Games of the week for 07/27/08: The Pedo-Files edition

 
Anyone who gets to know me will eventually learn that I worship in the Church of Morris. Chris Morris is one of the most biting, brutal, and above all, correct social satirists in the world. The above was filmed long before Dateline‘s To Catch A Predator, I should point out. This clip, taken from a very controversial episode of spoof current affairs program Brass Eye, did what a lot of Morris’ work used to, and that’s predict the way sensationalist media was headed at the time, and now currently resides. 
 
With your weekly dose of Sterling culture over and done with, we shamble on to our games of the week feature. Hit the jump for our gaming treats.

Topher: I’ve been playing a lot of Momotaru Dentetsu on PS2, which has been turning out entirely too much like my real life. Also Metal Slug Anthology, Mainichi Isshou Ni, Shikigami no Shiro 2, and Ikaruga.

Conrad: I took a day off and dragged my 360 away from my computer so that I could just play a few games without the distraction of the internet. Played a little Dead Rising, some GTA IV (which still hasn’t really lost its luster), and I gave Stuntman: Ignition a spin. I also started playing Final Fantasy Tactics Advance A2, which only served to reinforce why I don’t play tactics games after dying in the tutorial.

Jim: It’s been a very Castlevania week for me. I’m currently questing for 206 % completion on Symphony of the Night, but am annoyed that the achievement for it on XBLA is called “Seeker,” when everyone with a brain knows it should have been called “A Miserable Little Pile of Secrets.” Wasted opportunity. Finished off Dawn of Sorrow, which was absolutely awesome, and am on the last boss of Portrait of Ruin, which was a bit lame in comparison to the combined win of Night and Sorrow. Just felt very regurgitated, and rather short. Still, am really glad to finally get on board the Castlevania train and can’t wait for Order of Ecclesia.

Hamza: I’ve been playing through the original Halo and it still stands as one of my favorite games of all time. It’s such bullshit that Bungie couldn’t capture what made Halo 1 so good in Halo 2 and 3.

I also hoped on a game of AgentMOO’s Maximum Overdeath game as well as finally trying out LordRegulus’s Late Again game.

Nick: Do you mean bland, repetitive corridors? Anyhow, I started playing Siren on PSN and the PixelJunk Eden demo is just about the greatest thing ever. Also, I’m playing Guitar Hero: Aerosmith for the achievements, even though it’s the most boring Guitar Hero I’ve ever played.

Hamza: Yeah, pretty much. Halo 1 had such huge environments compared to the others and lots of action going on in them.

Justin: Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Pixeljunk Monsters, Super Stardust HD, and a bunch of random demos.

Niero: This weekend I played with women. Pics coming!

Dale: I’m playing Zoids Assault for an upcoming Destructoid review. In the meantime, I’ve dusted off Nocturne. It’s such a great game!

Grim: I got F.E.A.R. for $4 at a garage sale … I want my money back.

Colette: I snuck in a little bit of Final Fantasy IV on the way to Los Angeles, which feels like 3 years ago but was actually two weeks ago. I’m about to board yet another plane, and I’ll probably play the same thing on the way home. I know, my life is a carnival of thrills and variety.

Niero: I had an envious weekend of FFIV, Little Big Planet, Ghostbusters and Kingdom of Loathing.  I didn’t get to play any of the above for as long as I wanted but I got to duet Lovefool with T’zaaaaar.

DMV: Some Devil May Cry 3 along with a bit more in Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin. I enjoy the Metroidvania games, but it’s a mindless grind for me.

Jim Sterling