Warpback: What We Played in May 2012

Well, another month has come to a close, and the Warp Zoned crew is here to tell you all about our dirty little gaming secrets! Some of us spent time catching up on our backlog and playing games on Facebook (for shame!) while others have lost countless hours in Diablo III. Read on to find out which games stole the most time from us!

John Scalzo
I’m not much of a PC gamer, so I never bothered to download Minecraft to see what all the hub-bub was about. What a fool I was! Since scooping up the Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, I’ve been doing nothing but digging holes, stacking wood, and punching out blocky spiders. And I have loved every single second of it. Well, except for the inventory freezing bug that took an hour of Googling to fix. I just pretended it was a new quest I made up for myself!

Before Minecraft dropped, I played a bunch of Skullgirls and the two games couldn’t be more different. I’m not sure I was prepared for the barrage of boobs the game threw at me (it circled right around from offensive to hilarious all the way back around to offensive), but there’s a great game there underneath all the padding. Maybe someday we’ll get to play it.

Nicole Kline
Senior Editor
I can’t believe May is already gone! It flew by so quickly. I spent it immersed in a ton of games – there was Awesomenauts, which Ant and I are still playing even now – and still getting our butts kicked online, even now. I’ve also been playing Prototype on and off when I’m home. That game is so awful, but so fun! I picked the original Disgaea back up again on my PSP, and I’ve been dumping hours and hours into Ascension and all of its expansions on my iPad. If you want to talk board games, Ant and I have been playing Quarriors every time we have enough room to put down 57 dice.

But the real winner this month is Diablo III, which has been a huge time suck. Most of the time has been staring at error messages, marveling at the fact that I can’t play my single-player campaign when the servers are down. This might just be the biggest mistake Blizzard has ever made.

Ryan Littlefield
Podcast Producer
Surprising to say, May actually took its time with games for me. The first half of the month was spent scrambling to finish up Demon’s Souls before the servers went down on May 31st – which never ended up happening. I say “Yay!” and “Boo!” at the same time, for keeping them up, and for making me hurry to finish it, respectively. Regardless, it was a great experience and I have to recommend it to everyone.

Since Demon’s Souls has left my life, I’ve been venturing on to finish other games (and I’m narrowing down my “Currently Playing” list!) like The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and Halo: Reach. I’ve been heh… chipping… away at Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational and also have been quenching my bloodthirst with some Diablo III and, oddly enough, some old-school Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, which I’ve been very excited to start playing again.

Andrew Rainnie
Staff Writer
Unlike everyone else, I only managed to fit in one game in May – L.A. Noire, which had been sitting around the house for quite some time. When I eventually mustered up the enthusiasm to play it, I half wished I hadn’t. While the settings and stories were well crafted, the gameplay was tedious, driving around the old style L.A. with nothing to do in between crime scenes. And the question guessing system was just annoying.

I fear I may becoming a social gamer; I have spent more time on Marvel’s Avenger’s game on Facebook than on consoles!

Joshua Wise
May has been a very crazy month, and I’ve somehow managed to fit in a ton of games around writing my last paper for my MA, graduation and scholarship news. I started off the month finishing up Binary Domain which was a game that I loved far more than I thought I would. Scrapping robots, upgrading weapons and skills, and watching cheesy characters and French robots deliver silly dialog all came together to make me wish I didn’t have to send that one back to Gamefly.

Warlock: Masters of the Arcane stole a bunch of my time, and restored a bit of my humanity which I thought was lost when I just couldn’t get into Civilization V. Now, like every other human being, I realize that I too can utterly lose days and nights to turn-based map conquest. I re-downloaded The Witcher 2 Special Edition for the PC and started playing that again. That beginning is still really bad, and the first real act of the game is still amazing. Some single and multiplayer Diablo III action filled in the third week of the month before Max Payne 3 took up the last week.

Oh, and I forgot to mention that I played the first couple of hours of Asura’s Wrath as well. That game is… interesting.

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