This Weekend in Gaming: 5.4.2012

May the 4th be with you. Always. And this weekend, too.

Erik Norrisby Erik Norris


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.

paulPaul Tamburro (@PaulTamburro): Despite loving Uncharted 2 (who didn’t?), I somehow failed to pick up Uncharted 3 when it was released – the sheer wealth of great titles last year meant that the prospect of purchasing another AAA release whilst still not having put ample time into Gears of War 3, Battlefield 3, Batman: Arkham City and Modern Warfare 3 seemed illogical. However, after now having put ample time into all four of those games, I can now safely say that I wish I had spent said time playing Uncharted 3.

Reviews had led me to believe that this was the Return of the Jedi of the Uncharted series; good, but a bit underwhelming after watching Empire Strikes Back. This is not the case. Thus far, Uncharted 3 has taken the best elements of the series (of which there are multiple) and improved on them, crafting into a beautiful beast of a game that thrills you at every turn. Plus, it has yet to greet me with a snow level – is there anything more repugnant in the world of video games than a snow level?

Also, after watching The Avengers this week (or Avengers Assemble, as we British are being told to call it for some reason) and being utterly overwhelmed by its giddy awesomeness, I would have quite happily spent this past weekend playing a mediocre tie-in game just to relive its magic. However, as Marvel has somehow restrained itself from milking this one, I will instead be picking up Ultimate Alliance 2. There’s no Mark Ruffalo Hulk, but it’ll have to do.

erikErik Norris (@Regular_Erik): I have two top priorities this weekend, neither of which revolves around video games.

Firstly, I plan to see the shit out of the Avengers. Being the comic nerd I am, this movie represents childhood fantasies come to fruition. Secondly, my entire Saturday is dedicated to a wedding. Don’t worry, I plan to wear my best suit and dance my ass off.

Kind of like this:


If I do find some time to game this weekend, it will probably be with Mortal Kombat for the PS Vita. I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of both Starhawk and Max Payne 3, but it’s probably not healthy to forego food and sleep to sit by the door and wait for the deliveryman to drop off the goods. So to keep my mind off those two anticipated titles, I’ll be pulling off fatalities with my touchscreen. 

alexAlex Keen (@dbldn): I’m 16 hours into Mass Effect 3 and loving everything about the game. The graphics are visually stunning, the storytelling is top-tier, and the controls work perfectly. So far, my only complaint has been with the inopportune run-ins with characters from previous games. Why make these encounters feel so random? In a world of holographic communication and e-mail, why can’t Shep stay in touch with his pals? Don’t they have Facebook?!

I picked up NBA Jam On Fire Edition and have been filling in the blank spots of my life with quick games of hoops. Much like the original NBA Jam, this edition is no walk in the park. Especially playing for gold medals, I’ve had to rematch my opponents multiple times to get even close to winning. I was expecting a wider variety of dunks and commentary, but for $10 I don’t think I should be complaining too much.

Beyond that, I plan on hanging out with Darth Vader and some Stormtroopers at Free Comic Book Day this weekend. And, maybe if I’m lucky, I’ll get to see the Avengers. Only time will tell!

joeyJoey Davidson (@JoeyDavidson): Gaming this weekend will be a bit light. I’m really only looking to do two things.

First of all, I’m reviewing Minecraft for the Xbox 360. This port has already stolen around 10 hours of my life. Much like its PC brother, Minecraft for the Xbox 360 is addictive. I’m still getting used to the control system and inventory management, but it is, by and large, Minecraft. That’s not a complaint, just a point of note.

I’ll also be looking to sink my teeth even deeper into Tribes Ascend. I’ve had my gaming PC for roughly two weeks now. The games that I genuinely love are starting to rise to the top of my frequency-of-play list, if I have such a thing. Tribes Ascend is a great callback to a game I spent so much of my youth obsessing over. Being able to do that again, complete with mid-air disc kills, is amazing.

The Catch-Up:

[Header image courtesy of ~Noil-1]