Tuesday, December 23, 2008

November 2008 Monthly Gaming Analysis

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.


Total Games Played: 58

November was an Ikaruga intensive month for me because I was inching closer and closer towards the coveted Top 100 spots on the Leaderboards. I finally made it in near the end of the month and the feeling of accomplishment was amazing. Now, all I have to do is get to the Top 50 and then maybe, just maybe, my life of Ikaruga will be complete. It is such a great game and talking to many people who inquire about it on X-Box Live saddens me somehow because they fail to see the genius behind its design. Most people don't even care about chaining in the game when that system serves as a map on how you navigate your ship to survive through the incoming onslaughts of distinct and patterned enemy waves. In October, I was raving about Triggerheart Exelica - unfortunately for that game, my burning passion for Ikaruga took my attention away from it.

I also started playing Culdcept Saga more intensely in November. I know I have abandoned the game for quite a while and I wanted to get all the cards, something that I never get to finish doing while I was playing the PlayStation 2 version. Now, I am addicted to it again.

Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia is a great game that grabbed my attention immediately after I brought it home. Why can't a great 2D game like this be released on the current generation consoles?

Best New Game of the Month:
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (Nintendo DS)

Unexpectedly Forgotten New Game of the Month:
Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (X-Box 360)

I Missed You I Want You Game of the Month:
Valkyria Chronicles (PlayStation 3)

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