Civilization V - Gods and Kings

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Tom Orry, Editor - Football Manager 2013, PC

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Right, I think it's time to admit that I might have a problem. Between December 22 and Boxing Day I racked up about 30 hours of game time in Football Manager 2013, and while that's a lot of time put into one game, I reaped many rewards. Spurs are now one of the biggest teams in Europe, having won the Premier League, the Capital One Cup, and the Champions League in a single season. That included a dramatic second-half comeback in the final against Barcelona.

Football Manager is a drug that I'm finding hard to give up, but I am at least limiting my play time to weekday lunchtimes. For those wondering if any Spurs originals remain in my squad, the only players still wearing a Tottenham shirt are Bale (now 29), Loris (now 31), and Kyle Walker (now 29). The rest of my main squad are all aged below 25. So, if you're reading this Daniel Levy, invest in youngsters and in about six years we'll win everything.

Steve Burns, Reviews and Features Editor - Score! Classic Goals, iOS

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It may have been out for a while, but in the absence of any sane pricing for FIFA Football Vita (£44.99 on the PS Store!) this week I've been playing Score! Classic Goals on iOS. Its simple premise - recreate well known goals by 'drawing' them, setting the power and accuracy of predetermined passes/shots - hides the fact that it's as addictive to football fans as food is to Brazilian Ronaldo.

Naturally, it doesn't have the depth of a FIFA or PES, but it's well animated, atmospheric, and 'drawing' that Beckham free kick against Greece is as rewarding as anything found in fully-fledged football titles. Oh, and did I mention it was free after Christmas (and only costs a paltry 69p otherwise?) And not £44.99?


(As an aside, FIFA 13, FIFA Football's successor, is only £39.99 on the PS Store. Of course.)

David Scammell, Deputy News Editor - Civilization V: Gods and Kings, PC

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The Christmas break is great for two things: eating more turkey sandwiches than is humanly good for you and clearing out the video game backlog. Every gamer does it, working their way through a handful of games accrued in recent years that remain untouched on their shelf. Boxing day? More like unboxing day.

Anyway, I sat down with a few over the break, sinking time into Activision's not-as-bad-as-you-might-think-but-still-pretty-terrible FPS Battleship and getting most of the way through id shooter RAGE. I also went on a temporary nostalgia splurge with Banjo-Tooie before clearing its creative sequel Nuts and Bolts.

But then I caught the Civ bug, and after spending thousands of virtual hours fashioning an empire, I finally understand the love for it: everybody loves being a dick. Ghandi hates me, largely for upping the price of cotton and spices, and Isabella of Spain is starting to ask questions after I parked a fleet of Destroyers off the coast of Barcelona and set up an air base full of bombers on the corner of Seville. Heaven only knows what she'll make of the camels shifting menacingly toward Madrid.

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Been playing Tank! Tank! Tank! and Nintendo Land with the family over Christmas, both great single-screen multiplayer games. Also Kinect Party the sequel to the best Kinect game ever, Happy Action Theatre. Considering this was free over Christmas on XBLA, it's pretty fun and wasted hours of time pretending to pop balloons, launch fireworks and destroy buildings.

Aside from that, went back to Halo 3 over Christmas as I only completed it on the easy level the first time around (oh, the shame!) so I aim to put that right before moving on to Halo 4.
Posted 13:30 on 09 January 2013
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So its not this week but over Christmas I did some retro gaming. It was better than any multiplayer or split screen.
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Posted 21:00 on 07 January 2013
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With Civ 5 I found it so much easier to play when I started refusing to give other players access through my territories. Annoys the crap outta me when friendly civs moves in and build cities near mine, and then get pissed off at me when my cities grows. Btw with Gods and Kings make sure you check out the killer robots. They're OP but great fun.
Posted 10:44 on 07 January 2013
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Oh no. I've been sucked back in. My tale of sadness and woe, a declaration of my decline into a gaming 'saddo'...I'm playing Mass Effect 3 multiplayer again. So many new charactr types, tonnes of new weapons and class mods, equipment perks and other fancy attachments. All for free? How am I to turn down the chance to be a Volus Vanguard or an invisible Drell Assassin? I choose not to deny it, instead I'll lift my head from the shame and proudly keep playing. Well, until I get a N7 rank of 3000 anyway ;)
Posted 09:38 on 07 January 2013
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Skyrim dominated my gaming time, a common theme since I started it. FIFA 12 got a brief look in as well.
Posted 08:50 on 07 January 2013
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I'm enjoying Retro City Rampage very much, as it is a phenomenally well built love letter to my childhood, with some rather amusing mission modes (set as many people on fire as possible with your burning body, then find a fire hydrant to douse yourself) - and it will be a bloody challenge to unlock the gold medals. There seems plenty of game for 800 msp, but... it is all thrown at you thick and fast. Perhaps ts just me getting old... :p

Other than that, I haven't had too much time for gaming this past week - unfortunately work must be caught up with. :-/ Still playing through Dungeon Keeper again in anticipation of War for the Overworld.

Is UFC Personal Trainer counted as a game? I'm going for the 'workout every day for 100 days' achievement, and although it can be a little iffy at detection, I do feel the burn rather occasionally. If only the fighters had recorded a little more variety of dialogue!
Posted 20:27 on 06 January 2013
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I'm currently living in the past playing Knights of the old Republic and Psychonauts I have however also been playing on NFS: most wanted and Halo 4 to keep up with the times, I've also been dabbling in SWTOR on and off too.
Posted 19:28 on 06 January 2013
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Banjo Kazooie and Tooie are both great games, but they look very rough now. I haven't been able to play them cause of it, but I'd love for them to both get HD remakes. Imagine them with nuts and bolts graphics, that would great.
Posted 13:18 on 06 January 2013
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Not a lot on my front to be honest. Finished Killzone 2 and been playing infamous 2 a lot with the odd bouts of FIFA 13. I now have MGS4 again to play and I still have Heavy Rain to sit down and play. Got some reward points and about £13 on a GAME gift to use later or tomorrow, depends how I feel if I want to go into town today. Hopefully I can nab a few RPGs in the process really.
Posted 13:12 on 06 January 2013
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Played F1 2012 and a bit of Halo 4 this week.
Posted 11:30 on 06 January 2013
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I've been playing Texas Holdem Poker Deluxe by, free on Android/iOS and when your phone battery dies, Facebook with the same account.

It's basically the most fully-featured poker game out there that I know of, and you either win your chips playing (you start out with 30,000), get them sent to you by friends (you can have up to 100 friends, and they send you mystery gifts daily which when opened reveal anything from 500-1000000 chips, I make more money this way than I do playing cards) or... buy them with cash. Which is how, I guess, IGG make their money.

I've also been playing a lot of Spacetime Studios titles like Pocket Legends, Star Legends, all of which allow you to either play on the go via phone/tablet app or in your Chrome browser. Again, all free. Again, all fully fledged MMORPGs, and the two mentioned are very, very reminiscent of Phantasy Star Online. They lose a little in immersion what with being small screen, but other than that you've got guilds, buddy lists, loot fests, grinding, leveling, achievements and so on.

Keep meaning to investigate more apps for the 'Recommend a Free App' threads, but these games are chewing up a lot of time and I'm waiting for an SDHC 8GB card to arrive so I can test out some of the chunkier ones, but I'll get around to it :)
Posted 10:09 on 06 January 2013
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Picked up Deadlight and The Walking Dead in the XBLA sale. I've only just started both of them but loving The Walking Dead. Deadlight I'm not much past what I played in the trial.
Aslo being up till god only knows what time with the new born I've nearly done all the achievements in Shuffle Party too.
Posted 10:01 on 06 January 2013
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I've also been playing RAGE over the holiday. I absolutely love it. Sure, there's a bit too much covering the same ground. But, the gameplay is ace. The AI is fun to combat and each character type has its own attack/defend patterns. While our player mechanics keep it simple but solid; manuever and shoot. Then, there's the graphics. They are stunning! I've just been through the Dead City and got more than a whif of Doom in those corridors. Texture pop-up and backtracking too often are a shame.but, definitely a small price to pay for some seriously good shooting and an absorbing world.

Now, where's Doom 4?
Posted 09:23 on 06 January 2013

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Release Date: 22/06/2012
Developer: Firaxis Games
Publisher: 2K Games
Genre: Turn-based strategy
Rating: BBFC PG
Site Rank: 304 23
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