This Weekend in Gaming: 3.30.2012

A name change isn't stopping us from detailing our weekend gaming plans full of dancing wookies. Plus: catch up on the industry's biggest news from this past week.

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.

alexAlex Keen (@dbldn): Somehow I stumbled upon a copy of Top Gun: Hard Lock. I shit you not. I’ve been playing it off and on for the past week and it’s actually a decent game. The graphics suck, there are no human beings in the entire game, and Kenny Loggins “Highway to the Danger Zone” is nowhere to be found. Yet, the QTE-heavy gameplay is challenging and fun. It’s a bit repetitive at times but not so much that I can’t enjoy the game for a couple of hours. Color me surprised.

I’ve been playing a lot of Full House Poker on Xbox Live over the past few weeks and that game still holds up. There’s quite a community out there playing and most of the players treat their chips like they’re using real money. For a while there the glut of console poker games had me worried that there would never be a strong poker community on a console again. Thankfully, the pretenders drifted away and Full House delivers a blast of an experience.

Finally, I borrowed a copy of Mass Effect and am looking forward to exploring that universe again. But, I’ll have to put down Top Gun to get there.  Seriously.

erikErik Norris (@Regular_Erik): This weekend I have the distinct pleasure (?) of playing Kinect Star Wars for review. My verdict is embargoed until next Tuesday, so I can’t say too much now. But I will say some of the game’s mini-games have been pleasant surprises thus far, while others are the stuff of nightmares. If you’ve been following along with the media drip for this game, then you probably have a good idea which are which. 

Outside Kinect Star Wars, it’s going to be a lot of PS Vita-ing this weekend. A good friend of mine just picked up the system (seriously, buy one!) and snagged MLB 12: The Show and Hot Shots Golf along with it. Therefore, I’ll be playing The Show with him some, as well as running out to pick up a copy of Hot Shots for myself. My partner-in-crime, Joey Davidson, has Hot Shots, too, giving me yet another friend to hit the digital links with. 

Lastly, I pose this question to myself to ponder over the weekend: will I ever finish Mass Effect 3

paulPaul Tamburro (@PaulTamburro): Y’know that family member you have who you absolutely hate (and I mean really hate) but who you are forced to ‘love’ because they share your DNA? Yeah, that’s my relationship with Capcom. Everything you hear about them through the gaming press makes them sound like the most unappreciative, money-grubbing and downright arrogant developers out there, but unfortunately the games they put out are just so much fun to play.

Street Fighter x Tekken has a myriad of issues – unresolved netcode problems, a half-finished roster of fighters and awful audio issues during online play being just a few of them – but its fast-paced and addictive core gameplay almost makes you forget all of its flaws. Each time Capcom release a new title I convince myself that after years of forking out extra cash for unwarranted Super, Hyper, Ultimate and Super-Hyper-Ultimate-EXTREME editions of their games I won’t give them any more of my money, yet here I am again, getting my arse handed to me by some German guy with 8000BP who I’ve somehow been paired with despite my lowly 100BP. 

Aside from rage-throwing my 360 controller through my TV screen after coming up against another scrubby Rolento, I’ll also slot in a few matches of FIFA Street this weekend. Although I initially had my reservations about EA’s decision to make licensed teams unavailable online, after spending some time levelling up, my created squad I now share an unbreakable bond with them that I’ve not shared with a group of pixels since my FIFA 12 Pro Clubs squad. 

mikeMike White (@theWhitestMike): If there’s one thing I can admit to openly, it’s that I’m a creature of habit. I just can’t seem to get away from the MMORPG. The titles change, but the game stays the same. I recently got back into Star Wars: The Old Republic in anticipation of the huge patch coming in the next month. I’m ready for some story following a month of WoW, and I’m even more ready to press more than two buttons after macro-spamming through a few weeks of Rift.

Keeping things a little more casual, I’ve also been on a League of Legends kick this past week. I have a long way to go until all the features are unlocked, but it’s enjoyable no matter what you’re summoner level is. My hero of choice is Warwick these days. I’m finding jungling and ganking to be right up my alley. I’ll gladly trade in the overpowered ranged mage characters I was playing before to line up that perfect ultimate and stop someone dead in their tracks. 

joeyJoey Davidson (@JoeyDavidson): I am sick. Like, super sick. Headaches, sore throat, stuffy nose and general crankiness have been wearing this dude ragged for roughly two days now. It sucks. It also means that I have been slouching over my couch and in my bed with my PS Vita for way, way too long.

The games in my rotation? I’ve been playing Touch My Katamari some more. That tile is easy to pick up and put down on a consistent basis. It has its share of problems, but it comes off so easily enjoyable that I never want to put it away for too long. I’ll also be playing more Hot Shots Golf. Not with Erik, though. That guy is a huge jerk.

The Catch-Up: