Tom Orry, Editor - FIFA 13 and Football Manager 2013

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I've been having a bit of a football binge this week. I finally stopped messing about in FIFA 13 and started a career, and I've hopped onto Football Manager 2013 over a couple of lunch hours. FM 2013's Classic Mode seemed like a good idea, and so far so good. If I'd started a standard game I doubt I'd have got out of pre-season by Christmas, so this more streamlined way of playing makes sense given the relatively small amount of time I'm willing to dedicate to the game.

I jumped straight into the transfer market in both games, but have had mixed results. In FIFA 13 I sold Defoe and replaced him with Robert Lewandowski. He was perhaps slightly overpriced but has started the season well. In FM I tried to add some support for my wingers with Ben Arfa. While Newcastle accepted my offer, the player chose a far more lucrative deal at Chelsea - can't blame him really.

Neon Kelly, Video Production Editor – Curiosity – iOS, Android

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It's not a game, it's an experiment. That's what Peter Molyneux says, but to be frank it's not even an experiment when the servers are playing up and you can't connect. Still, on the occasions when I've managed to get in, I must confess that I've quite enjoyed Molyneux's latest stunt. Most people read the name, "Curiosity," as a reference to the mystery prize at the centre, but for me it's more applicable to the nature of the app itself. I actually like the fact that it's not a game, that's its largely devoid of goals beyond the all-but-impossible shot at becoming the eventual winner. Why do we continue to chip away at the blocks? The answer probably varies from person to person, and we may not even know ourselves – but sometimes the absence of meaning is more provocative than a clear and easy explanation.

David Scammell, Deputy News Editor - FIFA 13, Xbox 360

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I thought I knew everything there was to know about FIFA 13. It's football, for goodness sake - how complicated can it get? But this week, I discovered something new about FIFA 13 that I never knew existed: date-sensitive commentary.

I had never realised this about FIFA before - for all I know, this could have been going on for years - but EA Sports has crammed unique lines of commentary into the game depending on the date you play it on. For example, when kicking off a match last Monday night - Bonfire Night - Martin Tyler said something, like 'There'll be fireworks inside and outside the stadium this evening'. Sure, it's subtle, and it's nothing particularly new to gaming (date-sensitive stuff has been in everything from Animal Crossing to Batman), but it does a neat job of amplifying the authenticity of the match. It's also a feature that I didn't think I'd experience again until Christmas Day and so forth.

But then it happened again.

As it turns out, November 8 is Newcastle United defender Mike Williamson's birthday. I had no idea about this, of course, until Tyler referred to it in his commentary. But it got me thinking; just how many lines of commentary in FIFA 13 are linked to events like this? And how many will I ever hear? After all, it was complete fluke that I chose to play as Newcastle United on that day. And how far do they go? If I score with a player on his birthday, will Tyler make a one-liner about celebrations?

If you've heard anything similar, please do let me know in the comments below. I'm eager to discover what other Easter eggs and date-sensitive chatter there is to be found in FIFA 13's commentary.

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FantasyMeister@ dazzadavie

The rose-tinted effect can be surprising can't it? I couldn't believe it either.
Posted 21:14 on 12 November 2012
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I got Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary from Boomerange Rentals and I've got to say I'm enjoying it. In my minds eye though I remember it looking stunning and almost the first time it load up I though "this looks just like I remember it". Only once I pushed that back button and saw how it used to look I was very much disappointing and confusing that my mind had updated it so much.
Posted 20:46 on 12 November 2012
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I have been aiming for 100% complete on NFS Most Wanted. I've got to 92% and finding I cannot do one of the speed runs. I need an average of 125mph but I can only get 122.8, can't seem to find the other 2.2mph. I may very well retire.

I played some more Modern Warfare 3 after picking it up from my favourite online store, Bevan's Bargains, for £1.50. Really enjoying it so far.
Posted 09:03 on 12 November 2012
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BC_Animus@ FantasyMeister

Originally Posted by FantasyMeister
I didn't enjoy my first 20 hours of RAGE, but this time around (I took it from the 'to get back to one day' pile and am installing the 3rd disc to my 360 as I type) I'm going into it thinking of it as Borderlands without the humour, hopefully playing it with a different perspective might make it more fun.

I don't know, I've spent about 20 or so hours in that now and I've been enjoying it. Then again I go into knowing what to expect from reviews and such, plus from all the hate its been getting I was expecting something worse.

Btw I managed to finish that finger stabbing minigame last night, so I'm on a high and might be biased towards the game atm.
Posted 05:57 on 12 November 2012
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rbevanx@ munkee

Spec Ops is brilliant, one of the best surprises of the year and really made a lot of use of it's source material Heart of Darkness.
I also agree the setting is just genius!

Went into it expecting another COD but didn't care if it was average as it only cost me a fiver, bargain of the year without a doubt.

You are also in for a treat when you get to the end :D
Posted 21:42 on 11 November 2012
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munkee@ Neon-Soldier32

Yeah, I'm pretty sure I'm just about to finish it. I went flat out this weekend.


The mortar bit was.. Umm.. Done correctly. It wasn't a media stunt. It was a genuine (successful?) attempt at emotional storytelling and forcing the player to consider consequence for their actions.

I've got a lot of love for this game. It's interesting and doesn't seem to care too much about trends.

"Cult classic, not best seller."
Posted 18:18 on 11 November 2012
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I've been playing Halo 4 mostly, the campaign was brilliant and the multiplayer is really good, it's just a shame that there are still server issues nearly a week after the games release.
Posted 17:59 on 11 November 2012
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Just started playing Sonic colours and Rayman origins today. I hadn't had a chance to play them when they came out, because there was other stuff I was excited about at the time. But the other day I realised I had £25 of credit on my Game reward card, so I thought I may as well spend it something I had never gotten round to, and they were both cheap.

Can't even give a good first impression at this point, but nothing wrong so far.
Posted 17:16 on 11 November 2012

Neon-Soldier32@ munkee

Got to the bit where you use the mortar yet?
Posted 15:21 on 11 November 2012
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Played some Curiosity for couple of days, before being plagued with connection issues. So, I've given up for now. I was enjoying the mystery of it although and it's beautifully presented.

Then, yesterday I picked up Spec Ops: The Line. WOW. Mechanically, it's stable. graphically, it gets the point across and has some great use of colour. But, atmospherically it's superb. A dark, uncomfortable tale willing to do whatever it takes to make the player feel responsible for their own, and others, actions. A really interesting shooter that aims for so much more than to be a genre game. Great choice of location, too.
Posted 15:18 on 11 November 2012
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Finished the Halo 4 campaign and then gave it to my cousin (You may remember Adz) to play through for a week.

While I lack Halo 4 for the time being I'm playing SWTOR preparing for the F2P Patch and 1.5 update. Need to gather a lot of cash to get the upgrades to my Legacy so I can get the new HK-51 Companion on every character... Either that or spend some Cartel Coins (Real world cash).
We'll be starting a VG Guild when F2P launches so look out for the SWTOR thread I'll be bumping up soon!

Edit: Can't find one... I'll make one :)
Posted 14:06 on 11 November 2012
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FantasyMeister@ BC_Animus

Originally Posted by BC_Animus
Anyways on my end I've been playing through RAGE

I didn't enjoy my first 20 hours of RAGE, but this time around (I took it from the 'to get back to one day' pile and am installing the 3rd disc to my 360 as I type) I'm going into it thinking of it as Borderlands without the humour, hopefully playing it with a different perspective might make it more fun.
Posted 13:06 on 11 November 2012
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Halo 4

Hotline Miami (finished it)

Tekken Tag 2.
Posted 12:57 on 11 November 2012
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rbevanx@ Clockpunk

I think you can get carried away in the moment sometimes, I think with Assassins Creed 3 we already know some of the characters and have an attachment already to that world.
But it is bad reviewing at the end of the day if they can't judge it as a solo game and are clouded by the previous games for whatever reason.

Toejam and Earl is a brilliant game!
Posted 12:49 on 11 November 2012
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Was able to nab a real bargain on Assassins Creed 3: Join or Die Edition, so snapped that up. Not had chance to play it yet, at all, though. It is interesting to note that many sites now seem to be offering critical analyses of the plot to the game, pointing out numerous issues, both mechanically and storywise, despite gushing praise when it first launched. Shouldn't such really be the focus of reviews, or were they all written pre-Doritosgate, one is forced to wonder...

Other than that, was a very busy week with work, marking essays, and being my birthday, so I only really got to play three games on-andoff this week: Forza: Horizon, to completion (aside from a few online achievements, which as discussed in another thread I have no real desire to go for). It was a good game, but needed a lot more variety. As I have long said, the tone of the game was a perfect match for the Top Gear car football mode, and other such daftness, and really should have been included to increase longevity. Simple car packs don't do much to excite me these days, so....

Minecraft: X360 Edition continues to captivate, so much fun in so little a package, I do think this is very much a GotY contender, and Toejam and Earl for all the memories. The first game is undeniable a fringe classic, and it was a shame the sequel was a mediocre platformer, but ce la vis. It is nice to revisit the past, at times.
Posted 12:45 on 11 November 2012

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