Warpback: What We Played in October 2016


October was almost exclusively about our backlogs here at Warp Zoned! With the exception of the few new games, we were busy playing those games we’ve been trying to get to for months and months. In some cases, it’s been years! Read on to see what video games we dug into this spooky month!

John Scalzo
Outside of Nintendo, I’m not sure any publisher understands their legacy franchises like Bandai Namco. The way they’ve treated Pac-Man over the years is nothing short of astounding, and they did it again with Pac-Man Champion Edition 2.

It doesn’t quite reach the heights of CEDX (which I mention in my review), but it’s still a tremendous new entry in the franchise, and I’ve lost count of how many hours I’ve put into it. All that practice even helped me snag a top ten score on the leaderboards. Woo!

Also in October, Zach Gage (the mad genius behind SpellTower and Sage Solitaire) returned with another game that’s destined to be a classic on mobile devices. Really Bad Chess is just like regular chess, but both sides start with a randomly-generated assortment of pieces. I’ve always loved chess, but I have to admit, this small change to the way the game is played is absolutely brilliant.

Finally in October, I dipped a toe back in Batman: The Telltale Series. Telltale’s reimagining of Gotham City continues to surprise me, and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for the final two chapters.

Nicole Kline
Senior Editor
October was full of the usual suspects for me! I played a ton of Pokemon Picross which is infuriatingly fun. I’ve also been playing so, so much Pokemon Go, which has been especially addictive thanks to their amazing Halloween Event! I’m absolutely punch-drunk on Candies. Other than that, it’s been a slow roll through Persona Q.

In the realm of new games, I tried the Yo-Kai Watch 2 demo, which was enough to prompt me to finally pick those games up. More from those once I get through a few other games on my 3DS! And, of course, I got the incredible Titanfall 2, which has been an absolute blast. I’ve been too busy to play much of it, but when I do, time seems to melt around me. The multiplayer is fast-paced and fun, and the single player campaign is refreshing and interesting, which is – let’s face it – pretty unusual for a first-person shooter! I’m really enjoying it so far.

Andrew Rainnie
UK Correspondent
I spent most of October engrossed in a slow progression through the world of Dark Souls III, fervently celebrating when I manage to defeat a boss or pass an area that claimed my life 100 times over. Though, I have to admit, I did not feel as challenged by the bosses in Dark Souls III as I did in the first game, which saw me inventing entirely new swear words to scream at my TV.

I also managed to complete Super Mario 3D World on the Wii U. It really is a beautiful little platformer, and a nice distraction while I wait for a true sequel to Super Mario 64 on Nintendo’s Switch console.

I also returned to Star Wars: Battlefront briefly, having forgotten that I was given it last Christmas!

Mike Ryan
Staff Writer
I didn’t get a whole lot of time to play this month, as working at a haunted house rendered my weekends video game-less. But what little time I had was spent… finally… playing Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. I’ve had this one in my backlog for almost two years, and just now got to it. And I loved it! It was the perfect mix of Skyrim and Arkham City, and included a few clever Lord of the Rings cameos. It felt like such an epic adventure, and I finally beat the game yesterday. While the ending was kind of meh, the journey is what made the game so much fun. I highly recommend it, especially at the low prices you can find on it now.

Other than that, I spent some time getting in the Halloween spirit by streaming Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. I never got to play the game back when it came out… I instead was forced to watch my college roommate play… so it was nice to finally play one of the best in the MetroidVania genre.

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