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TheFeed's Weekend Playlist: Fight Night, Dawn of War, Peggle, Harry Potter, And More

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The G4tv.com crew is getting ready to celebrate the summer solstice (there are a lot of Wiccans here), but that won't stop the crew from getting their game on. This weekend, the gang has all sorts of games in mix -- real-time strategy, iPhone games, sports, role playing, and more. Find out what your favorite G4tv.com staffers are playing in a sun-soaked edition of TheFeed's Weekend Playlist. As always, let the boys know what you're playing this weekend and what you think of their picks.

Brian Leahy loves Starcraft II (2)

Brian Leahy: I’m in a bit of an RTS mood (especially with chatter that the StarCraft 2 beta will be kicking off soon) so I’ll probably load up the ‘ol Brood War and get my ass kicked on iCCup a bit. Then, I’ll switch over to Dawn of War II and knock out some team games. As always, Street Fighter IV will make an appearance (it’s basically my Fallout 3: over 110 hours logged to date) and I’ll put more time into Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 on the Wii.

Sephiroth

Raymond Padilla: After a week, I'm 22 hours into Final Fantasy VII. The story is much more enjoyable this time around, largely due to the PSP's excellent Crisis Core. Little bits of dialogue are so much more powerful, like when Aerith's adoptive mother worries about her cavorting with another boy from Soldier. I also made sure Aerith was in my party when I went to Gongaga and barged into Zack's house. Small things like that mean so much more after experiencing the story in Crisis Core. One thing that's always bothered me about this game -- wouldn't it have been easier to save the world and defeat Sephiroth if most of the party wasn't dicking around on an airship? I guess there's no overcoming longstanding RPG conventions....

When X-Men Origins: Wolverine (the movie) came out, I avoided it because due to negative reports of Deadpool's portrayal (he's one of my favorite Marvel characters of all time). A lot of my industry friends have raved about the game, saying it's one of the best superhero titles of all time. As a lifelong comic-book nerd, I have to check this one out. This seems like a good weekend for slicing and dicing with the "best at what he does (and what he does ain't pretty)".

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

Billy Berghammer: I finalized my apartment unpacking last weekend, and as I promised myself I wouldn’t return to World of Warcraft until that project was done, it’s time. World of Warcraft for me will always be the ex-girlfriend I can’t get rid of. But what can I say? We had a few drinks, she kissed me again with her poison lips, and the temptress sucked me in once again. My friends keep telling me she’s no good for me, and I’ll just end up battered and bruised again just like before, but this time I believe in my heart that it will be different. I just hit 74 a few days ago, and am currently on the road to 80. But once I hit 80, I know it’ll be over. No, really. It’ll be over. Then again, the G4 crew has been teasing me to join their guild, and since I haven’t toyed too much on the Horde side (Alliance 4lyfe!) I may let the affair continue. And then it’ll be over. I promise.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Patrick Klepek: Sadly, I was lying last week. No ghost busting occurred over the weekend and it's actually only recently a copy of Ghostbusters: The Video Game landed in my lap. With only a few stages left in Capcom's Bionic Commando reboot waiting for me to finish off (if you, like many others, passed on the game, it's worth borrowing from a friend for experiencing the mostly brilliant swing mechanic), but I'll actually be spending time with two licensed games: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Heck, I even volunteered to play both games. Let me bring you inside into my madness on the first one: I have blind, misguided hope that Activision can produce a worthwhile Transformers video game. You'd think a Transformers video game would be easy enough to make -- smash, robot, smash! -- but that hasn't happened yet. Soon, I'll discover if I've made a bad decision. Wish me luck? I don't deserve it. Oh, as for Harry Potter -- every other Harry Potter video game has been innocently average but competent enough to engage fans of the material (aka fanboys such as myself).

Halo 3

Jake Gaskill: As bizarre as it may sound, I actually just started playing through Halo 3 again (also, the first time on an HD TV, so that’s nice). I want to see why I don’t really remember a lot of what happens in it, aside from a few memorable sequences that stuck with me. I also finished the Adventure portion of Peggle (I’m still waiting for it to load on my pathetic iPhone 3G), so now I’ll be moving onto the Challenges, because I can’t get enough of being embarrassed by a bouncing ball. And in honor of the U.S. Open, I might just have to pick up Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10, but I’m not sure.

Sterling McGarvey: For the record, I threw in the towel on Trash Panic after spending an hour obsessively trying to get through the first few stages. It finally reached a point that it just wasn’t fun anymore.
 
In preparation for next week’s review, I’ll be playing Fight Night Round 4 some more. I’ve been seriously dragging ass in the office every morning because I’ve been up very late honing my abilities in the Sweet Science. I did a lot of trash talking to Leahy prior to playing it, and…that probably wasn’t a good idea. If you haven’t noticed from the demo, Round 4 guts the defense and counter-punching system that EA Chicago built and puts something totally different in its place. I get the sense that he’s been playing it quite a bit, so I’ll need to get my skills up to par.

TheFeed's Weekend Playlist: Fight Night, Dawn of War, Peggle, Harry Potter, And More
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