Games of the week for 09/27/09: Sea anemone edition

I have been doped up on pain meds all day so I am in no fit state to go looking for a video that nobody ever asked to watch. In order to get this done so I can go and pass out, I have decided this week to instead just post a picture of a sea anemone. There it is. Isn’t it wonderful? Great.

Speaking of sea creatures, videogames were played this week. You can hit the jump and find out which ones if you care. Oh, and do please tell us which games you’ve been playing as well

Bennett: Played Nier, Ninety Nine Nights II, Persona 3 PSP, Tales of Graces, PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe, PixelJunk Shooter, and stared a lot at Final Fantasy XIII (but didn’t get to play it, pout). Also played quite a bit of Bowser’s Inside Story, which is awesomely good.

Aziz: I beat Bowser’s Inside Story the other day. God damn is it long, and good.

Sterling: Still playing Final Fantasy VII on my PSP whenever I’m bored. I’ve also gotten back into Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare for some random reason, possibly sharpening my skills before Modern Warfare 2 hits. Surprisingly not as rusty as I thought I’d be, still hanging in there and kicking ass. Modern Warfare is the game that really got me into online gaming, so I’m looking forward to the second, even if Evil Activision is behind the steering wheel.

I also found a Dreamcast in my closet that I never knew we had, which was pretty rad. Not been able to play on it yet but am looking forward to doing so.

Ross: I finished Arkham Asylum at the beginning of the week, and have mostly just been playing Bowser’s Inside Story since then. Arkham Asylum is my current game of the year — it’s just so goddamn well done.

Sarkar: I’ve been slogging through Half-Life 2, and I’ve still got three chapters to go. I didn’t realize how long the game was when I picked it up in Ravenholm last week — I’m not saying that that’s a good thing or a bad thing, but it’s definitely a true thing. I’m still really enjoying it, but it does drag in places.

On Wednesday, I finally got The Beatles: Rock Band, and I stayed in on Friday night to play through the story mode in its entirety (it took between 3 and 4 hours). As I said on Twitter, it’s the most fulfilling videogame experience I’ve had all year. I couldn’t have been happier with the final product; it really blew me away. And what’s really awesome is that I’ve gained a new appreciation for some lesser-known Beatles songs, like “I Me Mine,” after singing/playing them.

Burch: The episodes are paced much better.

Also, just finished Lair of the Leviathan, the third Tales of Monkey Island episode, and it’s unquestionably the best in terms of both comedy and puzzles. But I really like Morgan LeFlay, so what do I know?

Zimmerman: I, too, played through the story mode of The Beatles: Rock Band. While I am less likely to gush about it, not being a big fan of The Beatles, I did find it to be quite impressive and I have certainly gained a new appreciation for their music having played the game.

I’ve also played Katamari Forever and The Warriors: Street Brawl for review. One of them is good. Another one is not-so-good. I’ll leave you to guess which is which.

Razak: I played some Mario Kart with the lady a few nights after discovering I had some how deleted the file from my Wii. Have to open all the tracks back up, but there are far worse fates in the world. Other than this there was a little Batman action and a bit of RE5. I also hit up Scribblenauts here and there, but no massive gaming events for me.

Holmes: Playing Katamari Forever as we speak. Very mixed feelings about the game, but it seems to get better the farther you get into it.

Earlier in the week I played Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop, in honor of Frank West’s upcoming appearance in Tatsunoko Vs Capcom: Ultimate All Stars. Also re-played MadWorld for some reason. Both games are still a lot of fun to come back to now and again.

Finally, played the Lost Planet 2 demo. It’s not my thing, but I could see what other people may like about it.

Oh crap, almost forgot. I played a crap load of You, Me and the Cubes in the beginning of the week. The game gets way hard in the last few levels. If you like “progressive puzzle games” like the Art Style series, buy it right now. You’ll get your ten bucks worth. It’ll take you ages to beat all the games levels.

Jim Sterling