What are we playing? February 2014 Edition

 

Check out what took up most of our team’s time in the month of February. Make sure to let us know what you’ve been playing in the comments below!

 


Cody Shults, Editor-in-Chief, @codyshults

Mass Effect 2 (PC), Steam ID: seafyre

Decided I need to keep going with the series, as I just beat ME1 not too long ago. This is me playing catch up at the moment with a few titles that I have been meaning to play, but just haven’t. I’ll continue to blame the Elder Scrolls series as to why I am so behind in many other game series.

Also playing: Everquest Next Alpha (PC)

 


Nick Christophi, Senior Author, @NickChristophi

Natural Selection 2 (PC), Steam ID: therealgrandyzer

There were two things I was looking for when I came across Natural Selection 2 on Steam: a team-based multiplayer FPS with some depth, and a game that recreates those tense moments from one of my favorite sci-fi movies of all time, “Aliens.” Holy balls did this game deliver! Sheer terror is the only way I can describe the feeling of playing as a marine; moving from objective to objective while constantly on the lookout for an alien that could be lurking in any dark crevice. Better yet, you might be the alien, just waiting for the right second to pounce. This game has a steep learning curve and can take some time to get into properly, especially considering its unique blend of RTS and FPS elements. Understanding each of the aliens’ classes also takes time, but it really is worth the investment. Play NS2, I can guarantee that you haven’t played anything like it!

Also playing: The Wolf Among Us (PC), Chivalry Medieval Warfare (PC), Gran Turismo 6 (PS3)

 

Arthur Damian, Editor

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS)

I got a Zelda 3DS XL Bundle with A Link Between Worlds included as a download for my birthday last month, and have been playing it obsessively since then.  Since A Link Between Worlds is a direct sequel to A Link to the Past (my favorite Zelda title EVER), playing through it was a no-brainer, and I had a blast (from the past).  I completed the game twice, once on Normal Mode and once on Hero Mode, because it is THAT GOOD.  Hero Mode deals quadruple damage (!) though, so anyone interested in tackling it needs to fill all their bottles with fairies and potions like I did (no shame in that game, let me tell you).  The 3D was also implemented very well (I loved how I could tell if a platform was above or below me, and how that still didn’t help me from falling to my death a bunch of times).  I would recommend A Link Between Worlds to fans of the Zelda series and newcomers alike!

Retro City Rampage: DX (3DS)

If you love the 80’s, 90’s, and Nintendo, get this immediately.  It is chock-full of references to each, grabs you by the nostalgia groin, and you can either run over pedestrians OR jump on their heads like Mario!

 

Maxwell Majernik, Author, @SnowballMax

Hearthstone (PC)

Completely and utterly addicted. After I finish an article, well I can sneak in a quick game of Hearthstone. Tough loss in Starcraft? Well, I’ll just de-stress with some Hearthstone. I was even able to sneak in some casual games on my wedding day! The learning curve is less intimidating than Magic: The Gathering, and while it does lose some of the complexity of a more advanced game like Magic, I feel like Hearthstone is properly balancing the much sought after ‘easy to play, tough to master’ mechanics. The starter decks are enough to get you a few wins and show off some basic strategies to beat other n00bs, and the arena mode (where your deck is ‘randomized’ so that everyone can possibly be given any cards in the game) will keep you playing after the basic decks have lost some luster. It’s just a fun game that can kill a few minutes here and there.

Did I mention it’s free to play?

Titanfall Beta (Xb1) Gamertag: xXCuddleBearXx

While I wasn’t playing it ALL month, Titanfall did take over a whole weekend of my month so it should get a mention. Titanfall has been taking heat for being ‘COD with Mechs’ and I have to say it’s a pretty accurate description. That doesn’t hurt the game for me though, because it feels like my favorite COD, and possibly favorite online shooter ever, Modern Warfare 2 (what a coincidence!). Even with 3 game modes and two maps, Titanfall was the most fun I’ve had playing a multiplayer game in a long time.

Also Playing: Pokemon X (3DS), Deadpool (PC), DayZ (PC)

 

 

Albert Eres, Author, @hexcursed

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game (PS3) PSN ID: hexcursed

Castle Crashers (PS3)

I am on a side-scrolling beat ’em up game fix this month, and I got these two games on a deal with PlayStation Plus.

 

 

Kristen Spencer, Author, @countgameula

The Wolf Among Us (PS3)

Considering the crazy cliffhanger Episode 1: Faith ended on, the wait for Episode 2: Smoke and Mirrors was nigh unbearabe, but thankfully I still had a few TP’s of the comic to work my way through. I finished Smoke and Mirrors in just over an hour. At four months between episodes, you  may say that’s way too long a wait for way too little game, but that was just the “prime” playthrough. The beauty of Telltale’s awesome writing is that, like a choose your own adventure book, you want to keep your finger stuck between the pages to see how every choice changes the story. I’m on the fifth playthrough, and when the dialogue starts repeating I’ve always got Fables: Camelot on pre-order.

Also Playing:  The Last of Us: Left Behind (PS3), Assassin’s Creed IV: Freedom Cry (X360), Tengami (iOS)

 

David Logan, Author

Strider (PS4) PSN ID: BigDave300

For the past week I have been playing the reboot of Capcom’s Strider series. Being that I am an avid video gamer, I am usually in the middle of one game or another but since the release of this game, everything else has been put on the back burner. As a kid, I can remember saving up my allowance so that I could head to the arcade and play the original Strider stand-up arcade game.  It always seemed to have a line to play it but I didn’t care and would wait as long as it took to get my turn.  The futuristic ninja action, the brightly colored sprites and the awesome boss fights is what drew me in and kept me playing as long as my quarters held out.  Strider was a punishing game but it paid off in spades for those that were willing to master its various weapons and special abilities.  I am glad that Capcom went back to its roots with this game and it just continues to remind me why this company had so many hits in the dawning of the video game era.  Capcom has struck gold with this reboot and if you haven’t tried it yet, you really are missing out on one of this year’s greatest video game experiences.

Also Playing: Killzone: Shadow Fall (PS4) , Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (PS4), Mirror’s Edge (PS3), Diablo 3 (PS3), GTA V (Xbox360)

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