Monthly Summary - September 2011

COMPLETED THIS MONTH:

Rock of Ages

GiantBomb introduced this one to me with the Quick Look. I decided to buy it after playing through the trial version, and was then made to replay the same levels - good start! I played through all of the single player mode in a few short sessions and had a great time, though I am in agreement with the majority of reviewers that the tower defense aspect isn't effective enough to make the gameplay varied each time. It all comes down to racing down the course faster than the other guy, and you'll rarely get lucky enough to catch out your opponent with your item placement. I suggest playing this in multiplayer, and it supports co-op as well as online play. We had a few games of it, and playing on the simpler courses meant that tower, catapult and barrel placement actually needed to be thought out. Do you save your resources to block the opponent off at a chokepoint, or scatter stuff about each time to try to knock them off course? I'd recommend a playthrough and some multiplayer action for the obsurdity of the visuals, cutscenes and concept.

Completed: 9th September 2011 (21:00)

Rating: 4

Driver: San Francisco

The core concept of jumping out of a car, flying around the city and jumping into another is used so damn well in Driver SF that it makes for one of my game of the year contenders. I played through the entire single player experience (minus a fair chunk of the side missions), a few sessions online, and played a lot of the split screen. The shift mechanic is such a great idea and Reflections used it and a lot of interesting ways; You get to play as different characters, juggle multiple cars in races, set up road blocks or just grab incoming traffic to aid in chases and a whole lot more. Online, the way the mechanic adds new dimensions to tag and chase game modes is very interesting. I will definitely jump back in at some point.

Completed: 10th September 2011 (12:20)

Rating: 5

Tales From Space: About A Blob

A co-op 2D platformer where the core mechanics are absorbing items to increase in size, as well as having attract and repel powers. This was a fun game to come back to every now and then and we finally completed it this month. Nothing special but I'd recommend it for co-op players. Gets quite difficult in spots with some tight platforming but generally inoffensive.

Completed: 12th September 2011 (22:10)

Rating: 3

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Finished this one off in a couple of sessions relying on excessive use of the save function! Never played to the end on the Megadrive so was cool to see if through now. I'll get the 3 and '& Knuckles' done too soon. Fun!

Completed: 13th September 2011 (21:25)

Rating: 3

Max Payne 2

Still a masterpiece even in to this day. The combat, story, tone and graphical style, the incidental details in the environment and chatter between enemies when they don't know you're there make this one of my all-time favourite games. I hope Max Payne 3 has its own incidental touches but without Remedy behind it I'm sceptical. If you haven't played MP2 before, play it right this minute. It's better than most of this year's releases.

Completed: 15th September 2011 (22:10)

Rating: 5

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

I really enjoyed this one. I played it the way it's clearly intended to be played - as a stealth game, but with weapons in my inventory for boss battles. I love the character abilities and the persuasion stuff in conversations. It's not as revolutionary as it could have been, but It's very well put together and an all-round good time.

Completed: 25th September 2011 (18:30)

Rating: 5

BTTF The Game (Episodes 4 & 5)

I think the game really stepped up in these episodes and went some crazy places especially in Episode 5. I'm glad I played through it but wouldn't recommend it to anyone that doesn't love Back To The Future. There isn't enough challenge in the puzzles.

Completed: 3rd September 2011 (22:10)

Rating: 3

Completed: 10th September 2011 (01:15)

Rating: 4

ALSO PLAYED THIS MONTH:

F3AR - Played one level in co-op, got fucking intense. Gonna finish it in October!

Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow - Played the first few levels, up to the train.

Toy Soldiers: Cold War- Played a few missions.

TrackMania 2 - Only able to play at work but I love it so much.

Crimson Alliance - Played through the first level.

Dead Island - Played for several hours exclusively in co-op.

Gears of War 3 - Played until the end of Act 2.

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet - Played Lantern Run and some single player.

Burnout Crash - Played one level.

Four Swords - Played for all of twenty seconds in 4 player whilst attending a fire drill.

Scores Summary

FULL GAMES:

Rock of Ages [2011] (4)

Driver San Francisco [2011] (5)

Tales from Space: About A Blob [2011] (3)

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 [1992] (3)

Max Payne 2 [2003] (5)

Deus Ex: Human Revolution [2011] (5)

EPISODIC GAMES:

4 - Double Visions [BTTF The Game] (3)

5 - OUTTATIME [BTTF The Game] (4)

Game of the Month:

2011 Release: Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Most Played: Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Overall: Max Payne 2

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Monthly Summary - August 2011

A slower month still, but yet more purchases made.

The Naked City (DLC - L.A. Noire)

Completed: 7th August 2011 (17:30)

Involved: Completed to end of story

Summary: Best DLC so far, should have been in the base game. It was complex, lengthy, had lots of characters, sections, moments of action, intrigue, stealth. I still got annoyed durin investigations, but it was overall a much better experience. Recommended if you only play one DLC for this title.

Next: Nicholson Electroplating coming up.

Base Game Rating: 4

DLC Rating: 4

Nicholson Electroplating (DLC - L.A. Noire)

Completed: 7th August 2011 (18:40)

Involved: Completed to end of story

Summary: This was a more straightforward and shorter piece of content, but was interesting nonetheless. Has a impressive opening sequence and some inventive puzzles.

Next: That concludes my L.A. Noire time.

Base Game Rating: 4

DLC Rating: 3

Splinter Cell

Completed: 18th July 2011 (22:30)

Involved: Completed on normal difficulty.

Summary: So with the release of the first 3 titles in the series in high definition, I have decided, in a similar fashion to my Halo-fest earlier in the year, to play every Splinter Cell title in succession. Finished the first one up tonight, got it done in 4 or 5 sessions. It still holds up and was nice to go back to after such a long time, it was interesting to find that I had less trouble figuring out how to bypass sections of missions, stay hidden and avoid using weapons and gadgets, than I did when I originally played it upon the Xbox's release. Had no technical issues with this re-release, and the quick-save option led to me being able to play through the game faster.

Next: I will be making a start on Pandora Tomorrow in the coming days. I can't wait for this one as I have fond memories of certain sections, and look forward to using the new moves and mechanics for the first time, all over again.

Rating: 4

Also Played:

Played more DiRT 3, got first place in all events and platinums in all Gymkhana Academy sections, but have more DC Challenges to do which I feel are the hardest for sure so we'll see how it goes next month if I get some time. I played Bad Company 2 online for a few nights early in the month but that soon died down. I played a bit more FEAR 3 but am way behind on that one. Played a little From Dust, Brink, Armageddon, Solatorobo more, Homefront, Bastion, Dungeon Siege 3. Started Castle Crashers as it was free for PS Plus'ers. Picked up on Resident Evil 5 again and am up to a cave section possibly mid-game, enjoying it more than I did previously now that I have played Shadows of the Damned. Decided to pick up the Splinter Cell Trilogy and am making a start playing through that series again. Picked up Serious Sam 2 again, Sonic 2 due to Generations buzz, played in a Gears of War 2 clan match was poor results. After a debate in my head I swept up the remaining Summer of Arcade games as I got Toy Soldiers: Cold War and decided, fuck it, I'll get Insanely Twisted and Fruit Ninja so that I get a free game later - not played them at all yet! In England, I picked up New Vegas and Human Revolution, the later of which I have started on and am LOVING IT so far. Been missing this style of game so September should be fun.

Scores Summary

FULL GAMES:

Splinter Cell [2002] (4)

DLC:

The Naked City [L.A. Noire] (4)

Nicholson Electroplating [L.A. Noire] (3)

Game of the Month:

2011 Release: Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Most Played: Splinter Cell

Overall: Splinter Cell

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Monthly Summary - July 2011

I played a whole load of different games this month, but did complete much.

Shadows of the Damned

Completed: 18th July 2011 (01:10)

Involved: Completed story on normal difficulty.

Summary: I was lucky enough to not see much of this game past the first few levels (and the ending!) so I wasn't quite sure what to expect in terms of quality and how much fun I'd get out of this one. I was surprised to find myself really enjoying the whole game despite not getting on greatly with Resi 5's controls. There are a few sections that feel repeated for the sense of length, but I liked the shadow element of the game and the crazy characters and moments. Would recommend a play through, please go get this game as it sold well under what it deserved.

Next: Unlikely to replay but I'll try the puppeteer achievement some more times!

Rating: 4

Duke Nukem Forever

Completed: 25th July 2011 (02:00)

Involved: Completed story on normal difficulty.

Summary: What a struggle it was to power through to the end of this game. The setpieces have no life, the humour is poor, the combat is boring and it tried to use every gameplay element of all the most successful titles over the last 10 years, contributing nothing of its own but a miserable play experience. I had to get it done due to the history involved here, but it was rarely enjoyable.

Next: This won't be entering my console again.

Rating: 2

Reefer Madness (DLC - L.A. Noire)

Completed: 31st July 2011 (17:00)

Involved: Completed to end of story

Summary: This is a poor piece of content. It was unexciting, it stopped working a number of times - at one point, due to the order in which I spoke to people and the outcome of my interrogations, the scripting stopped working and I was left to wander around the one available location with the same person spouting the same line of dialogue over and over. Upon a reload of the last save, I was able to succeed the interrogation which led to a cutscene which didn't happen before so I could get it done. It relied too heavily on gunplay (an issue I had with the base game: why are these people shooting the police before we've even given them reason to?) and it treats you like a simpleton with the coins puzzle; I knew exactly what the connection was as soon as I got the first one, but they had to stop your investigations and explain it to you real fucking slow just in case you fell asleep during the whole of the mission, apparently.

Next: I will get the other ones done, and hopefully they'll serve as better entertainment.

Base Game Rating: 4

DLC Rating: 2

Also Played:

Got all the pokemans on the 3DS Pokedex. Played a bit of Madden NFL 11 with Lorena, wasn't too bad playing multiplayer with someone else who hasn't a clue! Played a bit more Ocarina of Time, Mortal Kombat and Pokemon White. Got Child of Eden but have only played the first level with below optimal Kinect setup, played some Rock Band 3. Played a bit of Brink but only against bots. Played some Kinect Adventures and Dance Central after the Kinect went down to 80 on Amazon. Played some Red Faction Armageddon and FEAR 3. Played a lot of Solatorobo on my 3DS, really enjoying it. I picked it up after it got Game of the Week on Eurogamer and looked interesting. Played yet more DiRT 3 in the quest for 100%. Played PixelJunk Shooter 2 some more, and started Dungeon Siege III in co-op. Played some Bastion and From Dust, both have been great so far. Started Homefront, isn't too bad. More than anything, however, I've been playing Bad Company 2 online after officially joining my old online friends, Brotherhood of X. Been on most nights after work getting back into online multiplayer gaming and loving it, to be honest.

Scores Summary

FULL GAMES:

Shadows of the Damned [2011] (4)

Duke Nukem Forever [2011] (2)

DLC:

Reefer Madness [L.A. Noire] (2)

Game of the Month:

2011 Release: Shadows of the Damned

Most Played: DiRT 3/Battlefield: Bad Company 2

Overall: Battlefield: Bad Company 2

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Monthly Summary - June 2011

Slow month, but I was able to play a few games. Moving into busy times in the next few months so it can only go downhill from here.

A Slip of the Tongue (DLC - L.A. Noire)

Completed: 5th June 2011 (21:30)

Involved: Completed to end of story

Summary: My first DLC for this game. It was a little strange to play this type of DLC post-completion, it would have been a better experience slotted into the story as it was intended. People usually won't buy DLC before playing the story, as it feels like a big investment to buy the full game then pay extra before you know you like it, and I really wish it was there to begin with. The case itself wasn't too bad, but the player's success or failure came down to a simple 1-question interrogation at the end of the level. I got it wrong, got an ear-bashing from the chief, then re-loaded the last checkpoint to get the desired conclusion. Hopefully the next DLC cases are a bit more involved.

Next: I do intend to play all the extra cases, having purchased the Rockstar Pass.

Base Game Rating: 4

DLC Rating: 3

DiRT 3

Completed: 7th June 2011 (23:30)

Involved: Completed DiRT Tour until the credits.

Summary: DiRT 3 was everything I had hoped for after the tremendous DiRT 2. It lets you get on with the racing, with an improved handling model and exciting race types. Online play is really impressive, and it's kept me hooked and coming back ever since. I recommend this as the only rally racer you'll need, and they're releasing DLC every few weeks.

Next: Getting all the DLC as its releasing and seeing if I can 100% the achievements.

Rating: 5

Yakuza 4

Completed: 14th June 2011 (17:45)

Involved: Completed to end of the story.

Summary: I picked this up early in the month as it went down in price on Amazon. I hadn't finished Y3 so wasn't sure, but was encouraged by Earl at work. So glad I jumped in with this, it's such an amazing game. I couldn't stop playing, and have since recommended several others, one of which who has now completed and agrees with me about how great it is. The genius is in the way you play as 4 different main characters, whose story threads all intertwine in a really interesting way. If you've been thinking of getting into the series, just go for this one. Contender for my Game of the Year.

Next: Got a pre-ending and post-ending save lined up, so I will jump in and play the sidequests at some point.

Rating: 5

PixelJunk Shooter

Completed: 19th June 2011 (23:10)

Involved: Completed to end of story, in co-op.

Summary: I've had this on my PS3 since its release but never completed it. We decided to carry it on but in co-op. It's lots of fun with interesting level design. Recommended, and we bought the sequel immediately afterwards.

Next: Currently playing the sequel.

Rating: 4

BTTF Episode 3: Citizen Brown

Completed: 25th June 2011 (18:15)

Involved: Completed to end of the story.

Summary: I enjoyed the Clockwork Orange references, having recently re-watched that film. Nothing special to write about this Episode, the series isn't too special. 2 more to go, I'll play them as it's mildly enjoyable, but there's just not much challenge to it.

Next: Episode 4 is out soon.

Rating: 3

Also Played:

Played a bit more Shadow Wars, but really need to sit down with it at some point and get some real completion going. I participated in TNT, you can see me driving Ryan around in Saints Row 2, and I also played Ridge Racer 7, but only briefly due to connection issues. We played a few levels of Dead Space Extraction, which is the best reason for Move so far. When PSN came back up, I got my free games for PS3 and PSP. ModNation Racers PSP is awful, but Pursuit Force isn't half bad so I might stick with it. I played a few levels of The Dishwasher 2 and PixelJunk Shooter 2, and actually played a fair amount of inFamous. I am borrowing Duke Nukem Forever, which is fucking awful! Was a mess. I've also started F.E.A.R. 3 which is great fun, can't wait until I have some more time for it.

Scores Summary

FULL GAMES:

DiRT 3 [2011] (5)

Yakuza 4 [2011] (5)

PixelJunk Shooter [2009] (4)

EPISODIC GAMES:

3 - Citizen Brown [BTTF The Game] (3)

DLC:

A Slip of the Tongue [L.A. Noire] (3)

Game of the Month:

2011 Release: Yakuza 4

Most Played: DiRT 3

Overall: Yakuza 4

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Monthly Summary - May 2011

I've decided to change the format of my Gaming Blog here, and will be rolling the 'Game Complete' posts into my Monthly Summaries. I never can find the time to post my thoughts on games as I complete them, but always enjoy doing a writeup to talk about the games played at the end of each month. I also feel last's month's summary was too much of a quick name drop on games as I'd already said what I wanted about the majority of the games I had more substantial thoughts on. So here we go with May...  

Portal 2

Completed: 4th May 2011 (20:45)

Involved: Completed single player and multiplayer co-op
 
Summary: I completed the co-op before even starting the single player, and so already knew I was in for something special. In short, this has been my favourite gaming experience of the year so far. The puzzles were fun and challenging in spots (but never tripped me up entirely, I just had fun playing about with them 'till I figured them out). The story and progression through the varying gameworld kept me hooked and I was so sad to realise, post-credits, that I was done with all things Portal 2 until the eventual DLC releases. Recommended without reservation, and you shouldn't worry if you've not played the first (though you probably could get it done quickly before jumping in here!).
 
Next: Waiting impatiently for DLC, I'll probably play through Solo again and will do Co-op again, on PS3 this time.

Rating: 5


  

Kirby's Epic Yarn

Completed: 15th May 2011 (19:30)

Involved: Completed to end of story, in co-op
 
Summary: We finally did it! Epic Yarn is a pretty easy platforming game that can be played entirely in co-op, with a nice level and ability variety, with plenty of replay value as you can easily skip levels in the road to the endgame. It's childish, for sure, but I still had fun with it. I wouldn't play it on my own, as the lack of challenge would lead to boredom eventually, but in co-op it was good fun just trying to work together and get through it with enough gems to reach Gold for each level.
 
Next: Probably won't go back too much, we may do the levels we never tried but there's not much to entice us into playing through for higher scores.

Rating: 4



  

The Writer (DLC - Alan Wake)

Completed: 17th May 2011 (23:20) Rating: 4

Involved: Completed to end of story
 
Summary: This went on sale last month, so I grabbed it quick. Played through this in 2 short sessions and had more fun than in the first DLC, and liked getting a bit of closure at the end. I don't think any of it beats the base game, it kinda just made me wanna play through that again. I would recommend this and 'The Signal' if you played through Alan Wake and wanted a bit more of the the strange atmosphere, narrative and solid gameplay.
 
Next: No more Alan Wake 1, but there are rumours of a download only spin-off.

Base Game Rating: 5

DLC Rating: 4


ilomilo

Completed: 18th May 2011 (21:15)

Involved: Completed to end of story, in co-op
 
Summary: Another co-op game we finally got through, it took us this long as we hadn't played it for a long time but decided to get it done after offing Kirby. Playing this during its first month after release led to disappointment as it kept crashing, but a timely title update kept us interested. There was enough level choice that we could get stuck on one and have options to play a different level and progress through, and when the pieces all came together it was always a great moment running towards your partner in victory.
 
Next: Again, it's unlikely we'll go back. Time for something new to play co-op!

Rating: 4

 

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Completed: 21st May 2011 (23:30)

Involved: Completed game on Normal difficulty
 
Summary: The idea of playing through MGS4 again got stuck in my head earlier this month, and one night I just decided.. "few more days before LA Noire and DiRT 3 arrive, let's do this!" So glad I did, I had so much fun playing through this again and reliving those amazing cutscenes. Nothing much new to say on this one, but I should play through my favourite games more often. This game-completion-statistic-chasing game really slows my onling gaming and favourite game playing!
 
Next: Metal Gear Solid: Rising.... PLEASE! I would also play any HD remake of any MGS title. Make it so.

Rating: 5

  

Stacking

Completed: 22nd May 2011 (14:50)

Involved: Completed to end of story
 
Summary: Yet another game I jumped back into and reached the end credits earlier than expected. Hadn't realised there were only 2 levels left. This was a breeze to get through, although I am well aware that there is more to do if I was so inclined. Graphically, its got a nice art style though the near-ground camera made me feel a bit weird at times, and led to me having to put it down after only a short session each time. Inventive concept, well executed.
 
Next: No more Stacking for me, but I wouldn't mind Double Fine's next downloadable outing, Trenched!

Rating: 4

 

L.A. Noire

Completed: 29th May 2011 (18:30)

Involved: Completed game (to end of story)
 
Summary: This game has been playing with my head. First few hours were awesome, it got me smiling, had me sympathizing with characters, hooked into the gameplay, wanting more. Homicide desk draaaagged for far too long - I'm aware that the monotony was a device to make it it's own short narrative branch, but it soured my enjoyment by the conclusion of that thread. Vice picked up, but towards the end my enjoyment went back down. This game is brilliant, and I was playing with my final rating for a while. I recommend everyone plays through it, my girlfriend has played the first hour and it looks like she'll like it too. However, I think its a case of amazing concept, great gameworld, awesome mo-cap technology, and an interesting narrative arc, strung together with repetitive tasks and an illogic questioning mechanic (at times - I never got settled into how to read people and be successful in telling when people were telling the truth etc. and I blame the mechanic itself for not being able to make its mind up over what the words Truth, Doubt and Lie meant within the game). Again, I suggest you play this game, but it disappointed me upon reflection. It'll be in my GOTY Top 10, unreservedly, but the flaws pain me.
 
Next: Debating whether to get the Rockstar Pass and do the DLC. Will load it up again and see what I think.

Rating: 4

 

Also Played:

 
Bought Outland, and have played the first 2 levels and bosses. It's a really interesting mix of 2D platform adventure and Ikaruga light/dark gameplay mechanic, and one of the best XBLA releases this year. I need to sit down and play some more. I played the story mode in Mortal Kombat up to the 2nd main chapter, and would love to get good at this but don't have the time. I played DiRT 2 for more achievements, draining it of its last drops of game-juice before DiRT 3 was in my hands. Jumped back into Shaun White for a bit... eh. I started Nuts & Bots from scratch whilst waiting for the month's big releases to arrive, and will go back to it when things go quiet again. 
 
DiRT 3 is awesome. Not finished it yet, but I've invested plenty of hours so far, online and in the Dirt Tour mode, and can't get enough of it.

Scores Summary:

FULL GAMES:

Portal 2 [2011] (5)
Kirby's Epic Yarn [2011] (4)
ilomilo [2010] (4)
Metal Gear Solid 4 [2008] (5)
Stacking [2011] (4)
L.A. Noire [2011] (4)

DLC:

The Writer [Alan Wake] (4)

Game of the Month:

2011 Release: DiRT 3
Most Played: DiRT 3
Overall: DiRT 3
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Monthly Summary - April 2011

Played This Month:

Back to the regular amount of games this month, but only 3 completed. Plenty new ones started though: Beyond Good & Evil (Completed!), Red Faction: Battlegrounds (played 2 tutorials levels, watched the quick look), The Dishwasher VS (played one level), Pokemon White (played for 30 minutes), Ghost Trick (played for an hour), de Blob 2 (played 2 full levels), Prince of Persia Trilogy (both Sands of Time and Warrior Within, for a while each), Crysis 2 (Completed!), Outland (first section), Portal 2 (completed the co-op in a couple of sessions), and Mortal Kombat (few hours, mainly the story mode, no online as of yet).

I played a few more missions of Shadow Wars and would say I'm about a quarter of the way through. I've completed most of the first castle in the and most of the puzzles on the 3DS plaza games, so I'm interested to see what will be next. I played a bit more Dead Rising 2 at the top of the month, and completed the second episode of the Back To The Future game.

I played a bit of Black Ops and GoW2 online with some friends, which was a nice change of pace, and also had regular sessions on TDU2. I played more into Red Faction Guerrilla and should really just put the time in to finish that one. We are near the end of Kirby's Epic Yarn, just one more world left!

I played some Brutal Legend for some reason.. Will complete it one day. I also got the majority of the remaining single player achievements in DiRT 2 that I had left to get, and can't wait for number 3. I bought 'The Writer' DLC for Alan Wake in the sale but haven't started it yet.

Completed This Month:

FULL GAMES:
Beyond Good & Evil [2003] (4)
Crysis 2 [2011] (4)
 
EPISODIC GAMES:
2 - Get Tannen! [BTTF The Game] (4)

ADDITIONAL MODES:
Co-op [Portal 2] (5)
 

Game of the Month:

2011 Release: Portal 2
Most Played: Beyond Good & Evil
Overall: Portal 2
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Game Complete: Crysis 2

Completed: 25th April 2011 (23:15)

Involved: Completed on normal difficulty.
 
Summary: Enjoyable, visually impressive (though suffering in busy spots on the 360), I had fun with the suit abilities and the crazy places the story takes you. Most of the time, its difficult to follow exactly what is happening but in most cases its probably best just to shoot everyone, jump around, kick a car into a dude and then turn armor on for a few seconds before slipping back into the comfort of your stealth ability. I recommend this for people looking for an exciting top rate console shooter, but there's nothing too surprising here.
 
Next: Could dip into the multiplayer, its not bad.
 

Rating: 4

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Game Complete: BTTF Episode 2: Get Tannen!

Completed: 10th April 2011 (16:20)

Involved: Completed episode to end of story.
 
Summary: This episode seemed shorter than the first, but a bit punchier. A like the overlaying of the same characters from slightly different time periods (Marty seeing himself do something he had just finished doing, etc.) Nothing too memorable, but the 3rd episode looks to be a doozy. Also, nothing too challenging here as expected.
 
Next: Well I guess Episode 3 should be out 'round about now, i'll just go check PSN... ...Awwwwww.....
 

Rating: 4

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Game Complete: Beyond Good & Evil

Completed: 7th April 2011 (03:05)

Involved: Completed game and unlocked all achievements
 
Summary: I played the first few hours of this game when it was originally released for the Xbox/Gamecube, but never gave it the time to push to the end. With this XBLA release, I jumped on board immediately and didn't regret it. BG&E holds up well with a solid environment, variety of puzzles, platforming, enjoyable combat and navigation around the city. There's also a fair amount of driving around with the hovercraft, the upgrade path leads straight into the story progression, and I found it to be engaging until I found myself at the end of the game. It's also longer than many modern blockbusters, especially if you want to get all 12 achievements (not an incredibly difficult task in its own right). I had a couple of lockups but I blame it on the base game having them rather than poor emulation. Recommended.
 
Next: No real reason to go back, with all the achievements unlocked and no additional modes.
 

Rating: 4

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Monthly Summary - March 2011

Played This Month:

Less games this month due to work, only a couple of games completed: Bad Company and the first episode of BTTF on PSN. Played a few missions on Bad Company 2 and I'm waiting patiently for BTTF Part 2. Lorena and I continued our co-op gaming with Tales From Space: About a Blob and I played impatient observer for Portal. We also got Kirby's Epic Yarn and we're loving the art style and design.

I've been playing lots of Halo Reach online and got both map packs, as well as Killzone 3. Not enjoying the campaign but the online is impressive. Made small amounts of progress on Stacking, TDU2, Trials HD and Rock Band 3. I picked up on Yakuza 3 again and I'm really enjoying it now, though it doesn't always make it easy. Well delve deeper in April. Got Dead Rising 2 and played an hour or so, already prefer it over the original which I struggled with.

Caved in and got a 3DS with Ghost Recon and it is awesome, so glad I picked one up. Still not acquainted with it enough to fully provide my thoughts on the console, but Shadow Wars is great fun and I love the 3D.
 

Completed This Month:

FULL GAMES: 
Battlefield: Bad Company [2008] (3)
 
EPISODIC GAMES:
1 - It's About Time [BTTF The Game] (4)
 

Game of the Month:

2011 Release: Killzone 3
Most Played: Halo Reach
Overall: Halo Reach
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