Star Wars: The Old Republic

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Tom Orry, Editor - Hungry Giraffe, PS Mini

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I started a three-month PlayStation Plus membership this week to see what it offered and one of the freebies was Hungry Giraffe, a PS Mini that also works on PS3 complete with higher quality artwork. Essentially it's one of those endless running games, except you're moving upwards instead of across the screen, you're not running but are instead a giraffe's head on the end of what I assume is an elasticised neck, and you must eat items in order to continue to propel yourself upwards. As is the way with these score-based titles, one go quickly turns into numerous attempts and before too long you've been playing for 30 minutes without even blinking.

Neon Kelly, Deputy and Features Editor – Catherine, PS3, Xbox 360

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When Catherine is being annoying, it's almost unbearable. The block-shifting sequences are already blessed with Rottweiler-like levels of meanness, and then one of the early bosses uses an attack that reverses your controls. This pissed me off to the point that I punched the sofa; the last game to rile me this much was Dark Souls, and even then it took about 40 hours of play before it sparked that level of anger (stupid Crystal Cave with its stupid invisible walkways).

I like a challenge – even an unfair one, if the rest of the game motivates me – but every so often Catherine oversteps my invisible line in the sand. Despite that, there's no way I'm not going back for more. It's a brilliantly unusual game, packed with vivid and remarkable imagery, and it's approach to character-driven storytelling is laudably mature. I've heard a few people – Martin included – complaining about the latter stages of the plot, but there's no way I won't play this through to experience the ending for myself. Hell, as hard as it is, I'll be damned if I'll drop the difficulty down a notch. Control quirks aside, the core puzzling is pretty smart too... when it's not making me Hulk out, that is.

Martin Gaston, Reviews Editor - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Xbox 360

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So the Dark Brotherhood are essentially a bunch of jerks who roam about killing people and then laughing about it, but it's all quite comedic because their base of operations isn't really that sinister and you get the impression they're all a bit of a murderous joke. They keep saying I've got loads of potential and that I'm basically the New Hotness, but I'm not sure what they see in me because I spend most of my time exploring caves and looking at things instead of actually completing assassinations.

Anyway, my latest Dark Brotherhood contract has sent me to a little cave called Volunruud to find out something about something I've already forgotten about. Volunruud has a secret door - a secret door! I couldn't help but investigate. What's behind it? Some bastard hard boss who is a complete and utter pain in the balls, and who keeps smashing my brains out of my ears every time I go in his stupid throne room. I'm going to have to swallow my pride and make a tactical retreat - I'll come back when I'm level 30 and we'll see who is murdering who then, WON'T WE KVENEL.

Emily Gera, MMO Editor – Star Wars: The Old Republic, PC

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Yeah still levelling, don't get too excited. Glucas' companion Vette is now filled with nothing but disdain for him after I went too dark side to be able to continuously chat her up. So there goes that romance plotline. So far I've been bumbling about a jungle in Dromund Kaas for a few levels, while infiltrating the Revan cult that's been meandering around town. Apparently bald-face lies are Glucas' forte and he's already rocketed through the ranks and met the cult's secret leader. Beats having to repeatedly kill 10 kobolds.

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David_C

I've still been plodding through Uncharted 3 with the odd hour here and there. It gets better as it goes along but I'm a little underwhelmed with it overall. I'm hopng I'll get some time to myself to make a dent in a few games soon but so far it's not happening this year.

I am however, eagerly awaiting the Skyrim patch...I am missing that game muchly :(
Posted 19:09 on 06 February 2012
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The Sims 3 Pets for me all week. I've had a break to watch more of my friends boxset of Desperate Housewives but quickly returned in my effort of trying to complete it or at least get that platinum trophy...
Posted 15:33 on 06 February 2012
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draytone

I hit up the multiplayer Syndicate demo over the weekend and it was great fun. I was just thinking about renting it but I'm coming round to the idea of picking it up now.

I also downloaded the NFL Madden 2012 demo, fooling myself into thinking that I'll be able to understand the crazy ass rules to NFL in time for the Super bowl last night. I managed a touch down but don't really have a clue as to how it happened.
Posted 12:47 on 06 February 2012
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dav2612

I've mostly been playing Fallout New Vegas and Sonic Generations. Sonic is blisteringly fast, too fast for me at times but I'm enjoying it nevertheless.

@clockpunk: a wingstick to the head is a lovely moment. Provided it is the head of someone else.
Posted 09:11 on 06 February 2012
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Wido@ BC_Animus

SCV in my opinion is pretty good. It is clunky sometimes when you are swinging a weapon around, but the visuals are very nice. The online is good as well and is full of decent players, but it will be the community which decide whether or not the online counterpart will be of any use.

If you are offline type of player then there isn't much to do other than go through all the quick battles earning the titles, 240 of them to be unlocked. The story mode was beyond beggar's belief on how cheesy and pathetic it was. That's my main gripe with the game and the unforgiving range of Nightmare, Siegfried and a few other characters.
Posted 18:24 on 05 February 2012
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Clockpunk

The first of my games-bonanza dipped into is Rage, and I must admit that I am really enjoying it. Much, much more than the demo led me to believe I would. It is rather cheesy, linear, and a bit forced, but it is fun. A particularly nice asset are the Wingsticks. I am surprised most of the guns you pick up are so clean, and precise after so long a period of little-to-no maintenance... ;)

Picked up the MGS: HD Collection on Friday, but only had a chance to start MGS2, before company arrived for a weekend visit. Looking to get on with that this week, so that the main attraction (MGS3) may be pursued.

Funnily enough, I also returned (briefly) to Test Drive Unlimited 2 - solely because i felt like a little racing, and that is still one of my top games of 2011. Also renewed my interest in attaining the final three achievements I need to fully complete the game...
Posted 17:28 on 05 February 2012
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andyb2610

Picked up Forza 4 on friday and really enjoying it thus far, looking to download additional DLC to unlock a wider range of cars. The addition of the Top Gear test track has grapped a lot of my attention.
Posted 16:57 on 05 February 2012
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BC_Animus

So Wido what do you think of SoulCalibur V? I played a bit of that too, but wasn't too impressed. I got bored with it pretty quickly. Who knows maybe it's a decent online game, but as a offline only player I thought it was pretty average. I like fighting games but I suck at them, and my net connection sucks so I rarely go online with them. Anyways I don't really like any of the characters this time round either, and to be honest the main story mode bores me.

The rest of my time I've been back in Final Fantasy XIV. Still enjoying my return to that game thus far. Been busy doing my quests towards earning my own personal chocobo, though I have just hit a wall where the game requires me to find a party of adventurers - which, sadly can be kinda hard to find in this game unless you are in a clan filled with friends. Rage quitting soon perhaps? Hmmm, only time will tell.
Posted 14:25 on 05 February 2012
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MJTH

Continued playing with Dust force this week and beat all of the standard level, now I starting to feel the difficulty curve rising on the normal locked levels. Finishing a level is mostly easy in this game but you don't gain anything unless you perfect it, which I like. I've started to you use first attempts more to scout out a level rather then just throwing myself at it over and over. This is by definition a precision platformer.
Posted 12:51 on 05 February 2012
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FantasyMeister

SW:TOR for me again, with a little diversion here and there to stay in the top 40 Poker ranking in Test Drive Unlimited 2.

SW:TOR is starting to lose its original lustre as the number of bugs that affect my Codex entries get discovered, the number of nodes I can't harvest increases, and the length of time I'm sitting in queues waiting for a Warzone to start exceeds anything remotely reasonable.

I'm still discovering lots of wonderful little quests though, like this morning I spent several hours just doing stuff I'd missed out earlier on Balmorra and ended up seizing an arms factory and exposing the Republic who were secretly supplying resistance forces there, which of course puts the fragile 'peace treaty' at risk. Very Skyrim-esque, just needs more of it.

Some people complain that the planets are too small, I guess they're not taking into account some of the planet-sized instances that are dotted around on each one, just need to pick up the right quest to access them.

And my poker skill increased, managed to knock 6 players out of a tournament at the same time with a lowly 2 pairs.
Posted 12:19 on 05 February 2012
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Wido

Been playing Soul Calibur V a lot since it came through the post yesterday. Not played MGS HD Collection since Friday. Done the tanker part and now on Big Shell. I will play it later today.
Posted 11:54 on 05 February 2012

Game Stats

Release Date: 13/12/2011
Developer: Bioware
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Genre: Sci-Fi RPG
No. Players: 1 + Online
Rating: BBFC 12
Site Rank: 916
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