Warpback: What We Played in August 2015


Our gaming habits were all over the place during the month of August here at Warp Zoned! Even though Nicole finally got a Wii U, she didn’t touch it at all. We’re all hoping it doesn’t go the way of her Wii, which is primarily a dust collector nowadays. But he one unifying factor here seems to be portable games!

Hit the jump to see what kept us busy this hot month of August.

John Scalzo
August was a month of remasters and re-releases. While I never got to Gears of War: Ultimate Edition or Dishonored: Definitive Edition, I did give a spin to both Rare Replay and Mega Man Legacy Collection. It’s impossible to compare them directly, but I was amazed that only a handful of Rare’s non-Nintendo games held up. Memories are a powerful thing and my recollection of games like Jet Force Gemini or Killer Instinct Gold didn’t quite match the reality. That said, R.C. Pro Am totally holds up and Blast Corps was even better than I remember.

As for Mega Man Legacy Collection, it’s much smaller (six games as opposed to 30) and focuses completely on the side-scrolling adventures of a single character, so it was much easier to find my 1991 groove. Nearly a quarter-century later, the Mega Man are just as good today as they were back then. I guess blasting mechanical menaces and challenging Robot Masters never gets old. Nor does the compilation’s Challenge Mode, which is excellent.

Finally last month, I was complete swept up in the Alphabear craze. I’ve unlocked 41 bears (out of 85) in the word-building puzzler and I don’t think I’m going to stop anytime soon. Plus, I’ve got to stay ahead of Nicole on the Leaderboard…

Nicole Kline
Senior Editor
I spent a lot of time on my portable devices this month! I played a ton of Words with Friends and Triple Town, and got sucked into Spry Fox’s new one, Alphabear, which is so cute it hurts! On top of that, I also finished up Professor Layton and the Last Specter.

Anthony and I played some more Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, which we are still super into, when we have time. Speaking of cooperative games, we also finished up Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris. We tried playing Rocket League, but didn’t love it! We got it free so we might try it again sometime.

Oh, and I played the game of homework. How fun!

Andrew Rainnie
UK Correspondent
I won’t lie, I have spent an obscene amount of time building a Vault in Fallout Shelter. Its one of the most addictive mobile games I’ve played, and unusual for me, as I don’t really do mobile games all that much.

Other than that, I’ve been dividing my free time between the new stages and weapons of Splatoon, as well as slogging through the dragon-infested lands of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The former’s new ranked battle modes had me cursing (a lot), while Skyrim’s sprawling map has me giddy for this Fall’s upcoming Xenoblade Chronicles X. I just hope I’ve finished Skyrim before that one comes out!

Mike Ryan
Staff Writer
Now that I look back on it, this month had quite the variety. I played Borderlands 2 for my brand-new PlayStation Vita, and I’m actually having a lot of fun with it. Additionally, due to my past PlayStation Plus membership, I played Dead Nation, also on the Vita. That’s a really fun dual-stick shooter, and I’m really enjoying it. I also started playing Xeodrifter on my 3DS, which is a blast, as I love those Metroidvania games.

Finally, after a brief hiatus, I started playing Shovel Knight again and beat Plague Knight. I’m really… digging it. Sorry, I’ll let myself out.

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