Destructoid’s games of the week for 08/19/07: William Blake sucks edition!

Tiger, Tiger, burning bright
In the forest of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

Dear William Blake,

Kiss my ass.

Sincerely, Nex

Here’s what the DToid staff has been playing this week: 

Colette Bennett:
BioShock is my life. It’s all I think about when I eat, sleep, shower, run errands and committ small crimes. If I list how many times I’ve played the demo here, I’d likely be humiliated. Let’s just say every iota of my being waits for the offical release Tuesday.

I also played Hexic 2 and The Darkness and thought both were woefully short of Big Daddies.

Nick Chester:
BioShock. Now leave me the hell alone, I’m busy … playing BioShock.

Dale North:
When I’m not playing the new classic called try to get the Wii to complete an update without stopping midway, I’ve been hitting the puzzle games with what little downtime I had this week. PS3’s Piyotama is still high up on my list – when you get frustrated from losing, you can just shake the hell out of the SIXAXIS and hope that you get lucky . I’ve picked up Zuma (Xbox LIVE Arcade) again, though I’ve just recently noticed that my score is higher than anyone else’s on the Dtoid staff/friends list. Consider that a challenge.

Topher Cantler:
I’ve been catching up on years of missed adventure games like Sam & Max Hit the Road and Day of the Tentacle. Both are every bit as great as everyone’s been telling me they are. Throw in some River City Ransom, Little Nemo and Taiko no Tatsujin DS and you’ve got a party. Or not.


Sleep and issues with a female of the species have kept me away but I keep trying to pull myself back to my video games somehow. I would’ve got BioShock but I reserved the Limited Edition one so Second Sight for GameCube is trying to fill the Big Daddy of a hole. It isn’t too bad, a little fun, but I got stuck at this one part with a balcony…the doors won’t open! Oh well, I still got Rebelstar on my DS.

Jim Sterling:
I download Ecco The Dolphin and had the worst experience of my life . I don’t really want to talk about it anymore because it’s actually painful. Painful. Outside of that, I’ve had nothing to really occupy me but some rubbish roms and, of course, the BioShock demo. I can’t be all cool like the review team and play early copies.

What a busy week of gaming it has been! I went on nothing short of a game-buying rampage in the past few days that makes my mouth salivate with win. I now own Halo: Combat Evolved, Fable: The Lost Chapters, Hexic 2, Madden NFL ’08, and soon-to-be proud owner of BioShock next week. (Y’know, on the real release date like everybody else?)

My fiancee also has found a new game she likes as well, and it is a bit of a departure from her normal Animal Crossing and Eternal Darkness fair; The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. She’s been playing it on-end since we rented it for the 360 and I didn’t even think she’d want to play it when we got it. Go figure.

And for the record, folks, BioShock has “Game of the Year” written all over it. You can quote me on that, too.

Dick McVengeance:
I’m on my third runthrough of Listen to Linde talk about BioShock. It’s like I’ve already played the game. When I’m not doing that, I’m suffering from horrible ADD and downloading every damn demo on the PSN and Japanese PSN. So, for real games, it’s a bit of a crapshoot between Oblivion, Persona 3, and Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 and 2. Goozex: Send me Thrasher: Skate and Destroy already!

David Houghton:
I’ve been playing an interesting new browser game. It’s a text-based adventure where you have to send e-mails various games publishers and PR departments, using your interpersonal skills and time-management abilities in order to schedule various appointments for a games convention. What’s really cool is that in a hark back to the adventure games of old it actually has a real-world prize for successful players. The only drawback is that they’re making me go over to Leipzig to claim it…

Aaron Linde:

B is for the breathtaking environments you present, I is for your iconic enemies, O is for —

Er, right. BioShock. It’s fucking awesome.

Chad Concelmo:
I threw a temper tantrum all week because I didn’t get my copy of BioShock early (like some people) and refused to play anything. Unless you count standing in the corner with my arms crossed, stomping my feet, a game. In that case, well, I played that. *huff*

I tried both the BioShock demo and the Beautiful Katamari demo on Xbox 360. I’m in love with both and plan to join in holy matrimony with them both in a private, little ceremony.

I’m still trying to finish Twilight Princess on the Wii. I’m in the Desert Prison right now. I also got Heroes of Mana on the DS which is driving me around the bend with its annoying controls. Oh, and I’m still training my brain with Brain Age on the DS. All of this is slow going cause I sprained my finger on Thursday while trying to kill a real life Mr. Mosquito. I hit a locker instead of the bug.


What can I say.  I’ve had some of the most epic gaming orgasms in the last 24 hours.  Mr. Husky Hog was gracious enough to let me kidnap him and experience the mighty wonder that is BioShock all night long.  A mere few hours later, we had a hands-on with [CONTENT DELETED] and [CONTENT DELETED] at [CONTENT DELETED].  A huge shout-out to [CONTENT DELETED] for giving us the most rockin’ [CONTENT DELETED] ever!

Leigh Alexander:
I’ve been playing demos I haven’t seen yet since I just got a 360 — BioShock, Eternal Sonata and Beautiful Katamari, mostly. I’m out of town at my parents’, so of course Pokemon and Pokemon and Pokemon.


I spent the week getting back to my roots. My roots are mostly wood with a hint of Sega Genesis, so that meant picking up the Game Boy Advance version of Shining Force and weeping over the fact that no one has managed to continue the finest SRPG series in history properly. Sure, Final Fantasy has its devotees (mostly the same kids who consider agnosticism as a badge of hipness), but Sega’s Shining Force will always have my heart and the associated monetary rewards.

This week has mostly been about catching up with all the demos I missed while my 360 was getting worked on. At the top of the list was BioShock, which impressed me in all sorts of ways. I also quite enjoyed my short run-in with Stranglehold. Beautiful Katamari was nice, but ended waaaay too soon for me.

After playing through the demos of Eternal Sonata and Blue Dragon, I have to say that I enjoyed the former a lot more than the latter — which surprised me. Finally, I decided to erase my save file, and start from the very beginning with Overlord, since I couldn’t recall what the heck I was doing in the game at the time it conquered my console.

I really got into Castlevania: Symphony of the Night this week and beat it with 195% completion or something like that. Other than that, it’s mostly been Burnout Revenge, the Mythos beta, and Punishment 2: The Punishing.

Dyson Grigsby:

Punishment 2: The Punishing? Seriously, is that really a game? Anyway, I’ve mostly been playing  demos this week, specifically BioShock and Beautiful Katamari.

BioShock was awesome and deserves every single point that it can get. Katamari was, like Gameboi said, waaay to short. Not to mention that it was the exact same demo from E3, only this time in English. Still, I love me some Katamari, so I can’t complain.

Hopefully next week I’ll get a chance to play this new game called Joust 2: The Joustening.

(Seriously, they really didn’t call it The Punishing, did they?)


Now, ladies and gentlemen, it’s your turn to tell us what you have been playing this week. Space Quest? Manhole? Phantasmagoria? SOMEONE MUST HAVE PLAYED A MID-90S ADVENTURE GAME, RIGHT?! 

Earnest Cavalli
I'm Nex. I used to work here but my love of cash led me to take a gig with Wired. I still keep an eye on the 'toid, but to see what I'm really up to, you should either hit up my Vox or go have a look at the Wired media empire.