July's Gaming Progress - Fallout 3, Penny Arcade, Sam & Max...

July was also a busy month for games. I plowed through Homefront, which I made the unfortunate mistake of playing through after beating the far superior Call of Duty: Black Ops. Finally TreyArch can say they made a Call of Duty campaign that can hold their own against Infinity Ward's best efforts. Homefront was ok, but did not live up to the blitzkrieg of media hype that THQ subjected us all too.

I got back into adventure games this month and finally beat the first episode of Penny Arcade after chipping away at it the past few months for a total of around 13 hours. I also finished the very first episode of Sam & Max, which was a much more manageable two to three experience and started the first Puzzle Agent on PC recently also. I started and finished the retro-RPG, Breath of Death VII that came out a couple weeks ago in about six hours. It is an ode to 8 and 16-bit RPGs, with many references to the great RPGs of those generations, and is well worth checking because it only goes for a buck off the 360 Indie Games Marketplace.

Finally, that Fallout 3 itch came crawling back and I finished The Pitt and Mothership Zeta DLC packs. Both took around three hours, with a little more time spent in the Pitt because I got addicted to Ingot hunting. Both experiences were pretty short, but the Pitt was still good 'ol Fallout fun, and while Zeta I give props for being something different, it just tried to play too much like a regular FPS, and Fallout 3 is anything but.

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Check out my podcast's upcoming 5 Year Anniversary Show!

 Can you believe it, a week from now will mark 5 years of my podcast, Videogames On Tap stinking up the podcast scene! And what better way to celebrate 5 years of On Tap than by wrapping up our massive Games of the Decade Special. We still have plenty more categories and listener categories awards to run down, as well as our own personal top 20 games of the decade. Be sure to listen live as we will be giving away point cards throughout the night. We plan on starting the show on Thursday, February 10, at 6pm Central, 7pm Eastern!!

If I can figure out how to take calls live via Skype, than we will try and get listeners to call in also! So please join us live on February 10, and bookmark the following Ustream Channel below!

On Tap UStream Page - http://www.ustream.tv/channel/videogames-on-tap
And to check out our archives of our past five years of videogame podcasts check out our homepage at www.ontappodcast.com

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Zeno Clash, anyone playing this on XBLA?

It is a pretty beefy XBLA release with a decent 7 hour campaign and a bunch of bonus challenge rooms that can be tackled over Xbox Live. I was only able to beat two of the nine challenge rooms on my own and I am under the impression the game did not sell terribly well because even letting custom match sit idle in the background on my 360 for quite a while no would join my room. So if anybody else has this can they please give me a friend request so we can knock out the rest and get some gamerscore?

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