EndWeekGame: February 15

Playing Aliens, CK II, The Showdown Effect, Dungeonland and The Bridge

Andrei Dumitrescu: I plan to spend my weekend with Aliens: Colonial Marines, the new first-person shooter from developer Gearbox and publisher SEGA, aiming to finally complete the campaign in cooperative mode and to improve my performance in the competitive multiplayer.

The game was criticized on launch, but I have found the shooter mechanics to be solid, an opinion that I have detailed in my full Softpedia review of the game, even if the team has taken some liberties with the actual narrative thread and some characters from the movie.

The best part of Aliens: Colonial Marines are certainly the multiplayer modes that pit teams of humans and aliens against one another, allowing them to use tactics and an impressive range of weapons and abilities to take rivals out in some cleverly designed areas.

When FPS fatigue sets in, I also plan to return to Crusader Kings 2 and its Republic expansion in order to further the interests of Bohemia, which is currently locked in mortal struggle with Poland.

Andrei Dobra: My weekend will be dedicated to the upcoming indie game The Bridge, as I plan to run a review ahead of its release next week, so I'll be jumping into the delightful puzzle game in order to give my brain quite a workout.

The game relies a lot on the manipulation of the environment and on various optical tricks a la M.C. Escher, so it's going to be interesting to see if I can handle whatever challenges it throws at me.

When I am not trying out my puzzle solving skills, I'll spend a bit more time with two delightful little titles from Paradox Interactive, in the form of Dungeonland and The Showdown Effect. While the first is already released on the PC, The Showdown Effect is still in beta but it delivers a fun, hectic, and quite bloody experience.

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