The results shown below are of course based on the combined data from the Daily Game Log which should provide a clear indication of a game's usage frequency. Bear in mind that even if a game is played twice or more during a particular day, it would still register as 1 in the Day Count column below. In a sense, "merits" are given based on how often a particular game can make me play it again throughout the entire period of the month on a daily basis. A game that makes a gamer play it over and over again or at least spend a lot of time with it... Isn't that what we mostly want from a great game? I don't think it's really fair to count all the way down to the number of hours played since some games only require a short amount of time to properly serve their purposes.
Though I get frustrated often by the game - I am so close to hitting top 100 on the Leaderboards - I still play Ikaruga quite frequently. In fact, it has been occupying the top most played spots ever since I started writing these monthly reports. I further improved my score for each stage last month so it looks like it is just a matter of time until I get to reach my goal. Galaga Legions followed closely behind: I am in the top 100 for some of the stages/modes but I can definitely get better at it. I love shoot-'em-ups too much not to play these marvelous games constantly.
Fable II is a great game but the loading time is abysmal. Though Fallout 3 has recently dominated most of my play time, I am determined to further explore Fable II in the near future so that I can discover if there is anything else substantial after the completion of the main quest: I have only been completing the side quests for the most part thus far.
My newest obsession last month was definitely Triggerheart Exelica, a quirky shooter I downloaded early this year but could never get into until recently when I really paid attention to its odd and tricky gameplay. Expect a review for this one soon! I definitely played more quickie arcade games on X-Box 360 than usual - I did this whenever people wanted to have a long chat online.
Best New Game of the Month:
Dead Space (X-Box 360)*
*It really is incredible. I am going to continue playing it again soon.
Unexpectedly Forgotten New Game of the Month:
Silent Hill: Homecoming (X-Box 360)
I Missed You I Want You Game of the Month:
The Eye of Judgment Sets 2 & 3 (PlayStation 3)