Old meme is old, I know, but I’ve been in Miami all week and Niero has not stopped playing it. It’s stuck in my head and I feel I must exorcise the demon by posting it on the frontpage. So yes, do please look at my horse. My horse is amazing.
While I am here, I promised I’d give a shout out to Destructoid’s new Steam group, since I am now a super PC gamer and have been rocking the computer games all week. So yeah, if you’re a Steam user and love Dtoid, check it out!
Anyway, videogames. Hit the jump to find out about all the damn videogames.
Dyson: NSMBW. Working on 100% completion so I can access the extra levels. Aaaaaaaaand, uh, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom. That’s about it. SO EXCITE!!!!!!
Sterling: Beat Assassin’s Creed II for review. Long game. Too long. Also been trying to play Left 4 Dead 2 when the lag doesn’t utterly decimate my fun, which it does often and without remorse. I am also a PC gamer now, and downloaded Zeno Clash from Steam to try it out. I simply adore how weird and original it is, and the first-person combat is interesting. So far it looks a touch repetitive, but it’s early goings.
Also rocked Doom II (nostalgia!), Audiosurf (amazing!) and used Fallout 3 to test the new graphics card (outside the vault with all settings pushed to the max and it runs beautifully). I also have Dawn of War II downloaded but am yet to check it out. Looking forward, though!
Most of the week was spent in Miami, previewing Raskulls for XBLA. Our full coverage is coming soon, but let me say right now that it’s a crazy fun party game and I believe my faith in it was justified. Stay tuned for hot video of the game in action!
Bennett: I just started Persona PSP. I’m super late on getting around to it but I’m just loving every minute of it.
Tolentino: I broke down and rented Modern Warfare 2 on the PS3, and about midway through the campaign my launch-model 60gb died, displaying the so-called Yellow Light of Death. Perhaps I am being punished for not taking my PC gamer indignation cross-platform.
In the meantime I completed Assassin’s Creed Bloodlines on the PSP. The latter really does feel like an Assassin’s Creed game, but sadly plays more like the first one than the second. At least I’ll be able to unlock Assassin’s Creed II goodies for when I get my PS3 back.
Also, I’m finding Dragon Age surprisingly playable on my dumpy laptop. As an added plus, turning the details down to “low” removes the ridiculous blood spatter effect. People should never engage in such plummy conversation without at least toweling off.
Zimmerman: The stack of games I haven’t played is getting higher, while the stack of games I have, well, isn’t. I’ve been pretty much decimated by some nasty cold all week, which would normally be conducive to playing games but I just kept getting dizzy after a bit.
The other day I was playing the game with a few friends who don’t regularly play videogames. At one point, we were ascending one of the early castles the game (the one with the all the chainlink fences you have to grab onto). Everyone in the room was drinking beer, laughing uncontrollably, generally having an all around amazing time. Even though our progress through the level was ridiculously slow since everyone was dying, all that mattered was that everyone was having such a great time.
It was glorious.
The more I play New Super Mario Bros. Wii, the more I fall in love with it. The details in the game are so splendid that I really couldn’t have hoped for a better gaming experience.
I know that everybody doesn’t love it, but it seems that everyone who actually gives it a try at least likes it. So far, I’ve played the game with an angry, PS3-loving drug addict; a paranoid schizophrenic who can barely speak; two part-time models who think that videogames are for nerds; some little kids; and, of course, my actual friends. All of them became instantly addicted. They seriously couldn’t put it down.
So yeah, I played NSMB Wii with all those people, and played the Bit.Trip BEAT demo (Dtoid mention at the end, hooray!), the FFCC: My Life as a Darklord demo (which ruled), Pokemon Rumble (which is awfully awesome), Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles (for review), and Excitebike Wold Rally (addictive online). Also revisited Blast Works/Tumiki Fighters, and the Bit.Trip games, all to prepare for Bit.Trip VOID, which comes out tomorrow.
Sarkar: My copy of Modern Warfare 2 arrived on Wednesday; by Friday evening, I beat the ridiculous (but really fun-to-play) Michael-Bay-esque solo campaign, and on Friday night, I jumped straight into some multiplayer with the Dtoid PS3 crowd. I had a great time — I’d been away from FNF for a damn long time, and it was awesome to come back and find the same old crew (Y0j1mb0, Takeshi, SantanaClaus89, Corak, etc.) partying up to shoot dudes in the face. I played for a little over three hours and got all the way up to level 12; after some more ass-kicking multiplayer time last night, I’m up to level 16. Modern Warfare multiplayer: it’s like riding a bike, man.
I bought the Abbey Road DLC for The Beatles: Rock Band last week, but I didn’t actually get around to playing it until Friday afternoon (as you might have gathered, Fridays are usually big gaming days for me). I played through the Abbey Road medley three times — I beat it on Hard drums, got 92% through it on Expert vocals before failing, and then went right back at it on Expert vocals and beat it with five stars! I’m awesome. Then I played a bunch of LEGO Rock Band, where I gold-starred “Let’s Dance” on Expert guitar. Fun times! That game’s soundtrack is definitely uneven, but when it’s good, it’s really good.
Also, consider Dead Rising to be a playable game for once!
Zimmerman: I never realized how much an HDTV was going to change my life until it was there. It’s good to have you with us, Ben.
Sarkar: Yay technology!