What we’re playing

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If you look at this week’s “what we’re playing” — there’s games you’d expect to see (like Uncharted 2, Borderlands, Forza 3, and Brütal Legend), but the game that’s taken the office by storm this week is Runic Games’ Torchlight. For more details on the game, visit Runic Games’ website.

Below is the rest of the games we’re playing. Feel free to share the games you’re playing. Have a great weekend!

John Pisano: Torchlight, Borderlands, Brütal Legend, and Tropico III.

Nate “Red Spy” Purkeypile: Uncharted 2, Brütal Legend, Torchlight, L4D2 demo and most importantly, the TF2 Halloween Weekend Special.

Jay Woodward: Red Faction: Guerrilla, Brütal Legend, and Race for the Galaxy.

Daryl Brigner: Borderlands and Torchlight.

Orin Tresnjak: Forza 3, Borderlands, and Demon’s Souls. Maybe trying out Torchlight.

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What we’re playing

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Earlier this week we checked out the first chapter of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves in our theater. The game dropped jaws and now a number of devs are busy playing through the full game. Uncharted 2 isn’t the only game getting lots of buzz — new releases Brütal Legend and Demon’s Souls having quickly become office favorites, too.

Now back to playing Uncharted…enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Jon DeVriendt: Uncharted 2, League of Legends, and Demon’s Souls.

Orin Tresnjak: Demon’s Souls.

Pete Hines: Uncharted Drake’s Fortune, Madden, NCAA, and Halo 3: ODST.

Brett Douville, Eater of Metal Cookies: Brütal Legend, Brütal Legend, and Brütal Legend.

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What we’re playing

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That perfect Fall weather has hit the DC area, but with so many great new games coming out, don’t know if anyone’s enjoying it. Halo 3: ODST, Batman, Scribblenauts, Need 4 Speed Shift, AION…the list goes on. Not only that, there’s more and more coming on the horizon. I know a bunch of folks who will be picking up both Uncharted 2 and Brutal Legend next week.

Here’s our rundown. Let us know the games you’re enjoying, plus the ones you’re looking forward to…

Dan Ross: Champions Online, WET and more Champions

Matt Killmon: Scribblenauts, WET, Fallout 3, and Canabalt.

Craig Lafferty: Halo O.D.S.T., NFS: Shift, Madden 10, and the Uncharted 2 MP Demo.

Sam Bernstein: Scribblenauts, Halo 3, and Halo 3: ODST. Now that I’ve knocked Legendary single player out of the way, I can focus on Firefight, the diabolically enjoyable game mode. Also, sooooooo many Firefly references with the IWHBYD skull on, makes me want to watch more of that… Continue reading full article ›

What we’re playing: Nice to get free games edition

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With the release of WET last week, there was excitement at our office to get a new game for free. This weekend I noticed plenty of folks playing the game on both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 (I actually completed it about an hour ago).

As I guessed last week, Scribblenauts is another one of the popular picks at the office. If you’ve got a DS, there’s plenty of guys here that would tell you that you NEED to play it. As for this coming week, putting on my swami hat again, I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that we’ll have plenty of people playing a a little game called ODST this week.

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Brett Douville, aka Mr Sunshine: WET, Far Cry 2, and Penny Arcade Adventures Episode 2

Sean Palomino - Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 and WET.

Sam Bernstein, Wordsmith: Sooooo much Scribblenauts. Also, finally got a copy of Crossfire; can’t wait to play it this weekend.

Brent Krische: Final Fantasy IV DS, WET, Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, CaveIn, and I am hopefully going to pick up Batman: Arkham Asylum and Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story.

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What we’re playing: Diabolical Edition

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Looking at this weekend’s “What we’re playing,” it appears that Batman: Arkham Asylum continues to make waves at the office. I did notice, however, that more and more folks are picking up Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box. As I’ve been traveling quite a bit (I’m currently in Indianapolis waiting on a flight), I think I’m going to see if there’s a store selling it here.

Expect more DS excitement next week with the release of the hotly anticipated Scribblenauts.

Fred Zeleny, the Dork Knight: Going through challenge rooms in Batman: Arkham Asylum, going retro in Beatles: Rock Band, and always delving to deeper depths in Spelunky.

Megan Sawyer: Professor Layton & the Diabolical Box, Civilization Revolution, and contemplating various iPhone game purchases.

Andrew Scharf: Professor Layton and the “Devil Box”, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Paper Toss.

Tracey Thompson: Batman: Arkham Asylum and Battlefield: Bad Company.

What we’re playing: Crazy for Bats edition

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As I await my flight to Seattle for PAX 09, I thought I’d update you with the games we’re playing at the office. Batman: Arkham Asylum has officially taken our office by storm — I think Todd’s comment gives you an idea of how much we like the game.

Aside from Batman, there’s plenty of folks here trying to get 100% completion on Shadow Complex, and beginning yesterday, we started our draft for our office Online Franchise in Madden 10 (Go Lions!)

Check out the rest of the games we’re playing below.

Todd Howard: Batman: AA. Best game ever?

Matt Grandstaff: WET, Rogue Warrior, Doom 2, Quake Arena Arcade, Shadow Complex, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Madden 10, Drop 7, and Plants vs. Zombies.

Jon DeVriendt: Heroes of Newerth and Shadow Complex.

Drew Langlois: Shadow Complex, Batman: Arkham Asylum, and Bioshock.

Evan Miller: Definitely Batman: Arkham Asylum. Not only does it look fantastic, but it’s a pretty tight story, and pretty sweet level design.

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What we’re playing

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There’s a lot of common ground this weekend on what the devs are playing. Mostly notably, several folks (Joel, Jeff, Phil, Daryl, and Jonah) are returning to PlanetSide. For those that missed it, it’s a classic Massively Multiplayer First-Person game that was originally released back in 2003. Outside of that, folks are playing Wii Sports Resort, Worms 2: Armageddon, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, (re-released on Xbox LIVE arcade this week), Gears of War 2 (with new DLC  out), Secret of Monkey Island (whether it’s on iPhone, Steam or 360), and much more.

Let us know what you’re playing.

Nathan McDyer: DoWII, Monkey Island SE, Marvel Vs Capcom 2, Killzone 2, Team Fortress 2.

Ashley Cheng: Monkey Island iPhone, GTA4, Battlefield 1943, and Baseball Superstars 2009 (iPhone).

Ryan Lea, Programmer: Mario Kart Double Dash for a 150cc All Cup battle royale vs. Samuel Bernstein. Challenge accepted. Inspirational Words – “Here he comes here comes Speed Racer. He’s a demon on wheels.”

Sam Bernstein: Rocky montage-ing Mario Kart Double Dash for a 150cc All Cup battle royale vs. Ryan Lea. The gauntlet has been thrown.

Mike Christensen: Pokemon Pinball (GBC), Psychonauts, and The Secret of Monkey Island.

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What we’re playing: More throwback action

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Last week plenty of folks were turning back the clock with Battlefield 1943, and this week it’s all about Lucasarts’ re-imagination of the adventure classic, The Secret of Monkey Island. For some, it’s a look back on a classic. For me, it’s a chance to play something I always wanted to play.

Aside from Monkey Island, other popular titles include Trine, NCAA Football 10 and Fight Night Round 4.

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Brent Krische: Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, and Overlord: Dark Legends.

Louis Riley: Prototype, Secret of Monkey Island SE, and Fight Night Round 4.

Jon DeVriendt: The Secret of Monkey Island, Battlefield 1943, Fight Night Round 4, World of Warcraft, and Starcraft.

Dane Olds, Artist: Super Metroid. Stretching the ol’ Metroidvania muscles in preparation for Shadow Complex.

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This week I’m hearing left and right how great Battlefield 1943 (Xbox LIVE, PlayStation Network) is, and from the looks of it, a bunch of guys at the office are going to be waging war this weekend. Hopefully I can squeeze in sometime with the game once I get back home Sunday — if not, I’ll be enjoying some great new iPhone games, including Drop7.

Let us know what you’ll be playing…have a wonderful weekend!

Todd Howard: Daggerfall and BF1943. Such sweet nostalgia.

Emil Pagliarulo: Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood, Battlefield 1943, Overlord 2, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (all on 360).

Ashley Cheng, Production Director: Battlefield 1943.

Tim “Visor” Lamb: Battlefield 1943 and Tiger 2010.

Gavin Carter, Producer: Halo 3.

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What we’re playing

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This week we had a pretty heated battle for the featured game of the week. DOOM Resurrection and Prototype were popular picks, as was the already featured Plants vs. Zombies (hint hint, devs). Since DOOM Resurrection was already blogged about this week, my plan was to showcase Prototype (which I can’t wait to play) — until Ryan Lea begged me in the team meeting to showcase Personal Trainer: Walking for the DS. To quote Ryan, “This should win just because it’s that awesome! It measures steps per minute and your life rhythm! I’m not even sure what that last one is…”

Given that I walk about four miles to and from work each day, I think I’m going to check it out. Next week I’ll go back to picking a title based on the vote count…unless someone bribes me.

That’s all for this week. Have a splendid weekend. Happy 4th of July!

Craig Lafferty, Senior Producer: DOOM Resurrection, Baseball Slugger 3D, Tiger Woods golf and anything else portable I can play on the beach on my iPhone.

Jay Woodward, AI Programmer: Hitman: Blood Money (catching up to the Rebel FM Game Club crew), Duels of the Planeswalkers, Fallout 3 DLC, misc. board games (Thurn & Taxis, Dominion, Tribune, etc.).

Mike Dulany: Red Faction: Guerrilla and DOOM Resurrection.

Liz Beetem: Prototype, Planescape Torment, this weekend brought to you by the letter P and morally ambiguous zombie men.

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