What We Have Been Playing – February 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.

Enjoy!

Steven Bourke

Gaming through history with Assassin’s Creed III

This past month has seen me going through history and learning more about the past and its important people in that timeline, I’m talking about Assassin’s Creed III. This game has been the best in the series for me and especially the latest downloadable content : The Tyranny of King Washington. I never enjoyed history lessons when I was in school, so this game has made me more interested in it.

I also got to play the latest content for Forza Horizon and drove around in the latest cars, this was a good experience but it could of been better and my review shows that. Another game I played this month was Dead Space 3, which was more of an action adventure than a scare fest for me, but the co-op experience is the best I have seen in a game.

Next month I will experience a game that has gone through a reboot and brought an iconic heroine back, that is Lara Croft in the new Tomb Raider.


David Bevan

February neglect

This month has seen my Xbox get some neglect as I focus on catching up with other media such as TV and Film.

In the little time I have managed to jump into a game, I have continued to finish off the side quests of Far Cry 3 as well as play some FIFIA and Pro Evo. For reasons I won’t go into I found myself playing Pro Evo 2010 and just couldn’t believe how awful it was and how the series has really progressed. I remember having fond memories of ISS64, but after dabbling with Pro 2010 I wouldn’t want to ruin these memories by revisiting that.

I have also found myself addicted to my iPhone and gaming on simulation games, which are not productive for my home life, work life or social life.


Lee Matthews

Something About A New Console…

So there seems to have been some kind of conference, something about a revolutionary new console and a dull bloke with a goatee anyone else heard about this?

Sadly the goatee boy bored me to tears and so I continued on in my Poker game, losing ultimately after holding a high pair in my hand and watch in disgust as the guy goes all-in and beats me on the river, having nothing before that, got to love Joker Stars.

Gaming wise it’s all about Madden still, got the Madden 2014 wish list coming out soon and after that a bit of gangster gaming as I take on Omerta. It’s been a tough old month, let’s hope March is a little more pleasing as the NFL off-season continues to drag day-by-day.

I have also continued my Hitman campaign, which has seen a fair bit of neglect in recent weeks, it’s still as awesome as ever, you can’t beat a bit of #47 action. I leave you with another quote that will have you pondering about the mysteries of the cosmos with Spec Ops: The Lines’ main protagonist’s awesome way with words saying, “Everything is teetering on the edge of everything”.


Craig Anderson

The PS4 is announced

Sony made the first move when it came to the next generation of console gaming and have officially announced the PlayStation 4, despite not actually showing you the console itself. What we did see was some nice hardware and some beautiful looking games that are to be released in tangent with the console itself.

Most impressive of all appears to be Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs. It looks absolutely stunning and I really hope it plays as good as it looks. I suppose only time will tell.

As for gaming itself I haven’t had much time to put some serious gaming in. I’ve been jumping in and out of Halo 4 as well as scoring a barrel load of goals in FIFA 13. If you fancy a challenge just add me on live, DVX uk, and leave a message.


Tim Leigh

Riddled with death

Another month another gaming session complete!

This month has been dominated by two games: Dead Space 3 and Batman: Arkham City. Dead Space 3 was a new release and was something I had been looking forward to for some time. While the first few chapters were incredible and set the new story up well, the last third of the game was slightly disappointing and seemed to drag out for no reason. The game has so much to offer with weapon creation, side missions, co-op and a well-crafted world, so I just felt the story being dragged on at the end was a little unnecessary.

I decided to go back and play Arkham City again as a friend has been playing through it from the beginning and I still needed to go and collect all of the Riddler’s trophies. This was a long and boring task, but it was rewarding for the Gamerscore and side stories, so I am glad I did it. I now have a new game+ to do as well as all of those crazy challenge maps. I’ll go back to this again when the new releases have calmed down a bit!

March is set to be an amazing month for gaming with Bioshock Infinite, Tomb Raider, Gears of War: Judgement and Naruto Ninja Storm 3 out, but with a fair few games to still play I don’t know where I’m going to find enough time to get through all of these new releases!


David Wriglesworth

Showing gaming some February loving

With Valentine’s Day falling in February, I decided to treat the thing in my life which I love most… my Xbox 360. Unfortunately no newly released titles persuaded me to fork out my hard-earned cash, though this gave me chance to return to some other titles.

Assassin’s Creed III was first up. Having neglected it since I played it before Christmas, it felt good to return to the game.

Furthermore, with the release of Gears of War: Judgement just weeks away, I found February to be the perfect time to return to Gears of War 3. The multiplayer in the series has always been one of my favourites and it felt good to be back on the battlefield.

Looking ahead to March, it looks like I’m going to have to cancel any plans I had for the month. In addition to Gears of War: Judgement, Tomb Raider and BioShock Infinite are two titles that particularly tickle my fancy. It’s a good month to be a gamer.


Anthony Barker

February in Crysis

February has been a quiet month in gaming, not just for me, but also what had arrived on the shelves this month. We had the exciting announcement of the PS4 to fill this February void, but little else followed.

Giving Dead Space 3 a miss, it was Crysis 3 that has been my game of choice this month. Although I am sure the console version has had a decent port of the game, with the Crysis franchise however, it has to be played on PC for me. It’s all about pushing the graphics on your PC you see, and in Crysis 3 the battle between my graphics card and the game’s highest settings continues on for another iteration of the series.

Surprisingly my two year old HD 6950 still manages to handle some of the most jaw dropping visuals served up in the game. Sadly, after a few hours in, the gameplay itself is starting to grind and show repetitions of many similar game mechanics that I have played in other games. Every now and again the game can bring something fresh and new to the table, but only to back peddle and offer you some soulless Call of Duty-like experiences that just feels stale and rather old.

A lot of effort seems to have gone towards the multiplayer in Crysis 3, but for me it is all about the single player campaign; I have Battlefield 3 still fulfilling my multiplayer itch. Roll on March and all the shed-load of games it brings!


So that wraps up our Monster Month for February. Why not let us know what YOU have been playing this past month by leaving 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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