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No Rest for the Nerdy – Vol. 41

Zelda: Skyward Sword, Super Mario 3D Land and Skyrim have arrived!

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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…

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



paulPaul Tamburro: After finally grapple-hooking my way through Arkham City, I found myself faced with the sleek allure of Forza 4. I enjoyed Forza 3 a reasonable amount for someone whose interest in automobiles is limited to how fast they go and what kind of cool colours they are available in, but my issue with the Forza series has always been its distinct lack of fun. If you’re a car nut then I imagine perving over the Lamborghini’s, Tortellini’s and Mussolini’s was all very well and good, but if you, like me, find yourself firmly in the “LOL I’VE MADE MY CAR PINK” territory, then it all seemed a bit too serious.

Fortunately, rather than simply throwing in a couple of blue shells and leaving it at that, Turn 10 have instead partnered with Top Gear to bring us the most revolutionary game mode perhaps in all of video game history… Car Soccer.

When me and my friend traversed the online features to try and find something to play other than, y’know, actual racing, our discovery of this mode subsequently led to us “losing our sh*t.” So, in case you were wondering, any and all downtime I have this weekend will be spent pummeling the bonnet of my Range Rover into an inflatable beach ball.

In no way was that a double entendre.

joeyJoey Davidson: Well, I’m screwed. I’ve been really enjoying the multiplayer side of Battlefield 3 with Erik and another friend from growing up. It’s been a ton of fun, and I was hoping to continue aboard that train for the duration of the weekend.

Now? Nintendo decided to send me both Super Mario 3D Land for the 3DS and Zelda: Skyward Sword for the Wii. They both showed up at the same time, as part of the same delivery, from the Fedex guy that knows me by pantless expression alone.

I’ve been genuinely psyched for both games. Nothing gets me running to my (unfortunately) dusty Nintendo consoles more than first party titles like these. I’ve been both a Mario and Zelda fan since the NES era, like so many other gamers out there, so seeing their main-line games in action is an absolute joy.

I’ll be reviewing each for Crave and have all intentions of getting you my opinion before each title launches.

alexAlex Keen: Currently working on Goldeneye64, er… Goldeneye 007: Reloaded for the Xbox 360, Zombie Apocalypse: Never Die Alone, and anything on the Kinect.  I’ve only dipped my toes in for Goldeneye, but I am far enough along to say that it feels like a Call of Duty clone so far.  Nothing remotely 007-ish has happened. I hope that I’m not jumping to conclusions too soon.

Zombie Apocalypse has been on my hard drive for a week but it has been a chore to play though.  Having no one else locally to play with, I’ve been stuck playing with online partners… who don’t appear to exist whenever I am playing.  So, a co-operative game is just me playing alone.  I kind of feel like Mike White when he plays World of Warcraft without a guild.

And, when hanging with the family, I’ve been playing endless Kinect Sports: Season 2, Forza Motorsport 4 and Fruit Ninja.  The game I am requested to play the most is football in Kinect Sports 2.  It is pretty fun and straight forward for a two year old to understand and deep enough for me to enjoy playing over and over again.  (Also, I have been playing Jetpack Joyride on my iPod. It is frickin’ suhweet!)

mikeMike White: Are you serious, Alex? You can’t play WoW without a guild. That’s just unheard of. Besides, I let my subscription run out months ago. Please don’t remind me of Batman or MMOs right now. I’ve been forced to give up on everything else on my list of games I was invested in for our review of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Yes, I understand that getting a copy of Skyrim early is great, but I was really loving Arkham City.

I’m not really sure where else I can go here. With all the hours I’ve spent on Skyrim, I’m not allowed to say a damn word. That being said, I can’t take my Xbox with me on the go. My netbook purchase was mainly meant to let me write when I’m traveling. It’s a godsend when I’m working at the beach, or when we ship off to a convention. Thankfully, it’s equipped enough to run League of Legends and a handful of Humble Indie Bundle and Good Old Games titles.

As long as our Internet connection holds up (I’ve been interrupted twice whilst writing this and been on the phone with Comcast) I could get in a few matches on LoL’s latest Dominion map. I like the idea of faster matches and not starting at level 1 with less than 500 gold.

Does anyone know a good FiOS salesman?  

erikErik Norris: I’m currently at a break between reviews right now. I’m fully expecting Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary to show up any day now, but until it does, it will be mostly Battlefield 3 multiplayer for me. I absolutely LOVE the multiplayer component of the game, so much so that I haven’t even touched single player since picking it up (it doesn’t help that Joey yells at me whenever I mention the campaign).

But when I’m not storming capture points and disabling tanks with my sexy rocket launcher, I’ll be venturing into charted territory with the multiplayer of Uncharted 3 (see what I did there?). Since Uncharted 2, I’ve been a fan of Naughty Dog’s take on competitive and cooperative multiplayer. Uncharted 3 has some fantastic maps and boatloads of unlocks to acquire, keeping me plenty busy. I’ll be honest though, since playing multiplayer in Battlefield 3, everything else kind of seems dwarfed in comparison (as it should), including Uncharted. But I haven’t given up on the game, not by a long shot.

So, it looks like story is taking a backseat this weekend for competitive hijinks. You know, I’m OK with that.

Wait…

Someone’s at my door and they could have my copy of Halo… Gotta go!