Tom Orry, Editor - God of War: Ascension, PS3

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I love God of War. It's one of the few series I've 100 per cent completed, so Ascension has been on my "must play once it's released" list for quite some time. The game has been given pretty mediocre reviews (for a title from such a popular series), and I can kind of understand why. While the opening hour is pretty spectacular and the visuals that follow are brilliant too, I'm finding the combat quite tedious at the moment due to some tough difficulty spikes. Despite this, I'm sure I'll play through to the end and see some amazing sequences, but maybe it's time for the studio to try its hand at something new, yet equally epic.

Unless they want to remake God of War 2. In fact, do that. Remake God of War 2.

David Scammell, Deputy News Editor - Tomb Raider, Xbox 360

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I know it sounds crazy, but I've felt far more compelled to play Tomb Raider's multiplayer than I have to get involved with the single-player. Don't get me wrong: Tomb Raider's multiplayer isn't particularly special - it's essentially Uncharted's MP under a different guise - and is plagued with problems and annoyances, like unpredictable weapon recoil, awkward animations and ropey visuals. But it's inoffensive fun, and a complete surprise given the frosty reception it received on its reveal.

The campaign, then. What I've played so far (which admittedly is little beyond the opening hour) hasn't left me as dazzled as I'd been hoping for. Its production values stun and its visuals and atmosphere doubtlessly impressive. But on the flip side, I feel like the game has been holding my hand a little too much, with early level design that largely involves me holding up and mashing the odd QTE. Lara's comfort in her ability to go from a young, innocent adventurer to trigger-happy killer jars awkwardly with the game's tone, too. It's a fairly typical approach to early-game design, I suppose, and I'm told that it branches out right around the corner. But at the moment, whether Tomb Raider will manage to sink its hooks into me like Lara's arrowheads in an islander's skull is still undecided.

Steve Burns, Reviews and Features Editor - Civilization V, PC

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Last week I made the mistake of buying Civ V. Not that it is a bad game; it's just that I've been doing little else but playing it. And when I'm not playing it, I'm thinking about it. I may write a song about my addiction. But I probably won't. Because that would interfere with playing Civ.

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I'll check that out.


Castlevania is excellent. The graphics are stunning, the sound is beautiful and the atmosphere is right. It's a bit of a combo-masher compared to the precision of games like Symphony of the Night. But it works and it's fun. The level design seems fitting for a handheld. The areas are broken down into segments, but each is a little maze-like and already I'm finding plenty of area's that will require some backtracking (good for a Castlevania game). Overall I'm really impressed so far and looking to drop another few hours into it today :)
Posted 10:43 on 10 March 2013
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Far Cry 3: About 20 hours in, Vaas is no more, all comms towers done and all outpost are mine. Rather good game.

Joe Danger 2: as with the Trials games, the original game is better.

Dead or Alive 5: just a quick look but seems decent. And jiggly.
Posted 08:53 on 10 March 2013
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Assassin's Creed II FTW!!

And Blops 2.

Edit: "It'sa me, Mario" made me lol.
Posted 22:31 on 09 March 2013


Again a slow week for me on console, too much out on iOS including Sonic Dash, Real Racing 3 and AVP: Evolution and a few games on Android too.

A few vita games; more NFS, and a little more Hitman on 360.
Posted 22:07 on 09 March 2013
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EverTheOptimist@ rbevanx

Oh ok, well that's kind of a relief to be honest. I prefer shorter games when they feature an exhausting amount of weapons and collectibles.
Posted 18:06 on 09 March 2013
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rbevanx@ EverTheOptimist

Even if you explore, it's very short.
Posted 17:55 on 09 March 2013
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I finished Uncharted 3 this week, which was every bit as good as I was hoping despite not quite blowing me away like it's predecessor.

I've gone back to Midnight Club: Los Angeles, a game I jump in and out of and really enjoy. I like to crank up the bass on my BADASS sound system (from Asda, ahem) and sometimes I like to drive legally, which can be an interesting juxtaposition to the usual pedal-to-the-metal approach.

Finally, I started Dishonored today, and I'm rubbish at it as stealth games aren't my forte. Still, I really like the art direction and all of the cool powers. I think it'll take me a while to finish though, because I like to explore everything in those kind of games.
Posted 17:48 on 09 March 2013
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I've been working my way through assassins creed 3 this week and I have one word that describes my entire experience so far, dull.
Posted 15:11 on 09 March 2013
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This week I have been playing the exciting: lab report writing and final manuscript edits. w00t!! :-/

Desperate to get back into Tomb Raider, once the workload lightens up a little.

Tried the demo of Dollar Dash, hoping for a frantic Bomberman-style party title. Alas... far too clunky and clumsy for my liking.

Although I did download Mass Effect 3: The Citadel which my partner is currently playing through. Coupled with Leviathan. she is really enjoying the additions to the core game.
Posted 14:11 on 09 March 2013
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Played the Sir Hammelock's DLC for Borderlands 2 this week, really good fun - especially the interesting and somewhat unexpected but hilarious antagonist.

Going on holiday this week, snowboarding - yay! Leaving behind the wife and child though... But it means I'll play some Vita. So positives and negatives! Will try to play through Gravity Rush which feels brilliant from the few mins I've played and others have said similar.
Posted 13:47 on 09 March 2013
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Playing SWTOR, Gravity Rush and Minecraft this week.

SWTOR: Got my Jedi Sage to lvl50 so I'm now leveling my last character to 50 now. My Trooper is level 42 atm but very close to 43.

Taking my time on Gravity Rush collecting gems to level up my powers. Story is fantastic and I'm hooked!

A few friends dragged me back to Minecraft (PC not 360 Sorry James :P) We made a new server and I've already built a massive mansion next to a dungeon... :D
Posted 12:54 on 09 March 2013

pblive@ munkee

If you like Bike Baron, I recommend Joe Danger Touch on iOS.
Posted 12:49 on 09 March 2013
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I've been playing a fair amount of Bike Baron this week. I still love that game and have probably put more hours into it than any other iOS game.

Today I'm heading out to buy Castlevania Mirror of Fate :D Pretty excited for this!
Posted 12:01 on 09 March 2013
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Played a demo level of Ascension last October and it was awesome.

Really keen to see the finished product.
Posted 11:39 on 09 March 2013
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I've been playing Guild Wars 2, I would post how good it is but that would take time, time that I could have killed at least 3 Bandits in. GIVE ME BACK MY LIFE!
Posted 11:27 on 09 March 2013

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