Warpback: What We Played in October 2012

Well, it’s been an exciting month for Warp Zoned! It looks like we’ve been splitting our time between old games, new games, and all the game we can possibly download. The two big winners seem to be Borderlands 2 and Zombie Driver HD. But there was also some bug killing, some Pokemon collecting, and some compulsive building as well. Hit the jump to find out how a trio of Warp Zoned staffers spent their gaming time during this lovely month.

John Scalzo
Even with all the major new releases arriving on store shelves this month, October was all about the backlog for me.

I finally dove into the original Crackdown and I’m not sure what to think of it. I know it’s beloved by the Xbox community, but something about it just felt off. Thankfully, I followed it up with a game that is almost perfect in every way, Earth Defense Force 2017. I’ve been trying to complete an “Inferno” playthrough for years, and while I didn’t make it this month, I did get a bit closer to my goal.

As is usual, the Xbox Live Arcade was my home for new games, including Happy Wars and Zombie Driver HD. Maybe it’s the massive head cold that has knocked me for a loop these past few days, but trying to shoot stationary zombies from a moving car is really hard. That’s why, in the movies, the guy controlling the gun and the guy driving the car are two separate people.

Finally this month, I wanted a fright and so I purchased Doom 3: BFG Edition. I don’t think I gave it a fair shake back in 2004, but it really is a super-scary game. Whether you hate the idea of “monster closets” or you think they’re a brilliant way to ratchet up the fright factor, Doom 3 just plain works.

Nicole Kline
Senior Editor
Wow, I can’t believe October is already over! It flew by for me. I spent almost all of my free time playing Borderlands 2, which, despite the fact that my review is already up, I’m still playing. My boyfriend and I are teaming up for some couch co-op – me as Salvador the Gunzerker, and him as Gaige the Mechromancer. We are having an absolutely awesome time. In fact, because of Hurricane Sandy, we had a few extra days off, and spent that time almost exclusively parked in front of my television! We went from 9th level to 26th level in two days, and now all I can think about at work is when we’re going to have another chunk of time to play.

Other than that, the only game I’ve been playing is Pokemon Black 2. I dusted off my 3DS and my sweet Pokemon skills and I’ve been running all over Unova, collecting Pokemon and fighting gym leaders. It has been a pretty typical Pokemon experience so far: grindy, with a chance of catchin’ ’em all.

Andrew Rainnie
UK Correspondent
My month has been spent shooting bullymongs and laughing at the hilarious quips in Borderlands 2. I cannot get enough of the banter it it. Even the lines when the levels load bring a wry grin to my face. My favourite so far has been “Guns are like friends. The best come with additional benefits.”

Oh, I lie. In lieu of Criterion’s next Need For Speed entry, I was revisiting Hot Pursuit. I reallly the hope their new one has a soundtrack to match.

Mike Ryan
And just like that, October is over. Unfortunately, I haven’t had a lot of time to devote to gaming this month, as I’ve been working at a haunted house (quick note – I actually jumped out and scared a group of people by yelling, “Welcome to DIE!”). In the little free time I had, I put some more hours into Borderlands 2, although I still have a loooooong way to go in that one. I also played a lot of Find Mii and Puzzle Swap thanks to the ninety StreetPass tags I got at the Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concert. I played the demo for Minecraft on Xbox, and finally got into Zombie Driver HD, also on Xbox Live Arcade. I’ll have a full review for Zombie Driver up shortly. That’s about it for me.

Happy Halloween everyone, and remember the number one rule of trick-or-treating – always pack an extra mask for when you hit those houses that pass out the full-size candy bars.

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