No Rest for the Nerdy – Vol. 49

As January inches on, we continue to tackle our backlogs before the next big release rush.

Erik, Joey, Mike, Alex & Paulby Erik, Joey, Mike, Alex & Paul


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…

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

alexAlex Keen (@dbldn): I am ecstatic to report that I’ve recently finished two of the top games in my backlog pile: Mass Effect 2 and Borderlands: The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned. Both were spectacular experiences long overdue.  Catching up on incomplete games is one of the best parts about January and February!

Next on my list is probably Halo: Anniversary or Mario Galaxy 2; two AAA releases that deserve to be played to the finish, but time has left them covered in dust.  I think what has kept me from completing these games is that A) I have already completed Halo before and B) my Wii is never ever on. It is so much easier to stick with small bursts of XBLA goodness instead of popping in one of these games.

Speaking of XBLA, there is a mean competition with Burnout Crash! going on in my household. This game was recently on sale and, so far, worth the investment. I loved the old crash mode in Burnout 2 & 3 and this is fun little play on it. Throw in an interactive leaderboard and we’ll be battling this one out for weeks to come.

erikErik Norris (Regular_Erik): I’m still in the middle of playing through and making love to Rayman Origins. Therefore, that game is number one on my priorities list for this weekend’s gaming sessons. I really can stress enough how magical the title is, and I’m thanking Joey D. here, publicly, for drawing my attention to it.

In addition to Rayman Origins, I have an urge to revisit the dragon-filled world of Skyrim this weekend. It’s been about a month since I last had a chance to play the game, and I’m itching to do so. I’m about 15 hours into the experience, but apparently I’m still very early in the game’s main quest (I just met the giant talking dragon). My intentions are to put a bigger dent in this title if I can find a solid chunk of time to play it over the next three days.

Finally, if a break from Rayman and Skyrim is required, I’m going to fire up my newly-purchased Kinect to play through The Gunstringer. The game is pretty enjoyable, but it’s hard to play for more than 20 minutes at a time because holding your arm up like your controlling a marionette puppet gets super tiring very quickly. By the time I finish a single level I need a break. But The Gunstringer does provide an entertaining distraction from the rest of my gaming backlog, making it the perfect title to pick up every once and a while.

mikeMike White (@TheWhitestMike): We’re moving out of our apartment this weekend. Any amount of time I get for gaming will be precious. It really boils down to whether or not we get extra room set up for our computers.

I’ve hit a nice stride in The Old Republic. Leveling is coming a little bit easier, but I’m noticing my gear falling behind from too much PvP vs. questing and flashpoints. My class storyline has lead me to Alderaan, which is something special for me. The first time I ever heard of the planet, Alderaan wound up on the wrong end of the Death Star’s super laser. Now I get to visit Princess Leia’s homeworld and wreak a little havoc of my own.

The Xbox takes all of two minutes to set up, so that’s always an option if my PC stays in a cardboard box for the next few days. XBLA comes to the rescue once again.

paulPaul Tamburro (@PaulTamburro): My love affair with the 3DS continues this weekend as I’ve discovered the charms of Super Scribblenauts. I know, it’s a bog standard DS game and I probably shouldn’t have forked out £180 for a brand new handheld if all I was going to do was use it to play old games, but OMG I’VE JUST CREATED A GIANT RED DINOSAUR.

Super Scribblenauts beats out Super Mario 64 for the best title screen of any game ever. My experience with it started out with simply creating a few bombs and amusing myself by blowing up an undead horde, but after an hour or so I was staging a Deadliest Warrior-esque battle between a triceratops, Cthulhu and God. God consistently won until I created a HUGE INVINCIBLE DRAGON which, after a hard-fought battle, finally clawed its way to victory. That’s right. You can actually kill God. Someone alert the Westboro Baptist Church, Nintendo are Satanists!

Aside from murdering God, I’ll also be revisiting WWE '12 at some point, which has had its replay value lengthened drastically on account of two friends picking it up. Although the servers are still, to put it kindly, absolutely awful, triple threat table matches are great fun (depending on whether or not you can actually start a game without finding yourself inexplicably disconnected). Although THQ are still far from giving us the online wrestling game we really should have had by now, it’s a testament to how fun WWE '12 is that we persevere through these horrendous server issues in order to play a game. We’re not sure we’ll have the same level of patience when WWE '13 comes around, though.

joeyJoey Davidson (@JoeyDavidson): I’ve snagged two games over the course of this week that I intend to sink some time into over the weekend: Pushmo for the Nintendo 3DS and Yakuza 4.

I’m late to the party on Yakuza 4 by nearly a year. The game released last march for the PlayStation 3 from Sega. It, like the previous entries in the franchise, is exceptionally Japanese. And, it’s currently one of the best products being made by Sega. Those two things are what ushered me to drop the scratch and snag the game.

Well, those things and the price. Yakuza 4 is going for like $15 brand new. For a well-received PS3 title less than a year old, you can’t pass that up.

Pushmo is a puzzle game that’s being sold over the Nintendo 3DS’ eShop. No one is talking about it. No one at all. And that’s a crying shame, because this game is actually really, really fun. Sure, it’s got a cutesy, kidsy exterior; but, the overall package is a really tight and challenging puzzle solver. If you own a 3DS and have $7 to throw down, I recommend at least checking it out. It’s fun.