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GN Unplugged: The Art of Blizzard
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Weekend News Roundup - 03/29/2013

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What We're Playing This Weekend for March 29, 2013

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One staff writer played the first BioShock ad nauseum. Literally. We've also come to a split decision as to whether BioShock 2 is worth your time. And BioShock Infinite has got our collective head in the collective cloud.

What are you playing this weekend?

RUSSELL ARCHEY | Staff Writer | Twitter @neoscyther
I'm out of town this weekend, so no major PC or 360 gaming for me. However, I recently picked up Kirby Mass Attack on the cheap so I'll finally be giving that a shot. I have yet to play a Kirby game I dislike (though I have yet to play Air Ride beyond a quick demo race).

NATHAN CARTER | Staff Writer | Twitter @natedoggcata
I’m still suffering from a post-PAX hangover, so I think I will be taking it easy this weekend and playing some games that I can play while relaxing. I still have Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward to finish. I am about 30 hours into the game now and I have only unlocked about nine or ten of the 24 different endings in the game. I also picked up Dead or Alive 5 Plus for the Vita, a far superior version of the game compared to its console counterpart. Finally, I’ll probably hop into some more Left 4 Dead 2 when I get some spare time. Left 4 Dead 2 is always fun to hop in, play for a bit, then do something else.

NATHANIEL COHEN | Staff Writer | Twitter @seven_hells
Funny BioShock-related story. Way back when the first one came out, I went and picked up my pre-order, then was promptly struck down by some sort of food poisoning. It was the grossest two weeks of my life, but I wasn't going to let something as insignificant as not being able to sit up keep me from BioShock. That had been a really bad summer for games and I needed to play it. So I did. I finished in between bouts of praying to the flush gods. When I was was over it,I tried to play through it again, only to find the experience inexorably tied to how I felt while I was sick. I found I couldn't look at it, let alone play it, without suffering from some kind of really unpleasant PTSD nauseousness. It was so bad I had to trade it in, and it was two years before I could think about BioShock again.

I was not a fan of BioShock 2. I thought that except for the slightly upgraded shooting, everything else was just a pale imitation with worse graphics. I don't expect the same disappointment from BioShock Infinite.  You don't remake the same game for the third time and stick the word "Infinite" in the title unless you know exactly what you're doing.

I'll be playing BioShock Infinite and probably some FIFA Soccer 13. These international breaks are hard on fans of European club soccer. I gotta get my fix somehow. Watching the USMNT just isn't enough even when they have a particularly good couple of games.

SEAN COLLELI | Staff Writer
I'm actually revisiting BioShock 2 to get ready for SkyoShock. I kind of forgot just how good BioShock 2 was compared to the original. Most of the things that annoyed me in the first game--clunky combat, technical issues, a preachy story about a sociopolitical philosophy that hadn't been relevant for decades--was vastly improved in BioShock 2. Dual-wielding guns and plasmids really opened up the combat, and the plasmids and tonics were just overall cooler. Playing as a Big Daddy and escorting the Little Sisters as they harvested ADAM was also a lot of fun. Best of all, the story was just more compelling and didn't fall apart in the third act--it actually got better. Having Sofia Lamb as a foil for Andrew Ryan really helped, because it demonstrated that a philosophy on the other end of the spectrum--in this case super collectivism instead of Ryan's objectivism--could be just as bad if taken to the same extreme. Definitely check out BioShock 2 if you missed it the first time around.

CHARLES HUSEMANN | Editor-in-Chief | Twitter @chusemann
BioShock Infinite is sitting on my dining room table and I think that's going to be my main endeavor this weekend. There is a double XP weekend going for MechWarrior Online, so that will probably find it's way on to my playlist as well.

RANDY KALISTA | Staff Writer | Twitter @randykalista
SimCity is a problem. Losing sleep. Work suffering. Other hobbies collecting dust. Child doesn't even know me anymore. So, I'm grounding myself from SimCity (way to go, me) and heading back into Mass Effect 3 to finish the fight. If for no other reason than to get to bed on time. While I can't not read every single entry that pops up, the Codex should be renamed "naptime."

JOHN YAN | Senior Hardware Editor | Twitter @thejohnyan
So after finishing StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, I'm heading off to the city of Columbia to review BioShock Infinite. I'm really excited about this one as the previews at the past couple E3’s blew me away. I might jump into a quickie session of SimCity, but I'm at a point where I'm out of room. It was pretty quick to run out of room and I don't want to mess with it too much since I'm getting money and everyone's mostly happy. If someone wants to, I'll try out Dead Space 3 co-op, since I got that for free with my SimCity game.

News Roundup - 03/28/2013

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What We're Playing This Weekend for March 22, 2013

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SimCity mayors grabbed their free game from EA for surviving a difficult launch, Cogs tweeted more Gears of War tattoos at Cliff Bleszinski, and iOS'ers grabbed their rods and reels for some Ridiculous Fishing. 

What are you playing this weekend?

RUSSELL ARCHEY | Staff Writer | Twitter @neoscyther
For once, I'll actually not be playing Skyrim this weekend (even dragons need a rest from the constant beat downs). I do have a trio of games that I'm working on reviews for, including the latest Pokemon Mystery Dungeon, HarmoKnight, and BIT.TRIP Presents: Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien. The latter two are almost done for the most part, outside of actually completing the game, so I'll be spending most of my time in the next few days with Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, with the rest of the weekend devoted to HarmoKnight.

SEAN CAHILL | Staff Writer | Twitter @seancahill2
Tomb Raider. I've finally managed to put other things on the shelf and give it my undivided attention. The game has an uncanny ability to really get under my skin in certain parts, but I find myself going back for more. I've been making it a point to unlock as much as I can on the first run before doing a 100 percent accuracy run after beating it for the first time.

NATHAN CARTER | Staff Writer | Twitter @natedoggcata
This weekend I will be playing lots of games. Too many to name, to be honest, because this weekend I will be heading off to PAX East in Boston. Be sure to follow me on twitter (@natedoggcata) to get updates live from the show floor. I will also be bringing my PS Vita will me to the show so in my downtime I am going to play some more Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward, the amazing sequel to Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors which was an amazing game on the original DS as well. There are 24 endings in Virtue's Last Reward and I am about 20 hours into the game. I've only gotten five endings. This game is outstanding. 

SEAN COLLELI | Staff Writer
The girlfriend is busy pet-sitting this weekend, so that means less Killing Floor and Left 4 Dead multiplayer, and more reviewing Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. I've always felt a little guilty that I missed this one on the old Wii, but now that it's in HD with extra features...I guess he who laughs last laughs the most. I kind of like this strategy--wait awhile until a game's GOTY edition comes out with all the DLC on-disc. Sure I miss out on some big games during the first weeks, but considering my backlog is enormous as it is, and I avoid being nickled and dimed on the DLC, I think it's a fair trade off, at least for the few games I don't need to play on launch day.

CHARLES HUSEMANN | Editor-in-Chief | Twitter @chusemann
Probably a steady diet of MechWarrior Online again. They released a new patch this week with a brand spanking new map, new mech, and a bunch of control tweaks that are pretty solid. I unlocked my first elite level mech ability last week and hopefully will grind enough XP to earn one or two more. I'm somewhat tempted by Gears of War: Judgment, but I probably should be spending more time with the real world version of the dating game.

RANDY KALISTA | Staff Writer | Twitter @randykalista
I've established the SimCity township of Woodburn on the Giovanni Woods plot of the Viridian Woods. (Say "Woods" again.) Fellow Gaming Nexus staffers John Yan and Travis Huinker had broken ground previously with their ceremonial shovels on the oh-so-exclusive invite-only region, though Travis's city stressed him out and he flung a bunch of meteors at it. I'm ironing out details on how to specialize in mineral extraction. Apparently, no one likes living next to a mine shaft. Nobody tells me anything. At least John will breathe in all my pollution heading downwind towards him. Ha ha business!

News Roundup - 03/21/2013

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Mickey aims to make the Vita even more Epic later this year

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While Disney may have shut down Junction Point Studios, the legend of Epic Mickey 2 carries on! Disney Interactive has announced that the game is coming to Sony’s portable Vita later this year. While no exact date was given, the title is expected for release later this calendar year.

The Official PlayStation Blog (U.K. version) was quick to confirm the announcement and dish a few more details on the project. The Vita version of the game will include touch screen controls for painting, and a full, two-player cooperative mode, presumably online. It is really great to see a high-profile console game getting ported to Sony’s more-than-capable handheld console. Count me in for the launch whenever that happens!

News Roundup - 03/19/2013

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What We're Playing This Weekend for March 15, 2013

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God of War got slammed for stomping on a female’s face and handing out a trophy called “Bros Before Hos,” EA is giving away a free game to anybody suffering through SimCity’s launch, and the Tomb Raider reboot is so good no one’s even talking about Lara getting threatened with rape anymore. What are you playing this weekend?

RUSSELL ARCHEY | Staff Writer | Twitter @neoscyther
I know I'm sounding like a broken record week after week, but I just love spending quality time in Skyrim.  I almost have enchanting to 100, and smithing is well on its way there as well. Quest-wise, I only have a few story quests to go, so I'm mainly improving the skills needed to gear up for those. Hopefully in about two weeks time I'll have something different to put here. Not that Skyrim is a bad thing, of course.

NATHAN CARTER | Staff Writer | Twitter @natedoggcata
I think I’m going to switch it up this weekend. While I will still have my Left 4 Dead 2 sessions, most of my time this weekend will be spent with the new Tomb Raider which is absolutely incredible and my front runner for game of the year. Everything about this game is just amazing. The storytelling, the graphics, the gameplay--all outstanding and it sounds absolutely amazing with my Turtle Beach headset as well. Finally, I will be hopping back into some Dead or Alive 5 which is pretty amazing in itself. I know a lot of people dismiss DOA because of all the bouncing boobs and bathing suits, but underneath all of its juvenile humor is a deep and fun fighting game.

SEAN COLLELI | Staff Writer
Oddly enough, this is going to be a DS Lite weekend for me. I finally tracked down two elusive JRPGs for the trusty little portable: Rune Factory 2 arrived a few days ago and Infinite Space should be in the mail now. Why is it that these great games that only came out a couple years ago at most, are now sought-after collector's items that run $60 - $70 secondhand, and just the bare cartridge without the case or manual at that? I hate resorting to Amazon and eBay on these things but the publishers aren't giving me much choice--there wasn't a single copy of Infinite Space at any GameStop, Play N Trade or mom n' pop game store within 100 miles of Columbus. I'd much rather pay full retail price for a fresh shrinkwrapped copy instead of the ridiculously inflated secondhand prices for a solitary cart that's been through God knows what in some kid's backpack.

JEREMY DUFF | Senior Staff Writer | Twitter @duff3c
Don't even get me started on the ridiculousness of this GoW "outrage." That being said, I will be spending this weekend putting my bros before my hoes and playing a lot of God of War: Ascension as well as trying to level up the rest of the roster of Phantom Breaker Battle Grounds.

CHARLES HUSEMANN | Editor-in-Chief, Twitter @chusemann
Will be spending some quality time with SimCity and MechWarrior Online this weekend. I kind of wish someone could combine the two as I'd love to run around my city in my Death Knell commando obliterating misbehaving Sims.

RANDY KALISTA | Staff Writer | Twitter @randykalista
Need to brush up on my Mass Effect 3 multiplayer. After a year-long hiatus, I'm consistently ranking fourth (out of four) on every mission, forcing squad mates to treat me like a Ressuci Annie doll with a gun rather than a Reaper killa with attitude. Also, former Gaming Nexus staffer, Charlie Sinhaseni, who's now PR for the embattled SimCity brand, is prodding me to get my inner civil engineer on and tackle EA's newly installed servers. Just have to make sure my wife doesn't "reticulate" my "spline" for dropping $80 on the digital deluxe.

MIKE MAHARDY | Staff Writer | Twitter @mmahardy
I'll be checking out Dead Space 3's Awakened DLC this weekend to see if it really returns to the horror roots of the series. Aside from that, I'll dive into Castlevania: Mirror of Fate to see what I htink about the next portable installation in the series.


JOHN YAN | Senior Hardware Editor | Twitter @thejohnyan
I will be playing StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm all weekend while checking out SimCity and maybe throw in a run or two of Diablo 3.
 

News Roundup - 03/14/2013

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Whos ready for Pandora's Tower?

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Xseed Games today showed off the latest story trailer in their upcoming Action RPG, Pandora's Tower.  Coming in April 2013 exclusively to the Wii, this game from Japanese studio Ganbarion, will give you one more reason to pull out that dusty old Wii as it takes you for an adventure of classic Fairytale grandeur!
 
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News Roundup - 03/12/2013

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Meet Ninjini, Skylanders Giants' final giant

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About a month ago, I made a post regarding the New York Toy Fair and an event at the Toys 'R Us at Times Square where you could receive the Skylanders Giants figure Ninjini months before her release.  Today, it's time to meet the final Skylanders Giants...uh, giant.

According to Ninjini's "bio", she was the most renowned magical ninja from ancient times, but a dark sorceress jealous of her skill trapped her within an enchanted bottle to imprison her for all eternity.  Over the years her strength continued to grow until she was eventually able to escape her imprisonment.  From that point on, she made it her mission to help those in need as one of the first Skylanders (chronologically speaking) while always carrying her bottle to remind her of her own resilience.
 

What We're Playing This Weekend for March 8, 2013

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This weekend was made for raiding tombs and simulating cities. We're also eating our vegetables by tackling that mean old backlog. For some, that means taking an arrow in the sweet roll, while for others--like our editor-in-chief--it means hopping into as many mechanized robotic suits as humanly possible. What are you playing this weekend?

RUSSELL ARCHEY | Staff Writer | Twitter @neoscyther
Once again sticking with Skyrim, trying to break my habit of not finishing games I've started.  I've "power leveled" a few skills and I'm working on getting Enchanting, Smithing, and Destruction up as high as I can, but I'm hoping to finish the game in the next couple of weeks and move on to something else.

NATHAN CARTER | Staff Writer | Twitter @natedoggcata
Take a wild guess...Yup, more Left 4 Dead 2, but I have a feeling that I won’t be playing that as much this weekend as I have the new Tomb Raider coming in the mail and I am very excited to play it. Although I have to admit most of my time in the original PS One Tomb Raider games was spent skipping levels and laughing at all the hilarious ways Lara could die. I just could not figure out those games. Finally, I think I’ll jump back into some more Super Monday Night Combat. SMNC is a full PC game yet the games themselves can last anywhere from five minutes to an hour, making it a perfect game to play a round or two and then play something else.

NATHANIEL COHEN | Staff Writer | Twitter @seven_hells
Planning on picking up and playing Tomb Raider for this weekend. It was Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation for the Sega Dreamcast that is responsible for the gamer I am today and I'm hoping this one will be a proper Tomb Raider game, unlike the last one I played, 2006's Tomb Raider: Legend, which should have dropped the Tomb Raider name and replaced it with "Secret Russian Military Lab Raider" or "Cocktail Party Raider." I'll never forgive it for the light trails attached to thrown hand grenades.   

SEAN COLLELI | Staff Writer
Has anyone played the Brutal Doom mod for the original Doom? Because that's what I'll be playing this weekend. It's not for the squeamish, but the level of blood, gore and miscellaneous depravity borders on comically gratuitous. In addition, the tweaks to the graphics, sounds and especially weapons make Doom feel like a brand new game, albeit with wonderfully retro pixel graphics. Just fire up the latest version of the superb GZDoom source port, drag and drop the Brutal Doom file and select the game you want to play from the popup menu. I'm just about done with Doom 2 and I'm looking forward to the ridiculous gore in Final Doom TNT.

JEREMY DUFF | Senior Staff Writer | Twitter @duff3c
This weekend I will be sinking more time into my trek on the road to the major leagues in MLB 13: The Show and spending some more time on Halo 4 multiplayer. I really need to get back to some of the games I have been ignoring on my "to do" list.

CHARLES HUSEMANN | Editor-in-Chief, Twitter @chusemann
Will hopefully be playing some SimCity this weekend with everyone else, but outside of that I’m going to be checking out the new stuff in the recent MechWarrior Online patch and finally giving Hawken it's fair shake.

RANDY KALISTA | Staff Writer | Twitter @randykalista
My Xbox 360 is back from the shop. This is the second time it’s been pulled from the 9th red ring of Hell. Dante Alighieri mentions it in a book somewhere. So. This week’s Operation: Lodestar is the final Mass Effect 3 multiplayer event. “Lodestar.” Can’t help but hear that with a Rick Moranis/Dark Helmet intonation in my head. But no, the servers aren’t shutting down; there just won’t be anymore BioWare-sponsored experience boosts and loot drops. My “Galactic Readiness” sits at a stagnant 50 percent, so I'm aiming to boost that a cent or two. And also trying to get all up on Ashley’s pseudo-xenophobic, bee-stung lips. Perv.

MIKE MAHARDY | Staff Writer | Twitter @mmahardy
I'll be diving into Tomb Raider all of this week and weekend, as well as Castlevania: Mirror of Fate, as I'm a huge fan of the series. FTL still has its icy grip of dreadful defeat tight around my neck, so that's inevitable as well.

 

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