The vertical sandbox genre has gotten two meaty steroid shots with the recent releases of inFamous and Prototype. For those who would prefer a little history lesson on the genre before jumping into these recent releases, might we suggest playing Crackdown or Spider-Man 2. Both titles are clear inspirations for the latest games and can likely be found at a budget price.

Also, could someone give us an idea of how to block the Crackdown narrator from popping in our head and saying "Skills for kills, agent. Skills for kills" after every major inFamous and Prototype battle? What's everyone playing this weekend?
  • Alexander Sliwinski (@XanderSliwinski): Finishing off inFamous and then diving straight into Prototype, which should be arriving this weekend from GameFly.
  • Andrew Yoon: Going to start an evil playthrough of inFamous while taking some breaks for Uncharted 2 multiplayer.
  • Ben Gilbert (@BigBossBgilbert): After settling in to the new apartment, I'll be playing my new roommate's copies of Battlefield: Bad Company and Rainbow Six Vegas 2, as both have incredible online modes that I hadn't explored. Also, when venturing out, I'll be playing his copy of Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time on DS. Thanks, Shawn!
  • Christopher Grant (@ChrisGrant): E3: beat. inFamous: beat. What's next? My backlog: Fable 2 DLC; Ninja Blade; Prince of Persia; Mirror's Edge; No More Heroes; Far Cry 2; and many more. Oh, and I got Peggle for my iPhone. For $1.
  • David Hinkle (@DaveHinkle): I'm going to get back into InFamous, which E3 kept me from a whole week. The moral choices seem kind of silly so far, so I'm not taking them seriously and have chosen the evil route for Cole. On top of that, I'll likely play some Gears of War 2 this weekend, and try to get in on one of this weekend's 1 vs 100 shows.
  • Dustin Burg (@SuperDunner): I just purchased a $5 copy of Far Cry 2, so I should dabble in that, but I'd much prefer running around Prototype. That is, if I can find a rentable copy. If all else fails, there's always Halo 3 and the teabagging joy it always seems to bring.
  • Griffin McElroy (@griffinmcelroy): (Moving into his new fortress of solitude.)
  • James Ransom-Wiley: Prayin' for sunshine!
  • Jason Dobson (@eToyChest): (Using his new fire powers on mortgage brokers.)
  • Jem Alexander (@Yembles): Almost got Ghostbusters beat. Fans of the movies will love it for the writing and cutscenes alone. Professional difficulty is a little ridiculous at times, but masochists get what they deserve. After that, I'll be spending some quality time with the Uncharted 2 beta, trying to get back those levels I lost when the latest patch hit.
  • JC Fletcher (@jcfletcher): "MIAMI LAW." If you imagine Sylvester Stallone saying it, it kind of sounds like his catchprase from Judge Dredd. So that's pretty cool.
  • Justin McElroy (@JustinMcElroy): Staff of Kings is staring my right in the face and daring me to play it. What should I do? I just don't know!
  • Kevin Kelly (@gadgetguy): I bought the $19.99 versions of Burnout Paradise and Battlefield: Bad Company, and I've been playing through those why alternately zapping baddies in inFamous. Had hoped to be playing Battlefield: 1943 by now *glares at EA* but the Uncharted 2 multiplayer beta will have to do. Also, I recently purchased Starcraft and The Brood War expansion (only $14.99 for the double package at Blizzard!) for my Mac, so you may never hear from me again.
  • Ludwig Kietzmann (@LudwigK): (Using his newly discovered X-ray vision.)
  • Majed Athab: I think I'm going to put down the controller for awhile and give the old paper and pencil a go.
  • Randy Nelson (@DangerPenguin): I think m'lady and I will seek out a *censored* copy of House of the Dead Overkill and *censored* kill some *censored* zombies over and over and over again. *censored* zombies! *censored*
  • Richard Mitchell (@SenseiRAM): (Riding the rails.)
  • Xav de Matos (@Xav): I'm actually sick, so this weekend I'll be in bed catching up on stuff E3 made me want to play. Hopefully a hearty dose of Forza Motorsport 2, Splinter Cell: Double Agent and Chaos Theory will help. Also, I'll probably go back to the Uncharted 2: Among Thieves multiplayer beta.
  • Justin Glow (@justinglow): (Leaping tall buildings.)

This article was originally published on Joystiq.