Batman: Arkham Asylum

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Tom Orry, Editor - Crysis, Xbox 360 and PS3

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I loved Crysis on the PC when it was released all those years ago. It felt like a game from the future, and the thought of it running on a console seemed quite unlikely - or at least that was the case until Crysis 2 managed to run decently on Xbox 360 and PS3. As soon as Crytek got its latest engine up and running on consoles, rumours of a Crysis port were everywhere. Thankfully when it materialised it was pretty, pretty good. Sure, the frame rate isn't quite smooth, but overall it's a fine port of a game that at one point blew everything else so far out of the water, it was in a league all of its own.

Neon Kelly, Deputy Editor - Dead Rising 2: Off the Record, PC, PS3, Xbox 360

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Earlier this week I finally got around to taming Snowflake the Tiger, something I never quite managed in the vanilla version of Dead Rising 2. It's just as well that I've not been attacked by a big cat in the intervening period, as I'd have been utterly helpless. Now, however, I know how to handle this life-threatening situation: you throw three steaks at the killer moggie, and the minute it eats the third it'll become your friend for all time. I'm going to make a point of carrying fresh meat with me everywhere I go from now on.

Sure, my clothes might start to stink of blood and beef juice, but it's a sacrifice I have to make. It's only a matter of time before David Cameron closes all our zoos to save the national economy, and when that happens there are going to be big cats everywhere. Probably.

Martin Gaston, Previews Editor - Batman: Arkham Asylum, PC

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Few games hold up as well as Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham Asylum. It's chuffing amegamazing. I've been reading Batman comics for most of my life, and this is probably the first time I've ever played a game where I think the developers really understand the character past what's shown in the movies.

The reason it works, though, is because it's a bloody good game as well as a knowing recreation of the character. I didn't actually realise how good a game it was until I tried (and succeeded, thankyouverymuch) to get all 1000G in it this week, forcing myself to learn the intricacies of the combat system in order to bosh off the challenge rooms. I'm glad I did. Once you've worked out the moves, there are very few games that can boast combat as bone-crunchingly satisfying as this.

Jamin Smith, Staff Writer – Dark Souls, Xbox 360

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You need an iron will and the patience of a saint to get any enjoyment out of Dark Souls. It's totes like the game is trying to make you quit, like it wants you to eject the disc and snap it in half. Once you realise this, however, and are able to find ways of defying this intent, it becomes increasingly enjoyable. The fact it's such a bastard of a game only spurs you on to play it more; you'll keep going out of sheer bloody-mindedness. I'm telling myself I'm going to do just that - keep playing in spite of the pain, anger and frustration just to say I've done it. Whether this will actually happen is another story entirely. It's blates a no though, teebs.

Emily Gera, Staff Writer - Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Xbox 360

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood screenshot

Well, the multiplayer specifically, anyway. You've got to give it to Ubisoft to take an idea that's been largely ignored since The Ship and Spy Party, and run with it. In a world littered with Deathmatch and Capture the Flag, Creed's multiplayer wanders away from the obvious and traditional mode types, attempting a more subtle, stealth-oriented affair in which you try to convince other players you are an NPC. The multiplayer is entirely about restraint – something you rarely see in gaming. You move slow, run only when necessary, and act as a non-player character would to avoid being caught out. Really worth a go.

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MrGloomy's Avatar


Just completed Crysis 1 and loved it. I never got to experience Crysis the first time round on PC and I have to say I loved the console version. I have to say the ending sucks and really doens't link to Crysis 2 at all!?!

Also got my hands on Rage and it's pretty...pretty! 60 frames and still looking amazing. I can see some of the graphical sacrifices but I can also see why they made the sacrifices in the first place. Haven't got far but already it got me very much involved and interested.

I've kind of stepped back from GOW3 for now. I really should get the 50 waves on Horde but it's a big time sink and tends to get repetitive. Wido and co, great horde co-op btw, cheers guys.
Posted 10:33 on 10 October 2011
Roland_D11's Avatar


I finished Gears 3 on hardcore, found all the collectibles and played a lot of multiplayer. A great game.

And then I picked up Dark Souls on thursday. I hate it. And I love hating it, beating the challenges it throws at me, shouting at skeletons that close shortcuts I opened before (that did not happen in Demon's Souls). One thing is strange: I fought two bosses and a giant armored bull and had no problems with them. It's the regular skeleton foes that make my life difficult. Well, I think I need to level up more...
Posted 09:51 on 10 October 2011
dazzadavie's Avatar


Finally finished Alice and it was such a great game. Will plod back though and 1000g that one.
Been playing lots and lots of BF3 BETA. It might have a shed load of bugs but I really enjoy it and can't wait till it comes out. I'm getting it for the SP or the CO-OP its the multiplayer I can't wait to get stuck into.
Posted 07:51 on 10 October 2011
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The final week before the gaming onslaught begins... I finished Brutal Legend, resumed The Dishwasher: Vampire Smiles (on Insane), and am playing through Alan Wake on Nightmare difficulty. Get that, and the DLC, finished, and tht should place me nicely for the next few months of releases.

All in all, a week of gaming befitting October. :D
Posted 15:52 on 09 October 2011
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Been playing Dark Souls & RAGE. Two surprising game picks up to be honest, and I don't regret a thing! Dark Souls is very challenging and very unforgiving. RAGE is a blend of Fallout & Borderlands, which is no bad thing at all, as I'm very much enjoying RAGE.
Posted 15:18 on 09 October 2011

Game Stats

Release Date: 18/09/2009
Developer: Rocksteady Studios
Publisher: Eidos Interactive
Genre: Action
No. Players: One
Rating: BBFC 15
Site Rank: 586 55
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