June has flown by and it is time to look back over the past month in our regular feature cunningly known as Monster Month. With the month of June closed behind us, it's time for our crew to report on what they have been playing over the past month, as well as an insight in the games they are looking forward to playing this month. Enjoy!
Spinning Wheels and Collecting Achievements
You can tell summer has begun and the drought has started to show as I’ve resorted to playing older titles over the last month.I’m not entirely sure why but I’ve played a number of racing titles this month. DiRT, DiRT 2, Sonic & SEGA Racing and WRC 2010 have also seen sufficient playtime, as well as Forza Motorsport 3 which I reviewed the Community Choice Classics Pack downloadable content. This has got me very excited for Forza Motorsport 4. Shame it’s still a long way off.
I’ve also been on the hunt for achievements by playing Madden NFL 07, Family Game Night 3 and *shudder* Truth or Lies: Somebody Will Get Caught Out, which I also reviewed for the site. I obtained a good 2,000 GamerScore from these games alone, something I’m quite chuffed with.
Last, but not least, I’ve been getting into the tennis mood as Wimbledon kicked off this month. To help me do so, Virtua Tennis 2009 has been receiving playtime, accompanied by the sweet-tasting strawberries and cream.
Next month, the summer drought is set to continue though I am quite intrigued in seeing how Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 turns out after the disappointment of Part 1. Other than that, it looks like I’ll be finishing off the likes of L.A. Noire and Fable 2.
(l MattyTM l)
Longing Agent #47's Red Tie
This month I have found myself returning to games that I haven’t played for a while, one in particular Battlefield Bad Company 2. I miss the more tactics based gameplay and it's still is a joy to play, I say this and yet I still find myself having a quick thrash through Black Ops, nothing has changed, I just can’t get enough of it.The new Hitman Avatar accessories have recently been released on the marketplace and I must admit I have been tempted to finally buy some points just for a chance to don 47’s red tie. I’m also happy to hear of the Famas being taken down a notch in Black Ops, as it gives my favoured Galil to shine that little bit more.
E3 was a ball as well, all the new games just waiting to be released; just a shame summer is in the way. I can’t wait to see what Halo: CE Anniversary will be like; I just hope they don’t desecrate the memory of the original. Hitman of course looks amazing and looking at screens and videos just makes me want it so much more.
Sadly there’s not much in the way of new games to look forward to next month, but hopefully I’ll have completed L.A Noire and maybe buy a few archaic titles to pass the time.
Monster Quote of the Month, Agent #47, "Names are for friends, so I don't need one."
|Keeping it Strategic
June is a fantastic month, one in which I celebrate my birthday, father’s day and my anniversary. It’s also a month that I tend to game heavily and this year is no different. Kicking off the first week of June I attended a ‘sleepless’ LAN with a handful of friends, playing games from the Friday night till Saturday midday. Whilst we managed to clear through the SWAT 4 expansion, the highlight came with introducing them to League of Legends and Trackmania. I have seemingly caused a few addictions, whilst reinvigorating my own.
|What A Funny Old Month June Has Been!
E3 was pretty good this year and has got me pumped for some of the games that were on show such as Battlefield 3, Skyrim and Mass Effect 3. At first glance the Wii U looks like a very bizarre concept but after looking into it some more and seeing some of tech demos they had at E3, I must say I'm actually looking forward to at least playing with one and seeing how it works.
As for what I've been playing, I've had one of those months where I have purchased a number of new titles like Hunted: The Demon's Forge andDungeon Siege 3 but for some strange reason been playing some of my older games instead! Maybe I feel guilty about having so many games started and not finished that I can't bring myself to play any new ones...
I managed to finally get my 1000G in Assassin's Creed 2 and so I'm looking forward to cracking on with Brotherhood in July, got the full 1250G inBeautiful Katamari which was an absolute nightmare collecting all the items (anyone who's played this will know what I speak of!), played Red Faction: Armageddon for review here at CM and have recently been playing Marvel Ultimate Alliance.
Will I be doing the same next month? Probably. Summer is always a good time to polish up any games you've had waiting to be played and I have plenty more to be getting on with!
June 2011 Already You Say?
Jeez where has half the year gone? Well I don't know about you but the first six months has been spent playing Call of Duty: Black Ops, and June was no different. I finally managed to prestige yet again which now puts me in the 6th prestige category - Sad I know.
Aside from Call of Duty I've also been playing MX vs ATV: Alive on the PlayStation 3. Very disappointed with the game and to read about it's direness in full detail stay tuned for my review. Wait! Can't wait to read my review? Well here's a quote that describes the game in all it's entirety. "MX vs ATV: Alive looks great, for a PS1 game"
See you next month!
Jumping In And Out, With Swords
Throughout June I’ve mostly been dipping my toe in a few new releases before sending them off to the rest of the Console Monster team to review. Out of them all, the most play-time went into inFamous 2, which our Ricky will be reviewing for us very soon. In the time I had with it, it didn’t take long to notice the rinse and repeat ethos within gaming. Sure, if it isn’t broken don’t fix it, but you have to draw the line when the game plays out pretty much the same as the previous game. There are a few things that mix up the gameplay but I was left a little disappointed with how inFamous 2 turned out and it will be interesting to see Ricky’s thoughts.Child of Eden has arrived for review, finally, and I’ve been curious about this one as it has been tipped as one of the first ‘core titles for Microsoft’s Kinect. Being a fan of Rez I was looking forward to this and the game isn’t all too bad. As for filling the ‘core label, well I am not yet fully sold on that one, time will tell and we’ll have our review on Child of Eden on the site soon.
I don’t do enough handheld gaming, and I should really being a mobile developer, but I rarely last any longer than a few minutes in mobile gaming Apps. Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery has changed this trend though. With headphones on I’ve been sucked into the world of this little gem. If you have an iPhone, iPod or iPad, you should take time to check this masterpiece out.
With the summer gaming drought now upon us, it is time to explore the outside world as well as relive some missed gaming adventures this July. Hopefully I’ll get around to playing the likes of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Duke Nukem Forever (pray for me!) as well as some more gorgeous Dirt 3, which I'll be reviewing soon.
That is all until next month. Why not let us know what have YOU been playing this past month, leave us your gaming antics in the comments below! Until next month, happy gaming to all our fellow Monsters!