Warpback: What We Played in January 2014

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January was all about our backlogs here at Warp Zoned! We were on our mobile devices, our handhelds, our consoles, and our PCs. We played old games that originally came out in the 1980s to and we jumped back to the future to play games that were released at the end of 2013. And the best part was, we had a blast doing it. Read on to find out what the Warp Zoned staff played in January.

John Scalzo
Editor-In-Chief
In January I put a little more time into Super Mario 3D World and spent a ton of time with my iPod Touch.

While I’m still not completely sold on the 2D/3D hybrid style of Super Mario 3D World, the game includes a ridiculous amount of interesting levels and unique ideas. And I love the Multiple Mario Cherry and Cat Mario. They are brilliant new power-ups and probably the best new items to be added to the series in years. You know, it’s funny – even when Nintendo isn’t firing on all cylinders, they can still put out something that is very, very good.

But the majority of my gaming this month was spent diving back into some of my favorites, including Temple Run 2 (did you know the game lets you run as Santa Claus now?) and Hundreds (it’s a shame how quickly this great puzzle game was pushed aside in the iOS-verse). I also fired up Super Hexagon and finally clocked more than 60 seconds of survival time in the “Hexagon” mode. It unlocked an Achievement, a harder difficulty level, and it pushed me ahead of Warp Zoned’s Nicole Kline on my Friends Leaderboard. Take that, Nicole!

I also grabbed Pac-Man off the App Store (it was a free download for a week in January) and I’m amazed at how well the swipe controls work. They may not be as smooth as a controller or joystick, but Bandai Namco definitely gets mobile games in a way that many publishers don’t.

Nicole Kline
Senior Editor
January was a ridiculous gaming month for me. I finished up Chrono Trigger, InFamous 2, and Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, all of which I had started last year. I started and finished Hammerwatch, Papers, Please, and The Stanley Parable. And the list of games I played is outrageous: Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW, Bravely Default (demo), Diablo III (on the PS3), Legend of Dungeon, Lone Survivor, Ni No Kuni, Risk of Rain, Spelunky, Sports Champions, and Torchlight II were all on the menu. Oh, and I finally 100%’ed Fez. I am sad that it is over.

Also, apparently I need to play Super Hexagon again to re-establish my superiority over John! *Charges iPad*

Andrew Rainnie
UK Correspondent
I honestly cannot believe January has come and gone.

I’m sure I was still playing Grand Theft Auto V when the Auld Lang Syne was being murdered by many a drunk Glaswegian. Once I had completed that, I swiftly moved onto my Christmas present, Batman: Arkham Origins on the PS3. It was a solid game, but every step felt like deja vu from Batman: Arkham City that left you wanting more. Like a playable Deathstroke.

After that I moved onto one of my most anticipated games from the last generation, InFamous, which I picked up along with its sequel for £10. I’m currently electrocuting Reapers and Dustmen, and eyeing Infamous: Second Son as the game that may make me buy a PlayStation 4.

Mike Ryan
Staff Writer
Having 100%’ed Lego Marvel Super Heroes, I proceeded onto my next PS4 game, Knack. It’s not a bad title, but so far there’s nothing that drove me into fits like when I saw this commercial.

January was a pretty quiet month – which is a good thing because it allowed me to hit up my backlog. Oh, backlog – you are the pleasant bane of my video game existence. I spent a majority of my month with both Far Cry 3 and its less-serious counterpart, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. Having put a fair amount of time into both, I’m ashamed that I hadn’t played them sooner. Just an example of my Far Cry 3 experience: In a matter of minutes, I killed two guys, and while being shot at by five more, I jumped off a dock onto a jet ski, drove over a waterfall and into a river, and fought off a crocodile before making it back on land. And that wasn’t even part of the story! I also spent a lot of time with Dr. Mario and Mega Man II on my 3DS – I’ll never get enough of those.

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