May 31 - June 4

I am sitting at a McDonalds in the Hartford, Connecticut, airport. My head is full of sleep. My belly is full of whatever evil residue remains in the wake of too many Coronas. And my eyes feel as though they have been filled with a slightly caustic, partly opaque substance. Also, McChuck is offering largely unhelpful critiques that some might describe as annoying while I write, so this is going to be quick and dirty.

Which, is actually very Rabbitcon.

Maybe it's the airport. Maybe it's the fresh memories of a fun weekend that ended too soon. Maybe it's a lot of things, but as I look down the release list for the week ahead I just can't get excited about anything. So there's no game of the week, and instead I offer an uncomfortable reminder of Cory "Demiurge" Banks dancing suggestively with McChuck. How do you like that memory, unsolicited editor?

*Look for next week's TWA with 98% fewer inside jokes.*

PC
- Alpha Protocol
- Deadtime Stories
- The Sims 3 Ambitions

Xbox 360
- Alpha Protocol
- Backbreaker
- Bass Pro Shops: The Hunt
- Pure Futbol

PS3
- Alpha Protocol
- Backbreaker
- Pure Futbol

Wii
- America's Next Top Model
- Bass Pro Shops: The Hunt
- Tetris Party Deluxe

DS
- America's Next Top Model
- Farm Frenzy: Animal Country
- Tetris Party Deluxe

Coming Soon -
- Crackdown 2 : July 6
- Starcraft 2 : July 27
- Mafia 2 (PC, 360, PS3) : August 24
- Metroid Other M : August 31

Comments

Inside jokes demystified: It's business time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_r0U...

Also what a slap in the face to Alpha Protocol to not even be named game of the week in an otherwise dead week. Of course considering the early reviews, it's not surprising.

That image of Cory dancing will be burned on my retinas for a long time...

Can we get some annotated pictures from this year's Rabbitcon? 'Cause it sure would be nice to have some faces to associate with the very familiar voices from each week's podcast. It's kind of like when you see the face of your favorite disc jockey - nothing like what you pictured, right? Here's what I picture the various Goodjers looking like:

Certis - Cliff from "Sixteen Candles" (the one with the headgear)
Elysium - George Segal
Rabbit - a short Jason Statham
Cory - David Krumholtz
Lara - Julianne Moore
Rob - Zach Galfianakis, but with more rage

Please, post some pictures (perhaps on http://www.gamerswithjobs.com/userguide?), and satisfy this Goodjer's curiosity.

I'm a little surprised Backbreaker didn't interest you, Elysium. Go snag the demo if you haven't already.

Alpha Protocol is...not great. It's not terrible either (there's the occasional glimmer of something hidden amongst all the mediocrity) but I'd highly recommend waiting for a price drop / steam sale if you want to try it out (or rent it - it's not a very long game).

garion333 wrote:

I'm a little surprised Backbreaker didn't interest you, Elysium. Go snag the demo if you haven't already.

Definitely start with the demo. I'm not a fan of it, at all. While it would be great for a new football game to come out, BB comes off as a arcade title that makes it it WAY to hard to do things that developers have already figured out how to do easier.

When you watch BB, it looks neat. When you play it, it makes you want to scratch your eyes out.

I always like these weeks to take advantage of games in my pile. I'm still enjoying Dawn of War 2, which I got back in February of 2008!

stevenmack wrote:

Alpha Protocol is...not great. It's not terrible either (there's the occasional glimmer of something hidden amongst all the mediocrity) but I'd highly recommend waiting for a price drop / steam sale if you want to try it out (or rent it - it's not a very long game).

I think that's close to where I stand on it. It's a game I think people should play if they're interested in it, but it doesn't stand up at full price. Perhaps an argument for more variety in game pricing.

Unsolicited editors are the worst!

Doesn't seem to be a ton of interest in Crackdown 2 on GWJ, which I find surprising, given that it is based around co-op and that the first was so freaking fantastic.

I suspect that Crackdown 2 may be getting too complicated. I loved Crackdown, but the new game seems like it may be too much. Much of what made the first game fun was its simplicity. The new one seems to be piling on feature after feature.

I don't know about others on GWJ, but if I have to work too hard to learn a game's systems, or I'm overwhelmed by its complexity, I look for my fun elsewhere.

Hans

No way that comments should be turned off for that video. I mean... he flashed the beast!

Now do Leggy Blonde.

Elysium wrote:

so this is going to be quick and dirty.

Like a game of BSG.