GamerSushi Asks: Summer Playlists?

The Last of Us


I hope the summer is treating you well. You know, with life stuff. We primarily talk about games here, but life is sort of crucial, too. I guess.

But enough with the srs business — it’s been awhile since we’ve properly talked about what games we’re playing, so right at the edge of summer seemed like as good of a time as any. For me, this is the time of year that I’m doing what I can to catch up on my backlog — and thanks to the latest Steam sale, that’s gotten just a bit bigger recently.

Over the last month or two, I’ve been hitting the old playlist like I haven’t in quite some time. In addition to knocking out Final Fantasy VI, I also went through a few of my outstanding XBox 360 games, including Metal Gear Solids 2 and 3, in order to sell my 360 and make way for a PlayStation 4. But after that, I’ve focused on some PC titles, namely Civilization V, Gunpoint, To the Moon, Walking Dead: 400 Days, Half Minute Hero and Company of Heroes 2.

But despite all that, the most notable game I’ve played has been The Last of Us. A game that was already covered quite well by the esteemed writers Mitch and Anthony, The Last of Us really resonated with me in a way that few games have… ever, almost. While I’m closer to Mitch’s opinion of the gameplay (I found it inspired in theory but lackluster in practice), I’m closer to Anthony’s opinion on the story. More specifically, the game’s ending caught me offguard in a way that really stuck with me. Not in an “aha, gotcha!” way that most games use as a crutch, but in a way that fractured my view of the game’s characters in the best way possible. It’s not often that we get writing for a character that completely surprises you, while still remaining consistent with everything you know about that person.

Seriously, if you have a PlayStation 3, play this game.

But that’e enough about what I’m playing. Tell me what you guys are playing. Let’s have a good old-fashioned chat about that, shall we? Go!

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7 thoughts on “GamerSushi Asks: Summer Playlists?”

  1. My playlist is entirely PC-based. Right now I’ve been playing the crap out of Saints Row: The Third and loving every minute of it. After that’s done, I wanna hit Crysis 2, finish up Scribblenauts Unlimited, play some more Surgeon Simulator, and then sink some more time into Borderlands 2. Steam sale damn near killed me.

    Also, I’m trying to 100-percent Saints Row, so I need co-op buddies for some of the achievements. Anyone on here who wants to join up can add me on Steam: Trogador

  2. I’ve been playing a lot of Dragon Age: Origins on the 360 since getting it when it was on sale. It’s my first time playing the game, and it’s an absolute blast. I’ve been playing a little Civ V since the release of the new expansion too. Jump into some Halo 4 multiplayer with my friends every now and then, as well as occasionally playing Borderlands 2 (which I also got when it was on sale on the 360).

  3. I’m currently plowing through my Steam Sale games. I finished X-Com last week (I see why you guys were hyping it so much) and now I’m on Mirror’s Edge and Dark Souls. Mirror’s Edge is fun, but the story is dull (I rarely skip cutscenes, but I’ve been skipping) and it feels like the game is a proof of concept for the sequel. There is a lot of room to make the game amazing, hopefully they realize that potential for Mirror’s Edge 2. Dark Souls started out really frustrating for me, but thanks to Jeff and Anthony’s tips, I’ve been going through it at a steady pace (those gargoyles were quite tough though as a melee character). The game’s combat is really fun, and it’s nice to have a game that depends so much on skill. I also like that if you fail, you can always grind for a bit to increase your chances, and when you do finally kill a boss or a hard section, it feels very rewarding. My only complaint so far is that the UI looks like something out of a PS2 RPG like Champions of Norrath. Hopefully they clean it up for the sequel.

  4. Dark Souls, Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational (I am a dirty little whore for Hot Shots Golf) and that’s about it. I need to beat Dark Souls before Saint’s Row IV.

  5. Like a couple of the others on here I’m also ploughing through my steam/PC games. I was playing Just Cause but gave up after the game kept glitching out on one of the missions half way through the game. I also recently finished Proteus and Tales of Monkey Island Episodes 1 and 2. I’m still playing Wolfenstein 3D but also playing Capsized and even spent some time on TF2 for the first time in months and had a blast. Next up is KOTOR 2 and Tales of Monkey Island Episode 3.

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