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Get out your stick and get your Irish up and beat the tar out of something. Preferably a game in your collection and not one of your relatives. Enjoy the green beer, it helps the older games seem more appealing (among other things).

In a cruel twist of fate, I'm going to pick a game that I'm actually enjoying playing, thereby making me lose all interest in playing it.

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This month's Pick of the Pile is

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"Dead Rising follows the harrowing tale of Frank West, an overly zealous freelance photojournalist on a hunt for the scoop of a lifetime. In pursuit of a juicy lead, he makes his way to a small suburban town only to find that it has become overrun by zombies. He escapes to the local shopping mall, thinking it will be a bastion of safety but it turns out to be anything but. It will be a true struggle to survive the endless stream of enemies, but players will have full reign of a realistic shopping center, utilizing anything they find to fight off the flesh-hungry mob and search for the truth behind the horrendous epidemic." (capcom.com)

[u]Multi-Platform[/u]
Dead Space - MrDeVil909, Lard, [s]Lex Cayman[/s]
Beyond Good and Evil - MrDeVil909
Psychonauts - Gunner
Dead Rising - ColdForged, trueheart78
Blitz: The League - Clemenstation
Resident Evil - kuddles
Tomb Raider: Anniversary - [s]kuddles[/s]
Chrono Trigger - Mystic Violet, larrymadill
Mass Effect - MightyMooquack, adam.greenbrier
Mirror's Edge - Dysplastic
Far Cry 2 - Dysplastic, wordsmythe
Grand Theft Auto IV - chaosmos
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time - [s]AUs_TBirD[/s]
Condemned 2: Bloodshot - larrymadill
Viking: Battle for Asgard - Swat
Okami - [s]Vrikk[/s]
FIFA World Cup 2006 - ForcefulCheese
Assassin's Creed - Quintin_Stone
Jade Empire - [s]Vrikk[/s]
Call of Duty 4 - [s]MrDeVil909[/s]
Overlord - Aries
Fallout 3 - [s]Kraint[/s]
Just Cause - Jonman
Skate - lord_haven

[u]PC[/u]
Crysis - Hemi, thechosen2nd,Vrikk
The Witcher - Duoae, ForcefulCheese, Nightmare
Fallout - [s]Vrikk[/s]
Icewind Dale - SocialChameleon
Neverwinter Nights 2 - JonH
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - Dwango
No One Lives Forever - [s]AUs_TBirD[/s]

[u]Xbox 360[/u]
Crackdown - [s]Blind_Evil[/s]
Ninety Nine Nights - Clemenstation
Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts - inspiringsn
Tales of Vesperia - MightyMooquack
Gears of War 2 - Aries
Fable 2 - [s]lord_haven[/s]

[u]PS3[/u]
Resistance: Fall of Man - ColdForged
Valkyria Chronicles - Switchbreak

[u]DS[/u]
Lost in Blue - [s]AUs_TBirD[/s]

[u]PSP[/u]
Patapon - Blind_Evil
Jeanne d'Arc - [s]merphle[/s]

[u]Playstation 2[/u]
Final Fantasy X - trueheart78
Final Fantasy XII - stevenmack
Shadow Hearts 2 - necroyeti
Primal - kuddles

[u]Playstation [/u]
Final Fantasy VIII - Rubb Ed

I will not let these games defeat me, and I'll have more time in March, so Dead Space and Beyond Good & Evil shall fall.

Alright, I'm finally going to give the much fabled Psychonauts (on PC) a try. Will it live up to its Gaming Pantheon hype?

I put all of the above in multi.

Put me down for keeping stuff from ending up on the July pile. I'm committing myself to actually playing the stuff I buy new this month (Killzone 2, Halo Wars, RE5).

I failed Dead Rising in February. I will not do so again in March.

I hope to rap up Ratchet and Clank: Nuts & Bolts (at least the main story line).

ColdForged wrote:

I failed Dead Rising in February. I will not do so again in March.

I put that one off for a loooong time. Totally worth it though! F*cking Otis.

Yo procrastinating playas!

This month I am abandoning my RPGs for saucier fare. Namely, I vow wholeheartedly to beat Blitz: The League (sports game omgwtf) and Ninety-Nine Nights. It will be done!

After watching the Giant Bomb Persona 4 run-through I've got a hankering for some japanese RPG. Since Persona 4 isn't out here for a couple of weeks, I figure that makes it a good time to go back and have another stab at Final Fantasy 12.

Will I finish it in a month? Probably not with the myriad of other stuff currently available/available shortly

...worth a try though.

CptGlanton wrote:

Put me down for keeping stuff from ending up on the July pile. I'm committing myself to actually playing the stuff I buy new this month (Killzone 2, Halo Wars, RE5).

inspiringsn wrote:

I hope to rap up Ratchet and Clank: Nuts & Bolts (at least the main story line).

I can't find that one. I keep turning up Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts. Is this maybe an amalgamation of a Banjo and Ratchet and Clank game?

I'm in for Shadow Hearts II (PS2) this month. Between that, SF4, and WoW, something's gonna have to give....

Gunner: I love Psychonauts. Absolutely love it. But, like most gaming "greats," I think you'll get a lot more enjoyment out of it if you just try to play it and have fun, rather than constantly looking at it and wondering if you're to the great parts yet.

I chose two games last month and expected a race to the finish line, and instead I finished them both off about halfway through, so I'm going to be more ambitious this time. Sign me up for Primal (PS2), Tomb Raider: Anniversary (PC) and Resident Evil (the remake) (Gamecube).

Final fantasy x (ps2) is going down this month, along with dead rising (360)!

Hemidal wrote:
inspiringsn wrote:

I hope to rap up Ratchet and Clank: Nuts & Bolts (at least the main story line).

I can't find that one. I keep turning up Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts. Is this maybe an amalgamation of a Banjo and Ratchet and Clank game?

Yeah...brain fart. I meant Banjo-Kazooie.

Chrono Trigger.

I shall finish Mass Effect. And we'll see how far I get in Tales of Vesperia. (360 both.)

I'm going to stick with 2 games for me this month, as a TF2 revival is in the works.

Mirror's Edge (360) and
Far Cry 2 (PC)

King's Bounty - The Legend is much longer than I thought, and as a completionist I want to savor it rather than rush through it. As such, it's staying off my pile - I'd put it on a long term pile, to finish by April maybe.

Put me back up for The Witcher (PC).... i shall defeat it this month!

Put me down for GTA IV. I always get distracted crashing around Liberty City, and forget to actually complete the damn missions!

necroyeti wrote:

I'm in for Shadow Hearts II (PS2) this month.

kuddles wrote:

Primal (PS2)

Both games I recently finished and both games I'm glad I played With Primal, remember - if you're stuck...you have a rope.

For me, let's carry over Lost in Blue (NDS) from last month. I'm very stable on the "ability to survive" front, having all the latest in desert island cave amenities, except for a goat, as I haven't had any luck catching one yet. ...and a chicken, but that's because my dumb, near-sighted companion let it die. I swear - if she wasn't able to cook and make ropes and baskets, I probably would have wanted a voluntary cannibalism option included in the game, just to make life easier. Already spent 57 days on the island and I'm ready for a change in scenery.

Additionally, I'm just getting into the...uh...swing... of Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (PC/multi). Not such a huge fan of the camera so far, but I'll probably get used to it.

I haven't yet decided what my third title will be - it's between a few titles, in fact - Katamari Damacy, Robotech Battlecry, and NOLF (if I can finally get it working).

Chrono Trigger DS for me.

This is actually kind of important because I am pretty sure I am going to ditch my DS Lite and the games for it by April. iPhone Gaming (yeah, I know, but its true) has kind of moved into the mobile space that the DS Lite barely occupied beforehand. But I still want to finish Chrono Trigger because I missed it on SNES and I really want to find out what all the hype is about.

Also Condemned 2: Bloodshot. Bought it after I finished Condemned then got side tracked by SFIV, FEAR 2, and now Killzone 2.

AUs_TBirD wrote:

Both games I recently finished and both games I'm glad I played With Primal, remember - if you're stuck...you have a rope.

Can you jump into Shadow Hearts II without knowing much about the first game in the series? I've been slowly regaining my JRPG interest, and I've been told it's a pretty good one, and apparently a lot of the same team worked on Lost Odyssey, which explains the continuing obsession with rings.

kuddles wrote:
AUs_TBirD wrote:

Both games I recently finished and both games I'm glad I played With Primal, remember - if you're stuck...you have a rope.

Can you jump into Shadow Hearts II without knowing much about the first game in the series? I've been slowly regaining my JRPG interest, and I've been told it's a pretty good one, and apparently a lot of the same team worked on Lost Odyssey, which explains the continuing obsession with rings.

I'd say you can, but I'd also say that the original is really damn good and worth playing too.

Uhm, let's say Okami for PS2, and Fallout for PC. If I beat those I'll add another, but I need to get Okami done first since it already has 25 hours invested in it and I really need to beat the first in the Fallout series, then 2, then Tactics... Ugh.

Viking: Battle for Asgard for me. Bought this a year ago and barely sat down for more than an hour to play it. It's shameful! I'd say Lost Odyssey but dear god, I think that will take me at least another year to finish.

Oh and just for variety, toss Resistance: The Fall of Man for PS3 on the pile, too, please.

Crysis, TF2 (PC).

So, we really should only add games that we have owned for awhile to this thread? No Gamefly games? No old games that we just got around to buying?

Hemi, please forgive me for asking you to list Jeanne d'Arc for me for a third month. I think one or two more evenings of taking my kids to karate class should be enough to help me polish it off, though.

I'm going for something a bit different - NBA 2K9 - I will complete an entire season with the Phoenix Suns, that's all 82 games and if I get in - the Playoffs and Championship.

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