No Rest For The Nerdy – Vol. 9

Pokemon, Rift, Beyond Good & Evil and MLB 11 The Show on our weekend gaming docket.

Erik Norrisby Erik Norris

No Rest For The Nerdy - Vol. 9

We never stop playing video games. That’s a fact. Even after we call it quits for the week we still look forward to getting home and continuing our digital conquests. It’s our life blood. So we thought it would be fun to share with everyone what our gaming intentions are for the weekend so you guys can get a sense of what we’re playing and enjoying on a weekly, non-formal basis. Yes, this concept isn’t new to the internet. But hey, we kind of want to join in on the fun. Can you blame us for that? So without further ado, here’s what we’re playing this weekend that will forfeit any semblance of rest…

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mike_blurbMike White: I received my copy of Pokemon White from Joey on Tuesday and haven’t been able to put it down. I’m nearing 20 hours played and loved every minute of it. The game looks amazing and is already my favorite in the series.

Joey, Alex and I need to organize a Borderlands play-date. I love the idea of a game in which I can progress the story on my own or invite friends to tag along without disrupting the flow. The game adjusts the difficulty accordingly when other players enter or leave, reminiscent of Diablo multiplayer.

When I’m not distracted by shiny new Pokemon, I’m logging into Rift. This is the time when I should mention something about Shake Weights. Also, the first rule about the soul-build I play is we don’t talk about the soul-build I play. Good times. PvP has its tried and true frustrations which I get around by having a secondary Bard build. There is something satisfying about strumming a lute on the battlefield while being considered a serious threat to the opposing faction.

erik_blurbErik Norris: See all those plans I had below that now have a strike through them? Yup, MLB 11 The Show was waiting for me when I got home. Looks like I’m dusting off the cleats and hitting the dirt diamond a little early this year. Expect a review soon.

I got a few games on my list to get to this weekend: Bulletstorm, de Blob 2, Fight Night Champion and the multiplayer demo for Crysis 2. Odds are I won’t get around to everything I want to accomplish gaming-wise this weekend. But I refuse to admit defeat before the weekend even begins.

But if plans do go awry and I can only dedicate time to one game, that one game will be Bulletstorm. What I’m about to say is flame-bait central, but, oh well, here it goes: Bulletstorm has potentially ruined the FPS genre for me. The game is just so fun and different from everything else currently available. In fact, every other shooter just feels boring when compared to Bulletstorm. If you’re looking for that FPS game that re-sparks your love for the genre, Bulletstorm is the ticket. So, as Ishi Sato so eloquently puts it,  “Pull up your skirt and strap that dildo on!”

alex_blurbAlex Keen: Back into the swing of things, I have a couple games on my docket.  I’ve been playing a bit of Beyond Good & Evil HD on XBLA. You’ll probably see a review of it in the coming weeks. I know Joey is playing as well and we might combine our thoughts into a mega-review.  We’ll see.

I picked up Pac-Man Championship DX and I am loving the hell out of it.  For $5 this is one of the best new games I’ve bought in a while. Namco continues to reinvent Pac-Man in spectacular ways and I highly recommend this game.

Finally, I have some loose ends in the new Fable III DLC to tie up.  There are a couple collectibles I haven’t found and because I am a completionist, this game won’t be done until I collect them all!  That said, screw you, Pokemon fans. 

joey_blurbJoey Davidson: Nothing but Black Ops, Borderlands and Pokemon Black and White for me this weekend. It’s a double XP event in Black Ops. I figure I’ll sit down intermittently to play quick rounds of CoD as I try to Prestige one more time.

Pokemon is the glorious game I wanted it to be. As I inch towards catching them all, I find myself with the classic, massive smile on my face. That’s a great sign. Especially since half of that smile is due to laughing at the ridiculous names for this round’s Pokemon. CONKELDURR. No, not kidding. That’s a real Pokemon.