What I've been playing (September)

Now that my girlfriend is back at school, I've had a bunch of free time to finish some games that have been teetering atop my pile of shame for a while:

Borderlands (360): Finally wrapped up Borderlands with jimmah7 (co-op), but we still have a mountain of DLC ahead of us. I played through the PS3 version back in 2009 (and it became my #5 game of 2009), but I never really got into the DLC, so I'm looking forward to it. Can't wait for Borderlands 2!

Driver: San Francisco (360): I rented Driver: SF on a whim at Redbox for $2 and beat it in one day. That's not saying so much about the length of the game as it is how much I enjoyed it. The game is about 8 hours long, and I marathoned through just about the whole thing in one sitting. DSF mostly consists of taking over other vehicles (quantum leap-style) and completing objectives around San Francisco as the main character struggles through a coma. A crazy premise, sure, but it allows for a great variety of gameplay. I also have to mention that I love how the cars handle like they're all from a 70's cop show. Check it out if you feel like playing a driving game, but don't want to be bogged down by simulation handling or generic race types.

Bulletstorm (360): Bulletstorm is way better than I thought it would be. There's actually some really clever writing (and gameplay) buried under the constant swearing. It's a mix of Gears of War, 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand, and The Club, and like 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand it's surprisingly enjoyable start to finish. Developers, please make more games as colorful and vibrant as Bulletstorm!

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (XBLA): Jimmah7 and I also finished playing through LC&tGoL during September. I think we both really enjoyed it and I can say that it's easily my favorite game featuring Lara Croft. It's a true co-op game that forces you to work together to complete levels. What a unique concept!

N.O.V.A (iPad): I heard N.O.V.A 2 was legitimately good, so I played through all of this generic Halo rip-off during lunch breaks at work. Not a terrible game, but nothing special. I probably should have skipped it and went straight into N.O.V.A. 2

Mirror's Edge (iPad): Fluid gameplay, intuitive controls and the wonderful, wonderful Mirror's Edge music. What more could I ask for?

Killzone 3 (PS3): Disappointing in comparison to Killzone 2, KZ3 is one hell of a roller-coaster ride, but I constantly found myself asking, "Why am I doing this?" Much like Bulletstorm, the typical answer to the question is "to get off of this planet" but I found myself wanting more of a story. Perhaps I'm expecting too much from a Killzone game, but I honestly enjoyed not only Killzone 2's gameplay, but also it's story. And yes, I still hate Rico.

Plants vs. Zombies (iPad): After starting it on the PC years ago, I always meant to go back but never did. Plants vs. Zombies is still great and I'm glad that I finally got a chance to check out all that PvZ has to offer.

Renegade Ops (XBLA): Apparently jimmah7 and I beat 3 co-op games during September! Renegade Ops is just shear fun. Calling in a fully-upgraded instant airstrike to wreak havoc on my poor enemies brings me great joy. Renegade Ops makes me want co-op Just Cause 3 badly (Renegade Ops and the Just Cause games are all made by Avalanche Studios).

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies (DS): After starting DQ9 in March, I finally grinded out some levels during lunch breaks and finished the game. I thought I'd be going back to play some of the side quests, but grinding levels usually ruins a game for me and wears me out, so I'll be shelving this for the time being.

Minecraft (PC): I've been dicking around in Mincraft for about 10 hours so far. I've mainly been mining cobblestone to make my castle. This game is clearly a game for crazy people, and I'd be smart to stop playing now. I don't really see that happening though.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution (360): It's taking forever to suck me into Deus Ex, but I'd really like to get through it before the rush of the holiday game season starts (if it hasn't already). Forza 4 is the next game I'll be purchasing, so that leaves me ... a week!