What We Have Been Playing – October 2012

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!

Anthony Barker

A Dishonourable Month

As the nights draw in and the evenings begin to get darker, it is that time where the stockpile of games grow higher and higher, as we enter the busiest time of the year in gaming.

Dishonored took my main focus of my gaming in October, it only took up a couple of days but they were great fun nonetheless. You can check out my review of the gamehere, but in summary, the game is a blast and can be tackled in many ways, be it slow and stealthy or gung-ho. The game gave me that feeling of walking through City 17 in Half-Life 2 once again, which is a feeling I’ve not had in a game for some time!

Sports Champions 2 also landed this month. The game is a little disappointing when you compare it to the first release. With only a handful of new sports and no real revisions of older classic ones, it feels like a game rushed out for Christmas in order to push more Move units under the tree for kids this year – the poor fellas.

Lastly, Forza Horizon rounds off my gaming in October. Having played the 5-minute demo at the Eurogamer this year, and a little of the lackluster demo soon after, I wasn’t all too exited to play the full release of the game. However behind the wheel of the final game has been a real joy. I am never a fan of free roaming car games, just get me to the races, pronto, but Forza does this pretty well and the races have been a good challenge so far. If you like DIRT and Need for Speed, then you’ll love this love chid of a game.

November is looking to be a bumper month of games, as usual. With Assassin’s Creed 3, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Hitman: Absolution, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Farcry 3 all waiting in the wings, I best book off some holiday!


Tim Leigh

Fun with guns and a little stabbing on the side!

It’s been a while since we’ve had one of these but we’re back and it’s my turn to let you all know what I’ve been playing in October!

This month has been pretty hectic for gaming, with quite a few big releases and a pile of shame that is slowly taking over my shelving! Most of my time has been spent playing the fantastic Borderlands 2. With my hunt for new guns and the arrival of the first story DLC means I’m still playing it most days, but it’s starting to get a little grindy, and with November shaping up to be an insane month for game releases, I am now enjoying some of the major releases from October.

Dishonored has just been completed although instead of being a true assassin and sticking to the shadows, I was getting caught a lot and having to stab and shoot my way to each of my targets. I’m looking forward to starting the game over but this time I will be taking my time and making use of all hidden paths that I seem to have missed on my first playthrough. It’s a nice little game but it is a little short, so hopefully there will be some DLC along in the coming months to flesh it out a bit.

I have also played a few hours of XCOM, which a lot of people seem to be playing at the moment, and I can see why! The game is brutal, as your soldiers die forever if they fall in battle, but that makes the game even more intense and you really feel a sense of responsibility when commanding your troops in missions. Aside from this I’ve had a bash on Dead or Alive 5 and gone back to a few arcade titles such as UNO, A World of Keflings and Full House Poker. Roll on November!


David Bevan

Shocktober – More time spent in the real world rather than gaming.

October has been a busy month for me, with work and some Holidaying, so I haven’t had much time to boot up the Xbox and get in some quality gaming time.

When I have managed to play some games my time has been spent as a gunzerker going mad in Borderlands 2. Not much has changed from the first game but the world and humour that gearbox have created still grips me. Whether I’m playing it solo, with a group of friends or just some random online players, it is a great time that mixes grinding and collecting loot with fantastic shooter elements.

I still have a massive stash of games to work through from previous months but have left them to collect dust. Other than Borderlands 2 my time on the 360 this month has been spent on The Testament of Sherlock Holmes (read our review here) and also the awesome XBLA title, The Walking Dead. Both of these titles are point and click adventures which is why Borderlands 2 is a nice refresher from all that puzzle solving and storytelling. Sometimes it’s good to just shoot something.

The Walking dead continues to be one of my favourite games this year, and easily a contender for game of the year. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone and as I work through each episode I am drawn further into the characters stories and find myself having physical reactions to the terrors that they encounter in each instalment.

The Testament of Sherlock Holmes kept me thinking while playing with some very challenging puzzles. As such it was a bit of chore by the end of a 3 or 4 hour session.

Amongst all of that I have played a bit of both FIFA 13 and PES 13 with the lads to varying degrees of success. I am still undecided on which one i prefer this year after FIFA has had my favour the past few years.

With a lot of games to look forward to in November I can’t help but think that stash of unplayed games is only going to get bigger. You can never complain there are too many good games out there though.


Lee Matthews

I am Matty Mishima. My goal is… My goal is to destroy all existence!

My Monster Month has been occupied for the most part by Madden 13. The new game is pretty awesome, granted the silly trips and falls get a tad dull, and with auto-sprint on you always seem to hit your own players. Despite this I’m having a laugh and have been playing competively-ish in a UK Madden league too.

Tekken Tag 2 is my other love of the month, what a game and what a blast from the past. Taking control of all those great characters from the Tekken series and trying to find the perfect couple if a right laugh and has provided me with a fair bit of enjoyment these past couple of weeks.

Everyone is looking forward to Black Ops 2…. As am I, cannot wait to get my grubby little mits on the new game and pick where Black Ops left off. MW3 was a bore and a crap game personally speaking, Battlefield 3 won that battle, but I have high hopes for the latest COD title, I did enjoy Black Ops it must be said.

Christmas is coming too, Hitman for a present if anyone’s wondering, yet another title that just needs to be played by 2013. It looks immense and Agent #47 is as menacing as ever. Just remember, 60 percent of the time, it works every time.


Craig Anderson

Review-tastic month of October

October has been review-tastic for me including reviews for Forumla 1: 2012, Pro Evolution Soccer 2013, two pieces of A World of Keflings DLC, a brand new arcade game in Zombie Driver HD and just for good measure, some content for the highly addictive yet frustrating Trials Evolution.

The main highlight for me out of those reviews was, and still is, Forumla 1: 2012. The improvements that have been made in the game take it to a new level. It really is a step forward for the series and any formula one fan should check this out straight away. I’m also pretty sure I must be better than Lewis Hamilton at racing now, at least on the Xbox anyway.

Asides from reviews i’ve mainly been keeping up my love for Call of Duty. Yes it’s full of screaming kids and yes it’s a game that I can understand why people hate it so much. But I love it and can’t help but have love for it. I’ve slowly been building my kill death rate up (and down) and it’s sitting at a healthy 1.88 right now. It’s not long until Black Ops 2 so until then, i’ll continue sharpening my camping skills with Modern Warfare 3.

I’m now just gearing up for a massive November. I still need to pick up FIFA 13, Halo 4 and Black Ops 2 release and with Hitman: Absolution and Assassins Creed III also hitting the shelves, it’s safe to say I’m going to be skint. Oh well, the joys of being a gamer however I can think off worse things to spend money on.


Giles Williams

And the games just keep on coming!?!

So here we are again. As a hardcore gamer, I (like many others) have mixed feelings about this time of year. Although things have changed since a few years ago and we normally have at least something to play all year round, the Christmas months seem to always hurt our finances more.

2012 has been no exception and for every game I finish, there seems to be 5 more waiting for me to play. Despite this I have done my best to balance my time between all these awesome titles. Borderlands 2, Darksiders 2, and Dishonoured are just a few examples of games that I have not had enough time to finish, but am continuing to play as regularly as time will allow.

In terms of most hours put into recent titles however, the award must go to Sound Shapes. In the pursuit of both PSN Platinum Trophies, the amount of retries for the later levels must have been in the hundreds. Although the amount of hours put in were not as high as many titles I have played in the past, the willingness to never give up and keep retrying made it feel like a lifetime. If you want challenging Platinum, pick this game up.

As well as new releases, I also have a considerable back log built up across almost all formats and with titles like Assassins Creed 3, Forza Horizon and Playstation All Stars Battle Royal fast approaching release, it doesn’t look like I am going to run out of games to play any time soon.

Still, there are worse dilemmas to have I suppose.


David Wriglesworth

Winter is coming

After a fairly quiet summer for game releases, October hasn’t disappointed. Forza Horizon, Medal of Honor: Warfighter, Dishonored, James Bond: 007 Legends are just some of the new titles on the market, but neither of them quite made it to my hard drive.

With FIFA 13 releasing at the end of September, October has been a month dominated by the beautiful game. Many nights/early mornings have been spent telling myself I’m only going to play “one more game.”

Xbox Live Arcade title, Rock Band Blitz provided a welcome change to football. The fast-paced, button-bashing game is one that has certainly taken my interest, after spending a lot of time playing Guitar Hero and Rock Band. And the need for no heavy instruments makes it easier to pick up and play.

Finally, Just Dance 4 has had the friends round and the living room furniture arranged. While the game is certainly an enjoyable one, it feels more like a new layer of paint over Just Dance 3, rather than a full on sequel.

Next month, if my bank balance will stretch that far, Halo 4, Assassin’s Creed III, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Hitman: Absolution and a lot of the pre-Christmas releases will be receiving a lot of playtime. Winter is most certainly coming.


Reece Warrender

More PC gaming master race

October has been a moderately busy month for gaming, and one with many games of great praise. First up to grab my attention is The Walking Dead Episode 4, a stunning adventure series that begs to be played. It’s one of the few great examples of a choice driven story and strong character development – easily a contender for game of the year to date. I’ve also thrown a few hours at the fantastic XCOM, a respectable and highly polished recreation of the age of classic.

On the side whenever an excuse becomes present I’ve been desperate to make use of my lifeless PS Vita I’ve picked up a Nintendo DS to play through 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors – a fantastic text heavy adventure game that follows on to Zero Escape, a PS Vita and 3DS game that has been receiving huge praise.

Last up is comes the behemoth and my dirty little secret. I’ve succumbed to the temptations of World of Warcraft: Pandaland expansion, a game which has crippled my social life several times prior and yet time and time again I refuse to learn my lesson. Regardless though I’m having a blast, even if I feel a little guilty and dirty after every play session.

Collecting a thick veil of dust my consoles haven’t seen use for yet another month as I find the draw of PC undeniable thanks to rock bottom game pricing and just generally superior end quality. Thankfully the long inactivity should draw to an end with November on the horizon as with Halo 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 around the corner I’ll be making a, hopefully, triumphant return. Bring on gaming season!


Justin Ortiz-Burrow

My October was DOOMed

October always seems to be a decent month for gaming. With most of the Grand Theft Auto installments having been released near the end of October, the month holds a special spot in my gaming memories.

This month started out with a game I was not only extremely excited for, but also very nervous about. Of course I’m talking about Resident Evil 6. Having been a RE fan since the original scared the pants off my 8-year-old self, I was certainly excited for a new chapter. But after the mess that was Operation: Raccoon City, I was a bit worried. After playing and getting used to the changes, I found the game to be great in a lot of aspects but at the same time flawed in others. Overall it could be better, but I feel it’s still a great game and hopefully Capcom learns from their mistakes.

Sticking with the horror genre, I also got around to playing DOOM 3: BFG Edition. While the visuals are clearly something from yesteryear, it does bring back memories. But after putting in a few hours, it does tend to feel like one infinitely long hallway.

I also spent time with a few other titles such as Dishonored and XCOM, finding both to be enjoyable, but nothing I’ll revisit in the future. As for the last couple of days this month, they will no doubt be consumed by Assassin’s Creed III.

As far as November goes, I’m looking forward to the next Hitman game. And even though I’m a bit burnt out on first person shooters, Black-Ops 2 and Halo 4 will more than likely get some play as well.


So that wraps up our Monster Month for October. 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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