What I've been playing:

Here are the games that have kept me occupied during the month of July:

inFamous 2 (PS3): It feels like it's been so long since I wrapped this one up. I felt it had a pretty weak ending, considering how much I enjoyed the rest of the game. Also, some of the powers I earned near the end of the game could have been spaced out better, considering I barely got to use some of them. One of the better games released in the first half of 2011.

Battleheart (Android): This is a great little Android game (also available on iOS). Calling it little doesn't seem right since I spent about 7 hours playing through the game. It's a real-time strategy RPG where you have up to 4 characters, each with their own classes, weapons and skills. There are about 36 stages to play through, but some of them are tough so I ended up grinding a few to get past some bosses. Definitely pick it up if you have an iOS or Android device.

L.A. Noire (360): Most of what I mentioned in my last "What I've been playing" still applies. I feel like the game really picks up toward the end, but it's a tough game to recommend. I'll end up going back to see what the DLC cases have to offer, but I don't see myself replaying any of the previous missions.

Cut The Rope (Android): This game had me HOOKED for three straight days, during which I didn't play any console games. Once I beat it I uninstalled it so I could become free from its grasp. Check it out if you've got some free time to kill.

Mortal Kombat (360): After three months of owning MK9, I finally sat down and played through the story. I had left off at Chapter 6 of 16 from when I was playing it in April, but I managed to stay up a couple late nights over a weekend to finish it while my girlfriend was sleeping. The story mode was certainly entertaining and hopefully some other fighting game developers start incorporating better storylines into their future games. The boss fights are terrible though.

Bastion (XBLA): After hearing about about it from its Happy Hour appearances and the Bombcast, I decided to pick up Bastion and I really couldn't put it down. The levels are small enough that I always had that "one more level" mentality. This would make for a great PS Vita game, now that I mention it. It turned out to be one of my favorite games of the first half of 2011, and while it may not be a game for everyone, I recommend that everyone check out the demo on XBLA.

Chrono Trigger (DS): Chrono Trigger has been my game of choice during my lunch breaks at work this month. I'm most of the way through my 4th playthrough (all-time, not 4th time this month) of Chrono Trigger. I've gotta say, it's still an amazing game ... I sure do miss old school Square games.

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (XBLA): Jimmah7 and I have slowly been working our way through this underappreciated gem of the XBLA. A great co-op game that has you actually work cooperatively! What a unique concept! While in most "co-op" games the co-op means: "You can BOTH shoot this dude in the face!", this game makes you work together to solve puzzles, similar to Portal 2. Don't worry, you can still both totally shoot that dude in the face.

Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (360): Mostly just playing the missions and getting destroyed online. With an online record of 6-18, I love getting matched up against a 5th Lord with a 892-310 record on a 10-game win-streak. Woooo! Moderately looking forward to Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

This weekend I'll be watching the EVO 2011 Livestream. Shoutouts to Team Spooky, Shoryuken.com and the East Coast MvC3 5-on-5 team!

What has the Giantbomb community been playing? Let me know what I've been missing out on!

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Posted by MGSolid86

Here are the games that have kept me occupied during the month of July:

inFamous 2 (PS3): It feels like it's been so long since I wrapped this one up. I felt it had a pretty weak ending, considering how much I enjoyed the rest of the game. Also, some of the powers I earned near the end of the game could have been spaced out better, considering I barely got to use some of them. One of the better games released in the first half of 2011.

Battleheart (Android): This is a great little Android game (also available on iOS). Calling it little doesn't seem right since I spent about 7 hours playing through the game. It's a real-time strategy RPG where you have up to 4 characters, each with their own classes, weapons and skills. There are about 36 stages to play through, but some of them are tough so I ended up grinding a few to get past some bosses. Definitely pick it up if you have an iOS or Android device.

L.A. Noire (360): Most of what I mentioned in my last "What I've been playing" still applies. I feel like the game really picks up toward the end, but it's a tough game to recommend. I'll end up going back to see what the DLC cases have to offer, but I don't see myself replaying any of the previous missions.

Cut The Rope (Android): This game had me HOOKED for three straight days, during which I didn't play any console games. Once I beat it I uninstalled it so I could become free from its grasp. Check it out if you've got some free time to kill.

Mortal Kombat (360): After three months of owning MK9, I finally sat down and played through the story. I had left off at Chapter 6 of 16 from when I was playing it in April, but I managed to stay up a couple late nights over a weekend to finish it while my girlfriend was sleeping. The story mode was certainly entertaining and hopefully some other fighting game developers start incorporating better storylines into their future games. The boss fights are terrible though.

Bastion (XBLA): After hearing about about it from its Happy Hour appearances and the Bombcast, I decided to pick up Bastion and I really couldn't put it down. The levels are small enough that I always had that "one more level" mentality. This would make for a great PS Vita game, now that I mention it. It turned out to be one of my favorite games of the first half of 2011, and while it may not be a game for everyone, I recommend that everyone check out the demo on XBLA.

Chrono Trigger (DS): Chrono Trigger has been my game of choice during my lunch breaks at work this month. I'm most of the way through my 4th playthrough (all-time, not 4th time this month) of Chrono Trigger. I've gotta say, it's still an amazing game ... I sure do miss old school Square games.

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (XBLA): Jimmah7 and I have slowly been working our way through this underappreciated gem of the XBLA. A great co-op game that has you actually work cooperatively! What a unique concept! While in most "co-op" games the co-op means: "You can BOTH shoot this dude in the face!", this game makes you work together to solve puzzles, similar to Portal 2. Don't worry, you can still both totally shoot that dude in the face.

Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (360): Mostly just playing the missions and getting destroyed online. With an online record of 6-18, I love getting matched up against a 5th Lord with a 892-310 record on a 10-game win-streak. Woooo! Moderately looking forward to Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

This weekend I'll be watching the EVO 2011 Livestream. Shoutouts to Team Spooky, Shoryuken.com and the East Coast MvC3 5-on-5 team!

What has the Giantbomb community been playing? Let me know what I've been missing out on!

Posted by NickL

@MGSolid86:

No watch the MLG SC2 stream instead!!

Cut the rope is such an awesome game... I played it so much that I pretty much got perfect scores on everything. (at least I couldn't think of any faster ways)

Omg I need to get bastion still... Its killing me not playing it....

Posted by MGSolid86
@NickL
I'm watching both!  Definitely pick up Bastion, it's a great game.
Posted by Yanngc33

Happy to see that I'm not the only one still getting his ass kicked on MvC3