What we're playing this weekend
3/23/2008 3:06:00 PM
Rainbow Six Vegas 2 will have most of my attention. While the game is not ground breaking, it does feel nice to hop online and do some terrorist hunts with my friends. The game seems to fall somewhere between sequel and expansion in my opinion, but I still dig it.
I have a bit of Super Smash Brothers Brawl burnout, so I've been trying to finish up Turok. I liked Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw's review, basically because he echoes all of my gripes about current FPS tropes, but as an average shooter I don't think Turok is all that bad. Run of the mill and more than a bit frustrating, but not painful to play.
This weekend will probably be spent with John banging through Army of Two. The AI is quirky as hell (I'm being nice) and the controls are a bit sloppy but the game is a lot of fun despite so many shortcomings. After that I'll be working my way through events in Gran Turismo 5 Prologue and trying to earn enough money to pick up one of those fancy new BMW 1-series that keep calling my name.
It's been over a year since I've dabbled in the Vanguard: Saga of Heroes beta. At launch time the game was an unmitigated wreck. Now? I'm curious to see how legendary fantasy artist Keith Parkinson's magnum opus has shaped up. This was one of the very few online worlds I'd never been able to fully shake from my conscience. Same with the ceaselessly brilliant Civilization IV. I'd already turned in a sick day at work on Tuesday just so I could reacquainted with Sid Meier's masterpiece.
I have been working my way through the Drums career on easy in Rock Band (Xbox 360), and finding the going getting tougher by the venue. I also have been working on Halo 2, Viva Piñata and Gears of War campaigns (Games for Windows) using Vista. Toss in some Bully:Scholarship edition (360) and the time spent finishing up reviewing the audio and video products I have in-house, and I have been keeping me busy.
I picked up the Metal Gear Essentials Collection this week to get my hands on the classic Metal Gear Solid. I'm almost done with Condemned 2 already, gun play is not this games strong point. I'm also still trying to get through God of War since Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core will be out next week.
After I got through Turning Point: Fall of Liberty in a day. I will be recuperating by playing plenty of Call of Duty 4, Guitar Hero, and finishing the last disc of Lost Odyssey. Oh and I bought Beautiful Katamari for the 360.
I'll be playing Dawn of War: Soulstorm most of this weekend, while spending a bit more time with the latest beta for Galactic Civilizations 2: Twilight of the Arnor.