Welcome to Press Start! This is a weekly segment that dives into what we here at The Game Fanatics are currently playing.Feel free to leave a comment with what you’ve been playing or if you have any questions about the games that we are currently involved with.
Jeff: After the announcement of Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, I absolutely had to go back to my favorite series of all time. I reviewed the first game, which still holds up very well, but I had to take care of one blind spot that has been gnawing at me for some time now: Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops. I’m less than two hours in, but I’m already intrigued by where the story is going. I’ll definitely be playing this one all week. I jumped back into Gran Turismo 5 to knock out a few challenges, and I’m also putting some time into my 3DS. I’ll be reviewing a new eShop release later this week, but here’s a preview: I’m very impressed.
Jen: After coming home from PAX, the first game that I played was Transformers Fall of Cybertron. I had about an hour left of the game that I wasn’t able to finish before leaving for Seattle. Amazing game! If you’re a fan of Transformers, you need to play FoC. The story alone is better than both of the live action movies that were made. I then got the Leviathan DLC for Mass Effect 3. Not bad, but it did prompt me to want to get all the achievements for ME3, just as I had done with the last two games in the series. I was holding back from getting all the achievements in ME3 because I didn’t want to play multiplayer. And Bioware did mention that you don’t have to play online to get all the achievements, but you have to for one of them. So I caved in and started to play online and I actually enjoyed it. The ME3 multiplayer is a lot of fun and I had the chance to play with two fellow TGFers, John and Enis. Now I’m only one achievement shy from 100%, which is kill 5K enemies. I have little under 500 to go. I also picked up Rock Band Blitz via XBLA. It took me a little bit to get used to, but now that I have a feel for the game, I’m really enjoying it.
Joel: I’ve been playing Guild Wars 2 as an elemental which is by far my favorite MMO toon since a fire blaster in City of Heroes (#savecoh) and have gotten deep into Dead Island open world zombie mayhem. Leveled up a few times in Mass Effect 3 multiplayer and started Just Cause 2. Too many games so little time.
Enis: I noticed this week I’m starting to get my Halo urges back. I took a small hiatus from the game because I just got tired of leveling. Some reason, it’s back though. I’ve always been a hardcore Halo fan though so I’d never really stop playing. Been focusing on leveling up in Halo: Reach and still trying to complete Halo 3: ODST 100%. With the Operation this weekend for Mass Effect 3, I got the chance to play with Jen and John for a while. It was super fun and relaxing (I even dozed off one round). My main focus still right now is getting achievements completing them fully. I finished my Insanity run through of Mass Effect 3 with the Extended Cut and Leviathan DLC, won’t go into details about it, I’ll let my review speak for itself. Glad to complete that games single player, for now.
Ben: After PAX I got right back into Dark Soulsand it still blows my mind how much I like it. It’s easily one of my favorite games of all time and I can’t wait to get to the new content.
Writer, editor, and one of the oldest running members of TGF, Jennifer became editor in chief in February of 2013. Jennifer has been playing video games since the young age of four when her parents got her a Nintendo Entertainment System. Currently she plays whenever she can on any of her fourteen different systems. Video games and everything that it embodies is in her blood. The majority of the time Jen can be found on XB360 under the gamer tag of Next Jen but does play her Ps3 under Next_Jen every once in a while. She plays anything from casual to FPS games and you can check out what Jen is currently playing via Raptr and she is highly active on Twitter (@Next_Jen), with tweets about games, Doctor Who and other random silliness. Check out Jennifer's interview by 8 Bit Brit here.