Simon Miller, Editor-In-Chief - Call Of Duty: Black Ops II - Xbox 360

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'What!? You're playing Black Ops II?' Yeah. That's right. What are you going to do about it? Leave a comment? Actually. Please do. That's always good.

Despite never venturing into the second Black Ops, and pretty much saying goodbye to Call of Duty completely after Modern Warfare 2, I fell into it this week. As you'd imagine it still has a huge following, and it's still filled with teenage boys calling each other '****s', 'f*******', and '***t***'. Their parents must be oh so proud...

Ultimately, I wanted to see how it would all pan out, because the last Treyarch game I played - Call of Duty 3 - pretty much ruined the entire franchise for me. As VideoGamer.com's own Steve Burns has heard on countless occasions, attempting to finish its campaign is the equivalent of trying to shoot through treacle. Everything moves so damn slowly. Following on from the awesome COD 2, this was an atrocity.

Black Ops is obviously the developer's high point, though - a series within a series it can now call its own. Unsurprisingly it's just more of the same nowadays, but I still have beef with its map design. They're just not all that memorable. Or fun. I realise I'm in the minority, but Infinity Ward - before it got butchered like a dead pig - crafted near perfection with Modern Warfare and what followed. Every match felt like a big competition.

Now it feels like a bit of a slog.

Brett Phipps, Staff Writer - Dark Souls 2, PS3

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Dark Souls 2 can be an infuriating game. It’s made even more rage-inducing when you have to spend dozens of hours in every inch of the world to the point of memorisation so you can write guides.

I now have three different save files: one my own, the second to learn every nook and cranny and the other to learn the game as a mage. I’ve discovered that mages are at a severe disadvantage for much of the early parts of the game, the lack of the shield being a big factor.

I can’t count the amount of times I’ve been killed while frantically trying to scribble notes between fights in areas I wrongly assumed were safe. I fear my desk may be on the brink of collapse from the amount of times I’ve slammed my fist against it.

If you’ve fallen on hard times in Dark Souls 2, you can read the guides I’ve done here. I’ll continue to update the site with walkthroughs to more areas as I get through them. Stay tuned for Forest of the Fallen Giants and Cardinal Tower soon!

Dave Scammell, Deputy News Editor – Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, Xbox One

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I can't help but feel as if Konami has been a little sneaky with this one, but if you've bought Ground Zeroes I'd be fascinated to hear what you think. One week on, do you already feel like you're done with it, or do you feel there's enough content here to justify its release? Has it got you excited for (or put you off) The Phantom Pain, and is Kiefer Sutherland really as good a Snake as David Hayter? Sound off in the comments below.

Tom Orry, Editorial Director - FIFA 14, PS4

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Boring! Yes, I'm still only playing FIFA 14. So, what? I enjoy it. Well, I enjoy it about 10 per cent of the time when I'm not losing terribly or spending hard-earned coins on awful player packs that churn out mediocre rubbish.

I did manage to get my hands on Pirlo from a pack, although his 86 rating is perhaps slightly generous given that he's slower than an obese pug. Still, he's now the highest rated player I've ever owned, and is currently playing in a midfield triangle with Gerrard and Isco.

Joe Hill, Work Experience Dude - Resident Evil 6, Xbox 360

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You’ve changed man… I’ve been playing a lot of Resident Evil 6 this week, and I’m finding the mercenaries mode is tickling some primitive perfectionist node deep within my brainbox. It’s really quite immediately satisfying, even if it doesn’t really feel like Resi in the classical sense.
Speaking of which, would it be safe to just properly chuck Resi out of the horror-genre clubhouse now?

Sure, genres are an imperfect, ephemeral concept, and the definition of any given genre is in a constant state of flux, but I german suplexed a zombie last night. I’m not saying that earlier Resident Evils were perfect examples of the survival-horror genre, or that there’s nothing left of the old Resi in RE6’s genome, but if a new film in the Alien franchise came out that featured Ripley whacking the sharpshooter on a facehugger, we’d probably agree that the franchise had made something of an inter-genre transition.

I mean, I’m running around in Mercenaries mode with Leon in a pirate costume, action sliding past walking corpses and bayoneting dogs. It’s as much about body slams and three-punch combos as it is about carefully placed headshots to conserve ammo now. It ain’t bad but it ain’t horror.

It’s like bumping into an old acquaintance who was always quietly intense at school and used to read Catcher In The Rye on his lunchbreak, only now he’s in a Walkabout doing a Jaeger Train with some rugby friends.
It’s weird at first, but if you can learn to accept him for what he’s become you might find he’s a right proper laugh.

So here’s my conclusion: Resident Evil 6 is the greatest wrestling game since No Mercy on the N64, and a perfectly decent dog-murder sim to boot.

Steve Burns, Reviews and Features Editor - FIFA 14, PS4

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What have I been playing this week? FIFA 14 on PS4, of course, where my front four of Ibra, Lewendowski, Reus and Jonathan Dos Santos are laying waste to everyone in my path. I've also been playing Watching Netflix On My PS4, which is probably the best 'game' on the system.

Oh, and Dark Souls.

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BritishWolf

I feel I am done with Ground Zeroes for now but it's nice to know I have a next gen Metal Gear game there if ever I feel the need for some stealth action
Posted 13:04 on 29 March 2014
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Drenik

Bought Metal Gear Solid: GZ yesterday and I've been playing it off and on since. I usually don't care much for perfecting games but it's just really fun. The AI can really be smart at times and the base is a big fun playground to be in, I still don't know if I can really say it's worth $40 honestly, but I don't regret buying it.
Posted 13:03 on 29 March 2014
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Bloodstorm

Diablo 3 (not Reaper of Souls), the game is just far too much fun with 4 people. Boosting my friends Wizard then we're going to take on the armies of Torment 5-6.

League of Legends, last weekend i went to a big LAN with 2 friends and 2 other randomers, we came second and lost 2-1 in our final matches. Highlight of the day came from Diamond players who asked what my rank was, told them i was Bronze 1 and that i never really touch ranked, they told me to stick with it and that i play at a much higher rank than i am. Was quite chuffed.

The Typing of the dead. Nuff said.
Posted 12:02 on 29 March 2014
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Manguy17

Been slowly plodding through Infamous second son. Jim was spot on about it getting considerably better once you get the neon power. The paper trail dlc seems pretty interesting (although trying to complete it via the ps4 web browser was a huge mistake). The puzzles seem to change slightly for every player, so if you complete them within the first few days they are out you cant just use a guide.

Contemplating picking up dragons dogma, but I dont dare try to pry open my 360's disc tray and the download version is twice the price of the disc =(
Posted 12:00 on 29 March 2014
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pblive

EDF again. Every level just seems to up the number of enemies. It's frantic fun, especially playing as an air diver.

Also Luftrausers on Vita, which is brilliant and very addictive.
Posted 23:18 on 28 March 2014
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scaz2244

Been playing a fair few days on Titanfall cant stop playing it! needs more maps though!.

also MGSGZ i think its a great game! and its wetting my appetite for MGSV. Keither Sunderland is almost on a par with David Hayter. I think its really started something with the open battlefield kinda vibe, planning on different approaches and scoping an area out couldn't be more fun.
Posted 23:07 on 28 March 2014
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DaveSimonH

On Vita - Rayman Origins & Touch My Katamari
On 360 - Batman Arkham City

I've had the Vita a few months and still haven't bought 2nd cartridge game. I bought a couple of games on the PS store in January or Xmas sales, and had the 10 game pack from my Vita bundle but apart from that I'm happy enough with the PS+ games each month.
I've finished Katamari a few times, a very short game. Still on first playthrough of Origins, funny playing another Rayman game again, I had the original on the PS1.

Not a huge fan of the combat it the Batman games, but guess it gets the job done. I definitely prefer Asylum to City, much tighter story. All the side missions in City are too distracting.
Posted 22:28 on 28 March 2014
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Bretty

I'm enjoying MGS GZ. I only just completed the main mission last night (took me about 3 hours but I took my time and explored/messed up quite a bit). I still have the side missions to play and imagine I will redo the main mission quite a few times, especially exploring it to try and find all the hostages and secrets. I know I could use a walkthrough to do that but MGS GZ seems like the kind of game that's kind of ruined if you try to use a walkthrough.

It reminds me of VR Missions but with a lot more to do within the mission… and I loved VR Missions. After a while you know what to do but you keep trying to beat your score.
Posted 17:20 on 28 March 2014

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