What We’ve Been Playing – March ’09

The month of March comes to an end so it’s time for our regular Monster Month in Gaming. Today a few of the Console Monster Crew report on what they have been playing over the past month, as well as an insight in the games they are looking forward to playing next month. Enjoy!

Dave March hasn’t been the best of months gaming wise as I’ve had very little gaming action, therefore having very little to say. In fact, all three games I played this month I have reviewed for Console Monster. First up was Halo Wars followed by some Peggle action and towards the end it was more ball action in FIFA 09.

I’m disappointed to see my GamerScore hasn’t risen much, and with very few titles out next month I have an interest in, I would like to see it rise. Other than that, there’s not that much to say. Hopefully it won’t be the same case next month!

March seemed to go on for ages, which meant I had plenty of time to game, game and game again. I played Halo 3 Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s. FIFA 09 on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s and on Sunday I played some 3 on 3 NHL Arcade. As for Saturday that was my day off. OK, so maybe it wasn’t in that order or on those days, but that’s basically my month of gaming.

I also reviewed the Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard, which you can read by clicking here. It’s a weird game, in which it’s only worth a rental. But by all means go and give it a shot for yourself.

Looking forward I am looking forward to playing SOCOM on the PlayStation 3. It’s online only but I think they could be onto a winner, especially if they improve on what they already had in their BETA test for the game. You can read my impressions of the BETA by clicking here. There will definitely be more Halo 3 games and maybe even some Guitar Hero: World Tour as I feel like rocking out.

Surpassing the 30K GamerScore mark, this month has been a good one! Picked up quite a few new games, most recently Call of Duty:World at War, which has been long on the NEED list. Been playing back through some games, including Shadowrun – which is just as much fun now as ever – and Gears of War 2 with a friend to help with the Co-Op achievements.

I’ve also been collecting cheap games from Gamestation and it looks like I’ll be set up for quite a while on the track of Racing games, getting Forza 2, GRID and PGR4 – all for a fiver each! Other than that I’ve been rediscovering hobbies of the Pre-Xbox generation, including the hallowed, original, grey cinderblock of a GAMEBOY and even cranking out a quick read! (Kerouac’s On The Road, if you care)

I am looking forward to next month (and the fortnight off school) to put some serious game time in, wish I had some spare dollar to get a backlog of DLC I’ve been wanting, but I guess there has to be something to fill my dreams eh?

Marty This month I’ve been buying up some older games including Army of Two, Infinite Undiscovery, Topspin 3, Virtua Tennis 3, Brothers In Arms Hell’s Highway, Superbike World Championship 2008, Kung Fu Panda and Lego Indiana Jones.

Now that’s quite a list, and I must admit that a number of those haven’t been opened yet let alone played; they simply sit on the growing pile-of-shame of untouched entertainment.

I have taken the time out to play some of them though, and given the lukewarm reviews that Army of Two received, I was pleasantly surprised by the game. Although the AI isn’t the most intelligent, and the aiming with the controls lacks the precision of Call of Duty 4, I found that game provided a lot of fun. There’s a definite tongue-in-cheek air to the dialogue between the two protagonists, and collecting then blinging up new weapons made me want to go out of my way earning as much mullah as I could. Well worth the tenner I paid for it.

Continuing in my desire not to ignore the titles on the PlayStation Store, I’ve picked up Cuboid, GTi Club and (as a review game) Astro Tripper. Out of all of these I’ve dedicated the most time to Cuboid. It’s a really simple idea but it really takes some thinking about, particularly when the game starts introducing special property tiles and switches.

Looking forward, there is one title that is on my must buy list for April. Haven been disappointed by the RPG releases on Xbox 360 since Lost Odyssey, I’m on tenterhooks for the release of Star Ocean: The Last Hope. I’m optimistic that this will be an improvement over Infinite Undiscovery and The Last Ramnent, both titles I thought failed to hit the mark.

Chris This month has been taken up by the powers of my DS. My 360 hasn’t been on too much this month apart from the obligatory Left 4 Dead games and to review the mediocre Wheelman. But my DS has been in a heck of a lot of use. Firstly, was more Chrono Trigger which just keeps getting better and better and better. It’s quickly becoming my favourite RPG ever! Then came GTA Chinatown Wars which is fun. Yes, fun. Not realistic like GTA4, but good, hearty fun. The story is a bit crap but it works so well on the DS and the side missions are really quite innovative. Lastly, came Henry Hatsworth in a Puzzling Adventure, the most addictive, hilariously stupid game I have played in a long time. It’s a mixture of platformer and puzzle game and I suggest everyone picks it up right now.

Oh and I played some more Professor Layton, which succeeds in making me stupid and World of Goo for the PC which is simply superb.


It has been a quiet month in gaming for me. Fighting off the Helghast in Killzone2 and beating up opponents in Street Fighter IV has been replaced with tiling and lying bathroom flooring, as I tackle a bout of house D.I.Y. The short time I have had this month has been spent on getting close to completing Killzone 2. I’m near the end now (even though it says I’m around 40% into the game), and for those that have already completed it, you’ll know the frustration I am currently facing at this point in the game.

Leave any tips on avoiding Redec’s knifes in the head in the comments.

Other than Killzone 2 the rest of my gaming has been playing demos. I was surprised how Wanted: Weapons of Fate turned out for a post movie based game, and there are some other demos such as The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena I have yet to try out. But with the decorating coming to an end it looks like I’ll be able to get back into the gaming swing of things in April, where I hope to finish Killzone 2 and perhaps pick up the GTA IV DLC that I’ve been meaning to get since its release.

If you have the DLC let me know in the comments if it’s worth picking up.

So what have YOU been playing this past month, let us know your gaming antics in the comments below! Until next month, happy gaming to all our fellow Monsters!

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