What we’re playing: Finally! Final Fantasy

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Many of our devs are getting their jRPG fix this week with the North American release of Final Fantasy XIII. I’m hoping to make time to play it, but I continue to finish off games from 2009. But like others at the office, I’ll definitely be making time to play God of War III when it releases on Tuesday.

Here’s the rundown of games we’re playing. Let us know what you’re playing.

Gary Powell: Final Fantasy XIII, Uncharted 2, and Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

Amber Hinden: Final Fantasy XIII and Team Fortress 2.

Lianne Cruz: Final Fantasy XIII, Heavy Rain, Dragon Age

Kurt Kuhlmann: Mass Effect 2, Assassin’s Creed 2, and Panzer General.

Caedmon Somers: Mass Effect 2 still.

Matt Ponton: I really have no clue, most likely Street Fighter IV or Super Street Fighter II: Turbo.

Deven Winters: Darksiders, Borderlands, Assassins Creed 2 DLC, Borderlands DLC, Bioshock 2 and next week Metro 2033.

Ryan Salvatore: Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Lord of the Rings Online, Professor Layton and the Elysian Box

Michael Musick: Nothing this weekend – cleansing my palate in anticipation of God of War III. Okay, maybe a little Peggle.

Sam Bernstein: Final Fantasy XIII, the Blur multiplayer Beta (way to go Bizarre Creations, nicely done!), and maybe Mass Effect 2.

Rob Bartholomew: The new Brink cinematic trailer, over and over and over.

Dane Olds: Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Chaos Rising and Space Miner for the iPhone.

Alistair Hatch: Nothing! A weekend walking between pubs in the Peak District :) Of course, if I were at home I’d be beating Rob at races in Blur beta and shooting him between the eyes in Bad Company 2.

Ashley Cheng: Mass Effect 2, Heavy Rain, Swords and Poker, and Final Fantasy 13.

Michael Lattanzia: Monster Hunter Tri Demo, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (PC), Entropia Universe, Borderlands, and whatever else I feel like popping in…

Peter Sokal: Bad Company 2, Final Fantasy XIII, and Chaos Rising… Blood for the Blood god!

Jon Paul Duvall: Videogames: BFBC2 (it’s an addiction); Pen and Paper RPGs: Dark Heresy, Hunter the Vigil, & home grown system inspired by Daybreak; Board games: Steam, & Stone Age… I’m eating and breathing games lately. :)

Brent Krische: Endless Ocean: Blue World, Ace Attorney: Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, and Borderlands.

Greg Hounsom: Battlefield Bad Company 2.

Greg Baverstock: Football Manager 2010 (PC & PSP), NBA Hotshot (iPod), Broken Sword (iPod), and Brutal Legend (360).

Rob Clark: Starcraft 2 beta, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, SC2 beta, Mass Effect 1 (I will finish this weekend, I mean it this time!), more SC2 beta (safe to say I’m hooked on this one).

Daryl Brigner: APB Beta, Killzone 2 (giving it another chance), and maybe some LittleBigPlanet with the Water Update.

Craig Lafferty: Battlefield BC 2, Heavy Rain, and God of War 2.

Steve Perkins: Dante’s Inferno, Borderlands, Tales of Monkey Island – Chapter 3: Liar of the Leviathan.

Jeff Senita: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, LittleBigPlanet, Scribblenauts, Flow, and Mirror’s Edge.

Aaron Mitschelen: More Borderlands. Hit 58. Should cap this weekend, and finally take out Crawmerax! (Also, maybe FFXIII, but it really isn’t doing much for me…)

Bruce Nesmith: Brutal Legend and Company of Heroes.

Tom Lassanske: Finishing up Prince of Persia.

Ryan Lea: Demon’s Souls.

Shannon Bailey: Final Fantasy XIII and Mass Effect.

Matt Grandstaff: Assassin’s Creed 2, GTA: Ballad of Gay Tony, and waiting for God of War III.

Reader Comments

  1. Its mind boggling! Gary Noonan animator extrodinaire isnt chiming in on one of his obsessions besides cars Final Fantasy XIII :D

    Am playing loads of:

    Dawn Of War 2 Chaos Rising
    Torchlight
    and even squeezing in some Dungeon Siege 2 which is pretty interesting to replay on max settings with a video card and pc that didnt even exist when i first got the game :D

  2. The graphics in DS2 were terrible, Hellbishop, even when it was first released! I remember being extremely disappointed by that aspect of the game but for some reason I still really enjoyed it all the way through.

    I was quite annoyed when they released the expansion and I’d lost my savegames :(

  3. Yes the graphics in DS2 could have been better. I like some of the textures for armors which have a Daedric and Sheogorath look to them. Why even one of the giant races looks like one of AlienSlof’s Xiviali race :D

    Too bad the graphics dont look as great as the cut scenes. I enjoy DS2 for how it brings everything together especially the humour and voice acting. Kind of like DAGGERFALL where it is more then the sum of its parts. Oh no! Why am i suddenly pelted with an avanlanche of rocks!?

    That certain elf sure does look like Mr.Spock though.

    Yes i stayed away from the expansion since i didnt hear good things about it. Am starting to get into the habit of keeping save games myself since i love mods but i also love the original unchanged versions of games.

    Going to start a new character today with the latest patch for DRAGON AGE ORIGINS. Looking forward to the expansion release later this week and checking out reviews on all the great new releases this week. Maybe i’ll put away COMMAND AND CONQUER 3 to pick up 4 if its different enough.

    Now back to DAWN OF WAR 2 CHAOS RISING! YA HA! HA! HA!

  4. Just beat FFXIII over the weekend. Loved it. It’s much different from what I was expecting–it really is as linear as the reviews say–but when I stopped expecting it to be something it wasn’t, and accepted it as a tactics-like game of great narrative and even greater battles, I really enjoyed it.

    Haven’t played such a challenging RPG in years. I can’t tell you how many times I saw the game over screen. Some deaths are cheap–like when your party leader gets one-shotted, or when fighting an Eidolon for the first time without knowing what to do–but overall I found the difficulty level refreshing, without being punishing (thank god for the Retry option).

    Now that it’s over, I feel lost. Q1 of this year was loaded with so many great games–Mass Effect 2, Bayonetta, Final Fantasy XIII, etc.–that it feels like the rest of the year has big shoes to fill.

  5. [Just beat FFXIII over the weekend. Loved it. It’s much different from what I was expecting–it really is as linear as the reviews say–but when I stopped expecting it to be something it wasn’t, and accepted it as a tactics-like game of great narrative and even greater battles, I really enjoyed it.

    Left by Leah on March 16th, 2010 ]

    The few Final Fantasy rpgs i have played years ago have always felt totally linear but thats a great thing with this rpg series because they know how to do it right. Action is constant and character development is no problem because theres no getting lost on the linear path that still feels like a huge world to explore and discover.

  6. Just picked up METRO 2033, DRAGON AGE AWAKENING Expansion and DIVINITY II EGO DRACONIS. Should be an entertaining weekend :D