Monday, April 6, 2009

March 2009 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: 75

I have to admit, things have been pretty predictable when it comes to my monthly gaming habits - cough, Ikaruga, Culdcept Saga, cough - over the past several months. Now that I have pretty much stopped playing those games, interesting new patterns started to emerge. It is somewhat expected for Star Ocean: The Last Hope to occupy the number 1 spot for March 2009 because I was immediately hooked on the game the moment I started playing it. It took me 12 days to complete a play-though of the game. It would have been shorter if I stopped caring for the in-game battle trophies and the item creation mechanics. It would be fun to play this game again in the future.

Resident Evil 5 is definitely an attention grabber. I have completed the game but it has a lot of replay value and it begs to played again and again. In the case of Rock Band 2, I stumbled into the track "Nine in the Afternoon" by Panic at the Disco and went totally head over heels for that song. That lead to a lot of playtime as I continually worked on perfecting my vocal performance for that song - I included it in every set list I created. It's funny actually, I didn't know that Panic at the Disco is a contemporary band... Sorry, but I only follow the musical progression of Tori Amos and Loreena McKennitt for the most part. I always avoided "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" on SingStar Pop for the PlayStation 2 in the past but now, it has become one of my favorite songs to sing!

I finally completed the Story Mode of Phantasy Star Universe and I plan to write a review of the game soon. Despite my efforts to play Radiata Stories to completion, I am once again distracted by many other games on the current systems. I still have the game case sitting on my futon to remind me that I must finish the game before I put it back on the shelf.

Best New Game of the Month:
Resident Evil 5 (X-Box 360)

Unexpectedly Forgotten New Game of the Month:
Killzone 2 (PlayStation 3)

I Missed You I Want You Game of the Month:
Phantasy Star Portable (PlayStation Portable)

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