No Rest for the Nerdy – Vol. 55

We fire up Mass Effect 3, SSX and our PS Vitas this weekend.

Erik Norrisby Erik Norris

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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…

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


mikeMike White (@theWhitestMike): It finally happened. A good friend, who’s been bugging me incessantly since I left, has convinced me to log back into World of Warcraft. I will admit,  I was curious about the Looking For Raid feature as soon as I heard about it. Combine that with my obsessive tendencies and love for the new Transmogrification system, and you can see how most of my time will be spent. There is a level of comfort coming back to Azeroth, but I don’t foresee this keeping me invested for too long.

I rant about this game to the other writers at Crave, but not to the internet at large. That seriously needs to change. If you haven’t tried out Tribes: Ascend (assuming you have a Windows PC), you need to rethink how you’re spending your free time. The game is currently in open beta, and all you need to do is like their Facebook page to get a code. The matches are hectic and oh so satisfying. When I tried Tribes for the first time, I died a lot. You know the phrase “he couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat?” That’s what I was like trying to use the Spinfuser.

Don’t be dismayed though. A little bit of practice with the weapons and jetpacks goes a long way. One blue plate special, coming right up.  

erikErik Norris (@Regular_Erik): I will be taking earth back this weekend as our review copy of Mass Effect 3 arrived just a few hours ago. Therefore, my roommate is going to have to put up with me shouting commands at my television (meant for the Kinect sensor) to get my lazy crew’s ass in gear to save the universe (again). 

Outside blowing my way through Reaper scum, I’ll be playing a lot of the PS Vita this weekend, specifically Uncharted: Golden Abyss. As I stated on this week’s podcast, I’m in love with the device, and I find myself playing it almost as much, if not more than its console brethren. I’m nearly halfway through Uncharted, and I’m also playing through Rayman Origins once again. On top of that, I have another three Vita games I haven’t even cracked open yet. Joey Davidson is also telling me that Hot Shots Golf is quite spectacular, so I might have to pick that up digitally (I love that I can do that!). I’m always game for a little arcade-y golf action. 

Finally, if I find a little extra time to game, I’ll be continuing Alan Wake’s American Nightmare. I’ve played maybe 20 minutes of the game, and I like it just fine so far. Hopefully I can get some more face time with the title to form a stronger opinion on it. In theory.

alexAlex Keen (@dbldn): My weekend is looking to be pretty hectic. What with an annoying cold and a bedtime that has been sneakily getting earlier and earlier, my gaming has taken a severe hit.  I’ve mostly had time for movie watching and How I Met Your Mother.  

At least, for your sake, I was able to check out “Chasing Ghosts” on Netflix. If you’re a fan of “King of Kong”, “Chasing Ghosts” is a companion documentary that focuses on the competitive gamers of the Twin Galaxies era.  It was a decent movie but I’ll always recommend “King of Kong” first.  

In the realm of gaming, I hope to pick up on Binary Domain for some playtime this weekend. I’ve never heard of the game, which means no preconceived ideas or lofty expectations. I also hope to play some co-op in Syndicate, but that’s far less likely to happen. And, in a pinch, I’ll be playing more and more Burnout! Crash whenever possible.  

paulPaul Tamburro (@PaulTamburro): “It’s tricky to rock a rhyme to rock a rhyme that’s right on time it’s tricky! Uh-uh it’s tricky! It’s tricky to rock a rhyme to rock a rhyme that’s right on time it’s tricky! It’s tricky, tricky, tricky!”

In case you haven’t already noticed from my repeating the lyrics of Run DMC’s ‘It’s Tricky’, this weekend I shall be playing… XBLA classic Baby Maker Extreme! Though I was initially disappointed by the games misleading title, I was eventually won over by its simplistic and addictive gameplay. It’s a true indie masterpiece in the same vein of other XBLA classics such as ‘Dont B Nervous Talking 2 Girls’ and ‘Try Not To Fart’. It’s the best imaginary Microsoft money I’ve ever spent.

Oh yeah, and I’ll be playing SSX, too. Like many people I haven’t played an SSX game since SSX Tricky, but I’m a sucker for a reboot and I’m fully prepared to dedicate the next few days of my life to strapping a board on my feet like the Rad Dude I know I can be and conquering those virtual snowy alps. 

I’ve already played half an hour or so of it and can confirm that it’s fun. Really, really fun. However, I have one slight issue with it: from what I’ve played so far, there hasn’t been one hint of Run DMC. In fact, the soundtrack appears to be completely composed of dubstep. Horrible, icky dubstep. I’m hoping that in years to come we’ll look back at the year 2012 and think “shit, remember when we used to think the sound of a fax machine shagging an AOL dial-up connection was music?!

joeyJoey Davidson (@JoeyDavidson): This weekend is all about one thing: clearing my god damn plate so that nothing can stand between me and Mass Effect 3 on Tuesday. That might be a terrible way of looking at things, but I don’t want any distractions when Commander Shepard’s trilogy ending moments are in my hands.

So I’ll be spending my time with SSX in an effort to get a review ready for Crave. We went out and picked up a retail copy on Thursday of this week, and I’ve been tipping over the edge of mountains/dropping out of helicopters ever since. While I’m certainly not ready to give my final thoughts for the game, know that I’m enjoying it as a speedy boarding title…something does, however, feel off.

I’ll also be sitting around with my PS Vita. I’ve got a wedding to get to Saturday night, it’s roughly two hours from home. Now, a gentleman would drive while his wife rests. I’ll be playing my Vita while the wife drives. Hot Shots Golf and Katamari should fuel the journey just fine.