Now Playing: Memoria Killer is Dead Edition

by: Randy -
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer might've still had a job in 12 months if you and I had bought $900M more in Surface RTs. But we didn't. And he won’t. Sony is super sorry about the ending to Grand Theft Auto V leaking, but I'm more interested in the leaked soundtrack. And your Microsoft space bucks began the transition to local currency this week. I live in southern Oregon, so that means mine converted into canned foods and shotgun shells.

What are you playing this weekend?

Russell Archey | staff writer | Twitter @neoscyther
Most of my weekend will be spent playing PixelJunk Monsters: Ultimate on Steam in preparation for my review. Outside of that, I'm starting up a web series over on YouTube where I take a game I've never played before and blind run it. Hopefully this will help me actually play games I own and haven't even put in the system yet, starting with Record of Agarest War Zero on the Xbox 360. I know nothing about the game except that I kind of like the soundtrack.

Sean Cahill | staff writer | Twitter @seancahill2
Very little, unfortunately. Work has been killing me lately and I tend to just go home and pass out nowadays. I'm hoping to get back to Dead Island or even wipe the dust off of Tomb Raider of FarCry 3.

Nathan Carter | staff writer | Twitter @natedoggcata
Mostly going to be another weekend flying around the virtual Steelport in Saints Row IV. I wish I could personally shake the hands of all the devs at Volition for making this game. We need more games like this today. It's a celebration of what a video game should be and that's just an extremely fun game that doesn't take itself too seriously. I will also be putting some more money into my offshore account in Payday 2. Throwing those bags of loot in the escape van at the end of a heist never gets old.

Sean Colleli | staff writer
I suspect my 360 is close to giving up the ghost, so I've occasionally been picking up some older cross-platform titles on the cheap for my far more reliable PS3. This week I found Red Faction: Guerrilla for a paltry five bucks. I attended a media event for it way back in 2009 (THQ always threw the best parties) and I remember loving the game back then when I got it for 360. Still, I forgot just how good it is. It still holds up remarkably well and it's hard to believe that it's a five-year-old game. It doesn't have the massive depth of content like Volition's other sandbox series Saints Row, but RFG is remarkably well balanced and somewhat subtle, at least when compared to the insane Saints games, and quite a bit more challenging too. It's one of those games that constructs a fully believable world you can get lost in for hours -- and subsequently blow to pieces with the still-revolutionary geo-mod engine -- and the graphics have a clean, efficient aesthetic that has aged very gracefully. I'll be playing it a lot this weekend, and if you still haven't picked it up, I strongly recommend it.

Jeremy Duff | senior staff writer | Twitter @duff3c
Things will stay grim and dark in my household for yet another weekend. Between torturing my moral fiber with some tough decisions in The Walking Dead episodes on Vita, and knocking off  a few heists for kicks in Payday 2, I will be jumping the fence back and forth between the Helghan and ISA on Killzone Mercenary. Who knew that being this bad would pay so well? Between virtual heists and mercenary work, I am starting to to question my career choices in real life.

Randy Kalista | staff writer | Twitter @randykalista
I just about fell over myself when I read Dave Gamble's preview of point-and-clicker Memoria. Face-melting artwork does not a good game make, but it's helped pay the bills on more than a few adventure games, like the Broken Sword series, Deponia, and Machinarium. Many more. According to Gamble, the puzzles fall between "logical" and "tricky," but I am not a smart man, so I hope I don't slam my head against the wall too much.

Matt Mirkovich | staff writer | Twitter @stillmywords
This weekend, what am I not playing? I'm at 96% completion on Saints Row IV, with only a few challenges left to knock out, and then I'm not working on one, not two, but three reviews! Killer is Dead, The Wonderful 101, and Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F are fighting off Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn for my attention. Didn't I just buy a Rosetta Stone product too? And to top it all off, I'm still wading through Dragon's Crown on Hard difficulty, trying to complete every quest, and earn a platinum trophy for it.

John Yan | senior hardware editor | Twitter @thejohnyan
Well, since I finished the main storyline for Saints Row IV, but I'm heading back into virtual Steelport to take over the city and finish the other side quests. I'll also probably spend time finishing the story mode for Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition and do some looting in Diablo III as well.

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