So, believe it or not...I actually play games from time to time...I don't always blog about the gaming industry. Just tonight I played some Monday Night Combat. What an interesting game.

Monday Night Combat is a downloadable third-person shooter video game exclusive to the Xbox Live Arcade developed by Uber Entertainment and published by Microsoft Games Studios. It was released on August 11, 2010 as part of Microsoft's 2010 Xbox Live Summer of Arcade.

MNC is a class-based third person shooter game in which two teams are pitted against each other in a fictional combat sport similar to tower defense. The competitors on each team are clones, and the goal is to destroy the other team's Moneyball, a stationary objective, while protect their own. It is presented to the player as the Monday Night sport of the future.

The game, or at least the announcers, which were supposed to be reminiscent of Monday Night Football announcers, actually reminded me of that old game, Smash TV; and the characters were kind of cartoony...almost like they were trying to copy Team Fortress 2.

Big Money. Big Prizes.

The game was okay. I just played single player part of the game...but I imagine it would be a lot more entertaining playing alongside a real person. In the end though, I felt like the game was just another copycat of other successful titles. That doesn't mean it's not fun to play...but it's certainly not the most original title to come down the pipe.

So, I'm not quite sure how or why...but after I played Monday Night Combat for a bit, I was reading some PAX highlights and came across an interesting bit of news which ironically...hasn't even been mentioned here at GIO.

The news was about a new game that uses the CryEngine 3. As a big fan of Crytek, I always follow their products or companies that license their engine. This new game is called Nexuiz. And guess what...

Nexuiz is a fast paced Arena first-person shooter with competitive game play built specifically for consoles. Featuring the innovative mutator system, players progress through the ranks opening up new mutators that allow players to alter the rules for each match. On launch, Nexuiz will feature multiplayer modes including Team Deathmatch and Capture the Flag complete with full competitive leader boards designed for social networking. New games modes, models, and maps will be available as downloadable content post launch.

Nexuiz is set in a galactic war fueled for centuries by the Kavussari and Forsellians. Over time the two races entered into treaties with the Herald Accord, a union between different cultures in the galaxy. Even though peace settled across their planets, the seething hatred between the races kept the fire of war simmering under the fragile truce. Sensing their newest members could spread war throughout the galaxy; the Herald Accord gave the Kavussari and Forsellians a choice. Pit their warriors against each other in the arena rather than on the fields of war, or face total annihilation. The Nexuiz was formed, a series of battle arenas on the home planets of the Kavussari, Forsellian and the desolate planet of Atavirta.

IllFonic will be showcasing Nexuiz using CryENGINE 3 at this year's PAX Prime in Seattle, WA, on September 3-5.

Yeah...another XBLA and Playstation Network game that's a first person shooter. Yippee. Well you can read more about it here if you're interested. Well, I don't want to make any snap judgments, but with all of the big titles coming out, why are we continuing to see this filler. It's almost a distraction.

Oh well...better to have too many games than not enough.

So, in case you haven't heard the news...yeah...there is a new game Nexuiz. Keep an eye out for it.

P.S. The member herding blog is running late again this week. The questions have been delivered, so hang in there and it will be posted soon.