Friday Night Fights: Take my wallet, PopCap

If you wrote off the Xbox LIVE Arcade release of Plants vs. Zombies because you already own another version — or, in some cases, multiple versions — think again.

Somehow, PopCap was able to make using a control stick feel natural to the point where it’s as if this control scheme was the original plan long before touch or mouse controls ever came into the equation. Brilliant design, to say the least.

And then there’s co-op and competitive multiplayer stuff, too. Consider getting it.

New to FNF? Read this: Each week, a bunch of Destructoid readers and usually an editor or two get together to play some videogames online. Basically, this is what Friday Night Fights are all about.

The planning for FNF takes place in the forums, where community members volunteer to host by posting their information (gamertag, time to meet up, game, etc.) in the forum post corresponding to the system they’re interested in playing on.

Then, every Friday, reminder posts for those who don’t read the forums regularly go up in the community blogs section all thanks to a dedicated group of cool individuals. And for everyone who wants their info all in one place, they have got my weekly recap posts to look forward to between 4:30 – 5:30 PM EST.

Now that you’re here, just scan the list below and find a game you want to play. All that’s left to do after that is to join the match by contacting the host below using any means necessary. For Wii, you might have to be a little creative, but for 360/PS3 a simple “invite me” message will be fine.

The names on the left are our Destructoid handles, while the ones on the right are our online handles (PSN IDs, for example). Don’t see a game you want to play? Feel free to post a comment offering to take up hosting duties yourself.

New and notable:


    Tonight’s Hosts (more info from Subenu):
    • Platform: PC/Mac, Steam.
      Game: Whatever you bloody want
      Join the Steam group chat to find the Steamtoiders. I take no responsibility for any harm that may result from it.
      Time: 20.00 CEST | 19.00 BST | 18.00 GMT | 13.00 EST
    • Platform: Xbox 360
      Game: Halo 3 custom games or matchmaking
      Knights: Tarvu (GT: Tarvu), Ramalho (GT: RamalhoM), Subenu (NeoSubenu) and all the other people who actually want to play this highly interesting and super duper awesome hyper game… STUFF!
      Time: 20.00 CEST | 19.00 BST | 18.00 GMT | 13.00 EST

    FNF 360

    • Games: Left 4 Dead / Gears of War 2 / Modern Warfare 2 / BF: Bad Company 2
      Host/Gamertag: Arch649 (GT: Archers Voice)
      Time: 9:00 EDT
    • Game: Halo 3 (all weekend long!)
      Host: Me (Gamertag: garethxxgod)
      Time: 11:00 EDT until sometime Sunday night

      FNF PS3

        Tonight’s Hosts (more info from Trev):
      • Game: Demon’s Souls
        Host: ElZilcho
        Time: 7:00 EDT
      • Game: Battlefield: Bad Company 2
        Host: ElZilcho
        Time: 8:00 EDT
      • Game: BlazBlue: Continuum Shift
        Host: JackofNoTrades85
        Time: 9:00 EDT
      • Game: MAG
        Host: Elsa
        Time: whenever
      • Game: Castle Crashers
        Host: RonBurgandy2010
        Time: whenever
      • Game: Red Dead Redemption
        Host: Lenigod
        Time: whenever

      PC FNF

        Tonight’s Games:
      • All Points Bulletin – Zombie Server. Enforcers
        The old forums are down right now, so the link you’re supposed to use doesn’t work. Just know this exists, I guess!
          • The Ship
            Gametype: Elimination
          • Team Fortress 2
            Map rotation: Stock only rotation with customs in Rock The Vote.
          • Counter-Strike: Source
            Map rotation: de_dust2 and cs_office
            (Thanks to TewDee for the server)
            • If you want to find people to play with, get your ass to mars Steam chat
            Jordan Devore
            Jordan is a founding member of Destructoid and poster of seemingly random pictures. They are anything but random.