No Rest for the Nerdy – Vol. 57

This weekend we're jammin' to a few titles off the beaten path while our UK correspondent finally gets a chance to play Twisted Metal. 

Erik Norrisby Erik Norris


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.

alexAlex Keen (@dbldn): With a new Xbox in the house, I've been slamming through Sega's Binary Domain.  Never heard of it? Well, this sci-fi third-person shooter is well hidden behind the mega shadow known as Mass Effect 3. Binary Domain's squad-based approach feels derivative for sure; while the story is more macho like Gears of War. Even more interesting is Binary Domain uses voice command like Mass Effect 3, except your commands go through the headset and not through Kinect. Just like most parts of this game, the voice commands are imperfect and frustratingly incorrect sometimes.

Other games I'm looking to pick up this weekend include Warp on PSN and Defenders of Ardania on Xbox Live. Warp recently came out on XBLA and I heard okay things about the experience. I've played the tutorial of Defenders of Ardania and I was less than impressed. While the tower defense worked, the silly storytelling felt incredibly amateurish. Finally, I hope to play some of Auditorium this weekend in prep for a possible interview with the developers about their upcoming sequel. If you haven't played Auditorium, it is free for iPad an iPhones!

mikeMike White (@theWhitestMike): Last week I talked about my mystical journey through the wondrous fantasy land of World of Warcraft’s “Looking for Raid” feature. I say ‘fantasy’ because there is still the sliver of hope in the back of my mind that everyone in the group will give it their all and have a positive attitude. I know, it’s sad right?

I not only got around to completing the second half of Dragon Soul on that difficulty, but I quickly found myself in a 10-man normal mode run soon after. The underwhelming feeling continued. With my lack of properly itemized gear (let’s just say I cheesed my way into meeting the item level requirement), I still have issues running out of mana. Luckily, as the kids say these days, Paladins are “O.P.”

I want to like the content. It’s still fun as long as I have old friends in the group with me, but I don’t feel invested in the struggle like I did fighting Arthas at the end of Wrath of the Lich King. Call me jaded I guess. I’m assuming that what I really miss is progression. That feeling from working with a close group of friends over a span of time to beat a boss just can’t be replicated.

The only thing I can compare it to is a junkie chasing that first high. Alex warned me to get away from my MMORPG addiction. I could quit any time I want… once I get all the shiny purples of course… maybe.

paulPaul Tamburro (@Paul Tamburro): Y’know the feeling you get when you spend over an hour waiting for a bus and then two turn up at the same time? That’s kind of like the UK and video game release dates. I have been waiting so very, very long to get my sweaty, anxious palms on Twisted Metal only for its release to be pushed back to the same day as FIFA Street. However, I wasn’t going to let that stop me, dropping a cool £80 into the HMV till and running away greedily with both games.

Twisted Metal hasn’t been marketed over here at all. I asked a couple of friends whether or not they were going to pick it up and their response was “oh, they’re making another one?” It seems like Sony has just accepted that the game won’t sell well over here due to Twisted Metal’s past track record of underselling outside North America, but therein lies the problem; I thought the whole point of rebooting a franchise was to open it up to a new audience? Surely it can’t be that hard to market a game that is, in its simplest form, the Mario Kart battle stages but with blood, guns and explosions?

Nonetheless, I’m having some beers with a couple of friends in the serene surroundings of my own humble abode tonight, so Twisted Metal will almost definitely be on rotation for the vast portion of the night. FIFA Street should also spend an ample amount of time in the disk tray, too, as from what I played of the demo it seems to be the perfect stopgap until FIFA 13 arrives later this year. The World Tour mode looks like tons of fun and me and a few other friends are keen to create our team and become as indomitable as we were on FIFA 12’s Pro Clubs with our HILARIOUSLY named squad, ‘Suck Our Diction’.

erikErik Norris (@Regular_Erik): I’m away from home visiting a friend this weekend. Therefore, the only video games I have in tow are the ones safely nestled in my PS Vita case. Granted, I have like six plus games for the system, so there definitely isn’t a lack of options if I feel the urge to get my portable gaming on.

Top on the list is continuing my Road to the Show character in MLB 12: The Show. God, I suck. My batting average is sub .200 and I’ve only driven in four RBIs the entire season thus far. To add salt to the wound, I’ve been moved over from starting center fielder to substitute left fielder. In the AAA. It’s shameful. Yet, I can’t get enough of RTTS. Having the mode available at all times on the go is absolutely fantastic and has become my optimal way of playing MLB 12: The Show’s premier single player experience.

If I give my shitty RTTS character a rest, I’ll probably fire back up Uncharted: Golden Abyss. I’m well past the halfway point of the game and am still enjoying it whenever I find time to pick it up. The story isn’t as sound as Naughty Dog’s previous entries in the franchise, but the platforming and gunplay remain as fun as they’ve always been (featuring the same kind of frustrating moments to boot). Bend Studios really did a bang-up job transitioning the Uncharted franchise from the big to the small screen. I’m continuously impressed at how good the game looks for a system launch title. The sky’s the limit!

And that about does it for me this weekend. Like I said, this weekend is about hanging with friends, not gaming. But if I find some time to sneak that in there too, then I’m not complaining.

joeyJoey Davidson (@JoeyDavidson): This is a weekend that will see me play very little in the world of video games. Yeah, I know, the article is called “No Rest for the Nerdy,” but, honestly, I need a break. Between reviewing the PS Vita, its launch lineup and blasting through Mass Effect 3, I definitely have to rest.

I will, more than likely, pick up my PS Vita for breaks between the break from video games. But, those sessions will be short. The plan is to play some Reality Fighters and LEGO Harry Potter. I’ll dive into both games on a more serious basis this Monday.

For now? Relaxation with TV, sports and boo–family. I was definitely NOT going to write booze just then. Nope, no-sir-ee, not booze.