Now Playing: Animal Magrunner Edition

by: Randy -
Welcome to the new age, folks, where the idea of ownership is still changing, where changing nothing gets you a standing ovation at E3, and moonwalking your policies back on digital rights management can nab you the number-one spot on Amazon pre-order lists once more. It’s shaping up to be a console war to end all console wars.

What are you playing this weekend?

Russell Archey | staff writer | Twitter @neoscyther
I'll be wrapping up The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons this weekend and getting into Oracle of Ages.  Beyond that I've also begun focusing on getting through some NES games that for one reason or another I never beat. I recently got through Super Contra and have begun working through River City Ransom (I've beaten it co-op, but never single-player), so yeah, I'm definitely going retro this weekend.

Sean Cahill | staff writer | Twitter @seancahill2
I've been finding myself on older systems as of late. I have gotten back into Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction on the PS2, but I recently picked up Assassin's Creed III for very cheap and look forward to jumping into some Revolutionary War fun.

Nathan Carter | staff writer | Twitter @natedoggcata
Well I just picked up three new games recently. Donkey Kong Country Returns for the 3DS, which I absolutely love. It feels new, but it also feels like the SNES games, so I am having a lot of fun with this. Second, I bought the digital version of Animal Crossing: New Leaf. I'll admit, I've never really played any of these games before, but after watching my sister play the original on GameCube for the last month or so, it piqued my interest. I am so glad I got this because it is so much fun and addictive as hell. One suggestion for Nintendo though: please, in future Animal Crossing games, add more things to do at night. Finally, I picked up The Last of Us. I loved Uncharted so I'm excited to see what all the fuss is about. Can you believe the studio that gave us Uncharted, Crash Bandicoot and The Last of Us is also the same studio that gave us the atrocious Way of the Warrior back on the 3DO? 

Sean Colleli | staff writer
I'll be digging deeper into Game and Wario to finish that out. I'll also be playing DK Country Returns like Nathan, but on the Wii. The difficulty of that game just about killed me last year, but the announcement of Tropical Freeze has inspired me to go back and beat the first one. Yeah, it's going to be a long weekend...

Jeremy Duff | senior staff writer | Twitter @duff3c
While I do have some stuff that I should be playing officially for "work," I am afraid I just can't pull myself away from The Last of Us. Never have I played a more gripping game. If and when I do manage to pry myself away, I will gather some more loot in Marvel Heroes and earn myself some scrolls in Mojang's Scrolls.

Charles Husemann | editor-in-chief | Twitter @chusemann
I'm hoping to finally pick up The Last of Us this weekend to see what all the fuss is about, and I'm also going to be digging into Magrunner: Dark Pulse to see if Portal is more fun with magnets or not. I'm also two hours into my first replay of Half-Life 2 in about five years, and despite the dated graphics the game still holds up really well. I'm just about to get to the airboat section but I had forgotten just how amazing the audio and pacing in the game is.  

Randy Kalista | staff writer | Twitter @randykalista
One benefit to playing one game and one game only? Developing an area of expertise--with an emphasis on "developing." Because I'm all of four weeks into a one-year subscription of EVE Online, and some Beck lyrics keep looping through my head: "There's a bottomless pit that we've been climbing from, just to get on level ground." This rabbit hole is deep. Send help.

Mike Mahardy | staff writer | Twitter @mmahardy
After having reviewed a steady drip of spring games, I decided to play a few old classics and clear out my backlog. I'm halfway through Jade Empire, being one of the only BioWare games I missed, and I'm loving the characters and combat so far. Aside from that, with Hotline Miami done, bloody and out of the way, I'll jump back into Borderlands cooperative sessions with James Kintner and our friends. Those scags won't shoot themselves.

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