What We Have Been Playing – March 2014

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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!

David W

When the games go marching in

Despite losing a whole hour of gaming with the clocks going forward, March has been a great month for new releases.

The month started with the release of The Walking Dead: Season 2 – Episode 2: “A House Divided” – a series I’ve well and truly fallen in love with. While the latest instalment didn’t offer as many intense moments as the previous titles, the open-ended conclusion has me greatly anticipating the third episode.

March also saw me going down to South Park to have myself a time in The Stick of Truth. While I had my doubts about the game prior to release, they were quickly put to bed as I thoroughly enjoyed it, as you can read in the Console Monster review.

Finally, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare has received considerable playtime this month. Having been a big fan of the original title, I was sceptical to whether the series would work as a third-person shooter. However, I’m fairly impressed so far. You’ll be able to read my full thoughts in the review very soon.

Looking ahead to April, LEGO: The Hobbit and Goat Simulator (no, I’m not kidding) are tickling my fancy so far.


Justin O

Kept you playing, huh?

This month, my PlayStation 4 finally got to warm up a bit, with the release of Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes as well as inFamous: Second Son, I was glad to finally be able to wrap my hands around the cozy DualShock 4 once more.

Ground Zeroes is a new direction for the Metal Gear series, a direction that I must say I’m liking. Adding tighter controls, better functionality, and some seriously tense moments, the stealth action in the Metal Gear series has never felt or played better. While I did find the game itself to be a bit on the short side, I found myself replaying missions over and over to find new and better ways of completing each objective.

Not being a major fan of the previous two entries in the inFamous series, I was a bit hesitant about Second Son, but after earning the platinum trophy for completion of the game, I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it. With tight, fast controls and stunning visuals, the game was a blast. While the main story was a bit on the short side, I still found the side missions fun and fulfilling, and I have to say that the graffiti mechanic is one of the most innovative uses of the DualShock yet.

Next month looks fairly bleak for the gaming world. With a dry spell setting in, it seems I’ll be spending my days trying to clear some games out of my backlog. One game I am excited for is Mercenary Kings on the PS4. I dedicated way too much of my life to the PC beta, and I fear this time around will be even worse.


Craig A

I’m a ghost, honest.

I honestly don’t know where the time is going these days, the months are just flying in. March has consisted of three games for me. Firstly I’ve managed to get promoted to Division 1 in FIFA 14, which as many FIFA online players will know, is no mean feat. In fact I made it to Division 1 early in the month however was relegated immediately after going on my first ever losing streak online. Thankfully I bounced straight back to Division 1 and have so far stabalised the defeats. April’s aim is to win the league for the first ever time.

Secondly is Call of Duty: Ghosts on the Xbox 360. I’m loving this game at the moment, particularly the game mode Drop Zone. It’s just all out mayhem and is great fun. I’ve also been working on my Kill Death ratio in which I hope to get over 1.5 at some point.

My final game has been Pacman, which arrived for review. Without spoiling my review, the game is good fun for single player but the multiplayer aspect has some serious issues, which is a real shame. Keep an eye out for my review this month.

If you want to give me a game of FIFA 14 or Call of Duty: Ghosts, hit me up via DVX uk, or on twitter as @dvx_uk.


David B

The Stick of Awesomeness!

One game to rule them all. South Park: The Stick of Truth has been the dominating game on my console this month.

A joyous game that is a must for any fan of the series, the game captures everything the TV show has given to its audiences in the last ten plus years. Nearly every character you can think of is hidden in the small and quiet mountain town somewhere, with either small cameos or in side missions or story quests.

Talking about the quests, this is just another example of how the South Park creators have used every bit of the game to convey humour with a side mission for Hankey, referring to a common phrase coined for going to the toilet.

The game is a cleverly conceived RPG that sees Cartman and his friends fight the evil elves, other kids in South Park. You are a new kid and have to help Cartman protect the Stick of Truth.

After picking up a PS3 for cheap at Christmas, any remaining console time has seen me work through the back catalogue of exclusives and this month has seen me dabble with the Killzone franchise. My opinion on this was that the series was slightly overhyped however I have continued to play through. It’s a fun game but doesn’t offer me anything new that I haven’t played in an FPS before and the story is not overly gripping of the battle against the Hellghast.

April will see me tackle some more of the PS3 exclusives with the God of War series. I may also pick up Dark Souls as I continue to hear nothing but good things.


Sam F

Of Titans And Teensies

A rather busy month, the early stages of this March were almost wholly consumed by the hugely successful Titanfall, which I was luckily enough to get the chance to review. Amidst a sea of extra-curricular responsibilities, I numbed the aches and pains of too many commitments by honing my Pilot loadouts in many late night sessions, rising black-eyed and slightly dissociated each morning, knowing exactly which reality I’d prefer to be waking up to. A great launch party with cosplay zipline-riding pilots, burritos and countless beers celebrated the public launch, but I was too busy being smug about my early access to really take advantage and storm ahead.

The days rolled by and the bright-spirited cartoon rompRayman Legendsprovided the perfect mini-break from the FPS carnage. A few backslides intoCOD: Ghosts andBattlefield 4 pepper my gaming log for this month and so the innocent nostalgia emanating from this brilliant platformer gave my soul a much needed and hard-earned lift, making it another game that was a pleasure to review.

Time kept on rolling, and after upgrading my copy ofGhosts to the Xbox ONE version, I thought there’d be no better time than to indulge in a Veteran playthrough, which surprisingly I managed pretty easily over two sittings. Rorke’s still as bad a character as ever, though I must admit being rather more smitten on a higher difficulty – at least with such settings the game’s idiocy is offset by genuine challenge and the reward that follows success.

All other commitments took to the back burner and I got sucked into myMetal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes review, beauty and beast in equal measure, though one that wins you over once you’ve acclimatised.

Segueing on, it was a case of out of the frying and into the fire. I’m currently tasked with the Console Monster review for the demoralisingDark Souls II and for all my successes this month, put bluntly, this blighter is making me look a right old mug!


Anthony B

Getting Left Behind

So after finally completing The Last of Us in February, I said I was tempted to sample the solo campaign DLC – Left Behind. Well that happened last month, and although it was a good to play through, I felt it didn’t offer exactly what I was hoping for. Sure we were given a little more insight into Ellie’s story, but I was hoping for some fresh gameplay rather than the rinse and repeat of some of the main game’s core ‘hide and seek’ mechanics. I was left unfulfilled at the end of it, so if you have yet to sample this DLC, I suggest you maybe wait until it’s selling for half of its current price.

Switching over to Sony’s newest console, after the Titanfall dust had settled (which i’ve entirely avoided), it was the PlayStation 4’s turn to showcase its own exclusive title in the form of inFamous: Second Son. Having gathered some PSN credit deals, I managed to download the digital version of the game for a mere £40 – much cheaper than any high-street or online retailer in its first week of launch – bonus!

So far the game hasn’t gripped me as much as the first one did, however I feel it is better than the second one in the franchise. The draw distance and graphics are certainly stunning at times, and the loose narrative does the best it can do to give you that incentive to keep plodding along. Its a good game to see me through until the next title comes along, more so with its side missions. The gaming drought has begun. Ten Weeks and counting until gaming is revived, at this year’s E3!


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 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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