This Weekend in Gaming: 4.27.2012

It's three days of really nerdy, passionate PC gaming.

Erik Norrisby Erik Norris

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The name of the article may have changed, but it’s still the same at heart! Welcome to “This Weekend in Gaming,” where we detail our… wait for it… weekend gaming plans. You would think after five whole days of eating, sleeping and breathing video games here at Crave we would be sick of them and need a break. Not so fast! In actuality, we treat the weekend as a holy grail of potential gaming time. Time where we can sit back sans pants, forget about bills and family and just indulge our borderline unhealthy obsession with video games. 

And that’s precisely what we plan to do. Furthermore, we intend to share our plans with you, dear readers. So enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at what the Crave gaming staff has in store for this weekend (and every weekend henceforth until the end of time!), gaming wise.  

If you feel like sharing what your weekend gaming plans are, sound off in the comments below.

Lastly, we’re adding a new section at the base of this article that will act as a great “Catch Me Up” for those who don’t have the time/energy to follow gaming news on a daily basis. So if you want to know what’s hot in the industry right now, scroll down to the bottom of this article and get educated.


mikeMike White (@theWhitestMike): The big news on the Crave gaming front is Joey’s newly built PC. Obviously I’m giddy as a schoolgirl over the prospects of having another buddy to play my favorite games with. Our first go around with League of Legends last night was entertaining to say the least. Switching from console life to PC opens up a world of possibilities.

Mixed in the slew of games I suggested he download was a game we saw at PAX and were immediately smitten with. I haven’t spent nearly enough time playing the Firefall beta to date. Now that I have someone to log on with consistently, I can predict us diving into the game head first.

I need to keep pestering Erik and flaunting the hilarious antics Joey and I get into on our PCs. Then it’s just a matter of time before he caves as well.

paulPaul Tamburro (@PaulTamburro): After I stated last week that I would be overcoming my fear and tackling the Silent Hill HD Collection, I am now hanging my head in shame as I inform you that, after playing through an hour or so of Silent Hill 2, I have once again succumbed to my irrational fear of grossly disfigured babies and nurses. Meaning: I have been unable to complete my mission and have become horrendously emasculated in the process.

Not to worry, though, because Trials Evolution is here to take control of my life with its frustratingly addictive gameplay. I love Trials, largely because of the two following reasons:

1) I have the attention span of a goldfish on a diet of peanut butter M&M’s and cocaine.

2) It allows me to embrace my psychotic tendencies by rewarding me with precious gamerpoints when I slam the unsuspecting motorcyclist’s face against a concrete wall.

As someone who spends the majority of his time in video games passive-aggressively working out the “most fun” way to murder innocents (tying someone to the back of my horse in Red Dead Redemption before riding said horse off of a cliff being chief among those), I take great pleasure in flinging the Trials biker into solid brick walls and through hoops of fire.

Perhaps this makes me the poster-child for the campaign against video game violence, but hey, unless Jack Thompson stumbles across the torture room in my basement, then I think we’re still safe to continue running over prostitutes in GTA

alexAlex Keen (@dbldn): I scooped up a review code for Fable Heroes to play this weekend and so far the experience has been a positive one. We’re still under embargo so I shouldn’t say anything… but do they truly care if I only have good things to say? It’s not like I’m playing the epic failure that was Bloodforge. Man was that game a piece of crap.

In other news, I am still playing Mass Effect 3 and SSX. Both games have been put on a shelf while I’ve been playing games for review; however, I think with my quick progress on Fable Heroes I will have more time for other experiences. Also, NBA Jam is on sale this weekend for XBLA. I think I’ll give that a run through as well. I was a huge NBA Jam fan back in the day and I’ve heard great things about this updated version.

erikErik Norris (@Regular_Erik): My main focus this weekend is Mortal Kombat for the PS Vita. Our review code came in a few days ago, and I’ve been putting it through its paces ever since. Remember the awesome console version from last year? Yup, same game, only now it’s portable. Win!

When I break from Mortal Kombat, I’ll be playing more Witcher 2 on Xbox 360. Whenever I get a chance to pick it up, I’m reminded how much of an absolute treat it is. The only thing I dislike is how complicated the Dwarven city of Vergen is to navigate. I think Geralt needs a better map, because tracking quests in this area is a nightmare.

Lastly, I’m putting earmuffs on in anticipation of all the messages I’ll be getting from both Joey and Mike about buying my own PC gaming rig to join their exclusive “club.” It’s already started, and I unfortunately don’t have the scratch right now to justify the expense. Sad, I know. So for the time being, I’m trying my damnedest to repel their advances.

I don’t know how long I’ll be able to hold out…

joeyJoey Davidson (@JoeyDavidson): Man, where do I even start?

If you’ve been reading this entire entry from top to bottom, you already know that I’m the proud owner of a brand new gaming PC. On that front, I’ll be joining Michael in rounds of League of Legends and Tribes Ascend this weekend. I also intend to wrap up my go with the first episode of Telltale’s The Walking Dead.

On the console front, I’m playing Prototype 2. It’s a solid beat ‘em up, open-world romp. Definitely better than the original so far. I’m about halfway through the experience now and looking to close it out before the weekend’s over.

I’ve got a lot of gaming to do. Four games spread over one weekend? You better believe it. No idea how my family will handle my disappearance.
 

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