Warpback: What We Played in September 2011

September has come and gone in a whirl of shiny new video games! So what did most of the Warp Zoned staff spend their time playing? Why, old games, of course! For the most part, we were jamming out to a lot of games we had piling up, or took advantage of Nintendo’s generosity/embarrassment. Read on to find out what we were playing in the month of September.

John Scalzo
Ah, September. The start of the Fall game rush. A welcome reprieve from the Summer doldrums. A glimpse at what the future of video games will look like. So what did I do? I played a bunch of games that would best be classified as “retro.” This heaping helping of old-style games includes wayForward’s BloodRayne: Betrayal, Treasure’s Radiant Silvergun and 3D Realms/Triptych/Gearbox’s Duke Nukem Forever (which I got for a sawbuck). BloodRayne: Betrayal looked nifty with its side-scrolling action and sprite-based graphics, but it was ultimately pretty hollow. Radiant Silvergun was everything you want in a space shooter, and then some! While the Duke is… he’s… he’s not retro, he’s just old. But for ten bucks, I think it was well worth it.

Nicole Kline
Senior Editor
September has been a strangely slow month for me! I played a lot of Resistance 3 in the beginning of the month. I was hoping to be a lot more into it than I have been, but it’s strangely not as exciting as I’d hoped it would be! Other than that, I have been playing a lot of board games and Dungeons & Dragons, and in preparation for our Blood Bowl league, I got a copy of Blood Bowl for the PSP. And, of course, I purchased the Ico & Shadow of the Colossus HD Collection and I’ve been hard pressed to put that one down! It’s amazing to see Ico and Yorda running around the castle in gorgeous high definition. Gamers new to these two gems will not be disappointed.

Ryan Littlefield
Podcast Producer
Here we go, starting off the craziness that will last through the end of the year – though can we really call it craziness if gaming is involved? September brought the inevitable end of my two month long Borderlands kick, complete with Platinum Trophy and 94% of overall trophies – (damned glitchy arena DLC!) I’ve been playing some games on Steam, such as iBomberDefense and Torchlight – the latter of which I’m enjoying much more than expected. I was able to finish Ace Attorney: Phoenix Wright – Justice For All and have been trying to stop playing Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days whether that means I finish it or just put it down. I have been playing SO MUCH Catan on Xbox Live AND PSN – yes, both – and finally got my hands on White Knight Chronicles II, a welcome usher into the remainder of the gaming year. It’s gonna be wild!

John Martin
Staff Writer
The start of the fall semester meant that I had little time for console gaming. But thanks to my trusty new 3DS, I was able to game on the go. If I had some free time before a class, I’d whip out the fingerprint machine and play a few rounds of Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition. While this was fun, it also helped remind me how much I hate those cheap E. Honda users.

As it is the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda, I decided to finally give the series a chance. I was never a huge fan of Link and his adventures when I was younger. Heresy, I know, but while I appreciated its merits, I just never really played the games. But this all changed once I got The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, the free Ambassador program copies of The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, and The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition. I am now a Zelda fan for life and can finally share in what my friends have been raving about for years. And now I can share it with other folks! Because, hey… it’s dangerous to go alone, right?

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