Warpback: What We Played in August 2013

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The dog days are over and the Fall gaming avalanche is here. Before we dive in to September and two new consoles, the Warp Zoned staff attempted to whittle down their backlogs for one last month. Were we successful? Sure. But there’s always a new game to add to the backlog.

John Scalzo
Editor-In-Chief
My August was pretty similar to my July. I put the finising touches on Penny Arcade’s On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 4 and finally capped off the entire Rain-Slick saga. After two different developers and four games, it’s been an amazing journey. But Episode Four didn’t grab me the way Episode Three did, even with its much larger world. I explain why in my review, if you’re interested. After Rain-Slick 4, I went back to Painkiller: Hell & Damnation. The Doom-like shooter is still driving me crazy, but it’s still interesting enough to play from month-to-month.

And speaking of games that drive me crazy, I fired up Peggle for the first time after grabbing it during the iTunes App Store 5th Anniversary celebration. Who knew that helping magical animals bust apart a series of pegs with a silver ball could be… SO… MUCH… FUN? A lot of people, apparently. And now I know it too.

Andrew Rainnie
UK Correspondent
Due to a lovely double-city vacation in Paris and Barcelona, I haven’t really been playing much this month, which is worrying as my pile of unplayed games is growing exponentially.

I did hammer away at a few levels of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed on the Wii U, a stop-gap until Mario Kart 8 arrives. I also tried the console’s version of Call of Duty: Black Ops II after grabbing it in a bargain sale. I found the Wii U GamePad really intuitive for an FPS, something I’m hearing more of after The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD showed off an FPS mode at Gamescom.

Oh, and I splurged and downloaded Earthbound, the translator for which was not paid enough. The text is so bad its good, and the game is a nice walk down nostalgia lane. The more I play it however, the more I really, really hope Nintendo releases a new game in their Paper Mario RPG series, or just an HD remake of Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door.

Mike Ryan
Staff Writer
Thinking back, August was actually a pretty busy month. I played some SteamWorld Dig, and I’m so glad I did. It’s a phenomenal digital download and well worth your time and money. After months of hype, I also put a lot of time into DuckTales Remastered, which made me remember why I used to throw my controllers as a kid (albiet in a good way). As a fighting game fan, I immediately dove into DiveKick. It’s definitely a fun game, and the inside jokes on the fighting game community are really well-done.

I purchased Rayman Origins during a PSN sale, and I’m also loving that one. It’s old-school platforming at its best. If this is any indication, then I can’t wait to play Rayman Legends. Finally, I am having an absolute blast with The Walking Dead. No, not that one – the good game. I can’t tell you how awesome it is. Sure it’s glitchy as hell, but with the characters and the story, I can see why so many people thought it was game of the year.

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