Tom Orry, Editor - New Star Soccer, iOS

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I had started to write my VG Plays for the week on The Splatters, a neat little XBLA game that's on sale this week. I played it for an hour or so, splatting the Splatters on various things, and it was good fun. To be honest though, I was still thinking about playing New Star Soccer on my iPod touch.

On Thursday night I bought Ms. Splosion Man via the strange Sales app on the Xbox 360 - 400 MS Points seemed like a price I couldn't pass on - but again, I know for a fact that I'm only really going to be playing New Star Soccer when I get a spare few minutes.

You see, I've just been transferred to Burton, a team outside of the Conference for the first time in my career. I'm keen to make a good impression, but things haven't gone well so far. My manager has lost faith in me, dropping me to the subs bench, my in-game girlfriend has dumped me because I didn't spend enough time with her, and I can't seem to kick a ball straight.

I swear at times I'm playing a game designed to make me feel miserable, but I want to turn things around. The games in which I never miss a pass, score a couple of goals and end up as man of the match are the ones that give me hope - hope that one day I'll be picked to play for England rather than having to sit and look at the results screen.

I've also just bought a private jet.

Martin Gaston, Reviews Editor - DOTA 2, PC

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This week I have played four games of Dota 2, which Steam says comes to a whopping six hours of play time. That's right, just scratching the surface of Dota 2 takes more commitment than most other video games in the whole world. I mean, I could have completed a Call of Duty game twice in that time!

The game I played yesterday was something special. There's a lot I don't understand about Dota, which is to say, I don't understand almost anything about Dota outside of the most basic of basic elements, but even I could see how we managed something magnificent. And when I say we, I of course mean the other four people on my team - I was playing Witch Doctor for the first time and did very little other than feed the other team buckets of free gold and experience. I am the Dota 2 equivalent of that little man near the deli counter that gives you free bits of cheese, only with the dairy being replaced by free money and, for me, personal humiliation.

Still, I had a backup weapon: Phill, who knows more about Dota than I do Kellogg's cereals. And I chuffing love Kellogg's cereals. Phill, the inter-lane creep swatter and general enemy-bashing nuisance, was the glue who held the team together through a prolonged seventy minute thrashing by the enemy team. More than once it looked like we were fighting a losing battle, as our base defences started crumbling and the enemy team began their assault on our all-important ancient.

Phill was our Leonidas, then, and we were the Spartan army holding off superior numbers at the Battle of Thermopylae. We had one thing the ancient Greeks did not, however; a Carry. And, in Dota, if your weak-at-first Carry grinds up enough experience and gold they will become an unstoppable killing machine. Which, after some incredibly tense late-game, all-in team battles, is exactly what happened. And they lost and we won. GG.

Probably my best single gaming moment of the year so far, actually, despite the fact I was completely rubbish throughout the entire game.

In summary: Play Dota 2.

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I've been playing a lot of Lego Batman 2. I'm at 92% complete and all the little niggles are now starting to irritate me. And controlling Superman is a chore when trying to make small adjustments for picking up gold bricks.
Posted 09:56 on 16 July 2012
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I finished Borderlands and was left a little underwhelmed. last boss wasn't hard and there was bugger all in the way of loot. So ran back to my bank at the Underdome and pick up some weapons I had gotten from someone who just finished Secret Armory. I now feel as if I finely have some descent weapons. Which is making Zombie Island a walk in the park. Nothing has troubled me as of yet.

I got Burnout Paradise City on rental to see what the hype was. At first I though it was to much, to much to do, to much going on. But once I got into it its not at all what I thought it was going to be like. So I'm loving it and wish so many of these element come across in Most Wanted.
Also got a few games in of Battlefield 3 on other servers and our own. Nothing really big to say but have lots of fun. Got my longest kill last night at 984 with my second to last round and ended the game game 42/16.
Posted 09:45 on 16 July 2012
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I've been playing the same bunch of games for a while now.

Still playing ME3 online now and then, although a lot less nowadays. Still, I managed to do about 6-7 gold matches with randoms, against Reaper most of the time.I still hate taking on Reapers on 'Reactor' though.

I've also been playing a fair bit of Killzone 3 online thanks to a friend of mine. Considering I haven't played it online for ages and my friend has online just started playing the game online, we have been prett damn good. Rock on.

Also 'tried' to play Space Marine 40k again (thanks to PS plus freebies), and boy I forgot that I didn't really enjoy the experience the first time. Dull, repertitive single player with a near-broken 'scripted-animation-to-recover-help' moments, and a very unbalanced multiplayer. If you haven't grinded your way past the early stages on the MP, then it's sooooo unforgiving for new players and you'll find the grind even harder. And, if you're like me, you'll feel cheap and dirty when you constantly slay a newbie who's a lower rank than yourself.
Posted 08:54 on 16 July 2012
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Although I am about to enter week 3 of the 'Big Editing Drive' (which is killing me slowly, I'm convinced! :p), Minecraft: 360 Edition, and Lollipop Chainsaw have been rather cathartic, and I am finally getting round to finishing The Ballad of Gay Tony. I forgot how good the game engine was in GTAIV, and this episode has the best arc, in my opinion. Quite a few laugh out loud moments. Be nice to finish that off.

A very quick go on GTA: Vice City prompted the return. If only that was the city being revisited in the fifth main release in the series...
Posted 13:43 on 15 July 2012
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The Missing Link DLC for Deus Ex:HR
I have to say I have been impressed with it. Terrible starting off though but it gets much better and offers some good parts in the game where I've really had to really think how to avoid some enemies with lots of rooms to explore.

Hasn't really added much to the story of the game which hasn't surprised me but it's been well worth a fiver which is what I paid for it.

Don't think it's worth a tenner though which is what it's original cost was but felt like a really good extended level which is what DLC should really be but most of the times just isn't.

Also been playing a bit of Black Ops at the mo and this time I have had no issues on the PS3 for it and aim to finish it this time for the PS3.
Posted 10:55 on 15 July 2012
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I've been playing Cheap Deaths 3. Sorry, Mass Effect 3, where someone decided that being able to place enemy spawn points behind a player was probably innovative when in fact it's actually just terrible game design.

Other than that it's pretty good. I've been playing it all week to the exclusion of everything else, so that should speak for itself.
Posted 10:26 on 15 July 2012
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I've been trying to play Metal Gear Solid 3 on the Vita. I'm not really having a great time with it at the moment :\ It's difficult, but not in a fun way. I find the controls to be incredibly awkward. Not because of the Vita size/layout, but the impractical button combinations to do things. This is intensified by the game actually being quite hard very early on. It's definitely not very welcoming to new comers.

I know that that the actual game will pick up. But, right now I'm not sure how long I will perceiver with it before I can't be bothered anymore.
Posted 09:47 on 15 July 2012
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