Simon Miller, Editor-In-Chief, Batman: Arkham Origins, Xbox 360

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My favourite thing about VGPlays is that I can take my critic hat off and put my fanboy cap on. I love Batman: Arkham Origins. All the criticism it's taken is more than fair, but just being able to return to a franchise which is quickly becoming one of my most beloved throughout games is a treat.

Warner Bros. Montreal deserves credit, too. This may feel like an extentsion of Arkham City, but there's still a lot of work needed in order to make these games work. Even with the tools handed over to them it's not as simple as pasting whatever it deemed necessary in. The end result is a title that's worthy of its place in the trilogy.

Of course, it does come off as the worst of the three, but, as I mentioned in my review, the 'worst' before this was Rise Of Sin Tzu. Or Batman: Vengeance. Or EA's Batman Begins*. We're all very lucky people.

*I may or may not have bought and/or oddly enjoyed this.

Steve Burns, Reviews and Features Editor, Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, PS4

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I spent last week holed up at a publisher's office to review its new game. Which publisher? Well, I can't say, but it specialises in big-budget games with open worlds and lots of combat.

Which, in fairness, could be any of them, so you'll just have to wait until Tuesday to see what I thought of Historical Man-Stabber IV: Pirates of the West Indies. Wait…

Brett Phipps, Staff Writer at, Football Manager 2014, PC

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I've just finished my first season as Manchester United manager (finished fifth in the league, but won the Champions League), and have made a schoolboy error. After receiving and accepting a whopping £32 million bid for Rafael - the offer was too good to turn down - I'm now left without an established full-back and no money to replace him, having spent all my budget on Alexandre Pato after being terribly short of firepower last season.

Nobody wants to buy Ashley Young or Danny Welbeck, so I'm left without quality at full back and too many players on the wing, and the transfer window is days away from closing. I'm in trouble, and have already ticked off the board by leaking their lack of financial support to the press. I can feel the axe hovering dangerously over my neck.

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I finished the first episode of the wolf among us and am eagerly awaiting the second installment, it's the first game I have played that went against my natural use of an inverted y axis. Also been accumulating money in gta online still cant afford an apartment though.
Posted 09:28 on 27 October 2013


Earlier this week I got my hands again into The Last of Us. Wonderful so far, though i've only got up to the start of Autumn. You can finally feel the relationship of those two warming. I hear it picks up from here, though honestly so far it's been pretty intense.
I've also realised the game could've been released episodically, like Telltale games does. Not sure though, since i've only done summer, but thought it'd be an interesting conversation point.

Arkham Origins has been stuck in my mind since i've cancelled and ordered copies of it since this whole physical copy PC problem. Anyway, enjoying the game, it's plenty bulky enough for me to ignore the repetitions, and it looks fab on PC, the art style in this one is grand with the Christmas lights and all. Wish the Arkham games had more substance in their dialogue, I'd like the villains to sound more intimidating, and have more substance. Then again, might get better as I play.
Posted 18:53 on 26 October 2013


Phoenix Wright is back and thats that for me. I wanna scream out loud "Objection!" all day long.
Posted 16:08 on 26 October 2013
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Just GTA V Online, a little bit of GTA V offline (starting to pursue some of the left out achievements) and lots and lots and lots of Life is Crime on Android. In other words, no change over the past couple of weeks. Gaming nirvana.
Posted 14:37 on 26 October 2013
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I've been playing some Batman too, and also loving it (on PC.) I totally appreciate why people will be a little down on it, but so far I'm completely enjoying being Batman - which is kinda the point! It might be a lot like City, but that was blummin' good, so that is no bad thing.

Also bought Blackgate on Vita - it's good fun but it feels a bit strange because it's very similar too but not quite the big games. Were it slightly more different I'd be loving it, but it's obviously not as big an experience as the 'proper' games despite only really trying to ape those. Here's hoping it'll surprise me with some more things as I go.

Totally got back into FTL too, that game just never gets old. If any of you have a PC and don't have FTL, stop reading this and go get it, it's such an experience-maker. It's exactly what you've always wanted from a space game.

Oh yeah, and a bit of Candy Box 2 as well, just because the first was strange and beautiful and I'm interested to see where this one goes. If you've not heard of the first game then get to and see what happens!
Posted 13:45 on 26 October 2013

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