Seasonal Gaming: Josh’s Picks for Spring [Game On]

After months and months of steel gray skies here in Columbus I just can’t fathom another day of the biting flat-land wind gusts. However, it occurred to me that the games I play tend to synchronize with the seasons in either theme or presentation.  With spring (thank God) rapidly approaching, it got me thinking about what types of games I’ll likely be re-visiting and also which ones I’m excited about.  So, between shooting The Packrat Show and contributing here on FaN, what will I be popping in for Mr. Sunshine’s return?  Read on for a couple of my old favorites and then a quick look at two titles I’m really excited for this spring. Viva Piñata Incestuous undertones aside, Viva Piñata was a surprise favorite for me.  The sickeningly bright color scheme and undeniable cuteness of raising baby piñatas in a beautiful garden you can customize however you’d like was immediately appealing to me. Its dream-like orchestral score combined with fun mechanics that blend a little bit of Sim City with a little bit of Pokemon made for an experience that would satisfy even the most ambitious achievement whores. It’s also a great way to unwind after a rough day, admiring the serenity of the zen-like oasis you’ve crafted for your piñatas. I crushed the original Viva Piñata a while back (which, I guess describing it that way lets you know what kind of gamer I am) and am very much looking forward to finally digging into the sequel, Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise.  But, I won’t indulge until the weather goes back up to the 70s because playing a game this adorable indoors just doesn’t feel right in the dead of winter. Eternal Sonata Released in 2007 from Namco Bandai, Eternal Sonata is...

My 2012 Gaming Resolutions [Gamer On]

It’s that time of year again where everyone gets a jump-start on the goals they’re going to accomplish as the new year arrives.  While other people are concerned with shedding a few pounds or finally getting around to cataloging their pristine collection of Star Wars Memorabilia, I’m only going to touch on my personal failings in gaming and how I hope to rectify them this year around with this handy top 5 list, so let’s get to it, shall we? 1. Find Every Last Riddler Trophy in BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY First off, if you’re unfamiliar with this incredible game (or in some nigh-impossible way, Batman himself), check out this trailer: If that doesn’t make you pop a giant nerd-boner then you’ve got some personal issues to work through. Not as bad as taking a bullet to the parents issues, but close. Anyways, The Riddler is back again in this follow-up to the groundbreaking BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM and he’s again left all manner of riddles, trophies, and hostages to be rescued all over the city.  All in all there are over four hundred.  So far in the normal pace of gameplay and completing it I’ve only found bout 160. Yeesh! So, this is something I’m committed to solving in its entirety, just to prove that I, indeed, am better than The Riddler. 2. Finish MASS EFFECT 2 Previously on GeeksPodcast I’d dissected how much I enjoyed the original MASS EFFECT and the improvements the sequel made.  Generally speaking it’s got a tighter, more action-oriented feeling and drops a lot of the tediousness that could come with managing your squad in the first game.  As a very well-written and compelling sci-fi adventure from Bioware I definitely want to finish this, but more importantly I want to finish it...