Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

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Tom Orry, Editor - Test Drive Unlimited 2, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC

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I've only really scratched the surface of this open-world racer/lifestyle sim from Eden Games, but what struck me is how bizarre the opening is. I don't remember another game beginning with a dream sequence, but this one does it surprisingly well. One minute you're at the very peek of glitz, glamour and luxury, dancing at a party full of young, good-looking people, the next you're screaming down a seaside road in a glistening red Ferrari, and the next you wake up to find you're just a valet. You even get a "tap tap" sound as the car's real owner knocks on the window to try and bring you back into the real world. Only time will tell if the game as a whole is as dreamy.

Neon Kelly, Deputy Editor - Deus Ex: Human Revolution PC, PS3, Xbox 360

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It feels like forever since Square Enix dropped the first of their beautiful, attention-grabbing trailers; it's actually only been about 10 months. Expectation is a dangerous thing, especially when your excitement is based upon pretty CGI videos. Now that I've actually played Human Revolution for myself, I feel I can loosen the restraints on the hype-beast growling around in my guts. I'm still keeping him on a leash though - the Deus Ex brand is very close to my heart, and I know now that I'll be disappointed if the final game is anything less than a diamond. Still, it's looking damn good so far. Stay tuned for not one but two previews over the coming weeks.

Martin Gaston, Staff Writer - LittleBigPlanet 2, PS3

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If LittleBigPlanet 2 has one main flaw (other than the controls, but I've been banging on about those for years) it's that it feels like a well-produced tasting menu. Ideas are introduced, played with for a few minutes and then discarded to make way for some new trick. I'm certainly enjoying it a lot more than the original, but it feels a bit like Media Molecule are opening the door to loads of possibilities but never going the full distance with them. It's like the creative director has a touch of ADHD, and is never comfortable with developing LittleBigPlanet 2's many wonderful bits into something more meaty.

What I'm basically trying to say is this: maybe some budding level developer will create and share a devious Sackbot level for me to play. Please? Pretty please? I'll heart it and everything! Oh, and LBP.me is chuffing genius.

Jamin Smith, Staff Writer - Pokémon BlackNintendo DS

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Last week I told you about Walt. He's an Emboar now, the third and final form on his evolutionary journey. Taking a break from my relentless march towards the Elite Four, I decided to train up and evolve the rest of my squad. I started with Gurdurr, the fifth-gen equivalent of Machoke, to give that some context. After an hour or two without an evolution, however (by this point he was level 40), I decided to give him a rest and swap him out for Boldore (think Graveller with this one). I spent a further couple of hours roaming caves and dark patches of grass until he reached level 42, but still no luck. Even after four hours of concentrated training, the immortal words "What? Boldore is evolving!" refused to grace the screen of my DS. After a little Googling, I soon learnt that both Boldore and Gurdurr only evolve after a trade. Pokémon Black and White doesn't hit store shelves in the UK until March 4. FML.

Emily Gera, Staff Writer - The Movies, PC

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It's that Lionhead Studios game you never played. I originally played The Movies back in uni, and when I say played I mean tinkered with obsessively in an attempt to push the game to its limit. With a Sims-like philosophy that had you creating a film studio from the ground up, Movies let you hire actors, buy sets, and then create short films that you could later edit and throw up online. You could give your stars makeovers, even taking them down a grim and extreme path of plastic surgery. My male stars were given D-cup chests, my newly signed lady starlets had new faces minutes after walking into the studio. It's a brilliant little Sims-alike, surprisingly funny, really recommend.

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Gollum_85

Black Ops - think i'm almost finished the campaign, also played a few combat training games, cos i suck online!

Mass Effect 2 - played the first couple of hours, can't wait to get stuck in to this one.
Posted 21:23 on 07 February 2011
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rbevanx@ altaranga

Ahhh and I agree MOTD takes priority esspecially this weekend. Haven't stopped making fun of the Arsenal fan who sits next me :P
Posted 16:44 on 07 February 2011
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dav2612

I played a fair bit of Crackdown 2 but the dull repetition has beat me and I'm sending it back to boomerang.

Played some more GTA 4, a bit of FIFA 10 and some Forza 3.
Posted 09:49 on 07 February 2011
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clangod

Had a go at the Crash Course challenge and ended up with a 2:50.489 or something like that. It's not easy but there are a couple of key points there which if perfected, can net you a score up there with the leaders...

Had another go at Limbo for a while. Got a bit sick of the mood so put FIFA10 on instead.

Also started MX vs ATV Reflex again to do some Freestyle events. Had to unlock them though so decided to just play through again. My first save was on my old PS3...
Posted 07:32 on 07 February 2011
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Mr_Ninjutsu

Red Dead Redemption for the 360 and also delved into GameDev Story, which is awesome.
Posted 00:15 on 07 February 2011
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pblive

Bit of Doritos Dash, but only one try On the level that really mattered. It's now midnight, so no chance of playing it again at the moment.

Again, mostly iOS gaming after that. The brilliant Cardboard Castle among others.
Posted 00:04 on 07 February 2011
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Haha. I should've explained.

I was playing it when the wife needed the use of the TV, so I had to switch it off. I will be switching it on again post haste. I was gonna play it tonight, but I MUST watch Match of the Day. :)
Posted 21:34 on 06 February 2011
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Get2DaChoppa

Fallout: NV - Finally completed it, trying it on Hardcore now.
Posted 19:45 on 06 February 2011
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The1Dude

Been playing a lot of left for dead 2 cant wait for the inevitable 3.
Also bit of fifa blackpool just got promoted amd bout bale lol btw this id 10 so hes a bargain
Posted 19:22 on 06 February 2011
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FantasyMeister

I finished Alpha Protocol at the beginning of the week (it's kinda OK, think the critics were a bit harsh with their Metacritic 63 as I didn't encounter any bugs all the way through it) - my main concern was that Deus Ex Human Revolution is going to play the same way - i.e. so many ways to customise that you get bored with it all and just want to press on to the climax to see what the storyline is up to. I'll be watching your next few articles with great interest Neon, for now the rest of the cheevos beckoning me back to Alpha Protocol are on the shelf for a rainy day.

Due to the UK shipment of Two Worlds II being scuppered on a ship en route from China and getting delayed until the end of February (I've got to be a seriously hardcore RPG nut to keep track of stuff like this) I decided to revisit Lost Odyssey for my grindy RPG fix. One box of man-sized Kleenex tissues later and I'm on Disc 2 of 4 already and trying to figure out why I didn't get around to finishing this glorious tear-jerker of a game the last time around. *Shrugs*. Pretty much guarantee this is the only game I'll be playing all this week.
Posted 14:20 on 06 February 2011
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Woffls

Half Life 2 - When I think of Half Life 2, I remember running around in a manky canal, going for an airboat ride, and driving into a train. I was somewhat surprised when, after bothering to get past Nova Prospekt for a change, this other stuff happens that I completely forgot about, and the game ends about 5 hours later than I was expecting. The latter half of the game is arguably more fun, and the only reason I forgot is because I format my PC too often to get that far in the game. Thanks to Steam Cloud, this time was different, and I've now moved onto...

Half Life 2 Episode 1 It's alright I guess, though I am playing without shooty weapons for an achievement, so radiators are my best friend, not my trusty .357. I can't remember ANY of what happens in EP1 except that stupid lift bit which I actually found easy this time, so hopefully I wont run into any unforseen consequences of using just the gravity gun to kill dudes.

Portal - A bumper Valve week this week. I decided to play Portal for a few minutes, just to check it was still Portal. I ended up completing it in one sitting and getting those radio transmissions as well. I thought I was pretty smart for noticing one of them was emitting Morse code, but apparently the internet found that out and decoded the images like forever ago. I'm playing all these Valvey things to prepare for Portal 2, but I thought it would take me a lot longer, so hopefully I won't have forgotten it all again by then.

Dead Rising 2 - Eyes glazed over, not moving much and only managing to mumble slightly in response to communication with others. That's normally me playing video games, but Dead Rising 2 is so boring that I can't look at it for more than half an hour. You've no incentive to do tasks, the main missions are utterly terrible, there's glitches without even looking for them, and Chuck is just terrible at getting out of the way of stuff. I'll try and complete it today, but I don't hold much hope.

Oh and Resident Evil Zero but I talked about that last week. It's still scary, and I still walk past big red cylinders without noticing them because RE0 uses about 4 colours.
Posted 14:09 on 06 February 2011
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Quote:
Dead Space - About 5 minutes before I hd to turn it off.

Really?

I thought the first one was a classic but the second is made for the modern warfare crowd.
Posted 11:53 on 06 February 2011
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Stegosaurus-Guy-II

I finished Bayonetta finally, which ended up being amazing. That and Final Fantasy IX still is about all I've played...
Posted 11:51 on 06 February 2011
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dazzadavie

This week I have been playing

Need For Speed Hot Pursuit: Been trying to get good times for the IGN Autolog challenge. Fingers crossed I though to phase 3
Battlefield Bad Company 2: Was just getting used to it again for EA's Dogsofnam comp, only for my router to let me down on the day :'(
Kinect Sports: parents popped over so I gave them a few games of bowling. Was beaten by my Mum but beat Dad by 107 with a score of 217 :)
Posted 11:37 on 06 February 2011
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Neon-Soldier32

Dead Space 2 - I've finished it on Zealot difficulty now and I think, apart from going through again on a trophy cleaning-up run, that will be it for the relationship between me and DS2. Unfortunatly, I think that DS2 is a little disappointing; perhapsa to it's short length, confusing 'end game', few amount of scares and the fact that the amount of enemies that it throws at you after Chapter 10 is ridiculous.

Mass Effect 2 - Finally finished this game again, after one corrupt save and all my crew survived which I was very pleased. And now, I've started it again and I'm doing it on the hardest difficulty. Which wouldn't be so bad but; one of the hardest parts of the game is the part where you have to get to Mordin's Clinic.
Posted 11:37 on 06 February 2011

Game Stats

Release Date: 31/03/2006
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: Adventure
No. Players: One
Rating: PEGI 7+
Site Rank: 2,306 83
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