Games of the week for 04/14/08: It was a set up edition

 
Between them, Dominic Diamond and fellow monocle-wearer Patrick Moore made gaming cool in the nineties with The Gamesmaster, which was one of the favorite shows as a kid. How did we get stuck with Cybernet in Britain when this classic program was once a reality? Not that Cybernet was a bad show (for something that they wouldn’t air before 2am) but nothing beats Patrick Moore’s special effects-enhanced head. 
 
Since 90% of the readers neither know nor care what I am talking about, let’s just move on. Games, we played them! You can hit the jump to find out what we actually played. Amazing how that works.

Brad: I am finally done with Disgaea. After putting in, what, 80 hours into the game? Jesus Christ. Now, my PSP choices are between Jeanne D’Arc and Final Fantasy Tactics. On the DS, I’ve got Mother 3 and Scourge: Hybrid to keep me entertained while I avoid my schoolwork as much as humanly possible.

Nick: This has been an interesting week of gaming for me. Let’s put it this way — the last game I played was Dancing With the Stars on the PlayStation 2. I must say, I’m extremely disappointed that the digital Joey McIntyre looks nothing like the real-life Joey McIntyre, but they more than make up for it with the creepiest digital Emmett Smith this side of All-Pros Football 2K8.

But I played some (comparatively) good games as well: Ninja Gaiden 2 for preview, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, and I finally had a chance to play this Brad XBLA game everyone has been yapping about. I also spent about twenty minutes with Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories on the PSP before realizing that it wasn’t GTA IV and stopping.

Brad: What the fuck? I have my own XBLA game?

Nick: That should read “Braid.”

Brad: Goddamit, Chester. I thought my Block Droppin’ Party had finally made it onto XBLA before your Gun-Totin’ Bitchslap Adventure.

Johnathan: Pretty much ever second of my waking life has been dedicated to a secret project, one that may or may not ever see the light of day, so unfortunately I haven’t gotten to actually play many video games this week. However, I did manage to squeeze in some bite sized chunks of fun with two of the best looking games ever, Metal Slug X and Metal Slug 3. Also had the sudden urge to play the original Monkey Island again. Loved it just as much as the first time I played it, close to twenty years ago.

All in all, this was week where the low res, pixel based sprite reigned supreme. In a perfect world, every week would be like this.

Dale: I powered through Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds for a Destructoid review. I love it, and I wish I could keep playing, but I had to put it aside to finish my reviews of two fighting games: Arcana Heart and World Heroes Anthology. I love one, but the other? Not so much. I’ll let you guess. In my downtime, I’m rocking Final Fantasy: Crisis Core — and loving it.

Jim: Mostly been rocking Sega games for reviews. Sega Superstars Tennis and Viking: Battle for Asgard were played enough to write reviews for. Universe at War is next. I also tried Ikaruga … I won’t be playing that again.  

Topher: Um… duh.

Gameboi: I might as well make a template that says ” I’ve been playing Warhawk, Unreal Tournament III,  and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare,” because I pretty much do this every friggin week. Other than that, I’ve spent some time with Super Mario Galaxy, and that’s about it. 

Colette: Playing bits of Crisis Core at night and trying to get more Lost Odyssey achievements during the day, trying to suck less at Ikaruga, but most mentionable is that I got to play the first twenty minutes of the upcoming Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo’s Dungeon on a friend’s not-modded Wii. Epileptic spasms of delight probably don’t begin to describe it.

Ron: On the 360: I picked up Chromehounds remembering back that I liked it a lot. I remembered wrong. Its ok but just feels slows and frustrating. The achievements are insane on top of everything else. Ninja Gaiden 2 has taken over my life it seems. 3 days straight this week it was all I could play. Its so pretty. It comes out in June and Im telling you, this thing will sell a few copies. Lego Star Wars: The complete Saga is another game that I couldnt put down earlier this week. The sh*ts just fun. If you dont like Star Wars then you might not enjoy the story considering there is virtually no dialog in the game. Its cute, its fun, and I love Star Wars  so eat me. Gameboi keeps sending me pictures of himself hogtied and naked. I don’t like them. I dont want them. I wish he would stop. As usual I hit up COD4 a little and Wartec: Senko no Ronde. 

Grim: My Retro Duo (NES + SNES combo system) finally arrived in the mail this week, and it’s been great playing my old favorites like Bad Dudes, The Guardian Legend, Mega Man X, and Donkey Kong Country 2 again. At the suggestion of Butmac, I ordered Earth Defense Force 2017 online and proceeded to play it for 8 hours straight on Saturday. The mindless killing of giant ants, spiders, and robots is about all I need to have a good time these days.

Husky: This week I found myself with little to no gaming time, as I recovered from a disease that can only be known as Cancun. Although I regret leaving my 360 at home, in the little time I had available I caught up on old PC games that I love so much. I’ve been playing The Ship, yet another mod for HL that made it to a full tittle, as well as various other mods that I’ve come across back when I used to have spare time.

Chad: Professor Layton and the Curious Village > Ikaruga > Neutopia II > Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels.

But I still adore them all. 🙂

Samit: I’m with Gameboi. I, too, should just send out this same list of games every single week. Lately, I haven’t really had much time for gaming except the time that’s already set aside for it: WNW and FNF. So…Warhawk on Wednesday, then Rock Band, Call of Duty 4, and Warhawk on Friday. Oh, well…at least I’m always gaming with Dtoiders. Side note: college can go to hell.

Jim Sterling