We’ve recorded a particularly eclectic mix of gaming and non-gaming between this week. Top of the list and almost top of the chart is everyone’s favourite bear. No, not Yogi but Tuffcub. Though he found even recalling whether he’d gamed this week a bit hazy.
Not that his gaming involved Free Radical Design’s disappointing swansong but because he’s been playing at being a pop star after TSA’s very own DJ Hero saw his album go in at number 4 in the official charts. As a result, while it sounds as though there have been many parties, none of them involved LANs, Buzz or even SingStar.
He wasn’t the only team member to succumb to music’s siren call this past week. Kris owned up to having been dragged kicking and screaming away from his Xbox and WordPress to attend a festival. Personally, I suspect he went willingly and was just feeling guilty about not having played any games when I asked him while preparing this post.
Yet another located nowhere near their console of choice was Toby. He’s away on holiday and what little gaming he’s managed to get in has involved rage. Not the id created rage, of either kind, but that produced from time to time by otherwise addictive little games. In this case it is Angry Birds and Paper Toss shattering the peacefulness of his sun worshipping. Both proved infuriating for similar reasons:
[drop]Someone else playing around in the sand, not to mention the gravel, snow, DiRT and sometimes tarmac was Matt who been busy taking the series’ third outing for a spin. Having finished the main championships and completed the super series he should be in the ideal position to answer the question of whether you can enter a Hyundai Pony into the gymkhana.
Sometimes it works like a dream, but sometimes it defies the laws of physics and proves to be an irritating little game.
Finding that DiRT 3 is somewhat lacking in opportunities for adventure and romance, Matt developed a “hankering for some Uncharted”. Spending a few hours steering Nate through the twisty jungle single track in Drake’s Fortune seems to have sated that particular desire for now.
Blair has also been watching the thoroughly trustworthy and not at all mercenary Mr Drake sashay and swing his way around the screen, though he chose the rugged hero’s second outing as a little more polishing was required to reveal the platinum trophy.
That’s not the only virtual silverware that he has been proudly showing off around TSA Towers as the very same day he also found the Portal 2 platinum. Some of us here think it more likely he ‘found’ them both in a holdall Zoran had dropped somewhere in Shambhala.
Despite the staggering number of kills required to play through Uncharted 2 (seriously, Drake is one mean mass murderer, after five runs through the story I’m up to around 3,000 kills) Blair was still thirsty for blood so he played through Battlefield: Bad Company 2, which was “okay… some nice action bits but just an average campaign overall”. He finished his gaming week by going out on the Raz, or rather playing the doubly fine game Psychonauts which he’d been lucky enough to score for just 99p on Steam over a year ago but had gone unplayed until now.
There was even more Drake-love (no I’m not back to swans again) from Josh who was also to be found playing the “impressive and varied” Uncharted 2. That was in amongst going back through L.A. Noire following his review, perfecting cases and grabbing collectibles, and revising for his upcoming inFamous 2 exam by going back through the first game playing an evil
sapling son of a beech.
Perhaps inspired by our recent graph showing how the life-to-date sales of current consoles compared to those of yesteryear Dan also dug out his SEGA Saturn to have his wits and reactions tested by Cave’s vertically-scrolling manic shoot’em up DoDonPachi. Any day now we’re expecting him to enter MAXIMUM news mode and try to write 220 posts in a day. E3 may give him that chance.
Last but not least this week is Delriach who, if you’ve been paying attention for the last couple of weeks, has been in training for a Mortal Kombat tournament. Here’s how it went:
I competed in Mortal Kombat at a tournament called Ultimate Fighting Game Tournament 7 in Chicago. It was a three day long adventure where I played some of the best in the game. I did pretty well but I got eliminated right before the semi-finals. It ended up being a very close battle. It was a bit upsetting but it’s a learning experience.
The entire weekend was spent playing Mortal Kombat, watching Super Street Fighter IV and Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (and tons of other fighting games). The days never ended really. I’d get home at 6am only to leave the house a few hours later. It was pretty hardcore stuff. A group of us all stayed at a friend’s hotel and played Mortal Kombat for an unhealthy amount of hours. It was quite a blast. The entire tournament was really a great experience.
You can find the tournament results here and see if you can spot Delriach in this photo from the event…