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Tom Orry, Editor - Max Payne 3, Xbox 360

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So I finished Sleeping Dogs and actually enjoyed the ending a lot more than the missions leading up to it. I'd definitely say it's worth a go, but it was a very wise move to release it before the onslaught of big titles coming in the months ahead.

Before that onslaught fully kicks off, though, I'm trying to work through Max Payne 3, which I snapped up for £20 last week. I've heard a fair bit of negativity about the game, but I have to say that I'm really enjoying it. I've still got a long way to go, but the action is top-drawer and it's a gorgeous game that reeks of the attention to detail Rockstar is known for.

Seriously, if this is what those guys can do on a console that is now an OAP, I can't wait to see what they do on the next generation of consoles. There's definitely some technical wizardry going on, but there's also the sense that nothing in the game was thrown in as filler or in a hurry. Each and every object, room, and location has been meticulously planned and modelled. No doubt this costs a lot more money than recycling assets and churning out identikit rooms, but it pays off.

Neon Kelly, Video Production Editor – Borderlands 2, Xbox 360

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So come on then, who did you plump for? I'm playing as Zer0, he of the flashy sword, ghost tricks, and gimpy ninja getup. To me, Zer0 always seemed like the most interesting of the four candidates, though I'll admit that I almost opted for Maya at the last minute. I've no doubt that Salvador and Axton will be more powerful characters, but the cyber-ninja and the siren look to offer more interesting playstyles. I reckon Maya may be the least popular choice this time around, as initially her class power doesn't appear to be that potent; having seen what she's capable of at high levels, I can tell you that's not the case.

Anyway, Borderlands 2. I'm only a few hours in, but I already love it to bits. I think I'll be spending a good deal of time on Pandora over the coming weeks and months, so hit me up on Xbox LIVE if you fancy some co-op hijinks.

Martin Gaston, Reviews Editor - Dota 2, PC

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Haven't written about Dota 2 in a while I don't think - maybe two weeks? - so it's time to dote over Dota. Had a game this week and I was excellent and the team was excellent and we all had an excellent time. See you next week!

It'll be really interesting to see whether Valve's game can hold up to the coming holiday onslaught, as the past few weeks have unearthed some actually good games for a change. Just look at all this: Joe Danger 2, Guild Wars 2, Borderlands 2, Torchlight II, Tekken Tag Tournament 2. If you're a fan of games with '2' in them then 2012 (which has two 2's!) is definitely the best year for you. Dota 2! Black Ops 2! Medal of Hono(u)r: Warfighter (it's the second one)! Assassin's Creed Thr—oh, balls. Thanks for ruining it, Ubisoft!

Also, I played Forza Horizon this week and I think that game might be pretty good.

David Scammell, Staff Writer - Borderlands 2, Xbox 360

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Tiny Tina is a slightly insane thirteen-year old explosives expert - and she's basically my girlfriend. Not that I've developed a weird obsession with the pint-sized crazy, of course, or that I'm dating a thirteen-year old. But looking beyond the odd little girl's obsession with arson, Tina acts, talks, and even looks a bit like my nearest and dearest. "O hai!", she shouts, before introducing me to Mushy Snugglebites and asking me to bring some crumpets back for tea. Just like real life. I'm so confused.

Anyway, my point isn't to highlight how weird or crumpet-obsessed my lady friend is - I've done that plenty of times on the podcast. No, it's to stress how much Borderlands 2 has character. My greatest criticism of the original Borderlands was in how subdued the overall game felt. Even in spite of the game's art direction and script, I could never shake the feeling that Gearbox was pussyfooting around the idea of silliness rather than going all-out mental, and the omission of any truly memorable characters - besides Claptrap and those introduced via DLC - meant I loved it a little less than most others.

But the personalities you meet in Borderlands 2 are great. Even some of the game's lesser stars contain far more personality than the majority of major characters in the first. Even though I'd only been carrying him around in my pocket for 10 minutes, I really did feel for that little midget I burned at the stake. It also makes playing through the game solo a lot more appealing. If you've been put off the idea of Borderlands by the idea of it being a social game, don't be. Embrace the stupidity and soak up the story. Borderlands 2 is Fallout gone cuckoo - and I'm loving every mad minute of it.

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87Sarah

I won't be playing Borderlands 2 until I manage to purchase Borderlands, so many games so little time!

I have been playing Batman Arkham Asylum a bit recently and I'm really enjoying it! My first encounter with Scarecrow was not as scary as I first thought and about 25% of the way through it's just starting to get challenging. (I'm playing on easy as I was scared) I love the wide variety of characters, most I haven't seen before.

I'm currently reading A Game of Thrones which reminded me so much of Skyrim I thought I'd attempt to have a crack at it again. It's hard to pick up when you only have a limited amount of time. I can understand why some people still haven't played it when they have full time jobs and families to keep entertained, you really need a good few hours to feel like you can accomplish something especially when you have completed the main storyline. It was also hard to get back into my style of playing, so much so that the half an hour I managed consisted of me dying 3 times. :(
Posted 23:10 on 26 September 2012
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reynoldio@ BC_Animus

Getting decent scores on Zen Pinball? dav2612 and I were going toe to toe a couple of weeks back, need to check my scores and have another go...

Holidays and beautiful baby fun times mean no games recently, but I'm managing to get some Borderlands 2 in here and there, and I love it!
Posted 21:12 on 24 September 2012
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rbevanx@ BC_Animus

You are not the only one but I have bought the first one again with the dlc to give it another go.
Posted 17:13 on 24 September 2012
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Endless

Guid Wars 2 mostly, but from now it'll mainly be Borderlands 2. essentially because I'm going to have no internet for a while but because it was inevitably going to be good anyway :)
Posted 13:34 on 24 September 2012
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guyderman

Just finished my first ever play through of Borderlands and have just started Borderlands 2.
Posted 12:36 on 24 September 2012
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BC_Animus

I think I'm just about the only person whos not interested in Borderlands 2. I got really bored in the first game to be honest, with all the damned fetch quests and waypoint travelling. Who knows maybe I was just playing it wrong, blah.

Anyways I'm currently playing Guild Wars 2 exclusively pretty much, though I was looking on the PSN store on my Vita last night and noticed that Zen Pinball 2 have been released, so I'm sure I'll be spending a few hours on that in the coming weeks.
Posted 11:13 on 24 September 2012
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squidman@ FantasyMeister

Yes, and he's also as tall as a person.
Posted 09:15 on 24 September 2012
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dav2612

Infamous 2 for me. Decent game but possibly a sequel that didn't really need to be made. The game certainly needs more ideas, too much recycling of ideas from the original and a lot of repetition of the same kind of tasks. But still, a decent game.
Posted 09:02 on 24 September 2012
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FantasyMeister@ squidman

Is it true that Claptrap gets a nod in Torchlight II ?
Posted 08:55 on 24 September 2012
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squidman@ MJTH

Torchlight II review will be up as soon as I can get it finished (I've got some behind the scenes stuff to get sorted out today but hopefully it can be up by Tuesday morning)
Posted 08:46 on 24 September 2012
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MJTH

I would love to say that I've been playing a lot Mario Kart 7 in the qualifiers for the tournament, and of course Torchlight 2, which was just released (Will there be a VG review?). I'd love to say that but real life stole the reins this week some what sadly. I've had a lot of engagements this week (some of which I had only just found out about), which meant that work was pushed back and neglected till the weekend. I've only really just gotten on top it now at the time of writing, leaving very little time at all play anything at all. I don't want to start TL2 until I have a period of time in which I can set down a couple straight hours to play undisturbed.
Posted 21:17 on 23 September 2012
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pblive

Not as much time on Boderlands 2 as I thought this week, due to family commitments (who knew a wife's birthday was important?). Also been given Max Payne 3 but won't start that yet.
Posted 17:56 on 23 September 2012
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CheekyLee@ dazzadavie

A fellow Windows Phone owner! It sure gets lonely... Make sure you try out Contre Jour, it's like ... the opposite of Cut The Rope, mixed in with some iBlast Moki, and painted over in a Limbo aesthetic.

Guild Wars 2remains my most played, but it will dissolve in a cloud of slag before too long, as Borderlands 2 takes centre stage.
Posted 15:56 on 23 September 2012
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Clockpunk

I was half expecting the OP to read something like: Borderlands 2, Borderlands 2, Borderlands 2. With the rest of the posts following a similar pattern! :p

That's what has my attention, along with a snippet of Lollipop Chainsaw forgot that I never actually finished it! And a quick go on Dorritos Dash of Destruction - not bad for a hastily put together little freebie (nabed when it was put it a long time ago, but never got round to trying it until I was waiting for Borderlands 2 to be delivered).
Posted 15:25 on 23 September 2012
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rbevanx

I played some Marvel Ultimate Alliance and I did not likey.

Couldn't get into SSX either but that one was just not my cup of tea so I'm not gonna bother with it. Played a bit of the Resi 6 demo and was alright but not a game I'm gonna go out of my way for, possibly rent it or buy when it's cheap with all the DLC.

Played a bit more of Mark of the Ninja which is hard but so much fun and did an episode (first one btw) of The Walking Dead.
Posted 11:53 on 23 September 2012

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Release Date: 01/06/2012
Developer: Rockstar Studios
Publisher: Rockstar
Genre: Action
Rating: BBFC 18
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