The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Features for 3DS

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Simon Miller, Editor-In-Chief - Dark Souls, Xbox 360

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For the first time in my life, I played Dark Souls this week. While I understand it requires both time and effort - certainly more than I've currently dedicated to it - I can say this: I hate Dark Souls.

I don't hate it because it's a bad game. I hate it because of what it asks of you. Over the last few years - for better or worse - my gaming habits have become increasingly more 'experience' based - if something has a good story, I'm very willing to forgive any gameplay flaws it may have. I'm basically 'the problem' in the sense I don't mind being taken on a journey, even if that means a little hand-holding is involved.

Dark Souls is the complete opposite of that. Much like a martial art or an instrument, From Software's epic has to be learned. Mistakes are there to educate and acting too frivolously or without thought will see you die. A lot. That's common knowledge now, and there's obviously a huge market for it given how many people have warmed to its ways.

I am not one of those people…

Chris Bratt, Video Producer - Resogun, PS4

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Blinking has become a weakness. An inherent flaw in the human form that restricts our species from perfecting the art of Resogun high scores. If we can blink, then we can fail.

Alright, yes. This spectacularly colorful shoot 'em up from Housemarque may have driven me a little crazy, but at least I'm aware of that.

It's been a pleasure to return to Resogun for an hour or two each evening and see if I can improve my approach to a level, or have another crack at completing the arcade mode on even the normal difficulty. It's a game with a very basic control scheme that forces the player to constantly develop their own skills if they want to see progression and I'm hooked. I rarely get grabbed by these score-chasing games, but when it happens, it's all-consuming. Help.

Matt Lees, Video Production Editor - Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, 3DS, Risk Of Rain, PC

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Now that the nonsensical tsunami of hype for the largely dull next-gen consoles has subsided, I've been able to start spending a lot more time playing a variety of genuinely excellent games. A Link Between Worlds - as Simon's review promised - is making my brain feel wonderful things. I'm holding off playing any more of it for now, because it seems like the ultimate Christmas game. I've said it multiple times already, but forget about the PS4 and Xbox One: Get a 3DS XL and you'll be laughing.

I've also been playing Risk of Rain - the PC Roguelike platformer/shooter that provides tons of replay value through unlockable items and characters. The lo-fi visuals might put some off, but it's a tight little action game with surprising depth in addition to local and online co-op. Keep an eye out for a video about it soon.

The other game you can expect to hear more about from me in the next few weeks is Reaper of Souls: the expansion to Diablo III. There's a lot of stuff I need to tinker with before I can come to any major judgement, but so far I'm quietly impressed. Diablo III might have been screwed at launch, but it looks like it might be worth another visit.

Steve Burns, Reviews and Features Editor - Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, PC

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Yes, I know it's not 2007 anymore. (I wish it was, but it's not.) That said, I'm still playing Modern Warfare, this time on PC. It is, of course, a million times better than on console: more players, modded killstreaks, and generally more mayhem.

Despite all these additions, it doesn't feel as bloated or as uneven as some of the later Call of Duty games. Which says it all, really.

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reynoldio

Alright! I bought a 3DS XL, okay?! Now I'm in hot water with the wife and love Pokemon, two things I'd never tried before. Except the hot water thing, that can be fun...

But yeah, Pokemon is fun, and I guess most people knew that. Mario 3D Land for free was nice too, thanks Nintendo! Also playing a lot of XCOM: Enemy Within and I'm doing another BRILLIANT mission at the moment, so have to get back to it.

P.S. Double nudge Mr Lees - videos for 3DS and how to make Dark Souls pretty on PC, ta :)
Posted 19:59 on 09 December 2013
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DASHONFIRE

Simon is finally playing the best game ever made.
Posted 19:41 on 09 December 2013
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Syme

I've still been meaning to try Demon Souls since it was free on PSN and people have insisted so much that "it's not really really hard it's just that it's..." but Simon's review has suggested what I've suspected all along and it's really for people who want something different from their games than me. I'm still going to be giving it a go, I'll just be even less surprised if I don't like it. But if I do then great. I finally gave XCOM a go and like it, so who knows.
Posted 19:35 on 09 December 2013
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Posted 12:18 on 09 December 2013
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dav2612

I've played a lot of Batman on the Vita. Map is terrible and causes me some needless frustrations but I'm near the end now. When the map isn't annoying me then I've been rather enjoying this one, just a shame that the map is quite important.

I've also completed my first play through of Tearaway. Excellent little game and I'm going back through to find all the items I missed first time round.

On the PS4 I finished Contrast which was decent but spoiled by bugs. Resogun still gets a lot of time and I still love it. And I'm about a 3rd of the way through AC 4 now and need to remember there are some missions to do, I've been too distracted by exploring.
Posted 10:50 on 09 December 2013
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pblive

Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate on Vita still, for me, along with Need For Speed on PS4 and Lego Marvel on Xbox One. I really want to start Mario 3D World, but that's my Christmas game.
Posted 10:39 on 09 December 2013
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DaveSimonH

I played a bit of Demon Souls when it was free on PS+ a few months back, not my kind of game. I doubt Dark Souls would fare any better with me.

The game I was playing over the last couple of weeks was "Knights of the Old Republic", via 360 emulation. I wouldn't recommend it, get out your Xbox or buy the PC version. I got through it, but the audio dialog would skip and sometimes the weapon sounds would disappear altogether requiring a system reboot.
Had similar audio issues with "Oddworld Munch's Oddysee" when I played that a while back, but some of its audio just seemed to stop working altogether about 1/4 of the way through.
Think I'm going to go back up in the loft and bring down the Xbox, not just the games. The 360 emulation is just not worth the effort.

So for this week, think I'll play "Deus Ex Human Revolution", got it cheap a while back and still haven't played it.
Posted 09:23 on 09 December 2013
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Kainag

Chris spelt colour as color. This annoys me for some reason.
Other than that I've been trying to get in to Dark Souls too, it not been going well.
Posted 18:51 on 08 December 2013
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Woodfella

Simon, I hate YOU!
Posted 15:22 on 08 December 2013
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ccallum

I hate Dark souls too. Any game that can take away you're xp when you die is evil. Screw that game.
Posted 12:16 on 08 December 2013

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Release Date: 22/11/2013
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