Holiday Break: What we’re playing


Being the holiday season, many of us are at home catching up with friends and family. And of course, we’re playing games, too. Knowing that there’s tons of awesome stuff coming next year — including the likes of Dead Space 2, Uncharted 3, Portal 2, and Mass Effect 3 — now is as good of a time as any to catch up on everything from 2010. Among the most popular picks are (big surprise!) Black Ops, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.

So before we getting back to work on Brink, Hunted, RAGE, and Skyrim, here’s the games we’re enjoying. Happy New Year!

Andrew Boyd: Hoping to play some New Vegas and some Demon’s Souls, but I’ll probably play a lot of Cataclysm.

Liam Wade: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, COD Black Ops, Fable III, Halo Reach, Dead Rising 2, and maybe even a little Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit.

Matt Weil: Black Ops and League of Legends.

Jason Bergman: Epic Mickey, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and Rock Band 3.

Frank Matzke: Fallout: New Vegas, God of War: Ghost of Sparta, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and Gray Matter.

Andrew Scharf: FNV: Dead Money, Red Dead Redemption, Persona 3 FES, Starcraft II, and Dragon Age.

Matt Ponton: Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Super Street Fighter IV, Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, and Mass Effect 2 if I get some time. Maybe I’ll rent Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood.

Michael Onufrak: Super Meat Boy, Fallout: New Vegas, WET, TF2, and Doom 3 if I have time to start it again.

Caedmon Somers: Sim City on iPad.

Rob Bartholomew: Solid, unrelenting World of Warcraft I’m afraid. Have a good one!

Cory Dornbusch: Team Fortress 2, Fallout: New Vegas, Costume Quest, StarCraft 2, and Brutal Legend.

Scott Seidenwand: Call of Duty: Black Ops, NBA Jam, and Dominion.

Alistair Hatch: Finishing Halo: Reach, finishing New Vegas for a third time, going to put a lot of time into Oblivion, Super Meat Boy, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit.

Tom Lassanske: New Vegas, Force Unleashed, Assassin’s Creed 2, and possibly some Morrowind. Also, introduce my four-year-old to gaming with SSX on the PS2, and possibly some Smuggler’s Run.

Dan “Fancypants” Geske: Red Dead Redemption (complete with zombies), NCAA Football 2011, Fallout: New Vegas, Oblivion, and a new imagining of an old favorite, which I shall christen “Watch the Bowl Games, Drink the Wassail.”

Cody Wharton: Super Meat Boy and Limbo.

Joseph Mueller: Dance Central, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Enslaved, Birth By Sleep, and Angry Birds (Seasonal).

Nick Heller: Fallout: New Vegas, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood.

Matthew D Noonan: Fallout: New Vegas, X-Men Arcade (6 player) online, Angry Birds: Seasons, and Civilization V.

Andrew Poff: Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Fallout: New Vegas, Mass Effect 1 & 2, Dead Space, and Zombies Ate My Neighbors.

Terry Dunn, Jr.: Minecraft beta!, Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic multiplayer goodness, and Killing Floor (Holiday Event).

Dan Ross: Empire: Total War, hopefully some Gran Turismo 5, and a bit of D&D.

Jon DeVriendt: StarCraft II, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam, Vanquish, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Company of Heroes Online, and Quake Live.

Ian Rogers: The GECK and trying to finish Red Dead Redemption.

Jordan Ziegler: Madden NFL 11, Disgaea 3, Phantom Brave, Final Fantasy XII, Infinite Undiscovery, and Mass Effect 2.

Greg Ruddick: Alan Wake, Civilization V, Left 4 Dead 2, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Assassin’s Creed 2, and F.E.A.R. 2.

James Smith: Re-addicted to WoW: Cataclysm.

Kurt Weaver: Apache: Air Assault and Kinect Adventures with the kids!

Dave Schreiber: Portal, Mass Effect series, Braid, and Donkey Kong Country (love the retro music!).

Max Cameron: Borderlands, Mass Effect 1 (and 2 if I get to it), Oblivion, and whatever Steam might put on sale during the holidays.

Aaron Mitschelen: Criminal Girls on PSP.

Matt Grandstaff: Super Mario Galaxy 2, , Borderlands: The Secret Armory of General Knoxx, Fallout: New Vegas, NBA Jam, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, Infinity Blade on iPad, and DJ Hero 2.

Reader Comments

  1. Should have also added – finishing MoH and Kane & Lynch 2. Those two plus finishing Reach and Oblivion make it 4 done so far these holiday’s, back to work next week so need to cram them in 🙂

  2. NFS: Hot Pursuit is pretty awesome. A lot like the old games, only problem I have is the focus on multiplayer. I’m not a huge fan of multiplayer.

  3. who are these guys trying to trick, nobody plays that many games over a week off. to generate that long a list they must have been asked “what games would you like to play, and if so, ice cream?”

  4. At the moment am playing lots of-

    OBLIVION with the just released major update by Waalx of his W.A.C. mod. Its almost like playing an alternate reality version of SKYRIM and OBLIVION combined into one deliciously balanced buetiful rpg of gaming art.

    SUPREME COMMANDER 2 it just keeps getting better and better with each update.

    CALL OF DUTY BLACK OPS- first time i’ve played this genre since the old days of RAINBOW SIX and Ravensoft’s SOLDIER OF FORTUNE in the 1990s. Amazing game amazing story.

    FALLOUT 3 the ultimate sci-fi rpg.

  5. I’ve recently started a new game of Mass Effect 2 since I purchased all the DLC when they put it on sale the other day. I’m also in the middle of Bloodmoon on Morrowind and Undead Nightmare in RDR. After that I’m going to start up a new game on Blood Omen2 then Legacy of Kain defiance. Maybe even finally start Thief: The Deadly Shadows.

    yeah, as you can see I’m feeling nostalgic for some oldschool (if it can be called that) original x-box games.

  6. Somehow got brought back into GTA: San Andreas, something like my sixth playthrough. Oblivion, hours in the Construction Set, some Just Cause 2, Medieval II: Total War, as well as this online tower defense RPG which I’ve become addicted to, Cursed Treasure: Don’t Touch My Gems on . At least when it’s cold and snowy outside I can have an excuse to sit around playing all of these games.

  7. Happy New Year Bethesda 😀
    we now have one of the three 11’s


    Plzzzz let us know if there will be mags in the UK with SKIRIM details

  8. [Daniel wrote on January 2nd, 2011

    noone playing divinity 2? shame on you.. you could get some nice ideas for skyrim ;P ]

    Yea DIVINITY II is amazing. One of the most immersive and easy to get into yet still challenging rpgs i have played in a long time. The world design reminds me alot of TES 2 DAGGERFALL with its very dangerous wilderness and dungeons which one can retreat from behind the safety of city walls alive with very interesting npcs and places.