Games of the week for 09/14/08: The Hernandez edition

Screw it, I can’t think of any obscure nostalgia or British comedy to post this week, so you’re all getting The Hernandez again. You wish you had his style, his grace, and his killer perm. Only The Hernandez can make awkwardly messing about with a stick look this good. God bless Him. 

And on that note, it’s time to indulge in the weekly self-importance that is Games of the Week. In this thrilling episode of Games of the Week, the Destructoid staff will tell you their games … of the WEEK!

Too much excitement for the frontpage to handle, which is why you can read the rest of this sensational article beyond the jump.

Savant: Picked up (and completed) Bionic Commando: Rearmed on XBLA. There is a lot of content in there for only $10. I was really surprised. Also, I picked up Fallout and Fallout 2 this week (for a cool $6 for the pair) via digital distro. Haven’t had a chance to play either of ’em much, but I can already see that I’m gonna fall in love with ’em.

I’ve also been playing a lot of Guitar Hero III after picking up the DragonForce DLC pack. I’m happy to say I can pass all three of ’em on Expert, but I still can’t get past the stupid-hard beginning on “Through the Fire and Flames” Ah, well.

Dale: Again, still, I’m playing what I feel to be one of the coolest RPGs ever made, Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne. But, wait you ask, didn’t this come out years ago? Yes, yes it did. It deserves repeat plays. I’m also starting something that I missed the first time around, Lost Odyssey

DMV: Disgaea 3, Resistance: Fall of Man, and some Castlevania: Circle of the Moon. Exciting, no?

Nick: Lots of Rock Band 2 for review (and only because I had to), a fair amount of Pure for review, and a smidgen of WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2009 (Xbox 360) for a preview. I also played many hours of Guitar Hero World Tour on the PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii, along with some Guitar Hero On Tour Decades — but other than “they are all games that you play,” I can’t say anything about them yet.

Chad: I had a pretty busy week, so I only had time for some Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty, Cho Aniki, and Leisure Suit Larry 3: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of Pulsating Pectorals.

Wait, booty, pectorals, and half-naked men shooting man beams out their crotches? I feel dirty.

Colette: Mostly playing Infinite Undiscovery, although I am proud to say that now that I’ve finished the review I won’t have to do any more of that, a little bit of Rock Band in anticipation for Rock Band 2, Castle Crashers, and (GLEE) I’m finally in the last level of Rhythm Tengoku Gold — it’s hard as hell, but I made it! Woo!

Jim: Having done the other half of the Shitfinite BumShitFuckery review with Colette, I echo her joy that I no longer feel obligated to continue “enjoying” tri-Ace’s latest insult to everything that JRPGs have ever achieved. Other console games include Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise which is fun, if a little unoriginal, and about half a minute of Shred Nebula. I am never touching that game again.

On the portable side, I finally found a copy of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney and was surprised at how excellent I thought it was. I also picked up Silent Hill: Origins, and aside from the crap story, pathetic Pyramid Head clone and unforgiving enemies, I must say that it’s surprisingly not that shit, gameplay-wise. It’s actually pretty scary to boot. It’s just a shame that it does nothing but declare Konami’s franchise-raping intentions with the Silent Hill product. 

Brad: I played a ton of Tales of Vesperia and rotated a few games of Madden in the process. I also played a few minutes of Facebreaker on the PS3. Overall, I’ve actually had a decent week of gaming!

Samit: I’ve been spending a good amount of time with Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 for review. While the Photo Game Face mode has been unbelievably frustrating (i.e., it doesn’t work as advertised because of EA’s broken Web site managing tools), the game itself is a lot of fun. I also rocked out on Thursday night with Dtoiders MaxVest and shipero in Rock Band — man, I love that guitar part in Blondie’s “Call Me.”

Early in the week, I made my way further through Ravenholm in Half-Life 2. Father Gregory is such a strange character. And there is nothing more awesome than using the gravity gun to fire circular saw blades at zombies (or even better, a line of zombies coming at you) to slice them in half. And I was feeling nostalgic for Call of Duty 4, but when I tried to do the FNF thing, it was apparent that my wireless connection wasn’t up to snuff — the lag literally killed me. Finally, I’ve continued to play the NHL 09 demo on and off, because it’s so awesome, but I won’t actually get the game until probably the middle of next week.

Topher: Mostly Gokujou Parodious, and I finally finished Rhythm Tengoku Gold, though I can’t imagine ever really being finished with that game. I also played some Castle Crashers, DonPachi, Rock Band 2, and Um Jammer Lammy just for Um Jammer Lulz.

Conradical to the Max: Mostly Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise. Samurai Shodown II and Castle Crashers  have also taken up a good bit of gaming time. And I popped Halo 3 in for one round of really depressing multiplayer.

Samit: How was it depressing? Like…you weren’t doing well, or you weren’t having fun?

Conrad: Both, really. There were only about four other people in the game, all of whom much more skilled at it than I, and it was just a blowout. I’m perfectly comfortable with my lack of skill in a game that I almost never play, but spawning and dying is never really a formula for fun.

Also, mulitplayer online is typically something I prefer to do with people that I actually have some sort of relationship with. Playing against random strangers is not very enjoyable for me.

Hamza: Halo 3, and same what Conrad said. Playing with randoms is boring as fuck. I only have fun with the European FNF and regular FNF Dtoiders now.

Also been playing Castle Crashers … by myself still ;_;

Topher: That’s sad. You wanna join a game with me and Stella later?

Hamza: YES! What time?!

Topher: I dunno … tonight, whenever I’m done Tomopopping and feel like playing sum gaems. I’ll text you, yo.

While Topher and Hamza make out, why don’t you tell us what YOU’ve been playing this week?

Jim Sterling