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#1  Edited By MGSolid86

I didn't end up playing a lot of games during the month of August, mostly due to moving my girlfriend into her apartment and spending most of my weekends there. However, during the month of August I did pick up an iPad which has since replaced my laptop as my web-browsing device of choice. I also use it for gaming while watching Netflix, which comprised most of my gaming this month:

Death Rally (iPad): To be honest, I had no idea what to expect from a car-combat game by Remedy, the developers of Alan Wake. Turns out it's one of my favorite iPad games so far. While the controls take a little while to get use to, it's extremely addictive with plenty of unlockable vehicles, weapons and achievements.

Infinity Blade (iPad): From Chair, developers of Shadow Complex, comes an action RPG-lite. It's certainly one of the best games to show off the graphics capable on the iPad. The gameplay gets a bit repetitive, but it has me coming back every now and then to level up my character and his equipment.

Peggle (iPad): Yup, it's Peggle and the iPad version controls great!

Street Fighter III: Third Strike (XBLA): 3S is still pretty much 3S. In my opinion, it's one of the most technical fighting games and I certainly wouldn't recommend it to anyone who joined the Street Fighter franchise at SFIV, SSFIV or AE. I'm a fan of the micro-achievements within the game, but I'm getting destroyed online and don't have anyone near my level of play around me, so I'm not sure how much more 3S I'll play.

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#2  Edited By MGSolid86

@TooWalrus: Gears 3 launched 6 days ago, not "weeks ago". As someone who loved the first Gears and lost interest in Act 2 of Gears 2, I was on the fence about buying this game. He wrote this entry after multiple friends of his (including myself) asked him how he liked it. I'd take his 1-hour opinion over a GOW fanboy's opinion any day. My point is, some people do give a fuck.

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I'm watching both!  Definitely pick up Bastion, it's a great game.
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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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#5  Edited By MGSolid86

@MattyFTM: I see what you're saying, but I think getting a full arcade set-up will make the room look cramped. If I really want a full one in the future, I could pick up this:

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@SeriouslyNow: be picking one of these up. Thanks for the tip!

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#6  Edited By MGSolid86

@tonewheel:

I also might pick up one of these decals for the front of the pedestal.

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@MistaSparkle: If I was going to get any real cabinet, it would be Police 911.

@tonewheel: I can't really think of what artwork I'd want to add, so I probably won't be adding any artwork to the arcade machine. I'll just have to letterbox the games with different aspect ratios. If I upgrade to a 32" TVmonitor, then the viewing size should be sufficient.

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Ever since I was a kid, I've dreamed about one day owning an arcade machine. Listening to the latest Giant Bombcast about California Extreme has me all excited about getting some sort of arcade machine set-up for when I get an apartment next spring. My main uncertainty is whether I want an HD LED-LCD for modern games (MvC3, SSFIV, Mortal Kombat, BlazBlue:CT / CS) or an old-school CRT for classic arcade gaming. I think I've settled on an affordable middle ground that doesn’t lock me into either side. I originally wanted a full stand-up arcade machine and debated between building my own or buying a pre-made cabinet from X-gaming. After spending hours of looking up joystick parts on na.suzohapp.com and looking comparing my budget to the all-inclusive $2200 X-gaming set-up, I’m currently leaning towards the Xtension Arcade Pedestal in combination with the 2-player (w/ trackball) X-Gaming Tankstick. This will allow me flexibility in “swapping out” monitors, eliminating the fear of buying the wrong monitor set-up. This combo will run me $731 with all of the adapter hookups and most importantly shipping/delivery. This $731 does not include the monitor and gaming system (both which I currently have). This would leave me without a dedicated monitor for my PC, so I've been on the lookout for displays with low response times, such as this monitor and this television for the new set-up.

Xtension Arcade Pedestal2 player X-Gaming Tankstick (w/ trackball)*
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*With additional adapters, compatible with:

  • PC (MAME, retail or digital releases)
  • XBOX and XBOX 360
  • PS1, PS2 and PS3
  • Gamecube and Wii

My girlfriend/future roommate has already given me the thumbs-up on this, so I thought I'd run it by the Giantbomb community. Any suggestions? Am I overlooking something crucial?

I've thought about getting a full arcade-style cabinet, but we aren't going to be getting a huge apartment, so hopefully the Xtension Arcade Pedestal will keep the room feeling more open, while still giving that arcade feel.

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#9  Edited By MGSolid86

This is my new favorite thing.

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#10  Edited By MGSolid86

Since I'm getting to the point that I'm only updating this once a month, I figured I'd mention games I played in June first:

Just Cause 2 (360): Played through all of the story and many of the side missions, totaling around 19 hours of play. However, since Just Cause 2 is such a big game, I completed it with a mere 28.15% completion rate. Much, much more to do. I really enjoy messing around with the helicopters and grappling hook/tether cable.

Dirt 3 (360): Beat all of the events in the Season mode, still have plenty of side challenges and multiplayer to get to. Amazing game, but I really hope they get rid of the cringe-inducing voice acting in the next one.

Mortal Kombat (360): I've mostly been playing multiplayer against jimmah7, but I want to finish the story mode and work on some of the challenge towers in the next few weeks.

Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (360): Strictly playing multiplayer, mostly against jimmah7. I really need to work on my LMHALMHALMHA combo because I can't juggle/air combo anyone for the life of me.

L.A. Noire (360): I'm trudging through this one and wishing it was a better game. One of my biggest disappointments of the year so far. Currently on the third disc, vice cases.

inFamous 2 (PS3): Feels like more of the same, which isn't a bad thing. However, regaining powers I had in the first game is really lame and the moral decisions are unfortunately still clearly labeled good and bad. I don't want to sound like I'm shitting all over it though, it is a really enjoyable experience with a better story than the first.

What has everyone else been playing recently?