No Rest for the Nerdy – Vol. 44

Spending a weekend in Jurassic Park, among other places in the gaming world.

Erik, Joey, Mike, Alex & Paulby Erik, Joey, Mike, Alex & Paul


We never stop playing video games. That’s a fact. Even after we call it quits for the week we still look forward to getting home and continuing our digital conquests. It’s our life blood. So we thought it would be fun to share with everyone what our gaming intentions are for the weekend so you guys can get a sense of what we're playing and enjoying on a weekly, non-formal basis. Yes, this concept isn't new to the internet. But hey, we kind of want to join in on the fun. Can you blame us for that? So without further ado, here’s what we’re playing this weekend that will forfeit any semblance of rest…

Please feel free to sound off below to let us know what your gaming plans are this weekend.

joeyJoey Davidson: It finally happened, friends, I broke down and bought Skyrim. The game is huge, glorious, beautiful, funny, twisted and addictive as hell. I’m one of the many, now, and my family misses me dearly. I’ve only plunged into the game for around six hours so far, so I know there’s a lot more in the way of exploration, dragon slaying and questing to come. I can’t wait to experience it.

So, yeah, Skyrim’s great, we all knew that. But I’m also spending a lot of time with Mario Kart 7 and Saints Row: The Third. My review of Mario Kart 7 went live today, so you’ll be able to catch my full opinion there if you’re interested in the game. I will say, quickly, that this is a Mario Kart title. The formula remains the same. If you loved the others, you’ll love this.

If you wanted more from Nintendo, however, this one will be a slap in the face.

As for Saints Row: The Third, the other love of my life, things are going well. I fought zombies with a giant purple dildo last night, so, in fact, I don’t think things could be going any better. Get the game if you love mayhem and dick jokes…which, let’s be serious here, who among us doesn’t love both mayhem and dick jokes?

paulPaul Tamburro: My video game library will remain firmly untouched this weekend as I am taking the girlfriend to London for a weekend of theatre, fine dining and luxurious swimming pools. However, I have managed to sneak in a plentiful amount of time on WWE ‘12, enough to tell you that the new superstar “Paul Tamburro” is destined for big things.

Equipped with his signature finisher “The Tamburro Kick” (for a writer I am surprisingly lacking in imagination), Tamburro has taken the wrestling world by storm, finishing off The Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell match for the coveted title.

As I haven’t watched WWE in a while (the last time was around the point it was forced to drop the "F" thanks to those pesky panda’s), there’s a lot of new faces on the roster. Thanks to my limited memory, I’ve been forced to name these new superstars by their defining characteristics, therefore “guy with the muscles” defends his Intercontinental championship against “guy with the homeless beard”, and “bloke in a mask” goes toe-to-toe against “terrifying giant leprechaun”.

Oh, and on the journey to London I might get the chance to fit in a few more productive hours on the time-honoured classic Action Swing for Android. In fact, forget London, where’s my phone?!

mikeMike White: I’ll be skipping around between platforms and genres this weekend. Curiosity has gotten the best of me and I just can’t hold myself back from exploring all the new zones that opened up in Rift’s Ember Isles. I know some players are extremely frustrated by the roller coaster effect the game’s class system has when developers constantly try to keep a sense of balance. For me, it means I’m learning a new tree and play style every time I come back to the game.

We’ve received a code for our review copy of the new Voltron game for the Xbox Live Arcade. It looks to be an updated take on top-scrolling arcade shooters. I’ve dumped plenty of dollars worth of quarters into games like the Raiden series so I should feel right at home.

Lastly, I’m reinstalling the Witcher 2. My old hard drive, containing the original copy and save files from my review, is sadly buried somewhere in the bowels of a storage unit in Middletown, Delaware. I’m actually excited about starting from scratch. This time around, I have an Xbox controller to use with my PC and a habit of saving often thanks to this game and Skyrim. The combination should make the experience slightly better than it already was.

erikErik Norris: I’m now 23 hours into The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. The adventure has been equal parts frustrating and rewarding, as I detailed in my “Fixing The Legend of Zelda” editorial, but I’m not giving up; I will see this game to completion. I’m currently balls deeps in the game’s 5th dungeon aboard a pirate, ghost ship, and these are the moments I love about the game. The bad taste of backtracking constantly is washed away whenever I get into one of the game’s temples; they’re brilliant and complete and utter time sinks, in the best way possible.

When I’m not super charging my Skyward Sword, I’ll be dabbling in the upcoming DLC for Gears of War 3, “RAAM’s Shadow.” We received a preview code for the upcoming story-driven expansion, and I’m chomping at the bit to give it a whirl. More Gears story is nothing but a good thing in my humble opinion. Look for our review of the DLC on December 8th (next Thursday) when the embargo lifts.

Finally, I’m gassing up the jeep and heading back into Jurassic Park. Telltale was kind enough to send us a copy of Jurassic Park: The Game, and being Crave’s resident dinosaur lover, I’m going to find out what happened to that dangling, Barbosol can plot thread. Reading impressions of the game from around the internet, I’m a little skeptical about playing Jurassic Park, however. Quick-time events and me don’t mix too well, and I hear Jurassic Park is nothing but a string of them. But I digress. I’m not passing judgment until I play the game for myself. I mean, come on, it’s got dinosaurs. It can’t be that bad… can it?

alexAlex Keen: I don’t expect to have a ton of free time this weekend so my gaming is going to be very light.  However, Erik passed along a copy of Mario & Sonic at the 2012 Olympics for the Wii and it has been quite entertaining.  Sure, the graphics are weak, but the gameplay is simple and fun and the game is no better or worse that a typical sports title for Wii or Kinect.  Granted, I couldn’t tell you who half of the Sonic characters are (who the hell is the pink Sonic?!).

If I do get the time to play anything substantial it will likely be Bulletstorm.  With the end of review season for big games I now have time to go back and play some games that I have been trying to play for months.  With a Gears aftertaste left in my mouth, it would only make sense to pick up a game that feels very similar in style and scope. Besides that, I will fill in some extra hours with Kinect Sports 2 and Fruit Ninja, but those go without saying!