The Playlist #12
Do you guys know what time it is? If you said tool time, you would be right but horribly wrong in this situation. No, the time has come for Hard Reset’s attraction; a little something that we like to call “The Playlist”. Mr. Dan Hobbs has made the grave error of issuing an open invitation to write this feature and because I have nothing better to do then to stare at the wall, I snatched this chance up. So, strap in folks as I have had tea and biscuits with several staff members of the Hard Reset Team, gone to the bathroom an enormous amount of times because of said tea, and have found out what titles have been spinning in their consoles this week.
First up was Joesph ”Fergie-Ferg’ Furguson. All it took was me asking him like a gentleman and he happily revealed his week of gaming.
“I have been playing Hard Corps: Uprising. For being a throwback to Contra, they sure made this one difficult. Despite what you may have heard, Contra 1 and 2 were quite beatable. It’s just rote memorization, guys. Hard Corps has the pattern memorization, plus game play situations that are downright impossible. The final boss has you climbing up falling debris while trying to get a head shot or two in once in a while. Still, it’s a lot easier than Ghosts n Goblins”
So it’s really hard? Huh, that’s what she said…moving on! Next up to my tea party; Tom Reed sat down and almost immediately started eating all biscuits in sight. I eventually took every last one as hostage and told him ‘Unless you want more, tell me what I want to know’. He quickly started talking soon after.
“I am currently playing through Mass Effect 2 on the PS3. When the game came out, I was travelling so I’m only now seeing what all the fuss is about. Installing the bloody thing took a couple of hours which wasn’t a good start! I have to admit though, I don’t think I’ve seen another game with this much polish”
Mass Effect 2 is truly an amazing game. I loved the exploration of solar systems and Miranda, played by Yvonne Strahovski, was just a pleasure to look at (as the character is molded to look like her) and hearing that sexy accent just made that experience magical. Next up was new Executive Editor Russ Greeno. We shook hands, he sat down, and I asked ‘are you ever going to lose that Nintendo shirt?’. He laughed, saying that was really gay of me to say, and proceeded to talk, while sipping on tea.
“I’ve had a busy week and so far I’ve not played much apart from SongPop which is a Facebook/iOS/Android quiz game. There’s not much to it really. It’s a music quiz against a Facebook friend with 7 second clips of real music samples. After the round is over you get a chance to buy the mp3′s from Amazon. I’m hoping to play some proper games over the weekend!”
I’ve been known to dabble with iOS games and this actually went under my radar but sounds damn interesting! Well, I know what my Saturday is going to consist of! Next, Hans Bergren, a new writer to the team quietly, and awkwardly joined me. He was completely clueless but I told him, this will only hurt if you let it. He stared at me and started slowly revealing his game of choice.
“I’ve been playing Crusader Kings II all week. Started as a Duke in Ireland and now am King of Ireland and Wales. I haven’t had this much fun playing a strategy game since the first time I played Rome Total War”
I might not try this as I’m not big on PC. Also, your status in the game does not mean I’m calling you majesty; yeah that’s right, be sad. Next up was Cody Douglas Barr; who was rather annoyed that there were no more biscuits. Not my fault, Tom Reed is the one who was hungry apparently. While sipping more tea, we discussed things.
“I have been busy this week with family related things, but purchased the game Metro 2033 off the Steam sale. The S.T.A.L.K.E.R universe is one of my all time favorite settings for games, being a post-apocalypse and dystopian fan. The game is punishing even on the easier difficulty settings, but it is balanced out as you can take multiple approaches to many of the situations encountered. Ammunition is scarce, and mutants are lurking. Just be sure to save your military grade ammo for some nice upgrades and a few extra filters for your mask”
I haven’t had this much fun playing a strategy game since the first time I played Rome Total War
Steam eh? You know, I really have to get me one of those accounts; I want to be hip! Next up, Zachary Grubb joined me, with more biscuits too. I proceeded to give him a hug and we sat down. He started talking and mentioned ‘touch my katamari’. I cringed and for the remainder of the interview, I felt awkward.
“I’ve been glued to my Playstation Vita, after getting a deal on Mortal Kombat, Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 and Touch My Katamari, I’ve been switching between the 3 and trophy hunting like crazy. Although I promise you, once Kingdom Hearts launches, my 3DS will be on the front lines”
I have July 31st marked on my calendar and I am counting down the days for Kingdom Hearts! My 3DS collection will grow! Muahaha, my precious. Ahem, Samuel Wigmore was next to join me. I first quickly excused myself as I had to use the potty. Upon my return, Samuel yelled at me, telling me to zip up pants and to listen.
“I have been playing The Secret World almost nonstop, The new MMORPG from EA and FunCom. Its has some amazing features which I have not seen in an MMO before, such as a huge emphasis on investigation. With a built in web browser, missions often require you to think outside the box, researching into in-game characters and their businesses as if they were real people. Without a defined level system, but rather the abillity to acquire every skill in the game – they make your own class style really compliments this new style of game play. Add in an interesting story and real life settings/weapons, I can easily look past the graphical glitches and I still highly rate The Secret World.”
That was, informative; can’t say I expected that. Moving on! A new writer and our Teenage Rep, Tony Mulligan joined me as Samuel wheeled off. He sat down and refused to drink tea because I guess it’s not cool with the kids these days. Thankfully, it’s cool to answer my questions; I must be hip!
“Last game I played was Skyrim (Yes I still obsess over it) and shortly before completing the dark brotherhood story line my world ended when my ps3 was downed in action by the dreaded yellow light of death. Now I wallow away my gaming time on my IPhone, where I perfect my angry birds technique, direct some Sims on Sims Freeplay and hope my ps3 will be healed before my mind implodes from gaming deprivation”
The yellow light; if this were a street, your PS3 would be slowing down until it died. I mean, it’ll come back dude, I know it! Next up was Michael Petco. Our discussion kicked off with me going to the bathroom again; that tea goes through me. As I returned, he happily answered my question.
“I’ve been playing The Legend of Zelda Spirit Tracks, and it really amazes me how Nintendo can innovate with all of their hardware, Although I’ve been quite pessimistic about touch controls, it just works so well with this game for solving puzzles! Not only that, I love the visual look of wind waker being brought back”
I applaud you; I stopped playing Spirit Tracks because the game wouldn’t co-operate with me. Frustration plagues gamers; mine just happens to be only rivaled by an Irish man’s temper. Last to join me, and just in time as I was starting to feel the urge to potty, again; Mat Mck answered my question promptly after 5 minutes of laughter at me pee-pee dance.
”I’ve been playing Prototype, it really appeals to my inner anarchist. There’s nothing more satisfying than running straight up a building, leaping off the top and elbow dropping straight down onto someones head. Even better is the ability to just hijack any enemy vehicle and go on a one man rampage, its violent and incredibly sadistic, but really addictive”
It really amazes me how Nintendo can innovate with all of their hardware
I don’t know; I rather enjoy beating people senseless with a purple dildo, courtesy of Saints Row: The Third. As there was no one left to share tea with; I sat in front of a mirror and like the awesome person that I am; I asked myself ‘What have you been playing Mister Da Costa?’ and so I answered
“The last game that I played and finished has been Lego Batman 2. Like my review states; it is an extremely fun game but certainly has it’s glitches. But, a lot of those glitches are easily fixed so that initial frustration doesn’t last forever. I am hoping to play some RPG goodness soon!”
Co-operate fellow; much better then everyone else. Anyway, that’s all for the Playlist this time around. What have YOU guys been playing? Tell us below; perhaps we can even have tea sometime!