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Sunday, July 19, 2009

June 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.

OVERALL BREAKDOWN:



Total Games Played: 52

As you can probably tell from the game's review posted earlier this month, most of my play time in June 2009 was dominated by Demigod. The game was such a pleasant surprise for me and it couldn't have come at a better time because it was able to satisfy my need for a rewarding action role playing experience in the same vein of the player-versus-player battlegrounds found in World of Warcraft that I almost return to last month. This game is definitely the best purchase I have made this year and despite its technical shortcomings and its poor online community, I keep coming back to it over and over again. Here's a funny little fact: After I posted the review, I have only experienced one occurrence of fatal crash while playing the game compared to the random crashes that occurred once or twice every hour or so before. I sure hope that Gas Powered Game will unleash more Demigods into the game soon on top of the 8 spectacular ones available at the moment.

Raiden Fighters Aces took the number two slot - It's so easy to just sit down and play this great shooter for a quickie 15-30 minute session. The game disc has been sitting inside my X-Box 360 most of the time and I would play the game every time I turn the system on, even when I wanted to play other games at that moment - like a couple of the other 360 games listed above.

I was very determined to get really deep into Guild Wars. I was even able to find a new friend who has explored a majority of the game's content to play with. It didn't last though so I only ended up playing it for about 5 days. I can tell you now that so far, I haven't even logged in to the game this month. I did enjoy the time I spent while I was playing the game and I know that the culprit that is stopping me from going back to it is definitely Demigod. I will have to get back to Guild Wars soon.

Tied with Guild Wars is Infamous, a game that I found to be a bit boring. Every time I played it, I felt like I am forcing myself to proceed through the game and that clearly indicated that I was just not in the mood to get into that game at all. The open world structure is just so... last decade. I really wish that developers would stop making Grand Theft Auto III clones already. Infamous does have its interesting bits - like the lightning/electricity super powers - so I will have to give it another chance in the foreseeable future.

Best New Game of the Month:
Demigod (Personal Computer)

Unexpectedly Forgotten New Game of the Month:
The Sims 3 (Personal Computer)

I Missed You I Want You Game of the Month:
Overlord II (Personal Computer)

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