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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Mintyrebel@ BC_Animus

So you only have around 20-30 hours left of the tutorial then.
Posted 11:26 on 09 March 2013
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BC_Animus

The ranged naval units and the Gaint Robots in the Civ expansion makes the game almost too easy, heh.

Anyways on my end I've been playing The Sims 3 quite a bit, but right now I'm on the PS3 playing Final Fantasy XIII. Probably about... 5 or 6 hours in now and I still have no idea what the hell's happening. I'm enjoying it, but confused as hell atm.
Posted 11:15 on 09 March 2013
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GamingWithLC

Tomb Raider is fantastic! Best game I've played so far in 2013. GoW: Ascension I'm still playing despite reviews, love that franchise.
Posted 22:08 on 08 March 2013
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Mintyrebel@ Woodfella

Is that video taped proof because I have an informant that tells me they haven't played anything more than the demos! Also I don't think this "Tom Orry" guy actually exists :p
Posted 20:32 on 08 March 2013
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Woodfella

This is what you say you've been playing, but I don't believe you. I'm gonna need proof.

Also I've been playing Dark Souls, Fez and MgR. Fez is bloody good, accidentally took the notebook full of notes and drawings of the code to my workshop yesterday though...
Posted 20:17 on 08 March 2013
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rbevanx

Been playing and nearly finished Uncharted Golden Abyss which has been alright but forgetable.
Also a bit of Playstation All Stars Battle Royal which is good fun.
Posted 17:13 on 08 March 2013
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FantasyMeister

Still playing Life is Crime on Android. But also got distracted enough to start the opening bits of Assassin's Creed: Revelations snagged in the recent XBox Live sale (£8.99). So now I'm flitting between the two.
Posted 17:06 on 08 March 2013

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