Warpback: What We Played in August 2011

Here comes the Fall with a chill in the air, a return to school and football on the tube. But you know what else is on the tube? The Fall’s biggest games. So we close out the Summer with a look back at what we played in August… even if August didn’t have much in the way of new releases.

John Scalzo
I don’t know if it’s true or not, but this Summer seemed like one of the slowest periods for new games in a long, long time. As such, the only titles I really played in August were Supergiant’s overhead action RPG Bastion and more of Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon. Bastion brought back memories of the big fun I had playing similar games on the Super NES (Secret of Mana for life!) and the game’s soundtrack is one of the best I’ve heard in a long time.

But yeah, that’s about it for my August. Can’t wait for the Fall gaming rush.

Nicole Kline
Senior Editor
August has been a quiet gaming month for me. All I’ve been doing is playing some old games. Ryan Littlefield and I are still rocking the Borderlands and will attain Platinum Trophy status soon! I’m still playing through Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening on my 3DS, as well as Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness on my PSP. Other than that, it’s been totally sporadic – some Portal 2 here, some Call of Duty: Black Ops there. I also picked up Silent Hill and started that, at the behest of my amazing boyfriend, and we’ve been playing a smattering of other games, like Castle Crashers and Katamari Forever. He’s also introduced me to some quirky games online, like Don’t Look Back, a beautiful and difficult take on the tale of Orpheus and Eurydice. Dear video games: I love you.

Ryan Littlefield
Podcast Producer
August was a fairly slow month for me. I managed to finish up Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga after it being out eight years, and I finished LittleBigPlanet 2, Hands-On Tangrams, and also L.A. Noire. Other than that, it’s been a lot of time spent with friends and not too much gaming. I checked out F.E.A.R. 3‘s co-op play, and that was awesome. I’ve been playing a lot of games that I had picked up on the Steam Summer Sale as well – such as Machinarium. Now that we’re getting back into the swing of things with all these upcoming release dates, I think I’m going to have a game-a-riffic autumn season!

John Martin
Staff Writer
I chose to close out my summer by playing handheld games galore. I jumped on the 3DS price drop when Evilmar– I mean Walmart, chose to sell it at the discounted price early. After solidifying my status as an Ambassador, I finally (after a little over a decade) started playing The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time all the way through. I’m glad to say I’m enjoying it immensely while also lamenting the fact that it’s taken me this long to experience this piece of fried gold.

I’ve also been throwing hadoukens and laughing at the one-button Ultra Combos in Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition on the 3DS while waiting for matches in Soul Calibur IV on the PS3. It looks like it’s been fighters and fairies for me. I’m very excited for the fall and the oodles upon oodles of wallet/soul-sucking games that are scheduled. Until then, I’ll just continue fighting dudes while walking around the house and catching fairies in jars. “HEY! WATCH OUT!”

Chris Urie
Staff Writer
August was all about games for me. Here is the laundry list of awesome that invaded my PS3’s slot (My PlayStation is such a slut)… Mass Effect 2 quenched that unending thirst for story and incredible visuals. Bravo Bioware! I leaped into my first fighting game in decades with both feet and my sweaty palms grasping a sword. Soul Calibur IV scratched an itch I didn’t even know I had: pwning John Martin with a small woman dressed as a roman legionnaire who is in desperate need of a bra. Hooray for jiggle physics!

I sldo needed some hacky-slashy-whippin dudes action, so I called on Gabriel Belmont. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is an incredible game. Go buy it. Patrick Stewart is in it. Go right now, I’ll wait. I delved into a bit of the back catalog with some Grand Theft Auto IV and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Seems like August was all about the IV’s, Patrick Stewart, and committing hilarious vehicular homicide. Lastly, rounding out the month is Deus Ex: Human Revolution. This game is shaping up to be a complicated web of espionage, intrigue, and sweet cybernetic upgrades. I wish I had robo-arms.

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