What We Have Been Playing – April 2013

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.


Lee M

Gotta Love Those Gillie Suits

It has been a bit a busier this month having reviewed Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 and also waiting for Motocross Madness to download. Ghost Warrior, despite its flaws, was enjoyable. It will never blow you away visually, it’s far to linear and lacks content, but as said in my review who doesn’t love being a sniper. I guess it’s the same with games like Hitman, maybe it’s some instinctual urge to hunt others.

Madden 25 cover vote reached its finale the other week, with Adrian Peterson facing Barry Sanders. A tough choice in all honesty, I would expect Sanders to win. Then again I wouldn’t be overly surprised if AP won, especially after his last season coming back from an ACL tear and blowing the NFL away. Personally I think they should both be on the cover for EA’s anniversary title Madden 25, but I guess EA like to see the competitive nature of their fans come out.

Check out my Motocross Madness review, as much as I love crawling through marshes in my gillie suit, there’s nothing cooler than kicking up dirt, revving your KTM and hitting some wicked air as you tabletop over jumps.

Steven B

Spending time in the city up in the clouds and the pinball wizard!

This month I have been busy exploring a city up in the clouds, this is 2K games latest “Bioshock Infinite”. Bioshock Infinite has been an excellent experience for me seeing a world from Ken Levine’s mad mind, but with Infinite there has been some possibilities of a world that does not exist. If you have not read my review on this game then please do.

Other than Infinite I have also been casually playing Pinball FX2 and becoming the pinball wizard. I have been playing plenty of arcade games too, just to keep my mind running. With the spring blockbusters out of the way, now comes the dry season of games, the summer blockbusters and movie tie-ins. Next month will see me boldly go where no man has gone before, but that will have to wait.

David B

Gaming Galore

Well that was a busy month. I had been playing catch up a bit at the start of the year and then last month spent most of my time with Lara in the new Tomb Raider reboot, but this month has been nonstop for me.

First we had Battleblock Theatre, a really great arcade platformer that was a real laugh to play and has a lot of re-playability in it if you truly want to master it. If you want to know more of what I thought read our reviewhere.

Then there was Defiance, the third person shooter MMO based on the TV show of the same name. This was really good. I gave it a good score in my review which you can read here, but for some reason I keep finding myself going back to it and when I do, I lose hours at a time. It really is fun and has a lot of potential, so I am eager to keep it very close to my Xbox.

To finish off the month I spent some time on Injustice. The story mode was great, albeit short but there is still a big grind to truly unlock and achieve everything. For any comic book fan this is definitely worth a purchase and we will have a review on the site shortly.

David W

Not quite fun and games

People say university is all “fun and games” though, with the end in sight, this hasn’t been the case, and the layer of dust on my Xbox 360 truly reflects that.

Gears of War: Judgment has been the only title to receive any sort of playtime in April. The campaign and the multiplayer have provided some great gaming moments and does the series justice. You can read more in my review.

Looking ahead to May, there’s no game releases that specifically stand out, though this gives me time to return to my pile of shame, which has continued to grow over the past few months.

Anthony B

Infinite Dragons

At this point in the year, decent game releases are like a much needed bottle of water whilst walking in the desert. So throughout April i’ve spent most of my gaming time catching up on some older releases and some unexpected new ones.

Having upgraded my gaming rig recently I unleashed BioShock Infinite on it, all maxed up to the nines of course. The game looks beautiful, but sadly I’ve only scraped the surface of the actual game though. One to revisit for sure when I have more time.

Being a massive fan of Far Cry 3 early this year I thought i’d check out its downloadable 80s spinoff – Blood Dragon. All the great old school jokes aside, I wasn’t quite feeling the overall game if I am honest. Maybe I had build up too much hype for it, but it is still early days. I never really liked playing Far Cry 3‘s missions during the night, so maybe it is something to do with that.

May seems to be another empty bottle of water. However there is still the new Xbox reveal at the end of this month to hopefully reignite the gaming spark in us all. Here’s hoping!

So that wraps up our Monster Month for April. 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!

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Anthony Barker

Anthony is the designer, developer and owner of Console Monster. In his spare time, Anthony is a keen gamer who enjoys playing mostly First-Person Shooters and Racing games. When he is not developing games or tweaking this site, Anthony likes to be on the slopes snowboarding or hurtling down off-road tracks on his mountain bike.

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