Games of the week for 05/02/10: Bangers & Mash edition

They never mean to do no harm, but you can guarantee, they’ll upset the apple cart, though accidentally, Mash and Bangers’ clangers come about quite frequently…

Hit the jump for our games of the week.

Concelmo: I had never played either of the Assassin’s Creed games, but I am now at the very end of the second one (after beating the first one last week). I have to say, I like them both very much. Sure, the first one is super repetitive, but I love the style and the interesting, if odd, story. The second one, however, is amazing! I don’t think I have ever played a sequel that improved more on the first game than Assassin’ Creed II. It feels like it was made from an entirely different team!

And for an in-game collector like me, the game couldn’t be more perfect. Codex pieces, feathers, statues, treasures! AHHHHH! There is so much stuff to find! SO HAPPY!

Grim: Tons of HeartGold and My Lord 2. Weird, considering I’m usually not much of a handheld guy.

Ross: Super Street Fighter IV, Monster Hunter Tri, and a single round of Left 4 Dead 2. Nothing else.

Holmes: Like Jro, it was a Monster Hunter Tri and Super Street Fighter 4 kind of week for me too. Also played some new microgames from Gaijin Games in Wario Ware D.I.Y., and shot through all the new Mega Man 10 DLC.

North: Hexyz Force, an upcoming PSP RPG from the folks at Sting, is my new jam. This one has the feel of one of the classic 16-bit RPGs, and I mean that in the best way. It’s engaging, and that’s something I missed from a lot of the early PSP RPGs. Review coming soon.

Aziz: Halo: Reach!!!!!

Sarkar: I finished the single-player campaign of Battlefield: Bad Company 2. It’s totally better than Modern Warfare 2. Also played the usual few hours of BFBC2 multiplayer. I’m now over the 50-hour mark!

In addition, I spent some time (like, very little) with the Halo: Reach beta, and I discovered that I still suck at Halo. Oh well.

Zimmerman: I finally finished Deadly Premonition. Holy Jesus, that was unbelievably good. I honestly can’t remember the last time I found a game’s narrative to be so effective. It’s a bit slow going, but damn is it worth the trip.

Other than that, some Bit.Trip games, Little King’s Story, Earth Defense Force 2017.

Chester: Played quite a bit this week. Just finished Kick-Ass on PSN, and uh… review tomorrow, that’s all I’ll say for now. Also played a few chapters of Lost Planet 2 along with Brad from GiantBomb and Russ from MTV Multiplayer. Can’t really say much of anything about that yet, but it’s nice that I found some people to play with; not sure if it’s a single-player experience. Also started playing Picross 3D on the DS, and it’s incredible how addicted I’ve become.

My son and I started playing Alan Wake last week, and we’re taking it slow — about one chapter a night, time allowing. We’re only two chapters in, and I can’t talk about anything beyond Chapter 1. But even then, I’m not ready to make any final judgments just yet.

I also have been let into the Mac Steam beta, which includes a full playable version of Portal. It’s exactly how I remembered it on the PC — awesome. Runs really smooth on my Macbook Pro, although I really do need to get a mouse to enjoy it. There’s no way I’ll be able to play Team Fortress 2 (which Valve is making available to beta testers soon) without one.

PerLee: Got my copy of SSFIV, which is pretty awesome, so it came in early and
threw my weekend in commotion. It’s been a long time since a game has
made me itching to play, so I’m pretty stoked about it.

Other than that, I’ve been pretty busy. I’ve finally graduated from
college, and other than some finals, I’m free. Expect some more from
Ben PerLee from here on out. 🙂

Razak: I finally picked up The Diabolical Box for my portable gaming pleasure. It is just as charming as the original, and since it’s a train mystery I like it even more. Otherwise I have been going through The Whispered World, which I’ll have a review for briefly. Was having some trouble getting it running because my computer is a POS, but now that it is I’m tearing through it.

Finally, Deadly Premonition is still in my 360 getting spun around. I don’t know if I’ll ever beat the game because I like driving around hearing York talk about movies so much. Still, with Conrad’s comment it seems to be necessary to get the full awesome.

Sterling: Mostly playing Alan Wake, which I can’t really talk about, but the review hits in the new week, so keep reading Destructoid for that. Also been cracking through Nier for a review. I have a total love/hate relationship with it right now, so reviewing that will be interesting. 

Also, iPhone games.

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