hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

What're you playing? Videogames, maybe?

2:00 PM on 08.09.2014 // Steven Hansen
  @dtoidsteven

You the best, Mitsuru-senpai

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. 

Unlike last month's Mario Kart 8 fervor, just about everyone is playing something different, thanks to the merciful summer game "drought." Until our lives are ruined by a month or two of multiple big games a week. Next year looks even scarier. 

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

I am still trying to wrap up Bravely Default. After about 80 hours, I have seen the "bad" ending, but I am still a couple chapters away from the true ending. Otherwise, I have been playing Halfway for review. It is a little rough around the edges, but it has some good tactical gameplay with great pixel art.

Smash Bros. 4 is the first thing I think about every morning and the last thing I think about every night. It's an obsession. When I can't take thinking about it anymore, I'll play Melee, Brawl, or the N64 original for a few minutes. Like a great corpse once said "it makes the pain go away". Also been playing Rogue Legacy on PS3, Animal Crossing: New Leaf (I can't get enough of watering flowers, dawg), Shovel Knight, 1001 Spikes, and a few matches of Wii Sports Club Boxing online to get in some cardio. 

I've been playing Steel Empire for review, and found myself completing multiple playthroughs of it. I'm also enjoying a few Mega Man games like Battle Network and X3 before the Wii U versions hit. My static raid group is currently on Turn 8 in Final Fantasy XIV -- we almost "beat the game" (until the next patch). I switch off between Dragoon and Paladin for raiding, and use my Bard and White Mage as often as I can in Ramuh.

I found myself with some time in July to finally sit down at play the Burial At Sea, the BioShock Infinite DLC. It's a bit uneven but like Minerva's Den from BioShock 2, I'm like small 4-5 self contained DLC packs like this. I also finished off The Wolf Among Us, a game which I kinda feel the opposite about; I was struggling to remember earlier plot details and in a whodunnit mystery that's vital. Still a solid series overall and I'd be keen to play another. I was playing Sacred 3 for review but the less said about that the better.... a game worth talking about is The Fall, a wonderful, sci-fi adventure game. At least an adventure game with shooting and stealth sequences in it. There's a darkly humourous tone to the game and whilst it might only be a few hours long, I'm really excited to play future episodes. 

Without much time on regular systems, I've been on a Persona kick the last month or so, replaying Persona 4 Golden on PS Vita. Even after seeing Persona 4's story for the third time now, I'm amazed just how much more there is to Golden. Pretty much everywhere you thought the original could've used something extra, Atlus has filled in. And for those who have played it already, there's yet more hilarious fan service in this season's Persona 4 Golden the Animation, which is possibly one of the least necessary but most appreciated shows I've ever seen.

I have a weakness for Lego games. They help me unwind as I mindlessly smash stuff into oblivion while solving mildly challenging puzzles to bring myself ever closer to one-hundred percent completion. I just attained that goal on Lego Marvel Superheroes, a game that was entertaining enough that it never let its glaring flaws turn it into a slog.

Since then, I've moved onto a hard-mode run of Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition. It scratches the persistent Metroidvania itch that I have. Of course, that's all in between my many runs of Binding of Isaac. I should really stop playing so many videogames and focus on preparing for gamescom.

Let's see, what have I been playing? Not much actually. My family just made the move from Florida (Orlando) to Illinois (West Dundee), so that pretty much sucked up all the free time I had to play, because you know, loading the truck, driving 21 hours away, unloading, unpacking, etc.

That's not to say that I've had no time to play games; however, I've managed to squeeze in a few minutes here and there, and when I have, this is what I've been playing: Braveland and Halfway on the PC. I've had this turn-based itch lately and both of these games have really scratched it, especially Halfway.

Once the console side it's been Battlefield 4 multiplayer (when I can) and three new games I picked up on the Wii U. Bombing Bastards, Shut the Box and Wooden Sen'Sey, with Wooden Sen'Sey taking the cake as the best of this bunch, it's a very pretty and very fun little platformer. The only other game I've managed to play is Mario Golf World Tour, which has quickly become my most played game this year.

I've gotten back into playing Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, but this time on PC. The decreased load times alone made double dipping worthwhile. Many hours later, I'm still finding it to be super fun and it's also nice to be good at a multiplayer shooter, just this once.

Also tried out Astebreed, which I haven't fully wrapped my head around yet, but being able to wield a sword in a shoot-'em-up is rad all the same. Lastly, Mega Man Battle Network has been good in short bursts and/or while watching TV. Too many damn random battles, though!



I have sort of been in a post Destiny Beta video game depression lately and have been spending most of my days working on music. My consoles have been collecting dust and I have only really been playing David O'Reilly's "relax 'em-up" Mountain on my Iphone. If you haven't checked this game out, do it. It heirs heavy on the side of 'experimental art game' but I love it so much. One of my favorite features is an on screen musical keyboard which adds spacey reverb as you zoom farther from your mountain -- neat!

I finally got back to my replay of Catherine, watching myself laughably make the same awful decisions that led me to an earned disappointing end the first time around. I am bad. But I am good at Catherine. The puzzles, at least. Trying to unlock all the Babel tower challenges.  

I'm ashamed to say that I haven't actually played very much at all lately, but I've gotten a whole lot of Timberman in on my iPhone. I also finished "Looking for An Apartment That Isn't In The Gross Part of Town," as you may recall that I was playing last time, and am now playing through the bonus stage, "Buying Things For Said Apartment Is Expensive." It's solid, but there are way too many IAPs. I also spent a little time playing through The Journeyman Project earlier this week, a favorite from adolescence. Should really give it a look. 

In between races with the wife and kid in Mario Kart 8 (my daughter is in love with Rosalina), I finally managed to go back and finish my first playthrough of The Darkness, which was wonderful! The story was dark and surprising, and the awesome Darkness powers more than made up for the "floaty" gunplay; I haven't had that much fun shooting out lights since the first time I played Splinter Cell. I also recently acquired a used 3DS (thanks, Qalamari!), so I've been trying to figure out that whole thing. Did you know you can pass people on the street and then do things with them? Amazing.



Steven Hansen, Features Editor
 Follow Blog + disclosure dtoidsteven Tips
Steven watches anime & sports, buys meat out of trucks, dates a Muppet, and is only good at cooking. He stands before you bereft of solace and well on the road to perdition. ('^ω^) more   |   staff directory



 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our moderators, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding *.disqus.com to your whitelists.

 Quickposts
Status updates from C-bloggers

Pixie The Fairy avatarPixie The Fairy
Traded in a bunch of old Star Trek novels and other books at a used bookstore. Made $10 and got Tori Amos' "Strange Little Girls" album along with it. They made me take the William Shatner novels back. Smart clerks.
OverlordZetta avatarOverlordZetta
Can this be Toy Story 4? [youtube]https://youtu.be/XJkZX0rKElY[/youtube]
Gamemaniac3434 avatarGamemaniac3434
Also I will be reviewing freedom wars. I didnt make it to the end. I will not be kind to it. There will be blood.
Gamemaniac3434 avatarGamemaniac3434
Yeah....been there before.
techsupport avatartechsupport
MGS V review: When using a character other than Big Boss for missions, the intro credits still say, "starring Punished 'Venom' Snake." Sloppy work, Kojima - no wonder Konami dumped you. 0/10.
Gamemaniac3434 avatarGamemaniac3434
Grim Fandango......some real good sruff here. As soon as I complete it (vita version, of course) will probably see about a write up. Not perfect, but theres some good stuff here. Glad it got brought back from obsolescence hell.
Rad Party God avatarRad Party God
*sigh* If only Disqus had a "block/ignore user" option :/
VIRGO avatarVIRGO
Must. Use. This. Blog. More. But. School.
GoofierBrute avatarGoofierBrute
Just started playing Hyrule Warriors again. Man is that game fun. A bit mindless at times granted, but fun nonetheless.
RadicalYoseph avatarRadicalYoseph
I ate vanilla ice cream and didn't put on any chocolate syrup. Now wondering if that was racist whitewashing #thanksjed.
Jiraya avatarJiraya
The cat dragged in some action figures !
[img]http://i.imgur.com/6Cu2Asg.jpg[/img] [img]http://i.imgur.com/qMFDAw3.jpg[/img] [img]http://i.imgur.com/RPUraY8.jpg[/img] [img]http://i.imgur.com/51DLqjh.jpg[/img]
Dr Mel avatarDr Mel
There's a Custom Soundtrack folder in MGSV. I can't think of a better thing to put there than the old episodes of podtoid I've been running through lately. I'll be fultoning guys and Holmes will be puttin' on mesh tank tops. Perfect.
Shinta avatarShinta
MGSV Pro Tip: Turn your brightness down to 0. It actually makes the view distance for the guards correct, and doesn't make nighttime the best option for you every single time. When guards shoot flares in the sky, the lighting looks like Dragon's Dogma.
Pixie The Fairy avatarPixie The Fairy
Proof I listened to too much Weird Al growing up: I really do hear "Living in America" as "Living with a Hernia."
Nic Rowen avatarNic Rowen
I've been playing a shit ton of Heroes of the Storm recently. It's my first MOBA and I'm SHOCKED at how much fun I'm having. Anyone else into it? Would love to get some games in with Dtoiders.
Script avatarScript
I would wait for a chance to play the game by myself, but I just have to know. Is David Hayter in MGS V in any way? Please no spoilers.
Rad Party God avatarRad Party God
Guys, serious question... How can I make D-Horse to poop?
gajknight avatargajknight
Goddammit @ FullmetalJ, you have poisoned my mind with...whatever the hell this is.[youtube]https://youtu.be/wv0iUKb80C8[/youtube] It's so, so catchy. Go suck a baguette. And thanks :3. Yes I have listened to all of it.
Niero Desu avatarNiero Desu
That time when Mr. Destructoid went to Vegas [img]http://i.imgur.com/hYEQG7z.jpg[/img]
SirDavies avatarSirDavies
As someone who hasn't played the MGS series at all, should I play it by release date or story order?
more quickposts


Contest!


Seriously

Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme


Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo



Back to Top


We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -