Warpback: What We Played in April 2013

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The Warp Zoned crew has been extremely busy this month! We played a lot of new games, a lot of old games, and just about every single thing you can imagine in between. BattleBlock Theater was a favorite, and our UK Correspondent, Andrew Rainnie finally got a Wii U! Read on to find out exactly what we were up to in April.

John Scalzo
Editor-In-Chief
I started my April off with Lara Croft’s latest adventure, Tomb Raider. I haven’t gotten far enough into it to raid any tombs yet, but I like what I’ve seen so far. Lara Croft got pushed to the side early in the month because of The Behemoth’s brilliant BattleBlock Theater. The puzzle platformer works great whether you’re playing solo or with a friend, but I am absolutely addicted to the story interludes between chapters that are acted out by puppets and a mad (as in crazy) narrator. I can’t wait to see how it ends (and hopefully learn the secret of that jaunty hat).

Towards the back half of the month, Microsoft’s Motocross Madness battled it out with Injustice: Gods Among Us (both the iOS and Wii U versions) for my gaming time. Watching my Avatar smash into a barrier and go flying 150 feet in the air was exciting, but not as exciting as watching Batman put the smackdown on Superman. The iOS version isn’t great, but it’s a decent timewaster. The Wii U version is pretty fun, but I don’t think it stacks up to NetherRealm’s last game, the rebooted Mortal Kombat.

Finally, I fired up Plague Inc. on my iPod Touch for the first time and it was a bit disturbing. Playing as a “character” that kills billions is an interesting concept, but it’s a lot to take. Thankfully, I was able to use a little Idol Words, the latest iOS game to ape Boggle, to wind down.

Nicole Kline
Senior Editor
What did I play in April? More like what did I not play in April! I finished up BioShock Infinite, which I loved. Anthony Amato and I also finished up “Hammerlock’s Big Hun”t in Borderlands 2, and spent a lot of time with our level 50 characters, now that the level cap has been upped. Oh, and I managed to get through Dead Space 3 as well, which ended up being a better experience than I thought.

On the Vita, I played all the way through Uncharted: Golden Abyss, which was amazing! On the 3DS, I wrapped up Adventure Time: Hey Ice King, Why’d You Steal Our Garbage? I went back and picked up my PSP and started playing Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness, which is just as addicting now as it was a year ago when I put it down.

On the iPad, I beat (but still keep playing) Ridiculous Fishing, which is one of the best games ever. On PC, I finally started playing Half-Life 2, and every time I go to my friends’ game development studio, I play Tower Fall until my brain hurts. Oh, and Pandora’s Tower finally came out, so I’ve been spending a lot of my evenings with that. Whew! like I said, what did I not play last month???

Andrew Rainnie
UK Correspondent
It’s the end of April already? Wow, that went fast. The month was dominated by two different games. The first half was spent exploring the seedy steampunk world of Dunwall in Dishonored. It took a little bit longer to get into than usual, but once I had mastered the powers and abilities, I was hooked. Especially the transportation ability; if they ever make an FPS of the X-Men, this would be so cool to do as Nightcrawler.

And then, after months of not having the funds, it arrived to a trumpet of delight… the Wii U! I played Nintendoland for one day before umming and ahhing over which of Ubisoft’s games I should play, ZombiU or Assassin’s Creed IIIMike Ryan
Staff Writer
A majority of my April was spent playing BattleBlock Theater, which is as whimsical and silly as it is challenging. I’ve also been playing a bit more Heroes of Ruin on my 3DS, which isn’t half bad. It’s a pretty straightforward dungeon crawler, but still enjoyable. I haven’t gotten into the multiplayer portion yet, as I wanted to level up my character some more. I have also been playing Lego Indiana Jones with my son, who is on a Lego kick right now. We can’t wait to play Lego Marvel Super Heroes when it comes out. This may be the first Lego game I get without waiting for it to drop to $20!

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