Monster Month: October 2010

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Well, this is the first time I’ve put a blog post up about my Monster Month but anyway here it goes!

This has probably been the busiest month for me since I began writing here at Console Monster as I have been jetting (or taking trains…) around the UK to attend several events for the site. Sometimes I don’t cover where or what we did at the events other than playing the game so I’ll just add a little extra info here for anyone who is interested 🙂

The first event I attended was for upcoming first person shooter, Homefront and although there are plenty of the first person shooters out there, this one had be interested because of it’s unique multiplayer features. The venue was on the 31st floor of the Paramount building near Oxford Street and had a fantastic view as well as awesome food, I ate far too much cake!

My next trip had me staying over in London for a few days to cover Duke Nukem Forever and Tron: Evolution. Most gamers who are in their mid 20s or older have been waiting for Duke Nukem Forever to come out…well forever, and when I finally got my chance to play the game I was over the moon. It was so good to hear Duke’s voice again after all these years and meeting Randy Pitchfork was a pleasure and he’s a really great guy who just wants gamers to have fun which is why he worked so hard to bring Duke back to life.

The Tron: Evolution event was hosted in a hotel in Soho, which had the strangest decor I have ever seen and felt like I had fallen down the rabbit hole. Being able to have a sneak peak at the film and then playing the multiplayer for a good hour or more was great and although the game felt a little awkward at times it was fun riding the lightbike in game 😀 Good times!

Being invited to the Rare Studios in Warwickshire was awesome and although I had to drag my mum along (I joke, shes a diamond) I had a really good time playing Kinect Sports. The day was all about getting the gaming community in and seeing what they thought about the game and was a great success and I met a lot of interesting people and came away wanting to grab the Kinect when I finally have the pennies to do it! (Excuse the bad photo my hair has a mind of it’s own…)

The final event I attended this month, and by far the best, was a special Need For Speed Hot Pursuit day at the Chobham racetrack. Not only did I get to play the game all day, meet the developers and stuff myself silly with burgers, I also got to ride in a car driven by Ben Collins and it was AWESOME!

Phew, well that’s all the events I went to this month and next the games I have been playing 😀

  • Quantum Theory – A GoW clone and with the awful controls just frustrating to play.
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – A really solid action RPG which has incredible depth and I found enjoyable from start to finish. The combos are great and I had trouble faulting it to be honest.
  • King of Fighters Sky Stage – A bizarre game that I managed to finish in an hour and have most of the achievements too. They really should stick to fighting games :s
  • Vanquish – I’m not sure if this or Castlevania is my game of the month because although Vanquish is short it’s just SO much fun! I love sliding around on my arse 😀

If you want more info on these then head on over to the review section of these and check them out!

Not sure how this has come out but I’ll try and keep it up every month 🙂 November looks to be a very interesting month in the gaming world with Black Ops, Assassins Creed: Brotherhood and NFS: Hot Pursuit on the way amongst other titles so time to rob a bank!

As for now, it’s time to FINALLY start playing Fable III which has been sitting on my desk since Thursday last week! Overdue much?

Tim Leigh

Tim Leigh

Tim likes games. Tim likes games A LOT. It’s highly likely he’s played on most of the platforms that support games over his long years playing video games and is a sucker for new technology. He can often be found on his Xbox 360 playing the latest RPG or playing a wide range of multiplayer games with his buddies. While doing this however, he’ll often have a casual game of Peggle running on his PC and making sure his planes are doing the rounds in Pocket Planes on the iPad. When he’s actually not found playing games he’ll either be at the cinema watching the latest film releases or at the gym attempting to get fit - attempting being the important word there

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