Tom Orry, Editorial Director - Mass Effect, Xbox 360

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I sense I'm making slow progress in Mass Effect. Having rarely played squad-based RPGs like this I'm struggling a bit with the combat, constantly forgetting to give my team mates commands and forever ignoring their stat increases. I've also just experienced the Mako and that thing is pretty awkward to drive, giving me a few dicey moments near lava.

While I've just been through a pretty combat-heavy sequence, generally it's quite refreshing to play a game that features a lot of wandering about and talking to people instead of blasting the heads off anything that moves. Hopefully the story will start to pick up soon as the scene-setting appears to be over and my squad is filling out, and I'll see the Mass Effect that everyone raves about.

Simon Miller, Editor-In-Chief - Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros., 3DS

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Only one game has been taking up my time this week and that's Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. I love the franchise more than is right for a human to love anything, and still believe that Superstar Saga is one of the best games available for any console. Partners In Time and Bowser's Inside Story were both excellent additions, but they did feel slightly subpar to the mighty original. Thankfully, that's all changed now.

While the fourth entry in the series would still come a close second if some maniac made me rank them in order - and let's face it, weirder things have happened - it's so damn funny and entertaining it's worthy of anyone's time. Unless you hate fun. All the usual systems and mechanics have been worked back in so it's the standard RPG levelling and combat you've been doing for a decade now but, quite incredibly, it still holds up. The 'dream world' and shifts of perspective are a little gimmicky, but they're well designed and don't massively suck.

All-in-all, it's one of the better games I've played this year. Read's review right now.

David Scammell, Deputy News Editor – Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis, Xbox 360

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The last time I got this angry with a game was... well, never actually. Forget Dark Souls or Super Meat Boy, Table Tennis is easily the hardest game this gen. It's all about the spin, apparently, but when you've got superhuman AI predicting every move you make, it doesn't matter how good your wrist action might be.

It's unfair, then, but it's still ruddy good fun and even better with a friend. A lot of people have overlooked it because of what it is (table tennis isn't exactly the sexiest sport, is it?), but if you ever spot this tucked away on a pre-owned rack for 99p (which you almost certainly will), definitely pick it up. It's Rockstar's hidden gem.

Chris Bratt, Video Producer - Cube World, PC

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The Cube World store has been under brutal siege this week, but I eventually managed to force my way inside* on Thursday morning. So after three days of repeatedly hammering F5, I was rewarded with that super-early alpha build that’s been dangled in front of us all over the last few weeks as an incentive for early adopters.

As you might imagine by the name, that’s not the only similarity shared with the indomitable Minecraft. That being said, this isn’t a game about digging holes and building castles: Cube World very much considers itself an RPG. It’s randomly generated and everything is made out of those delightfully colourful cubes, but in this game you’re an explorer, and not a builder.

And you know what? It’s one of the prettier games I’ve had the pleasure of exploring. There’s not much of a game here as of yet, but I’m really looking forward to continuing the Cube World Adventures of Matt and Bratt next week.

*Editor's note: I do not know what Chris was actually doing with his time this week...

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dazzadavie's Avatar


State of Decay is kicking my ass. I thought Chris was a bit poor in his videos (but awesome none the less) but no the game is hard. My melee weapons keep breaking and I can't shoot for *****.
It's gotten to the point in which I'm scared to leave the home base and I've only just gotten to the church.
It seems there are a lot more Zombies walking about that I was lead to believe.

I know people thought it was ***** but I've finished all the online achievements for Medal of Honor: Warfighter. Will I go back to online, Yes! I enjoy to online play it's not CoD or Battlefield It's between to the two, plus peak and lean and sliding on your knees is awesome.
Posted 07:31 on 15 July 2013
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I just found table tennis annoyingly unplayable, when a lot of people were raving about it.

I've finally got round to playing The Walking Dead (the good one). The story is surprisingly good. Done episode one. Think I might do an episode each evening.
Posted 09:54 on 13 July 2013
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I finally was able to snag Cube World myself, so I'm looking forward to getting into that world, but I've been playing A LOT of TES III: Morrowind lately so... there's that.
Posted 21:06 on 12 July 2013
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I completed Bastion, played some Sim City 4 and AC3 this.

I tried to play Alien Swarm and Super Meat boy today, but my PC was having none of these two games though. Super Meat boy kept crashing on start up, when I finally got the game to work I had many other problems. The cutscenes chugged at 1FPS. The game itself ran smoothly, but I was able to run through walls, fall through the ground, and had very laggy controls. I've played the flash version of meat boy so I know it's not like this, but I have no idea what the problem is. My PC is by no means good for gaming, but it manages to run much higher fidelity games (in comparison to this) just fine.

Alien Swarm on the other hand, when trying to load it blue screened my computer forcing a full restart. It also broke steam and I had to reinstall it. So yeah, today was a bit of downer.

Also nice to see Dave is playing "Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis". Probably my favourite sports game this gen (not including something like Wii Sports Resort).
Posted 20:18 on 12 July 2013


EDF EDF EDF! YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAH! Ive been playing, admittedly mostly watching, the new EDF on ps3. It is of course excellent with many more very huge bugs to kill. Never gets old this is more like 2017 than IA as developement has switched back to Sandlot.

Its the asian version, so navigation is sometimes taxing but its not as if you'll ever get stuck what to do on a mission.
Posted 19:22 on 12 July 2013
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I've been playing and thoroughly enjoying Witcher 2 but i thought it was meant to be about hunting monsters and catching the assassin of kings, it turns out that it's about laying siege to the underwear of every female npc you meet. Still fun though.
Posted 18:19 on 12 July 2013


Animal Crossing, more Animal Crossing and a bowl-full of Animal Crossing.

Oh, and finishing Gunslinger (finally!)
Posted 17:38 on 12 July 2013
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It's been nothing but The Last of Us on the PS3. 73% through and enjoying every minute of it.

On the Vita I've been trying to like Sine Mora and not quite succeeding but my opinion has risen marginally from when I first played it. I've also been playing a bit of Unit 13 and whilst not great, it is certainly better than I expected having lost interest in the game from playing the tutorial mission in the demo.
Posted 17:18 on 12 July 2013
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I decided to mop up a few achievements in old games, so started with Dungeon Siege III. It has been so long since I last played it that everything is just like playing a new game again, which is neat, and it's still a great RPG albeit with one of the worst camera views ever devised which makes even outdoor sections feel claustrophobic.

Defiance is still going strong since they added 'Rewind' whereby you can replay all the extra content added so far for extra credit (about 8 hours of content for free). It's also a little more edgy in that with the new Volge Emergencies being so darned lethal just travelling about carries some risks if you're not careful.

Finally, I bought Final Fantasy VII the morning before the Steam sale started for £9.99. Je regret rien. It. Is. Perfect. and also one of the greatest reasons for Steam's Big Screen being incredibly handy when you want to play old skool by cloning your TV to your monitor and playing FFVII on a big screen. Last time I played it was on an old 24" SDTV. Shinra just brought the plate down on Sector 7 and that same "I'll get you back for that!" feeling that drives the rest of the game came back full force. Loving it.
Posted 17:10 on 12 July 2013

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