Monster Month of Gaming October 2010

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What a busy month for gaming October has been. I’ve had some pretty average games to review, namely Front Mission Evolved and Hydrophobia. The latter I really wish I could have forgotten about, particularly after the headache of losing several hours in a save-game mishap. Partly my fault, but mostly down to the way the save-game works.

With the Aspirin consumed I had a better experience with Fallout New Vegas. I’ve managed to put nearly thirty hours in to the game for far, and I’ve barely touched the main story. I have encountered a number of bugs and temporary game freezes, such as AI characters sitting typing on non-existent typewriters, then getting up and stuck on scenery. I’ve also managed to massacre an entire casino population without AI characters running away in horror as they watched their guest’s bloody head explode all over their clothes, popping a cap in the back of the head. It’s a fun game, definitely a gore fest in places, though the engine is feeling quite old and tired now.

We’re nearly at the end of the beta testing on Kinect, but unfortunately the NDA runs up till launch date, so I’m still unable to tell you about my thoughts and experiences with it. We’re recording the podcast later this week to include Kinect talk, which we plan to put up on the site on the 10th November, once the Kinect has official launched and I’m free of embargo. Make sure you look out for that.

I had a “discussion” of sorts with Xbox Support about the marketing of Pinball FX2 last week. Microsoft, in their wisdom, has decided to advertise it as a free game. I think this is pretty shoddy and a bit of smack in the face for customers – there’s nothing free about it at all. You don’t have a game without paying for the tables, or have previously bought FX1, so really it’s just a trial game. I did like that the previously purchased tables could be imported, and I like how the new tables play, but I really think Microsoft is being dishonest calling it a free game.

Coming up on the play list is Fable III and I’m covering Sengoku Basara: Samurai and Madden 11 in PS3 for review. Madden should be a challenge – we’ve had the game sat around for a while with noone wanting to cover it. I know very little about American Football, so the review could be … interesting.

Look out for our Kinect coverage on the site later this month, and keep those trigger fingers active …

Marty Greenwell

Marty Greenwell

Marty has been gaming since the heady years of the ZX-81 and still owns most of the gaming systems purchased since those days, including the Atari 2600, ZX Spectrum, SNES, Jaguar, Dreamcast and GameCube. Being a collection junkie (or more accurately, hoarder), he buys more games than he can possibly play, far too many of which are still sealed in their packaging. Marty favours RPGs and Driving games when it comes to genres, and is possibly a little bit too addicted to Disgaea. When not gaming he’s out frightening OAPs on his motorcycle, clad in black leather.

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