What We Have Been Playing – February 2014
Each month of the year our regular staff members come together to tell you what each of them have been playing over the past few weeks, we like to call this our Monster Month. Read on to find out what each of us have been playing over the month, as well as give an insight in the games we are looking forward to playing in the coming month.
New Generation of gaming
I have been rather busy as of late with uni work, but that did not stop me from joining the next-generation of game consoles. I finally got the chance to play on my Xbox One (XBO) and played through Forza 5, Ryse and even Max : Curse of Brotherhood. This month has also been a joyfull suprise with my Tomb Raider review getting the spotlight and be on the launch trailer for the Definitive Edition.
Max : Curse of Brotherhood was a good game but also frustrating at the same time, my review explains all about it in detail on the Console Monster site. My Xbox 360 still got its lime light with the tray being full of Bioshock Infinite, where I played through the latest DLC that let me revisit the old sites of Rapture. I also played the remake of the original Fable for the Xbox 360 from Lionhead Studio’s Fable Anniversary; which all I can say was a little disappointing. My review will be on the website soon.
Looking ahead I will be getting my time in the reboot of Thieffor next-gen, which looks rather superb, but time will tell when it is in my hands.
The Last of PS3
February has seen me return to the old PlayStation 3 to finish off the extremely fantastic The Last of Us. What a cracker that was, eh? Graphically it was stunning to see that the PS3 can still punch above its weight. I for one can’t wait to see what Naughty Dog can come up with on PlayStation 4!
We also had the chance to strap ourselves into a mech in the Titanfall Beta for a short while in February. Just a few maps and a couple of modes were on offer, but it still was enough to grasp the game once again since playing it last year at EGX. I am not a huge ran of the frantic nature of the Attrition mode, but I did find that the Hardpoint Domination mode had a pace that suited me the most. I didn’t get around to playing Last Titan Standing, so that will have to wait until its released.
March brings a small handful of titles on my radar. Having seen a few Twitch streams of Thief I am not 100% sure that is a game for me. So that leaves Titanfall and revisiting some old games still waiting to be completed. However after finishing The Last of Us the latest DLC is looking mighty tempting.
Everything is… alright
Before February, my Xbox One has predominantly been used as a Netflix box. However, that will all changed this soon.
A lot of my time was taken up with the Titanfall Beta. Having had my doubts about the title, they were soon put to bed as I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. What particularly stood out was the Mirror’s Edge-like parkour system built into the gameplay. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the full game soon.
Furthermore, I’ve been playing The LEGO Movie Videogame. Having loved the film, the videogame counterpart hasn’t lived up to the high expectations I had for it. You can read more in my Console Monster review.
Looking ahead, there are a number of titles that are tickling my fancy. In addition to Titanfall, South Park: The Stick of Truth and The Walking Dead Season 2, Episode 2 are the two that stand out.
Tiny Goalie beats the console
February has come and gone so fast, but when time permitted, what gaming did I manage to get in? Well, funnily enough February’s gaming has been mobile related, in the form of the iPhone App Tiny Goalie. And best of all, it’s designed and created by our very own Console Monster owner, Anthony Barker.
Tiny Goalie requires players to control a ‘tiny goalie’ by sliding left and right on the screen. The aim of the game is to save the footballs and dodge the water bottles that are kicked towards the goal. With every ball saved and water bottle dodged the bonus meter goes up, as does your score. Tiny Goalie is more fun than Flappy Bird, yet still as frustrating when you fail to beat your highscore. If you haven’t picked it up yet, go to the app store and get it. Oh, and it’s also free.
Still playing the back catalogue
It’s been another month of being dominated by my PS3. I have dabbled on some of the 360 titles I got for Crimbo such as NFS Rivals and completing COD: Ghosts.
The majority of my time has been spent finishing off Uncharted 1, dabbling with some Ni No Kuni and playing my way through Killzone 2. In addition to that I also invested some real amount of time into Little Big Planet. Behind the times on some PS3 exclusives but still some enjoyable gaming had.
Finally I have got my S4 back and been addicted to the Injustice: Gods Among us port. While this was an awesome brawler (with a great storyline) on consoles last year, the mobile game adds a collectible card game quality to it and keeps bringing me back daily to fight it out and boost my roster of unlocked characters. With amazing graphics and great gameplay, it is worth checking out for anyone with a tablet or smartphone, especially as it’s free.
Loads of chocolates, very few games
Ah, February, this month brought chocolate, love, and hardly any new games. Yes, much like the rest of the gaming world, I spent this past February slicing into my backlog; a fight that seems quite hopeless.
I fired up Yakuza: Dead Souls again for a little eastern zombie slaying. While I love the Yakuza series, they are just so massive and filled with things to do I can’t ever seem to finish one before more pressing games arrive. I also downloaded FarCry: Classic off the PlayStation Store, and I must say, the island doesn’t look as beautiful as I remember it. On a fresh note, I have just started playing the new Thief title. While the game does look rather nice on the PS4, I can’t help but admit I find myself bored. I can only open so many drawers before I feel more like a housemaid than a master thief.
In the pipes this month is the long awaited South Park game. While I wish it involved some sort of online co-op, I will still be giving the game a whirl, despite having not watched the show in years. Also this month brings something which I have already prepared for. I recently left a note to my family and loved ones to let them know if I happen to vanish around the 18th, everything is fine, the new Metal Gear Solid title has released. I’m sure they’ll understand.
So that wraps up our Monster Month for February. Why not let us know what YOU have been playing this past month, leave us your gaming antics in the comments below! Until next month, happy gaming to all our fellow Monsters!