No Rest for the Nerdy – Vol. 34

We gear up for Gears 3 with some Bodycount, Resistance 3, Space Marine, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus this weekend.

Erik, Joey, Alex & Mikeby Erik, Joey, Alex & Mike


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…

Please feel free to sound off below to let us know what your gaming plans are this weekend.

alexAlex Keen: I am super stoked to play some Gears of War 3 soon… but not this weekend, folks.  Instead, I will be balls deep into Bodycount, Crimson Alliance, and Let’s Dance II.  Bodycount has gotten a bad rap in advance reviews; but, I am having a decent time so far.  I’ll share more in a future review and hope things don’t go downhill as I play further.

Crimson Alliance is another game I am planning on reviewing and it has plenty of replay value thanks to its cooperative design.  I won’t spoil this review either; but, it is one of the better XBLA titles of the year so far.  Plus, from what I’ve read, you can play quite a bit of it for free.

Finally, and you may have thought that I was joking, but I plan on playing Let’s Dance II this weekend.  I’ve heard good things and enjoy a good workout game every once in a while.  Plus, what’s better than dancing to crappy pop music instead of watching football?

mikeMike White: I’m in the mood for something different this week. If you ask Joey, he’ll tell you it’s hard to get me to play any kind of shooter game unless I’ve had a few drinks and we’re talking about Halo, sticky grenades only. But something about Warhammer 40k: Space Marine has grabbed my attention and I’m excited to try it out. The game looks beautiful, which doesn’t hurt, but I’m more concerned with swinging that chainsword into a few hundred orks. There’s also a jump pack which is a bonus. Tribes was successful for it and Firefall is following suit, why not a Space Marine.

With the recent demise of my Xbox 360 I’m forcing myself to start using Steam again even after all the past issues I’ve had with it. Looking through my options, Bastion stands out as another title I need to pick up and play through if for nothing else than the sensuous narration and art style.

I’m still waiting for that Diablo 3 beta invite…  

erikErik Norris: A little birdie delivered an awesome message to my email inbox yesterday. Our review copy of Gears of War 3 is on its way and should arrive safely (fingers crossed) by early next week. Therefore, this weekend is all about gearing up (ahem) for Gears 3.

So to prepare myself for the final chapter of Epic’s testosterone-fueled opus, I’ll be playing another first-person shooter, Resistance 3. My review for the game is now live, and I can say I thoroughly enjoyed the game’s story. The multiplayer was pretty ho-hum though. But I’m looking to plug away at it some more this weekend to see if my feelings change at all.

Surprisingly, I’m kind of interested in Driver: San Francisco. If you told me a few weeks ago that I would be enticed to pick it up, I would have laughed in your face. But it’s getting great word of mouth. Although, I’m not sure I like the comparisons people are making between it and most, if not all Jason Statham films. If I find time this weekend to hit up my local electronic-consuming watering hole, then I might snag a copy of Driver: San Francisco. We’ll see.

joeyJoey Davidson: Our review copy of NHL 12 should be getting here any second now. I’ve been nervously checking my front porch every hour, on the hour, for the last several days. No luck so far, but I’m certain that will continue over the weekend.

Yes. Even on Sunday. Because my desperation cares not for off-days!

I’m actually playing the ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection for review. We’ve had it for a bit now, but I’m finally getting around to cranking through the title. The thing that you’ll probably think is a bit nuts? I’ve never played either game.

I mean, for ICO that makes sense. The title was Team Ico’s first, and it remained an undiscovered gem for quite some time. It took the breakout success of Shadow of the Colossus to make most gamers, myself included, even aware of Fumito Ueda and his team’s previous work.

But, no, never played Shadow of the Colossus. The game dropped while I was in college and too stone broke to give it a whirl. I watched a friend play a bit of it, I recognize that it ‘twas glorious, but this is the first time I’ve actually mounted up to ride out and murder my own batch of colossi.

I may be late to the party, but the camera is terrible.