What We Have Been Playing – August 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

Game Time

What can I say, there’s only one game on my radar right now as I enter September… Madden 25.

There was a small part of me that considered waiting to buy an Xbox One with Madden 25 in Nov/Dec. The sane part of me soon realised that having a daughter makes it harder to drop £500 for a present to… myself. When I step back I also realised that Madden 25 on the Xbox One will have no additional features bar an ever so slight improvement in its graphics.

What can I expect from Madden 25? An improved O and D Line which reacts as it should do for one. Animations to be tweaked, no more hilarious trip-ups please EA. A more immersive GM system would be nice along with the ability to stop AP in 25 please.

There are other games out this month… but who cares, it’s Game Time in Matty’s household tonight, and in seven days the NFL kick’s off too. I’m in heaven.

Reece W

Times are a changin’

Gaming season is upon us, and it’s one that comes with an inner conflict. With the next generation only a dozen weeks away I’m torn between PS4 and Xbox One, and from this PS3 and Xbox 360. Do I prepare for the future to come and finally transition myself away from my wealthy Xbox 360 account and begin to build a presence on my shallow PSN profile? Pre-orders placed for both GTA V and Diablo 3 yesterday on PS3 seems to have made that decision for me… times are a changin’.

Prior to this inner turmoil I’ve been spending a great deal of time as obsessed as ever with League of Legends on the PC, but in-between this addiction I’ve managed to finish off The Walking Dead 400 Days in anticipation for Season 2, finally killed the end-boss of Minecraft and achieve a platinum trophy on the beautifully slick Hotline Miami.

With so many huge releases and a terrifying backlog that won’t be coming along to the next generation, September is sure to be a long, beautiful and accomplished month. Bring it on!

David B

The Return of Mr. Fisher

Time flies while you’re having fun and this month has been great as we have started to see some big releases.

At the start of the month I was just playing some left over bits and pieces, having a look what I had in the arcade library; Far Cry Blood dragon, Magic the Gathering etc.

I also dabbled with some FIFA with mates, which is always good for a bit of banter and a time killer.

Things got serious towards the end of the month though with the release of Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Being a massive fan of Conviction I had been really looking forward to the release and I was not disappointed. I will be doing a review shortly so I won’t give away much, but there is a lot of time that you can put into the game, not only because it is so unforgiving and merciless.

Gaming season has started though and there have been some big releases, with more to come, so this is the time of year I stop seeing people and empty the social calendar, because as I said at the start, there are some great games heading our way.

David W

It’s all kicking off

Disappointingly, August only saw one new addition to my game collection in the form of Mars: War Logs. Unfortunately, my initial reactions to the title aren’t great, though I am hoping to spend some more time with it in September.

While my pile of shame was neglected this month, the beginning of the new football season has inspired me to get back into FIFA 13, especially the Ultimate Team game mode. With details of the next instalment coming thick and fast, I’m looking forward to FIFA 14 on the Xbox One.

Looking ahead to September, there’s one game that definitely stands out, Farming Simulator 2013. Jokes aside, having spent countless hours on the previous titles in the series, I plan on doing the same again with Grand Theft Auto V. From what I have seen, this could potentially be my favourite game ever.

Steven B

A Brotherly Summer of Arcade

This month has seen me play the first Summer of Arcade release title Brothers A Tale of Two Sons, which was a really surprising title to kick things off with for Microsoft’s promotion. If you have not seen my review, then please do, you won’t be disappointed. Other than playing Brothers I have also been playing a lot of Skyrim, which I missed out on – this is a great game.

Well, next month sees me back at university doing a brand new course in Games Development and I am looking forward to it. Going back to university also means the major releases start pouring out into stores and one game that I have my eye on is GTA V. If you missed me last month is because I have been pretty busy getting ready for my new course, but I have also been in contact with Microsoft studios and also Lionhead to talk about Fable Anniversary for the Xbox 360.

Anthony B

A Month in Space

August should have been a time to catch up on the pile of shame, but unfortunately I’ve done pretty much everything else but boot up either of my consoles. If anything, the PC has taken up the very little game time I’ve had in August.

Steam has been destination of the month, with the purchase ofStrike SuitZero. This was specifically to try out its Oculus Rift Beta support, which is one of the best games, thus far, to try the Oculus Rift with. The menu and HUD system needs a lot of work, but flying at the seat of your space pants certainly gets the heart racing.

The Oculus Rift still manages to make we queazy after anything more than 30mins + of gameplay. There is talk that the team are looking at ways to counter the symptoms of playing with the Rift, however I think this will be purely down to the developers and the games they create for the VR headset. The HD version will possibly reduce the eye strain and motion blur, so there is still hope for the retail version of the Rift. If you get the chance to queue up for hours at this month’s Eurogamer Expo to try it, I urge that you do, even more so if the HD versions are on display.

My other game in August has been Star Conflict (PC/Mac). A free-to-play game from Star Gem Inc and published by Gaijin Entertainment. Star Conflict is a MMO space sim. Think of the best action moments of EVE Online with a bit of X-Wing and Risk the board-game and you’ll be close. For free it looks and sounds fantastic and there is already a pretty busy community battling in space for their chosen faction. Check it out!

Lastly the first Hanger module has opened for backers of the Kickstarter funded Star Citizen. Backers can enter their hanger, in-engine, and explore their purchased ships and buy equipment. Not much else can be done here, so the appeal wears off very quickly, but at the end of the year there will be the Dogfighting module, so hopefully we’ll be entering space in a few months time.

We are days away from the release of GTA V, and I hope you are following our daily countdown articles. So I am sure I am not alone here when I say that this is all i’ll be playing throughout September, and probably more in the months that follow. Bring. It. On.

So that wraps up our Monster Month for August. 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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