though, I really want to sink my teeth into some of the indie games I bought into this Steam sale, like Blade Symphony, Overgrowth, and some obscure unknown thing called Call of Duty: Ghosts.

Thanks to Nintendo having the audacity to feature games I want at e3, I went ahead and picked up a Wii U. Currently I'm working to unlock all the characters in Mario Kart 8, have started Super Mario 3D World, and been enjoying Nintendo Land with friends. I've been getting my nostalgia on with Wario Ware and Super Punch Out on Virtual Console and NES Remix 1 & 2 as well. I also started playing through Shadow of the Colossus HD finally.

The Last of Us still has its hooks in me. Between Shovel Knight sessions and working on various reviews, I've been consumed by the oft overlooked multiplayer element of Naughty Dog's latest. I play a stealthy build and really enjoy creeping around in the shadows with my bow and silently moving around the flanks to catch enemies off guard with a quick shiv in the neck. It's less disturbing than it sounds. Probably.

I'm currently knee deep in the Dead. I'm about 3/4 of the way through a co-op playthrough of Dead Space 3 with my brother-in-law, which has been... interesting. I'm an enormous fan of all things Dead Space, but playing with another person -- while fun -- just doesn't feel very Dead Space-y. Still, it's given the game some extra miles and given my brother and I something to bond over, so I'm not complaining. I also just finished Dead Island after pouring over 30 hours into it, and I'm SO happy I went in with low expectations... because I had a blast! Seriously, I haven't had that much mindless fun in a long time. And as soon as I put that one aside, I booted up Dead Rising 2, donned Chuck's heart boxer shorts, and started hacking and slashing my way through Fortune City, which is always a good time.

Also, Mario Kart 8.

I have been drowning in work the last few weeks so I have played virtually nothing other than the occasional game of League of Legends and the first stage of Shovel Knight.

I'm flying to Boston for the entirety of next week though. Even though I got Shovel Knight on PC, I might pick up the 3DS version so that I can play it on the plane and in my hotel. I'm also going to try to get back to Kirby, Mario Golf, and Soul Sacrifice Delta, since those have been my go-to travel games recently.

I'm reading a nice book called Typical American. I recommend it. A move cut into my Dark Souls II progress. E3 killed my replay of Catherine. I want to get back to the latter & write about it. Last weekend I started a new XCOM (Enemy Within) campaign and then by 4AM realized I shouldn't get myself hooked on XCOM again and deleted the save file. I still need to finish Transistor (I don't know why I refuse to turn limiters off). 

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