Tom Orry, Editorial Director - Resident Evil 6, Xbox 360

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Don't play this game directly after The Last of Us. In fact, better advice might be to not play this game at all. I was planning to give Okami HD on PS3 a whirl, but seeing as the download from PSN had another 20 hours to go, I turned to Resident Evil 6. Oh dear. If you want the perfect example of a modern game sticking to age-old ideas and standard mechanics, this is it.

Capcom clearly loves switches, ridiculous puzzles (shoot the bells, and then the really small bells), multi-stage boss fights, and terrible voice acting. To be fair, maybe the voice acting is only awful because the script and timing is so bad, but the result is still awkward laughter during what probably should be intense moments. Perhaps Resident Evil 6 was just unlucky to be my next game, but it also looks rough as hell compared to The Last of Us, with plastic-faced character models, gamey animations, and terrible hair - a point that must be made due to Leon's appalling bonnet.

Simon Miller, Editor-In-Chief - Layton Brothers Mystery Room, iOS

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Despite not getting on with them in recent times, I've got a lot of time for Level-5. For this reason, when I heard they were releasing Layton Brothers Mystery Room on iOS I was, at least, intrigued. Basically a mish-mash of everything the developer has been getting into recently, it's borderline insane.

It is oddly addictive, though. You're doing little more than solving mysteries - hence the title - and anyone familiar with the studio's work won't be surprised to hear that there's A LOT of dialogue and, on occasion, it wants nothing more than to walk you through the experience. I do like it, mind. The music is enough to destroy the ears of anyone around you, and some of the conversations don't makes any sense but still. Mystery Room is very well thought out and is intelligently developed for a mobile device.

Look for our review next week.

David Scammell, Deputy News Editor – Content Manager Assistant, PlayStation Vita

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In the hope of being able to install more than half a dozen games on my Vita, I feel like I've spent more time using the Content Manager Assistant than I have actually playing anything, transferring save and application data back and forth all week in some kind of memory-management meta-minigame.

In all seriousness, I still can't believe quite how badly Sony has fudged the memory situation on Vita, or how it continues to exploit customers looking to increase their storage space with unreasonably priced memory cards. £54.99 for a 32GB solution? In 2013? The sooner Sony releases an upgraded model with decent on-board storage the better.

When I did eventually clear enough space to install a handful of games, though, I managed to blast my way through Hotline Miami and sink some time into Escape Plan. Much to my surprise, they're almost as brutal as one another: one appearing to reflect the twitchy, neon-fused highs experienced by a substance abuser, and the other the slow, depressing comedown. Drugs are bad mkay, but after whizzing through it in only a couple of sittings, Hotline Miami is something every Vita user should experience at least once - provided they can find the space.

Steve Burns, Reviews and Features Editor - The Last of Us

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I finally finished The Last of Us this week, and was shocked to find that the ending is as good as everyone was saying. (People tend to over-egg these things.) A great game, all around.

Then there's Dark Souls, which I re-bought for PC. I really shouldn't have, given that it's pretty much guaranteed to destroy your life, but that's the power of Steam - games are so cheap that you can't not buy them. Thanks, Steam.

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Grammartron

Cracking through my Insanity playthrough of Mass Effect 2. It's kicking my behind, and I am loving EVERY SINGLE MINUTE of it. Nearing the dreaded Horizon fight, so apologising to my controller in advance in case it goes sailing across the room at any point...
Posted 11:20 on 02 July 2013
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Graboot

Played and finished (for the first time) Gears of War 2 & 3 which I absolutely loved and then almost immediately after started The Last of Us. That was one hell of a shock, tempo-wise I can tell you.
Posted 11:15 on 02 July 2013
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Hindu_Cow

This week I have been mainly playing "The knife of dunwall" dlc for dishonoured. It was pretty good but short, Daud had more character than corvo which was good but a shame we didnt spend more time with him.

I have also been making my way through wizadry 8, got it off GoG . Great game which i loved playing as a child. But its pretty big and long and im making slow progress.
Posted 18:19 on 30 June 2013
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MJTH

This is the first week of my holiday, and I've played more video games this week then I have in months.

I first finished in a single sit down Thomas was Alone, which is a really good game, although the final third of the game does change things around story wise to the games detriment in my opinion. I've started Mark of the Ninja and Bastion. I picked up where I left off on AC3 on Wii U, as well as beating New Super Lugi U. I've played a lot of Scrolls multiplayer. I played through the two Project X Zone demo's. And I intend to play some Civ 4 tomorrow among other things.
Posted 19:24 on 29 June 2013
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FrostySphincter

Played the last of us, good game.
Finished Oracle of seasons, good game.
Started Oracle of ages, good game.
Played a bit of MH3U on 3ds, good game.
And Intend to have a go on disaster day of crisis soon, hopefully a good game.
Posted 23:10 on 28 June 2013
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pblive

Not a lot this week due to other commitments. I gave The Last Of Us a good few hours and most of the rest of my gaming time has been taken up by the ever increasing neediness of Animal Crossing New Leaf, which screams and shouts at me if I haven't touched it for more than a couple of hours.

Luckily, it's a burden worth undertaking and having 4 people heading off to the island. then bobbing about in the water is more fun than it should ever be.
Posted 16:31 on 28 June 2013
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Nxs

Been playing Tina Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep since Tuesday.
Beat in Ultimate Vault Hunter mode and did almost every side quest, finished it up on True Vault Hunter mode a little bit ago and have a few side quests left, then I will be playing it in normal mode.

After that, going to finish all quests in all modes. It is a Borderlands 2 weekend. :D
Posted 16:20 on 28 June 2013
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FantasyMeister

I'm just working on beating everyone's ranks on Raptr (watch out, I'm coming for you!), which means playing lots of different games, which thankfully is still more fun than feeling like work.

But mostly still Defiance. Bit disappointed there's no endgame yet so I'm just grinding loot for tiny incremental improvements.

Would dearly love to start spending more time with Spartacus free-to-play as it has a decent amount of depth to its character-building side if you put some time into it and learn to counter/parry/dodge effectively, but there are only so many grinds I can undertake at one time.
Posted 15:01 on 28 June 2013

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