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This Weekend in Gaming: 4.13.2012

Our weekend gaming plans reveal The Witcher 2 on 360, Fez and sexy-time T & A. 

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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.


paulPaul Tamburro (@PaulTamburro): This weekend I’ll be dipping into some Skullgirls. No, that doesn’t mean I’ll be indulging in necrophilia, but that I’ll be playing the new Xbox Live Arcade fighter of the same name. 

As its roster is entirely composed of female fighters, I initially thought that it might be the first-ever fighting game that included reasonably proportioned women, but after playing it for an hour or so I can confirm that it’s just as much of a feminist’s nightmare as Dead or Alive and SoulCalibur. In fact, it might even be worse – ‘Valentine’, a character dressed in an impractical nurse’s outfit, celebrates victory by shoving a thermometer between her breasts. I can only assume that the meeting Reverge Labs had to discuss character design went a little something like this:

Reverge Labs Staff Member 1: “So… what are girls?”

Reverge Labs Staff Member 2: “Tits!”

Reverge Labs Staff Member 3: “Ass!”

Reverge Labs Janitor: “Puurdy hair!”

I’m just surprised that none of their attacks involve vacuum cleaners, dishwashers or sandwiches.

Elsewhere I’ll be sinking some time into Twisted Metal. After trying to complete the game by myself I eventually came to the realisation that years of forgiving checkpoints and unlimited lives have rendered me something of an impotent gamer – there’s only so many times I can die at the hands of the biased CPU before I throw my PS3 controller against the wall and write a rage-filled letter to David Jaffe. 

So with this in mind, I recruited my girlfriend to help me out in the co-op. Unfortunately, midway through our attempt at completing another ridiculously unforgiving Race level, she called it quits with her reasoning being that I should “probably receive professional help” for my anger issues and that it’s “just a game”, to which I replied “JUST A GAME? JUST A GAME?!” before chasing her around the kitchen with a cricket bat.

alexAlex Keen (@dbldn): Finally, I have delved into the world of Mass Effect 3. A bit late to the show, I’m about 3 hours in and I’m enjoying it so far.  At first I was a bit annoyed that MY Shep didn’t get imported. After some turning of the knobs, I was able to create a Shep that was close enough that I was a bit shocked.

Another issue I noticed was that the aliasing was very obvious while playing. The graphics looked like a mess.  After tweaking the brightness I was able to hide the lines and was left with the same glorious motion blur that everyone else has.

Unfortunately, I have been annoyed to no end by the beacon notifications. I hate that I get pop-ups every time a friend logs in – especially since I don’t have the Online Pass to play multiplayer. I wish there was a setting that allowed me to turn off beacon notifications but leave on all of the other notifications. Sigh.

In other news, I am still wrapping up Anomaly: Warzone Earth which I reviewed earlier in the week. This tower defense game is a blast and provides a ton of replay value. If you haven’t checked it, I highly recommend the demo.

mikeMike White (@theWhitestMike): Following up with Paul’s T & A train, I’ll be diving into our review copy of The Witcher 2 for Xbox 360 this weekend. I reviewed the PC version back in February of last year. This game has amazing re-playability though. The bare CG breasts, love-making scenes, foul language and graphic violence all earn the game its Mature rating. CD Projekt RED pulls it off without feeling cheap. 

The excitement from PAX hasn’t worn off. I installed AirMech and the Firefall beta as soon as I got home. I’m already addicted to Solitaire Blitz on Facebook (along with my girlfriend). I’ve also been reinvigorated with League of Legends. I’m in first world problems hell. 

The Witcher takes priority for now, and I’m okay with that. 

erikErik Norris (@Regular_Erik): I’m buckling down to find the final few cube pieces in Fez. I reviewed the game earlier this week, but I still have a few collectibles to discover. That’s top priority before The Witcher 2 launches on Xbox 360 next week. 

If I find some more time to game this weekend, I’ll be trying so desperately hard to put another significant dent in Mass Effect 3. Yes, I still haven’t finished the game. Yet, somehow, I’ve managed to avoid ending spoilers which are everywhere on the internet these days. I pray I wrap up the game before I inadvertently stumble upon some important plot point and ruin the experience for myself. Pray for me that that doesn’t matter. 

Lastly, my PS Vita will get some time spent on it this weekend. I’m meeting up with a friend to tailgate the Phillies game this Saturday (FYI – I hate the Phillies), so amidst the barbecue and beer will be a few rounds of Hot Shots Golf and, fittingly, MLB 12: The Show.

joeyJoey Davidson (@JoeyDavidson): This weekend is going to be exceptionally chill when it comes to gaming at home. I’ll probably be rotating through the same three games in my free time.

I’m still playing Yakuza 4 for the PlayStation 3. This is a game that I keep coming back to for quick sessions in irregular bursts. It’s not a perfect title, but it’s one I’ve really, really been enjoying. To be quite honest with you, I think it’s the best game to come from Sega in a long, long time.

I’m also playing Popcap’s Solitaire Blitz on Facebook. Believe it. I dig the game for its simple style, play mechanics and addiction level. It’s easy, it’s fun and it has Popcap written all over it. It makes good sense that I’d love it based on that point alone.

Finally, I’m working my way through Fez. Erik played it, dug it and reviewed it for Crave. Hopefully, I’ll be enjoying it as well. So far, this indie game’s been quite charming.

The Catch-Up: