Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow

Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow Features for DS

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4Out of 10
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Tom Orry, Editor - FIFA 11, Xbox 360 and PS3

FIFA 11 screenshot

If I had more spare time to play the games of my choosing, this would be in my disc drive an awful lot. It's just brilliant. If someone had shown me FIFA 11 back when the Mega Drive version of FIFA appeared to look like real life (I was only young), I'd have probably fainted. EA has already managed to make the closest thing to real football ever, and I'm already looking forward to what the company can do with the next round of consoles. Hopefully, if nothing else, they'll make the players look a little less like creepy monsters.

Neon Kelly, Deputy Editor - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, PC, PS3, Xbox 360

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 screenshot

Nope, I've not returned to MW2's multiplayer - I haven't got the skill, the patience, or a decent enough internet connection (thanks for nothing, Talk Talk). No, last weekend I found I had the peculiar urge to revisit the single-player campaign - I say "peculiar" as, let's face it, there are dozens of great games from this year that I've yet to play. On my second playthrough, a couple of things stood out: firstly, just as I felt last time, I reckon that it gets off to a quite shoddy start. "Cliffhanger" is pretty great, but the opening level is a bit dull, the first slums level is a total chore - and the less said about "No Russian", the better. However, the middle of the game onwards still holds up really, really well. I remember really liking the oil rig and gulag stages, but all the American invasion stuff was surprisingly great this time around. The plot is still totally all-over-the-place; whether or not that was what Infinity Ward intended, I'll never know. At any rate, I doubt I'll finish this second playthrough; I've finally snagged one of the office copies of Reach.

Jamin Smith, Staff Writer - Final Fantasy XIV, PC

Final Fantasy XIV Online screenshot

Uh oh. Seven or so hours into FFXIV, and the hooks are well and truly in. If you don't see any articles of mine up on the site next week, assume the worse. I'll be holed up in my room surrounded by empty pizza boxes and cans of Redbull, with eyes that haven't seen sleep for several days. I'm not normally one to lose myself in the world of an MMO, but for FFXIV I decided to make an exception. I'm not far enough into the game to tell you if it's actually any good, but it's been a while since I sunk my teeth into an MMO and I'm loving every second of it. I'm particularly impressed by the option to change class and profession on the fly simply by swapping the weapon or tool in your hand. I always get upset that I've made the wrong choice class wise, and this completely removes that worry. If you're on the Trabia server, and want to say hi, look out for Drake Lionward, the most badass conjurer in the whole of Gridania. Probably.

Emily Gera, Staff Writer - RUSE, Xbox 360, PS3, PC

R.U.S.E. screenshot

It's a universal truth that WWII is the coolest of all the wars, a well known fact around my house that if I had my way we would live in a world where all games were required to include Nazis, and here's an extra bit of trivia: RTS is a brilliant genre. So naturally R.U.S.E. gets extra points for combining all three, but more importantly it gets a gold star for its ambitions. It's rare to find an RTS title that is made for console and is legitimately worthwhile to play, but this is a surprisingly clever game. Beyond the novelty of playing an RTS with a controller its strategic elements are truly interesting within the genre as a whole. Lie your way through a war! Build rubbish, fake tanks out of plywood! Pretend to have more troops than you do! If R.U.S.E. is a measure of real combat I would have been ace in WWII.

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Stegosaurus-Guy-II

I've been playing Super Mario Galaxy 2 and haven't found it that fun.

"Oh wow this final boss is amazing! I'm floating inside a huge vortext outside of time and space, it's like we're Gods! And this music, it seems like it's about to get go- oh it's over."

The galaxies in World S seem more fun since they're inspired by past Mario games which have actually been good, but to unlock more of them I have to redo levels that are the exact same but now have a time limit or something. That's a terrible way of extending playtime.

It looks pretty though.

Posted 20:11 on 04 October 2010
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Bloodstorm@ Geraface

I agree on the grounds of "i cant find a single crusade song from 1095 and 1291 onwards"
Posted 17:18 on 04 October 2010
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draytone

I haven't played a RTS game since my addiction with Rome: Total War finished early last year. I'm really itching to play something else steeped in stratergy and history and since my 360 became my main gaming machine (my once cutting edge PC just can't handle it any more) I've been thinking about getting R.U.S.E.

I'm off to read the Review and see if I can get my hands on a cheap copy.
Posted 16:59 on 04 October 2010
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Karlius

I've played a little bioshock poo!
Posted 09:42 on 04 October 2010
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dav2612

Battlefield Bad Company 2 which I'm finding a little dull on single player.
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Motorstorm
Tiger Woods 2011
Posted 09:40 on 04 October 2010
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altaranga

Super Mario Galaxy, Uncharted 2, Alan Wake and The Impossible Game (the demo, but I can see myself picking it up for a mere 80 MS points when I have some).
Posted 06:30 on 04 October 2010
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CheekyLee

I would say the war for Middle Earth wins coolest war ever.

So it isn't real? Helm's Deep!
Posted 04:52 on 04 October 2010
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Geraface@ cousinwalter

Nam has the best soundtrack
Posted 01:18 on 04 October 2010
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Bloodstorm

I believe the crusades are the coolest of all wars. Templars plox.
Posted 01:15 on 04 October 2010
dudester's Avatar

dudester

footman Live
red dead
ea mma demo
fifa demo
pes demo
enslaved demo
Posted 23:30 on 03 October 2010
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Woffls

Guitar Hero Warriors of Rock.

This is one hell of a Guitar Hero game, not just because of the set list which is, for once, full of songs that are fun to play on plastic guitars, but there's an awful lot to do in the game. These games used to be about playing the same songs over and over because you want to improve your skills - as opposed to the structure of the game assuming you've bought loads of DLC - and GH6 has finally brought it back to where it started. That's what I enjoy most about the dozen or so GH/RB games that I've beaten on Expert Guitar, but I know that most people just wanna play songs and that's cool too. I would rather have a video game than a music experience, and that's exactly what GH6 is.
Posted 23:28 on 03 October 2010
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Mr_Ninjutsu

Dead Rising 2! Its bloody brilliant. However some bosses are pretty tricky if you don't approach them right. Like the last boss. For some reason I didn't unlock the Facts trophy which i think was because...Spoiler coming up so don't read if you haven't finished Dead Rising 2

Show Spoiler I didn't treat TK so I died picking up Katies bag ><


And I saved over my last save just before the ending so i have to do it all over again, bah!
Posted 18:45 on 03 October 2010
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IamBugged

Minecraft, minecraft, minecraft.
Completely pointless and totaly addicting.
Posted 17:46 on 03 October 2010
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Neon-Soldier32

Civ 5 - Not sure what I think yet
Halo Reach - Good while the enjoyment lasted
Modern Warfare 2 - I really enjoyed it, suprisingly
Dead Rising 2 - Seems a bit empty, but quite enjoyable
StarCraft 2 - Playing on it less now, but still my GOTY
The Witcher EE - Only played a little of it so far, but it is really good and easy to control to say its on PC
Posted 17:28 on 03 October 2010
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scaz2244

still trying to get into red dead, bit of battlefield lot of pes 2010 and a bit of fifa 10
Posted 16:58 on 03 October 2010

Game Stats

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Release Date: 01/10/2010
Developer: Tri Crescendo
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Genre: RPG
Rating: PEGI 12+
Site Rank: 4,813 1
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