Neon Kelly, Video Production Editor – Plague Inc., Android

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Thanks to the fact that I have an Android phone, I've only just gained the chance to play Plague Inc. Still, I'm glad to have the opportunity, and over the past week I've been having lots of fun. In fact, most of the world has been having fun – because Fun is the name of my genetically-engineered killer virus. Or at least, it was; Fun proved to be so successful that it spread all over the world via birds and dust particles. Fun infected everyone, gave them a rash and a violent nasal infection... followed by insanity, comatosis and major organ failure. (My uncle was in the army with Major Organ-Failure.)

So yeah, the whole world is dead now, and there's no more Fun to be had. Sorry about that...

Martin Gaston, Reviews Editor - Dota 2, PC

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Look, I'm back on Dota. Yawn, I know. I get that none of you are going to read this so I won't keep you long - I think Dave's writing about Call of Duty, though none of you are probably interested in that either. What's cool these days? Lord knows. Minecraft, probably.

Anyway, this week our Greevils - promotional little couriers that Valve gave away to everyone as part of their Halloween event - hatched. webcoder man Andy Cole got a fancy one. I got an okay one. That's life. I also played a fair bit of Call of Duty: Black Ops II, but not as much as I would have liked. I hope people are enjoying the multiplayer, because I think it's really strong.

But, really, my point is this: I like the effort Valve goes to with time-limited holiday promotions. I wish more developers did it. In an industry determined to turn everything into an event, it would be nice to see more actual events. Something with a bit more meat on its bones than bog-standard XP multipliers.

This week's Dota 2 patch notes showed Valve already hard at working on making a Christmas event. Roll on December!

David Scammell, Deputy News Editor - Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Xbox 360

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I'm all for games getting better as they go along, but the contrast between Black Ops 2's mind-numbingly dull opening and its excellent final act is absurd.

By the time you reach the end point of Black Ops 2's campaign, the dreary jungle jaunts and shoddy sand-swept treks will have crescendoed into an explosive circus of high tech toys and superb set-pieces, complete with all the bombast, noise and intensity of previous Call of Duties, and the endearing cheese and character of an 80s action thriller.

It gets great, in other words, a surprise considering that after the first few missions (including 'dat log' level and the mission Martin described perfectly as "incomprehensible bollocks"), I had almost written it off as one of 2012's most underwhelming campaigns.

Inconsistency, then, is Black Ops 2's biggest problem. But the twists and turns, and surprisingly meaningful narrative choices in the game's second half spin Black Ops 2's campaign into an entertaining - albeit still fairly mindless - sci-fi shooter. Stick with it: You'll be amazed at how much better it gets.

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Despite considering calling it a day I did continue with Need For Speed Most Wanted. I reached 98% complete and have called it a day. I traded it in for Dishonored which I am enjoyined. I also dabbled in a spot on Doom which still plays as well today.

In the Vita I rediscovered Rayman Origins and going back through the levels to beat the time trials and collect all the bits and pieces.
Posted 09:47 on 19 November 2012
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Mainly Rayman Origins and Sonic Colours. I've played mostly SC of the two, and not because the better one but it's the shorter one. There have been some great levels and some horrible level in sonic colours but I'm 3/4 done (in 3 hours of play) and considering I got it for free, I'm having a decent time.

Rayman origins I've been holding of off because I really want sync some good time into before I make a judgement.
Posted 21:51 on 18 November 2012


More Assassins Creed 3 Liberation and Assassins Creed 3. Some Need For Speed and Super Monkey ball. So, mostly a Vita-fest of gaming then.

Next week should be Jet Set Radio on Vita and I may just be tempted to get the handheld version as well as the console and iOS versions of the game.
Posted 18:51 on 18 November 2012
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I played a lot of poker this week, so much so that I unlocked a Play 10,000 Hands achievement in Full House Poker.

I also got around to the first couple of levels of F.E.A.R. (360), a game that:

- has exceptional enemy AI
- excels in every facet on game design
and is:
- easily one of the most richly entertaining games released this year or any other year for that matter.

At least that's what the reviews in 2006 said about it. Now it's probably a stunning example of how far we've come in 6 years and could possibly be used as an example of why some Metacritic scores should automatically degrade over time.

In other news, Daughter Number One, who is now the proud owner of my copy of Forza Horizon, left her copy with me this week, perhaps my deceptive ploy of covering it up with another title just before she left contributed to that. Anyways, I'm in the mood for breaking some hi-scores, so watch out!
Posted 17:46 on 18 November 2012
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This week belongs to BLACK OPS 2,single player is good(stick around after the end credits) Z ombies is ok,never really a fan truth be told,but the multiplayer is great,absolutely loving the pick 10 system,the maps are much better than modern warfare 3,s and the weapons are much meatier than ever.
Posted 12:52 on 18 November 2012
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Been playing a few games this week.

Played more of Spartan Ops on Halo 4 and is some of the best DLC since Alan Wake, just love it.
WRC 3 has been my new racing game and is so much harder than the others! cracking game with better detail to cars and courses but the mechanics very similar. Online is still rubbish for the game mind.
Also played a bit of Sleeping Dogs which is alright but nothing special and a bit too easy.
But Hotlime Miami is the other way round, I played about an hour of it last night and feck me it's hard! Been playing it with the controller which I think hinders me compared to people using keyboard and mouse.
The game is very good but I just love the soundtrack for it which reminds me of the recent film Drive.
Also played a bit of Arkham City again and still love it and I'm doing it bit by bit on PC now.
Posted 12:10 on 18 November 2012
dudester's Avatar


Soooo erm some football manager, I reinstalled tor, I finished the ballad of gay tony finally. Thats about it :)
Posted 10:58 on 18 November 2012

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