Need for Speed Shift

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Tom Orry, Editorial Director - Thomas Was Alone, PS3

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This week's addition to PlayStation Plus in Europe was Thomas Was Alone, the indie favourite from Mike Bithell. After playing for about 40 minutes I'm currently firmly between thinking it's really good or completely pretentious. It's either really smart, with great dialogue, or it's a bit tedious with tiresome puzzles that rely more on managing the characters than out of the box thinking. I'm hoping it'll become the former, but only time will tell.

Steve Burns, Reviews and Features Editor – Star Trek

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A movie licence, that's out on the same day as the review embargo lifts, that's not very good. Surprise! In all seriousness though, this is total, total guff, and every copy should be rounded up and incinerated as soon as humanly possible.

David Scammell, Deputy News Editor - Need For Speed: Shift, Xbox 360

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I drove a Lamborghini Gallardo last week for no other reason than the idea that it might be fun. And it was. But getting behind the wheel of a car faster than the speed of light and coming away with my no claims bonus still in tact left me convinced that I had what it takes to become the next Damon Hill. So in an attempt prove my theory - as depressingly absurd as it soon turned out to be - I spent much of my week diving into a few different racers.

I went through the usual - the Forzas and the Gran Turismos - but it's the original Need For Speed: Shift that somehow grabbed me the most. Not because it's the best or most realistic (it's about as close to the real thing as Red Faction: Guerrilla must be to the controllers of the Mars Rover), but because I've become obsessed with one simple mechanic: mastering corners. 

It's a basic mechanic - all the game seems to do is measure your ability to stick to the racing line as you glide around a corner - but for reasons I can't explain, it's a feature I find hugely compulsive. Rather than replaying tracks to shave seconds off my lap time, I'm going back to dominate bends. I've become a madman who gets off on getting one over a piece of virtual tarmac, grinning as I cross each turn off of the game's checklist. It's still nowhere near as fun as driving an actual supercar, but for 1/100 of the price of the insurance, sticking to the virtual world perhaps isn't too bad a shout.

Simon Miller, Editor-In-Chief – Paper Mario: Sticker Star

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It's been a while since I've played Sticker Star, which is ridiculous considering I've been pretty much 80% of the way through the game since Christmas. After returning to it, I can see why I didn't finish it entirely.

All the Paper Mario titles have something to offer, and while Sticker Star boasts great writing and some, frankly, ridiculous elements, the decision to eradicate an actual overarching story and RPG elements was a bad move. It's still a very good 3DS game, but it's nowhere near as awe-inspiring as The Thousand-Year Door which, if you want to know, remains in my top five all-time game list. Pow.

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reynoldio

I have been playing little bit Vita, hence a touch of Soul Sacrifice demoing has been done - looks great - also PS+ed myself some Thomas was alone which I'm loving playing but agree with Tom in so much as it feels a touch pretentious at times, taking you away from the fun writing, but overall I still think I'll head back to it.
Posted 20:19 on 27 April 2013
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Endless@ Woodfella

I actually really like the voiceover lol. But ive only really seen the intro (which is amazing imo) I can imagine it gets a bit old after a while though.
Posted 13:01 on 27 April 2013
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MJTH

I agree with you Simon, when it comes to Sticker Star. I finished it a while ago, and while I enjoyed myself, it did feel quite lacking in some regards. By removing the RPG elements (apart from the turn based combat itself), the only reason I ever battled anything, was either to grind for coins to use the spinner on the bosses, or just by pure accident. And the final boss in that game is badly design. It either requires you to die to it at least once just so you can work out the puzzles to know what to do, or you need an FAQ to beat.

As for the games I'm playing this week. Fire Emblem: Awakening I tried play the game on hard/classic, but had to give up. The way I play Fire Emblem is that I like to challenge myself by not letting any characters die and when they do I just restart the mission outright. But, that's kind of hard when you're trying to raise Donnel. By Chapter 5 I had just had enough, and had to swap down to normal/classic and play up to that point again. Normal is ok, but the first few levels (up and until chapter 3) are really easy, which is a little patronising a first. The game itself is great though, so playing though parts I'd already done wasn't so bad.
Posted 11:20 on 27 April 2013
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Woodfella@ Endless

Battleblock is great fun, especially on coop. I love how you help each other up to high places and ride in boats, its just so full of whimsy.

But that voice over aarrrrrrrrrgh, putta cork innit bruv. Perhaps a 4 year old would be more appreciative of it though...
Posted 01:35 on 27 April 2013
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Endless

I've been mainly playing Defiance and Battleblock Theater this week. And we only just bought the full version of BBT today, so the rest of the week we've been playing the same trial levels over and over lol. Reason? My 4 year old son loves it, and loves it even more now he can unlock all the different heads :D
Posted 00:55 on 27 April 2013
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pblive

I may have to dust off my copy of PGR4 and give it some love.

Did that sound wrong to you? It was fine in my head...
Posted 21:25 on 26 April 2013
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dazzadavie@ AndySpence

Add me up Andy maybe we could get a VG vs Forum going
Posted 20:37 on 26 April 2013
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AndySpence@ dazzadavie

I too will be happy to play this with friends. Be careful though, Tom is a dirty player
Posted 18:01 on 26 April 2013
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dazzadavie@ TomO

Does the online work, if you ever see me on just drop me a invite and we'll tear up some rubber online (thats not a sexual reference) lol
Posted 17:12 on 26 April 2013
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Clockpunk

Poker Night at the Inventory 2 - Phenomenal.

Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine - Terrific.

Dishonoured - Not quite as good as I had hoped, but still fantastic mechanics and premise.

Dead Island: Riptide - Just picked up 15 minutes ago.

All in all, an excellent week of gaming.
Posted 17:09 on 26 April 2013
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TomO@ dazzadavie

Yes! Another PGR4 fan is born.
Posted 17:08 on 26 April 2013
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Woodfella

Thousand year door is flipping brilliant! It still goes for a fair bit on ebay. Yet to play sticker star unfortunately.

As I have said in the other thread I am playing through the blade runner game and unlike the movie licensed game mentioned above it is rather terrific.

Also still cracking heads in hotline miami, goin' for da big scores boiii.
Posted 17:05 on 26 April 2013
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BC_Animus

I loved Thomas Was Alone on the PC. Gameplays probably wayyyy too simplistic, but I loved the characters - that game has a lot of heart IMO.

As for me I have just finished Dead Island, and I'm jumping back and forward between Neverwinter, Monster Hunter Ultimate, and Final Fantasy XIII atm.

Jumped back into Defiance for an hour or so a day or two back too - while I like the game, not sure if I'll ever get back to it, especially now that I've started Neverwinter, and at the same time trying to clear some of my PS3 backlog before the PS4 comes out.
Posted 16:53 on 26 April 2013
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pblive

Aliens: Colonial Marines for me this week. You know what? It isn't as bad as I thought it would be. Perhaps they fixed a lot in the huge patch that I had to download before I could play it, but it's ok.

Other than that, more Fire Emblem on 3DS and should be playing LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins tonight or tomorrow. You know. that game which Videogamer forgot to add to this week's releases.

I do need to go back to Defiance as well, really enjoyed the game so far but the Xbox has been downstairs. so I need to 'reclaim' it.

Oh, and debating whether to get Monster Hunter 3 on 3DS or Wii U or not at all.
Posted 16:43 on 26 April 2013
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SimonMiller

I've heard a lot of people are keen on Defiance. I haven't played it myself, though. It's not really my thing but it has me intrigued a little.

As soon as I've finished Sticker Star I'm finally playing through Dishonored.
Posted 16:08 on 26 April 2013

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Release Date: 17/09/2009
Developer: Slightly Mad Studios
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Genre: Racing
No. Players: 1-8
Rating: PEGI 3+
Site Rank: 69
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