Games of the Week for 11/15/09: Yep Yep Yep Yep Edition

Sesame Street turned 40 last week. That show used to be pretty awesome.

As for this week, we played some videogames. Some of these games were better than others. Out of everybody, I think Nick Chester probably had it best. I can’t wait to get my hands on Resident Evil: Darkside Chronicles in a few days. That new tofu mode looks so fantastic.

How about you? What did you play this week? What do you wish you were playing?

Brad Rice: Been playing some more BlazBlue now that I have more people to actually play with in person, and getting my ass seriously kicked by Nu. I’m enjoying playing through Modern Warfare 1 again — and actually plan on completing it instead of just ending halfway through for some unknown reason.

Jim Sterling: Left 4 Dead 2 is my big weekend game. Me and the wife have been rocking the campaign, although the AI is worse than the last game for some reason, so always make sure you get four people. It’s really bloody good and more stressful than the last one, but you’re going to have to wait for our review to know more.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has of course been my main jam. You’ve read the review by now, so you already know what I think of it. In order to make way for L4D2 and MW2, I beat Borderlands on Tuesday. Absolutely horrible ending for such a great game. A ludicrously stupid boss followed by a three second “That’s it, fuck off.” A total let-down after what was a terrific experience. Still, I had loads of fun with the shooting and looting, so I look forward to the inevitable sequel.

Oh, and I played EyePet. That game gave me a headache.

R3y: Rocking New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Assassins Creed 2, Left 4 Dead 2 and of course Modern Warfare 2! Breezing through all of them for video reviews.

Nick Chester: Left 4 Dead 2, Super Mario Bros. Wii, Modern Warfare 2, Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles, Need for Speed: NITRO, LittleBigPlanet PSP, and some other stuff I’m forgetting. Videogames! I play them sometimes.

Topher Cantler: Still trying desperately to escape the grip of Forza 3 so I can play other things, and managed to start digging into Nostalgia for DS. It’s simultaneously a very typical but very different RPG, and I’m not quite sure what to make of it yet. But so far so good, and you can look forward to a full review soon to find out whether that good continues.

Jordan Devore: Played Modern Warfare 2 until my eyes melted. Now I’m in the recovery process, hoping they’ll be healed before I do it all over again next week with New Super Mario Bros. Wii (worst name ever).

Fronz: I’ve taken a break from DotA lately, and as much as I’d like to get into Heroes of Newerth, I just can’t bring myself to relearn the 100ish items’ new names and art, AND the dozens of hero clones and modifications. It sucks seeing Steam grow to such large proportions and deeply satisfying user consideration, while Battlenet has completely gone to shit for many years, and seeing Blizzard refuse to take even an iota of their gold mine to fix it since there’s no profit involved in redeeming it. It’s pretty sad, yet fulfilling, to see the leader of the DotA mod now working for Valve. Good job, Blizzard.

The recent Legend of Zelda series game debate got the best of me this week, and last night I found myself hunting down all my lost Gamecube cables so that I could replay Wind Waker. I’m hoping I’m the victim of only one nostalgia replay, because I never finished all of Twilight Princess, and I have a feeling I’m going to be playing that next. I was really ecstatic with all the page-long comments in the debate, and to see some even post Cblogs as their responses. Fanboy-theme or not, it’s fun seeing people get so excited about games. A lot of them reminded me how impressive Majora’s Mask‘s design was, so I might even replay that later this Winter.

Oh yeah! And tonight I’ll be diving into the Torchlight level editor! I should use Mikey’s comic as reference art, and change the melee class character into Brad Nicholson. ūüôā

Jonathan Ross: I’ve played pretty much nothing but Dragon Age the entire week.

Josh Tolentino: Despite my import copy of Bayonetta calling to me, I’ve been playing Red Faction: Guerrilla. Through that, I found out I’m quite obsessive about not destroying too many buildings, because I feel guilty when driving past all that ruined Martian real estate. I sure wish Volition would patch the Reconstructor tool from the multiplayer modes into the campaign.

Besides that I ran some tests on my laptop to see how gaming-capable it was beyond eroge and Plants vs. Zombies. Verdict: I’m actually better at playing Call of Duty: World at War now that it runs in slow motion. I might go back to Modern Warfare, or try my hand at Dragon Age and see how that pans out. At least, until I build a new rig come January. Truly, this is the age of seven-to-ten-frames-per-second.

Matthew Razak: MW2 single-player. I don’t really do multiplayer so I just have the special ops things to do now. It’s very exciting. Getting NSBWii too, so I guess I’ll be playing that as well.

Conrad Zimmerman: My woman has been home sick all week and has only been well enough to play Borderlands, so I went through the entire game start to finish in a three-player system link session during the course of the week. It was epic, right up until the final confrontation (as Jim has already addressed).

In the midst of all of that, I managed to sneak in a little bit of Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time. Very enjoyable if not without a heavy sense of doom lingering throughout it. Still not a huge fan of the guns in this one for some reason, however, and I can’t figure what’s bugging me since they’re pretty much the same ones as last time.
Played a bit of Modern Warfare 2 and, just as with its predecessor, got about a mission into single-player and went right to Team Deathmatch. Despite not being a fan of huge multiplayer gameplay, I can completely understand the allure of it in this title and have enjoyed being shot repeatedly.
Ben PerLee: Been rocking Zelda Four Swords with the whole set-up and everything. Forget Ocarina of Time, forget Wind Waker. This is the best Zelda of all time. Actually, I wish they would just port the damn thing to WiiWare. With DS support.
Dyson: ‘Splosion Man. It’s okay. NSMBW. It’s fucking awesome, 11/10.
Chad Concelmo: This week I played Modern Warfare 2 and its awesome set pieces, a little more of the Metroid Prime Trilogy, and OMG NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. WII IS SO AMAZING!

Jonathan Holmes: Playing Modern Warfare Reflex for review since Tuesday. I don’t totally hate it, which is a relief.

As of this second, I just returned from the New Super Mario Bros Wii launch event in NYC, which involved 8 hours of bus riding over a 24 hour period. Barely had time to play the game since I got back, but for the hour or so that I’ve put in so far, it’s incredible. I forgot how big of a game changer it is for Mario to have his butt stomp from Super Mario 64 and his triple jump from Donkey Kong GB in a 2D platformer.

Also played Exitebike: World Rally, which also has enough new stuff to make it feel like a game changer.

Ah crap, I can’t believe I said “game changer”. Twice.

Double PR-speak for the fail.

Samit Sarkar: I spent the week playing Uncharted 2, and I beat it earlier tonight. Man, what a game. It’s easily the best game I’ve played this year — I’d really have to nitpick if someone asked me to criticize it. I haven’t played Modern Warfare 2 yet, but Naughty Dog sure can put together some kick-ass set pieces, providing enthralling experiences the likes of which I’ve rarely seen.

I also played a bunch of Uncharted 2 multiplayer, taking on both the cooperative and competitive modes. I’m up to level 14 or 15, and already, I’m chomping at the bit for more co-op missions (I’ve played each of the three missions on the disc many times). And there’s nothing like getting the “Kick Off” or “Pull Down” medals in the competitive multiplayer game types. They’re so demeaning!

Jonathan Holmes
"Where do dreams end and reality begin? Videogames, I suppose."- Gainax, FLCL Vol. 1 "The beach, the trees, even the clouds in the sky... everything is build from little tiny pieces of stuff. Just like in a Gameboy game... a nice tight little world... and all its inhabitants... made out of little building blocks... Why can't these little pixels be the building blocks for love..? For loss... for understanding"- James Kochalka, Reinventing Everything part 1 "I wonder if James Kolchalka has played Mother 3 yet?" Jonathan Holmes