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.
Comic Book Games
Another month and another couple of games filling my free time. This month I have been playing the enjoyable Deadpool from High Moon studios as well as the short but sweet, Walking Dead:400 days. It is weird that both are based around comics, but it’s great to see my passions coming together and for the gaming market to start using the wide source of material comics offers to produce strong content like Films have been doing for the past few years.
I am still undecided on which of the new consoles to buy but have plenty of games to look forward to before their release, notably Splinter Cell Blacklist, GTA V and the postponed LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. Until then it’s back to the stack of shame that has been building again to keep me busy and entertained.
It’s been a while since I’ve had the chance to sit down here at Console Monster and type something out. My new role as a Crime Scene Photographer working with Examiners (CSE’s) has me working all hours, so my gaming has taken a hit.
Thankfully it’s time for a few days off…
Immediately I’m straight in with the Tour de France on the 360 after hearing that Froome has confirmed himself as the Tour’s victor, making it two brits in two back-to-back years.
As well as that I’ve finally been given the chance to play the Tomb Raider, what an awesome game that is, Lara is truly back to her best and finally on-par with her PSOne days…many…many years ago.
One game to look forward to is obviously Madden 25, which is released in August and I will be quickly snapping that beauty up. If it follows on from 13’s improvements then we’ll be looking at one of the best titles in the Madden franchise.
Apart from that all I can say is prepare… for the Christmas rush… the PS4 ru… nah the Xbox One rush.
Summer of Xbox Live Arcade titles
Quite surprisingly, my recently played list is dominated by Xbox Live Arcade titles, including the free (for Xbox Live Gold members) Defense Grid. While I’m not usually a fan of tower defence titles, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this one.
Furthermore, the first episode of The Walking Dead: 400 Days released in July, a title I have been looking forward to for some time. Whereas I felt it didn’t live up to its expectations, I felt it was a strong start to the new series.
Next up was The Serious Sam Collection. Overall, as I wrote in the Console Monster review, it’s “a great set of Xbox Live Arcade titles that will keep gamers occupied through the summer drought”.
As for retail titles, I made the most of the games sale in July, picking up Forza Horizon and Far Cry 3 – two titles that have taken up the majority of my gaming time. I might be late to the party, but these are two excellent titles, which I regret not getting round to earlier.
Looking ahead to August, Saints Row 4 is the only title that is likely to see me dip into my wallet. However, the looming release of Grand Theft Auto V in September might just prevent me from buying it.
Getting my Forza on
July consisted of a few things for me. Firstly, an absurd amount of alcohol during a weeks holiday in Bulgaria, and secondly I found myself playing Forza Motorsport 4, a game which surprisingly has spent most of its time gathering dust. It’s a great game and even better when played online with friends. A bunch of my friends have picked the game up and we’ve been playing Cat and Mouse, as well as bashing each other off the track when racing.
I’ve never laughed so much while playing a game online during Cat and Mouse. It is so highly recommend if you have a few friends who would also be up the challenge.
Away from Forza I managed to win the Division One league in FIFA 13, and this is no easy feat. An accolade any FIFA player will appreciate.
Looking forward I’m currently training for Tough Mudder Scotland, a 10-12 mile assault course, which I will be running (or crawling) for Alzheimer’s Scotland. If you would like to donate you can do so via my Just Giving page. Thanks for any donations made.
A slow gaming month
This month has been a bit slow on the gaming front due to work and plans for the future.
I’ve spent a lot of my time playing Animal Crossing on the 3DS chopping tress, catching bugs and running around in my Link outfit. I have also put a bit of time into Luigi’s Mansion 2 and some older DS games, such as Elite Beat Agents.
My PlayStation Vita has been getting some love with the PS1 classic Wild Arms and I’ve also been playing Little Big Planet. I absolutely love the Vita and I think it deserves some more attention from developers. Hopefully the PS4 will entice more people to pick one up and bring some more AAA titles to the handheld console.
Aside from portable gaming, I have spent most of my time playing Civilization V with friends – which is an absolute blast! I have been playing Civ games since the first and the fifth game has everything I want in a turn based strategy game. For anyone out there with a PC, I would highly recommend this game!
July in the Rift
July has been a slow month in gaming for me, however, recently I have had some more time with the Oculus Rift Development Kit.
For those not in the know, the Oculus Rift is a consumer-focused Virtual Reality headset that is currently in Beta development. Development Kits are being sent out to developers around the world over the past few months, and at this early stage there are already a number of impressive tech demos that you can experience if you have a Rift headset.
Thanks to a loan unit (whilst my own development team waits for ours to arrive next month) I have been on a demo downloading frenzy. So far it has been a blast! I have been swimming with whales in the deep sea, flying through deep space, observing our planet Earth from afar, to getting all queasy during a medieval-based roller coaster.
The problem about the Oculus Rift is that, similar to a 3D, you have to experience it to understand how great it actually is. The Oculus Rift is different to the 3D we currently knowtoday.It isn’t as much of a fad like 3D has been for gamers, it opens a whole new door to experience and interact inside our gaming worlds – it can be literally jaw dropping.
It does have its difficulties though – the types of games this will work with and the resolution.The early kits have a 1280×800 display resolution, which when it is inches away from your eyes, it can create a feeling like you are looking through a chicken-wire fence. The consumer product is rumoured to be of at least double its current resolution, and that will make this unit a complete game changer, and has me way more excited than the upcoming next-gen consoles! If you can get any opportunity to experience it, you need to have a go!
Lookout for more impressions of the Oculus Rift in next month’s Monster Month, as August will no doubt be more virtual!
A Month To Revisit
I spent most of my month playing old titles that I either had on my backlog or simply wanted to replay. My PS3 saw such titles as L.A. Noire, Metal Gear Rising, Portal 2, and the ever classic BioShock. I had almost forgotten how much I thoroughly enjoyed the underwater dystopia of Rapture.
As far as new titles, I didn’t play much. One new to me would be Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut, which I must say is a strange, glitchy, bizarre, annoying, but at the same time interesting journey. I can see why the game has such a cult following. Now rather or not I will join is yet to be seen.
As for the future, I’m looking forward to Vanillaware’s latest RPG beat-em-up, Dragon’s Crown, as well the new Suda51 bloodbath, Killer is Dead, and even though it is still a bit away, I can still feel the loom of Grand Theft Auto V in the distance.
So that wraps up our Monster Month for July. 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!