Final Fantasy XIII

Final Fantasy XIII Features for PS3

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Tom Orry, Editor – Alice in Wonderland, DS

Alice in Wonderland screenshot

After what has seemed like a great run of great games, this week has been a bit more like what the early part of the year is normally like. Not that I haven't played some good games, mind. Most surprising was Disney's Alice in Wonderland on the DS. The game combines simple platforming with equally simple puzzles, but it does so in a quite brilliant style. It's most definitely a game aimed at kids, but the quirky visuals and inventive puzzles made the adventure a very enjoyable one. It's not a game I'd recommend for adults over one of the many triple-A releases we've had over the last few months, but if your kids want it, maybe give it go before handing it over.

Wesley Yin-Poole, Deputy Editor - Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes, DS

Might & Magic Clash of Heroes screenshot

If you own a DS, and you like strategy puzzle games, then Clash of Heroes is a must own. Its Lord of the Rings-lite fantasy setting and 16-bit JRPG style lend it a SNES-era Final Fantasy look, but it plays more like PuzzleQuest. It's devilishly addictive, with some wonderfully balanced combat and head scratching one-off puzzles. The developer, little-known Canadian studio Capybara, deserves credit for taking a stale license and not only breathing new life into it, but whisking off in an entirely new, refreshing direction. Clash of Heroes has just been announced for XBLA and PSN, and it looks beautiful. With any luck, we're witnessing the start of something wonderful.

Neon Kelly, Previews Editor – Mafia II, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC

Mafia II screenshot

As my recent preview notes, I'd been waiting a long time to play Mafia II. Thankfully, my first hands-on with the game didn't disappoint: there are still bugs that need to be ironed out, but when it comes to atmosphere, dialogue and attention to detail, this game has buckets of potential. Empire Bay is a subtly-drawn celebration of 1950s style, and the period soundtrack is seriously classy too. Weirdly one of my favourite moments from the demo was also one of the quietest: between jobs I stopped into a bar, stuck a tune on the jukebox, and stood at the bar knocking back brandy till the screen started to go blurry. Rest assured, the gunfights are great too – I just get a kick out of the open world that 2K Czech has created. These guys love gangster mythology, and it shows.

Sebastian Ford, Video Producer - God of War III, PS3

God of War III screenshot

I hadn't bought a ticket for this hype train (heading non-stop to Kratos City) quite simply because I had never played the first two in the series. I wasn't avoiding these games, I just never found myself with a copy, and a free moment to play in at the same time. I wish I had, because I'm sure it would have improved an already mind blowing experience. The opening 45 minutes alone may well go down in history as some of the finest gaming has to offer. Whether it's from the visceral fights, the breathtaking graphics or the downright gruesome disembowelment quick time events, even the biggest hack 'n' slash haters will have trouble keeping their jaws off the floor.

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altaranga

MW2.

Not a lot this week.
Posted 07:26 on 27 March 2010
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Fuzzynutz

I have been playing C.O.D MW2 with my twins.
Posted 19:26 on 26 March 2010
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guyderman

Just finished Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time and have now got a couple of days to fill before God of War 3 - I think I'll do a bit more on Red Faction Guerilla and Brutal Legend over the next couple of nights.
Posted 11:50 on 15 March 2010
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dav2612

Saw
Bionic Commando
Prince of Persia
Posted 09:17 on 15 March 2010
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South_East_Jedi

God of War 3, Bad Comp 2, Star Trek Online
Posted 09:15 on 15 March 2010
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altaranga

Uncharted 2
MOW 2
Simples.
Posted 08:47 on 15 March 2010
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Ghost_Dog

Half-Life 2 (again)

Why aren't more games like it?
Posted 23:15 on 14 March 2010
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RyanDevine

Heavy Rain (PS3)
Final Fantasy XIII (PS3)
Uncharted 2 (PS3)
Modern Warfare 2 (XBOX360)
Sims 3 (Mac)
Posted 18:41 on 14 March 2010
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MJTH

New super mario bros wii and mario galaxy, yeah I'm taking my time with games now on since my goal to finish both and home work, and exams and coursework before galaxy 2 is near impossible, unless the teachers give us a break on that stuff after my end of term mocks.
Posted 17:16 on 14 March 2010
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Get2DaChoppa

Bit the bullet and went out and bought FF13, liking it so far, few annoyances, mainly the linearity that everyone else seems to have a problem with, but will persevere.
Posted 14:26 on 14 March 2010
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renegade

GTA IV
Bad Company 2
FF 13
Posted 14:06 on 14 March 2010
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jakeistheman

40 hours of fallout3 GOTY edition, and yes i have a life.
Posted 12:54 on 14 March 2010
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FantasyMeister

Nice hardcore week for me this week, 72 hours of FFXIII which made me remember why I love videogames so much and why out of all the games I've played over the last 32 years I'll always retain a special place for the FF series.

Also played the opening tutorial of Red Faction: Guerrilla, which reminds me that my growing pile of games to complete after completing Final Fantasy XIII is packed with quality stuff.
Posted 12:27 on 14 March 2010
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cousinwalter

Left 4 Dead 2 (Mac)
Braid (PS3)
Tales of Monkey Island (Mac)
Posted 12:11 on 14 March 2010
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scaz2244

mass effect 2
heavy rain
ff7- stil aint completed it
ODST
god of war 3 demo
Posted 11:50 on 14 March 2010

Game Stats

Release Date: 09/03/2010
Developer: Square-Enix Co
Publisher: Square-Enix Co
Genre: RPG
Rating: PEGI 16+
Site Rank: 1,368
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