If you had told me when I was 17 that I wanted to play a pixelated turn-based strategy game in which I got to manage my own team of sentai characters, I would have responded with an eye-roll and a loud “duh.” Because of course I did. I still want that now! Only now I can actually play that, and it’s called Chroma Squad, and I literally care about nothing else except that it exists and it works and it’s beautiful.
Balance concerns? Difficulty curves? Options available? I do not care about any of that. All I wanted was to get me some turn-based custom sentai creation, and look, I have it.
So you can probably guess part of my entry for this week’s installment of What Are You Playing, but can you guess the rest of the staff? Oh, you can? Well, aren’t you smart. Why don’t you share what you’ll be playing down in the comments, smart guy? I mean that. Totally serious.
Brendan Drain (@nyphur): I’ll be sadly repackaging all of the EVE Online ships I painted with an Iron Man color scheme during the recent skin bug and will finally hit level 80 in Guild Wars 2 so I can join my friends on endgame content.
Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): After a few frustrating runs through Steps of Faith, I’ve finally caught my alt up to the main scenario in Final Fantasy XIV, so I’ll be doing some bookkeeping and roleplaying there. Oh, and I will also be playing Chroma Squad. Obviously.
Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): All of the five MMOs that I am playing received major updates this past week, leaving me in a quandry of sorts. However, I’m most drawn to checking out the Orochi Tower in The Secret World and the terrific improvements to WildStar, so chances are that’s where you’ll find me. Seriously, dev studios, are you pranking me with this release schedule? Is there some sort of joint vacation you all go on that necessitated releasing this close together?
Larry Everett (@Shaddoe, blog): This weekend will be more leveling in The Elder Scrolls Online, which has been more enjoyable this time around. My ADD loves getting distracted by thieving then murdering random citizens. As usual, my SWTOR guild will raid on Sunday, which you can catch on the Hyperspace Beacon channel on Twitch.
MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): I’ll be delving into Landmark again now that it is post-wipe; there is plenty to explore and gather now that I know my progress is safe. Better than that, lots of friends are coming back now! I’ve been away from Marvel Heroes too long and I am having loot piñata withdrawals, so I am sure to spend a few minutes blasting things to smithereens there. I will also be causing a little bit of trouble in Grand Theft Auto Online, such as a finishing a bank heist, borrowing a few cars…