Warpback: What We Played in January 2013


The first month of 2013 is coming to a close, and we here at Warp Zoned have been busy little gamers! It’s been a mix between the old and the new as some of us wrapped up our backlog while others gleefully played on their Wii U GamePads (well, OK, just John). Whether we were catching up on old games or patiently installing new ones, we had a great time visiting old worlds and discovering “another world.” Read on to find out more about what we played in January!

John Scalzo
If January is any indication of my gaming habits as a whole, I’m becoming one of those gamers who spends most of their time on their mobile device. My iPod Touch went through a workout this month as I was included in the 20 million people who downloaded Temple Run 2 (loved it) as well as the new puzzle game Hundreds (also loved it). Hundreds is a tad hard to play on the small screen of an iPod Touch, but it is an interesting idea for a puzzle game.

The remainder of my gaming time was split between my Wii U and a few Xbox Live Arcade titles. I’m not sure anyone was as excited for the “City Lights” expansion for Doritos Crash Course as I was. But I spent my $2 and it is loads of fun. Bring on the sequel! I also started Retro City Rampage and reveled in one of the most insane openings to a video game ever.

On the Wii U, I put the finishing touches on New Super Mario Bros. U and, while the ending wasn’t great, the lead up to the final battle against Bowser was (my recent review has more NSMBU talk). Finally, I fired up ZombiU this month, and I think you can safely file away anyone who hates this game as someone who hates fun. The way that ZombiU ping pongs between your TV and the Wii U GamePad is brilliant. Playing around with the items in your pack or reading a map while a zombie sneaks up on you is how it should be. Hail to the Wii U GamePad, baby!

Nicole Kline
Senior Editor
January has been quite an adventure for me! I’ve been all over the map. I finished up Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack on my Vita, and started Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable. I wrapped up Crimson Shroud on my 3DS, and played some Hundreds and Super Hexagon (just hit 45 seconds!) on my iPad. Oh, and I got some other cute games, like Happy Jump and Socks, which are great little games to waste time. I started Legend of Grimrock on my boyfriend’s PC, which is fun but has some serious old-school difficulty.

I was a busy lady on the PlayStation 3 this month as well. After finishing up Dead Nation, I downloaded the DLC, Road to Devastation, and played some of that, as well as Super Stardust HD and Outland (it was a Housemarque party). I loved the God of War: Ascension Multiplayer Beta, and wasn’t as in love with the new Borderlands 2 DLC, Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt. The Dead Space 3 demo has me fired up for next week – I’m still trying to decide if I want that amazing collector’s edition or not. I also finally started Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, after waiting an extra week to get the collector’s edition from Namco Bandai. It was worth it for the spellbook alone!

Mike Martin
Staff Writer
January has been an interesting month for me. I’ve had most of the time off from work in order to bond with our new baby. In the meantime, I reacquainted myself with Master Chief in a surprisingly thrilling Halo 4. I got a chance to sit down with The Walking Dead and was completely and utterly blown away at the emotion and storytelling. Then it happened. I had to prove to myself that I still had it. I used to beat tough-as-nails NES games back in the day. I threw myself into Dark Souls and didn’t come out until I earned every last Achievement. One hundred hours later and I can say that I’ve still got it.

Andrew Rainnie
UK Correspondent
Despite having a backlog of bargain basement purchases to play, including Sleeping Dogs, Alpha Protocol, and Bulletstorm, there was something rather seductive about the cover of my Christmas gift game, Hitman: Absolution, which has ruled my PS3 all month. Its a fun game, but not without its flaws; I often find myself screaming “How? How did he see me from the other side of a bloody wall?!” In any case, it has helped eviscerate the memory of the painfully awful Hitman film.

Mike Ryan
Staff Writer
January was a pretty slow month for me. Aside from the usual quality Minecraft time with my son, I still worked on Resident Evil: Revelations. Man, that game is really tough – makes me miss the RE days of yore. I also spent more time playing Street Fighter X Tekken, which just got a major boost thanks to the 2013 update. Oh, and I dipped into the backlog and played Lego Indiana Jones as well as TMNT. Yes, I know – I have a lot to catch up on…

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