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.
After 4 months of dominating the top spot, Ikaruga was finally defeated by Culdcept Saga. This was due to how close I was to completing my card collection and with the persistence shown last month, I was able to do just that and more. I still haven't grown tired of Ikaruga at all - even if I take away the competitive Leaderboards element to the game, it would still be a blast to play. I just love the game's ability to provide the player with a complete experience in one sitting - a beginning, a middle, and an end - something that is rare to find these days.
I completed the Gears of War 2 story mode last month, half of it via online co-op. I have never been big on deathmatches but I wouldn't have minded playing them with my friends but they are mostly hooked on the Horde mode. I really can't blame them for that, Horde is addicting in small doses.
I wanted to gain 100% completion with Culdcept on the PlayStation 2, thus its repeated use in December. I am not even close though - this version is harder than Saga. Lego Batman was great - the story mode was funny and I completed both the hero and the villain missions. I just need to go over these completed stages again to look for secrets and the likes. The game is still in my X-Box 360's HDD and I plan to keep it there until I am able to unlock all of the game's collectibles.
Best New Game of the Month:
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 (PlayStation 2)
Unexpectedly Forgotten New Game of the Month:
Söldner-X: Himmelssturmer (PlayStation 3)
I Missed You I Want You Game of the Month:
Theresia (Nintendo DS)