What Shacknews is Playing this Winter Holiday

A long holiday means plenty of gaming opportunities. See what the Shacknews staff is up to!


Steve Watts

I usually go into long breaks with the best of intentions. Why, I'm going to conquer my backlog and start the new year fresh! But then there's family obligations and games turn out much longer than I realized and oh hey I should probably get all these collectibles in Far Cry! So I fully expect I'll make much less progress than I want to, but if I finish a single game, I'll be happy.

Far Cry 4 is definitely on the docket, and I'll keep plugging away at Dragon Age Inquisition. I'm also planning to catch up on some of the Halo 5 beta, while it lasts. Plus, since I'll be traveling to visit family, I have a full mobile queue that includes The Banner Saga and Monument Valley. That is, for the moments I pull myself away from Hearthstone. Put this apple on yer head!

Steven Wong

I never really left Kyrat, so I'll most likely be spending many more hours playing Far Cry 4. There's still a lot of endangered species to hunt, especially those stupid eagles. Once I get tired of that, I'm certain that I'll be playing more Dragon Age: Inquisition to hit those side missions I initially missed out on.

If I manage to pry myself from these epic mega-sized games, there are tons of games sitting in my library that I need to finish. I'm looking squarely at The Tesla Effect. I'll also be getting together with family, so I'll be getting some nice Gauntlet parties going.

Ozzie Mejia

'Tis the season to start a whole lot of new games. For me, Dragon Age: Inquisition and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor are sitting in my stocking, waiting to be played. But more than anything, I'd like to make room for the Halo 5 multiplayer beta that's running through the holiday. So I'll probably be playing no less than half a dozen games while we're out. We've worked really hard on the staff and it's time to finally catch up on what I've missed.

Daniel Perez

This holiday I'll be spending a lot of time catching up with games that I briefly got into over the past few weeks. Far Cry 4 has been eating up a lot of my time lately, so I'm hoping I can complete its main story line and from time to time, jump back in to handle some side missions and activities since those have always been fun to do as well.

I'll also be playing Dragon Age: Inquisition as its story and combat mechanics have really got me hooked. Even though my mage character feels kind of under powered compared to previous Dragon Age titles, but I'm still getting by with what BioWare has offered.

I need to also spend some time with my growing Steam library. I picked up all three recently released Batman games, Skyrim, Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, and a ton of other games that I want to replay on my Alienware Alpha.

Oh! And Hearthstone. Lots of lots of Hearthstone.

Joe Tirado

Over the break I will be most likely dealing out double kills in Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta. When I get tired of that, I will be continuing to avoid all of the creatures in Far Cry 4. Did I mention there are an absurd amount of creatures in Far Cry 4? And since I chose Wasteland 2 as my #1 in GOTY, I will most likely try to start a new game with a new party and character. I googled how to put in custom character portraits, so I think my starting party might consist of Sulik from Fallout 2, Duke Nukem, Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz , and Leon the Professional.

Andrew Zucosky

My Christmas break is going to look a lot like my Thanksgiving break, since I have yet to beat Dragon Age: Inquisition. That's kind of my fault, but I'm in no rush. Other than that, I'm probably going to be playing a lot of Super Smash Bros for the Wii U. I really want to work on my Ness game, and pick up some new characters like Sheik and Samus. Then it's on to League of Legends until 4 o'clock in the morning

Sam Leichtamer

For Christmas this year I’ll be building myself a PC, so I’ll be playing all the games I missed out on for the past couple years. The first game I’ll probably buy is Killing Floor. I’m also going to pick up a few of those strange simulator games like I am Bread and Eurotruck Simulator. I hear Chatty does a weekend convoy, maybe I can join!

Joe Stasio

This coming holiday break, I’ll be building my MyTeam in NBA2K15. After a small hiatus, I recently rediscovered how addicting it can be to collect your team as you grind through the terrible teams in the league (the East) and make your way through battling the best teams the league has to offer (the West). Here’s my current starting lineup: Marc Gasol (C) Andre Drummond (PF) Paul Millsap (SF) Monta Ellis (SG) Brandon Jennings (PG) - as you can see my starting line up is both gigantic and super tiny, simultaneously. If you’d like to play, find me @juicehawk on Xbox ONE. I’m looking to acquire a ruby ’04-’05 Pau Gasol (Grizzlies era) so most of my starting five is up for grabs in exchange. Offers welcome! Merry Christmas, happy holidays, happy new year, and go Knicks.

Josh Hawkins

My holiday season is going to be filled with digging deeper into Endless Legends and Elite Dangerous, as well as a little This War of Mine and NeoScavenger. I'm also moving along in both Dragon Age: Inquisition and Far Cry 4, but there are just so many games and so little time to play them all.

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    December 23, 2014 1:15 PM

    Shack Staff posted a new article, What Shacknews is Playing this Winter Holiday

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      December 23, 2014 1:21 PM

      I'm really enjoying diabl0r three for ps4 so I will be finishing the single player of that and hopefully making some co-op progress with my buddy, we just finished Act 1 on Sat night. I also hope to finish Alien: Isolation, but I may pick up a Wii U or 3DS so god only knows

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      December 23, 2014 2:46 PM


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      December 23, 2014 2:55 PM

      Sam needs to aim a bit higher. Building a new PC (that's cool), plans to play I Am Bread and Eurotruck Simulator. lol

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        December 23, 2014 4:51 PM

        Euro truck is all the rage

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        December 23, 2014 5:32 PM

        Hey guys I just got my new Xbox one I can't wait to play fighter within!

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      December 23, 2014 4:49 PM

      I'm currently playing Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel when I'm not working my way through the last season of Chuck. Yeah, I know, I'm a bit behind the times.

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        December 26, 2014 12:37 PM

        It's acceptable though because of the show choice. We forgive you.

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      December 23, 2014 5:13 PM


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      December 24, 2014 6:58 AM

      It's all about Fallout 3. With a few graphics & stability mods it looks great. Now off to rescue Reilly's Rangers!

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      December 24, 2014 7:54 AM

      Plan to finish Shadow of Mordor myself...not really liking it though. Expected more story, but this game is all about the combat system in bland fields, and repeating the SAME missions OVER AND OVER again.
      -These two guys are fighting, go intervene.
      -Help these slaves.
      -This guy is trying to prove he's a badass, go intervene.
      -Kill this many of these guys, and get a bonus if you also kill this many of these other guys.

      Why can't I visit the elf city? Or hang out in dwarven caves? Hunt dragons (or any type of creature with a bounty)? Why can't I fully go into the 'other realm' as the elf dude inhabiting my body??? Are we really the only people there? All I need to like this game is more variety in the locations (a forest, a snowy region, an actual city I can explore, with NPCs and side quests from them), and some characters I actually care about! Is that asking too much??? Is it possible this game could have been about more than killing???? This game needs more Skyrim, and less Batman Arkham whatever.

      Sorry, had to let it out somewhere. If I get through SoM, my next game will probably be The Evil Within.

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