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Weekend Hangover: ‘Kingdoms of Darkness 2: The Shankening’ edition

For the first time in a couple months, a number of us at VGH HQ are actually playing some brand new games (keep an eye out for our impressions in the coming week or two). Things are steadily picking up in terms of new releases during this period that I like to affectionally refer to as “second fall”. It’s always nice to have cool new games to play, even if I know there’s never enough free time (or money!) to actually play them all.

While I’ve got you here, have you listened to VGH #40 and watched the lastest installment of ‘Matt Makes His Wife Play Games’?

What are the VGH crew playing this weekend?

Randy Dickinson (@randy_wrecked): I’m on fire this week! I’ve already finished The Darkness II and now I’m (finally) making my way through El Shaddai. The goal is to wrap it up by Wednesday so I can devote myself fully to the PlayStation Vita.

D.J. Ross (@metaly): Soulcalibur V. Battlefield 3. Monster Hunter. But besides the usual…

It’s been a busy month for Star Trek Online. In the last 30 days, the game has gone free-to-play and celebrated its second anniversary. Now, this weekend marks the return of one of the game’s most unique features: feature episode series. STO‘s fairly plot-heavy missions (called “episodes” in-game) are designed to mimic the format of the TV shows, and each featured series is a set of episodes all revolving around a central plot thread. They’re usually more intricate than the game’s standard missions and developer Cryptic often uses them as a showcase for new gameplay concepts or other fun features, so it’s always exciting when a new episode “airs.” This week will see the first episode of the new series, “The 2800,” which continues a plotline from the classic Deep Space Nine episode, “The Sacrifice of Angels.” I’ll be logging in sometime on Saturday to check it out.

Paul Sandhu (@spaulsandhu): This weekend I finally get to sink my teeth into the Kingdom of Amalur! CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP!!!! Also, I really need to go to the gym.

Matt Kernan (@mkernan): I’ll be finishing up Shank 2 for review, trying to talk my wife into playing something, and if I can pry the iPad away from my daughter, I may finally give the iOS version of Ghost Trick a spin. If I’m lucky, I might even get the chance to have my ass handed to me by Randy and D.J. in Quarrel again.