No Rest for the Nerdy – Vol. 12

This weekend's agenda is Mass Effect 2 DLC, Shift 2, Minecraft, 3DS and Knights Contract?!

Erik Norris, Joey Davidson & Alex Keenby Erik Norris, Joey Davidson & Alex Keen


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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erikErik Norris: This weekend on the gaming front is dedicated to Mass Effect 2’s “Arrival” DLC and Shift 2: Unleashed. I plan to give both a good workout in order to get write-ups turned around in a reasonable time-frame. I’m really looking forward to the Arrival, but I’ve been hearing less than positive buzz on the internets. Hopefully the internet hivemind is just wrong in this case. But if history has proven anything, the internet is a place full of only truths, especially on a day like today.

In regards to Shift 2: Unleashed, I’m excited to get into this game. I loved the previous Need for Speed effort, Hot Pursuit. And while Shift 2 isn’t Hot Pursuit from a gameplay standpoint (it’s more sim than arcade racer), I’m really hoping EA catches lightning in a bottle twice and becomes king of both types of racing genres.

I’m also noticing a trend here with these weekly weekend gaming columns. I keep saying I’m going to log more time into Dragon Age 2, then it never happens. I get caught up playing other things, or, god forbid, step away from my computer and television to go outside. Yes, into the sunlight. So you know what, no more promises. Dragon Age 2 if it happens. There, that leaves me plenty of wiggle room to evade being called a liar once again.

alexAlex Keen: When visiting Erik’s mansion for the podcast this week I saw a copy of Knights Contract that piqued my interest.  Never heard of this game?  Neither had I.  So, instead of spending quality time with some recent pick ups like Bulletstorm and Borderlands, I’ll be playing shit out of… Knights Contract.  So far it’s 100% a God of War clone.  However, I have my fingers crossed that it’ll morph into a Grand Theft Auto clone.  A guy can dream right?

I’ve been spending a lot of quality time with the Xbox 360 version of Plants vs. Zombies and I don’t expect that will stop.  The Zen Garden has some interesting stuff to do and I’ve found that the mini-games and survival mode might be better than the core game itself.  At first I had some big doubts that this game was worth $15 when the iPod version is normally $3.  I’m glad to report that the extra $12 is definitely there.

Finally, Mike and I caught up and took down that silly Mad Mel guy in Borderlands.  It was an awkwardly quiet quest due to my sleeping child and Mike’s broken headset.  Still, I look forward to further questing if Mike can be pulled away from the latest MMO, or if Joey needs a break while watching his 3DS charge again…

Joey: Minecraft and the 3DS. I’m still working on the review list for the system itself, which is up and updating constantly right now. The 3DS is sweet, but I definitely recommend you try it out before taking the plunge.

Mike and I have built an incredible fort in Minecraft with another friend. The game is ridiculous. Absurd, even. And now they’ve introduced wolves. You can tame a damn wolf and make it your friend and accomplice in destroying zombies and raiding dungeons. What!? That’s incredible.

Also, Erik and I are set to record our next episode of Watch us Play this weekend. Did you see the first?