Warpback: What We Played in September 2012

September was an awesome month for gamers, mostly thanks to the long-awaited release of Borderlands 2. But that’s not all we were playing here at Warp Zoned! Double Dragon: Neon was also a favorite, as well as some mobile games and other gems. Read on to find out why the ninth month of the year gave us so much joy!

John Scalzo
I didn’t get half as much gaming done in September as I wanted to. But I did make some progress towards completing Dust: An Elysian Tail on “Tough” and I spent a ton of time with the brothers Lee and Double Dragon: Neon. As I said in my review, the 80s-tastic game is heavy on the cheese, but also heavy on the fan service. If you spent as much time playing Double Dragon and Double Dragon II: The Revenge as I did in the 80s, you’d do well to at least download the demo.

Nicole Kline
Senior Editor
September was an awesome month for gaming. In the beginning, I still had the occasional moment where I threw in Sleeping Dogs, which I loved, in case you didn’t already know that. I also picked up The Last Story, which was disappointing. But all of my disappointment was swept away when Borderlands 2 came out. I picked it up at midnight and I’ve had a hard time putting it down ever since! I love Zer0, which isn’t a surprise at all, considering he’s the most played of all the characters, according to Gearbox. There’s a reason for that: he’s awesome. I’ve also put in a few hours with Torchlight II, but their initial server issues were a real pain, so I haven’t played it as much as I would have liked. No matter – it just meant more time spent on Pandora!

Andrew Rainnie
UK Correspondent
September seems to have flown by like the hurricane winds we are being smacked with in Scotland (crudely titled Hurricane Bawbag; I kid thee not, readers). I’m sure I was still playing Binary Domain at the start of the month, killing harder robots on the toughest level and scoring the sex scene this time around (thank you, Sega). Then it was onto a bargain basement buy, Castlevania: Lord of Shadow, which survived about two days before the insane amount of cut scenes destroyed any enthusiasm I had for it.

But then Borderland 2 was delivered like a gift from some comedy and gaming god. It immediately brought back the memories of the first game, why I had loved it so much and demanded all my friends play it. My flatmate, an ardent Fallout 3 fan, claims it whiffs of a rip-off, but I think it has its own voice, nestled comfortable between Bethesda’s hit and the Monkey Island series in terms of humour. That, and it doesn’t crash every half hour (I’m looking at you, Fallout: New Vegas).

Also, my life has also been dominated by two mobile games; 100 Levels and the similarly titled yet more complex 100 Rooms. The puzzles are amazingly smart and put some console games to shame.

Mike Ryan
Four games took up my free time this month. Let’s start with the obvious – Borderlands 2. I’m loving every minute of this game, and I haven’t even devoted much time to multiplayer yet! I also find it relaxing to just drive around and explore. Very few games actually make me laugh, but this one had me in stitches (insert cliché Dr. Zed joke here). Just before Borderlands 2 hit, I spent some time with Double Dragon: Neon. While the single player is fun, co-op is how this game was meant to be played. Definitely recommended. I also decided to download Pushmo on a whim. I heard people on forums saying how fun this was, and they were right. I’m normally one to multitask, so I enjoy throwing on some TV (I’m currently catching up on four seasons of Breaking Bad), so playing Pushmo while relaxing on the couch watching Walt’s exploits is a lot of fun.

Finally, I played Fire Pro Wrestling. Again, this is another one that has to be played with others to fully enjoy what it has to offer. That, the RPG elements, and robust amount of content satisfied the completionist in me.

John Smith
I just started at a new school across the country, so I’ve been severely under-gamed this month. I did have a chance to check out Kirby’s Dream Collection, though, and it’s been a fairly pleasant nostalgia trip. I had to catch Humble Bundle 6, too, as soon as I saw that it included Wizorb, Shatter, and Jamestown. I started Wizorb a bit, but it got a little old a little fast, (though I’m loathe to admit it). I’ll have another crack at it soon. Also, it’s… surprisingly challenging. Oh, and I realized that A) I’m not doing enough Android gaming lately and B) there was a sale in the Google Play Store. Soooo I bought a cheap copy of Cut the Rope. Because.

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