What We Have Been Playing – March 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.


David B

From One Island to Another

After last month saw me completing one of last years best games in Far Cry 3, I found a love and affinity for another Island based adventure this month, in the shape of Crystal Dynamic’s Tomb Raider.

What many could describe as a reboot of the franchise, I felt the title had exactly the shot of adrenaline it needed to bring a new, fresh and current perspective to an aging and dated franchise. While I felt the game fell into a slightly repetitive pattern in the middle section of the game, it was still a great adventure. I cared for some characters more than others and think the set pieces and action sequences could be improved upon, but I think this is definitely a step in the right direction for the rebirth of the Tomb Raider franchise.

After completing Lara’s latest adventure and dipping in and out of some Arcade and Mobile gaming titles, I don’t know what to move onto next as we are a little spoilt for choice. Everyone is telling me BioShock Infinite is great so that may be where I move to next. Guess you will have to find out this time next month on what titles draw me in and sap my time. 🙂

Steven B

Tomb Raiding in March

This month I have been playing one of my most anticipated games this year Tomb Raider. This game was excellent and Crystal Dynamics did a great job in rebooting the franchise, you can read my review.

I have also settled down and played through Mass Effect 3 and the final content for the game. It has been a great adventure for my Commander Sheppard and his team. I have also been playing through the latest content for DMC Devil May Cry from Capcom and that was rather interesting. So instead of doing my University work I have been pretty busy playing my games and have had great entertainment and can not wait for next month.

David W

Getting lippy

With university deadlines vastly approaching, the Xbox 360’s power button has barely been touched. Nevertheless, procrastination has got the better of me on a number of occasions…

This month saw the release of a number of AAA titles, which I have all been added to my pile of shame, with the exception of Gears of War: Judgment. Being a big fan of the series, it’s great to be able to shoot bullets at Locust once more and, while I have yet to delve into the campaign, I’m looking forward to getting my hands on it again.

Terraria has also taken up a hefty load of my (fairly short) gaming time this month. Having had very little experience with the title on the PC, I looked forward to finally getting to grips with it on the Xbox 360 and I wasn’t disappointed. This is a title I can see myself playing in the forthcoming months.

Finally, I decided to give my vocal chords a workout with two singing titles. I cleared the dust off the Lips microphones and got a couple of friends round for a good old sing-along (mostly to James Blunt – “You’re Beautiful”). I also gave the Karaoke app a try. While the range of song choices is excellent, it doesn’t have the same competitive edge Lips does brilliantly.

Looking ahead, there’s nothing that immediately strikes out for me in April, though that pile of shame isn’t getting any smaller.

Tim L

Two corkers this month

This month has been a mix of hardcore gaming sessions followed by a few weeks where I’ve played very little.

I pummelled my way through Lara’s latest outing in the reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise and had fun from start to finish. The characters were interesting and seeing Lara’s growth from an inexperienced adventurer to survivor was great. I felt the game had a good mix of adventuring and combat and the collectibles made me want to explore every nook and cranny of the island the game is set on.

I have also spent a lot of time playing BioShock Infinite and I am almost at the end of this epic journey. I fell in love with the original BioShock quickly and have the same feelings playing infinite. Columbia, the city the game takes place in, is a wonderful place to get lost in with lots of interesting enemies, weapons and abilities to use. I would highly recommend this to everyone as you will not be disappointed by this one at all!

Other than these two games I’ve only dipped into a few arcade titles such as Runner2, a rhythm based platformer, Terraria on the Xbox 360 and a few random spurts on Burnout Crash. The next month looks a little empty as far as new releases go which gives me time to go back to some games I missed over the last few months!

Anthony B

Raiding Tombs in March

I thought March would be a busy month in gaming but it didn’t really end up like that, could this be the calm before the storm? Perhaps…

Other than BF3: End Game DLC, Tomb Raider was my game this month. I’ve had little time with Lara, if I am honest, around a few hours, but those few hours have been pretty good for this reboot of the franchise.

With the gun-ho elements in the game, you can easily see the similarities to such games like Uncharted, but that isn’t a bad thing. The game plays out great and hopefully, as long as I don’t boot up BioShock, I might be able to get around to finishing it.

Other than that, like a pack of sheep, I have just recently being playing Nimble Quest and Ridiculous Fishing on iOS. Both great games that are worth picking up for that quick game. Nimble Quest could do with being level based but it is still good fun to pick up now and again.

Looking ahead, April seems a bit dead for any outstanding titles. So hopefully this will allow me to catch up on raiding tombs and seeing what wonders BioShock Infinite holds.

So that wraps up our Monster Month for March. 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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