Tom Orry, Editorial Director - Gears of War: Judgment, Xbox 360

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It's no secret that I'm a big Gears of War fan. I've really enjoyed all the games and firmly believe they offer some of the best third-person action in gaming. So, why am I already bored with Gears of War: Judgment? I'm only about 90 minutes into the campaign, but it has to rank as one of the most forgettable openings ever. Sure, it looks pretty (very pretty at points), handles well, and feels very Gears, but I felt like putting the controller down after every end of level score screen. The way Judgment feels broken up into small, bite-sized chunks may well be the reason I feel so apathetic towards it. In previous Gears titles I've always wanted to push on to see what would happen next. Currently all the Judgment campaign seems to be offering is an ever-increasing cache of stars.

Simon Miller, Editor-In-Chief – The Last Of Us, PS3

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Due to the nature of the beast I can't say much about The Last Of Us – come back to this Wednesday if you want my full thoughts – but this week has seen me start and finish Naughty Dog's latest game.

If you're a regular to the site you may have noticed that my early impressions fell within the realm of being slightly worried about it, going as far as to say it may not be the experience I hoped it would. All I'll say is I was very, very wrong...

Dave Scammell, Deputy News Editor – Remember Me, Xbox 360

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Without going into too much detail (the review embargo for this one isn't until next week, folks), I'm having a love/hate relationship with Remember Me. There are fleeting moments of something very special here, but they're always sandwiched between B-grade nonsense that detracts from the overall quality. It's frustrating, because Remember Me has the potential to be so incredibly good. The Memory Remix sequences, for example, as few as there seem to be, are fantastic, but they're let down by everything going on around them.

The dialogue is by far the biggest offender. There's an action sequence midway through that attempts to use Little Red Riding Hood as a metaphor for what's occurring on-screen – and it's spectacularly awkward, unnatural and, frankly, absolute garbage. In the end, Remember Me often comes across as something that thinks it's far more intelligent than it really is. But (and maybe I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt here) I can't work out whether that's down to something being lost in translation, or if it's simply just an outright shoddy script. Either way, I'd expect some pretty mixed scores for this one next week.

Steve Burns, Reviews and Features Editor – World War Z, iOS

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So toxic it's likely to turn you into a raging killing machine, this movie tie-in is among the worst games of the year. It may well be the worst. A zombie shooter where your enemies run at you in slow-motion like an undead YouTube recreation of Chariots of Fire, mixed with exploration elements that ask you to pick up books and tap computers. Not log on, not search for clues, just tap, like the monkeys at the monolith at the beginning of 2001. Did I mention that your movement is so sluggish and disjointed that you may well become to confused as to which side of the zombie war you're on?

Oh, and it has rubbish in-app purchases. Wonderful.

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I also meant to say that the iOS adaptation of Warhammer Quest has been eating up a fair bit of my time - very good implementation of the basic game, but I didlike itnently the fact that - very much like the real thing, back in the day - the in-App Transactions are so expensive, and for things that should really have been included as standard...

Especially as you can find items for character not yet purchased in the game, but cannot use them...
Posted 11:21 on 03 June 2013
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Not a lot this week Got some Real Racing 3 in after a lot of my times were beaten by co-workers. Changed my controls from tap and auto accelerate to tilt and manual acc/break, my times have increased two fold.
Game Dev Story has also been getting a look on my kindle.
Posted 07:15 on 03 June 2013
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BC_Animus@ FantasyMeister

@FM Meh too lazy to go back to Defiance atm. I HAVE gone back to Diablo III. after hearing that folks have made 10s of thousands of dollars in the real money AH, but thus far... not a single cent for me.

Have also been playing Marvel Heroes - basically Marvel Ultimate Alliance, but online, and with a lot more characters and equipable loot.

Lastly on the console front I've been playing Tron: Evolution. Started on Hard, but that kinda proved a bit too hard for me (I'm lazy) so I've restarted it again on Normal. Have to say too tried this with 3D on and with it off, and this is the first game I have tried where I actually prefer it with 3D.
Posted 12:51 on 02 June 2013
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Been playing GRID 2 a bit this weekend. It has this Gran Tourismo 3/ Japan feel to the game from the PS2 days... It isn't a bad vibe by all means, just nostalgia beaming through and flashbacks of my youth playing GT3 at Christmas when I got a PS2. When I say it has this feel, its the music and the menu's etc.

Overall, its a very good game. Face off appears again from the first game, though I haven't come across the superb destruction derby modes yet. I gather they took them out for that more authentic racing experience?

Played Dead Island Riptide as well with Clockpunk yesterday. Nice couple of hours sunk away, realising it was 7 o'clock before our eyes when we started playing around 3 there after haha. Still little bit rough around the edges, though still a fantastic game to play with friends. Solo experience? Meh, you could, but it just wouldn't be as fun.

I have this urge to pick up Resident Evil Revelations for the 360. I have the game on the 3DS and is easily my favourite Resi game... Yup, beats number 2, throw rocks at me :scared:

If I did pick up a copy today probably get Resi Evil 6 alongside it to finish that too!
Posted 12:01 on 02 June 2013
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Finally finished and 100%'d FarCry 3: Blood Dragon,... Game of the Year, thus far. A few things could have been improved - a little personal skill customisation, slightly better AI, a few more weapon upgrades (where the hell was the laser sword knife upgrade? :p)... but on the whole, an excellent experience that certainly had me laughing.

Spiderman: Web of Shadows just keeps getting better and better, once you learn how to web swing properly. The camera can be a bit buggy, especially when you do some really fancy moves, but a duble jump is usually enough to sort that out. Combat is clunky, but I *really* wish Beenox had included this movement style in last year's Amazing Spider-Man tie-in, which would have made it... well... an amazing title! :-/

Also resumed my last playthrough of Bully again, which remains one of my favourite games of all time - all because I'm getting very excited for GTA V... (curse the intervening summer months! Roll on September!)
Posted 10:34 on 02 June 2013


A pretty barren week of gaming for me, due to time constraints and running of festivals. A bit of 3DS Monster Hunter and LEGO City Undercover and mostly iOS and Android games besides this.
Posted 23:56 on 01 June 2013
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I downloaded Krieg this morning and have been having a blat playing through Borderlands 2 again, he is a super fun class to play as so far although I've done a couple of respecs Level 15 only one away from light the fuse, also planning on playing through in public mode as it's always more fun with friends, even if they are strangers.....STRIP THE FLESH, SALT THE WOUND!
Posted 23:22 on 01 June 2013


Started a whale force dark souls play through with my bro on coop.

Basically you cant level up and have to use your starting equipment. No elemental upgrades allowed.

We haven't decided yet whether we are allowed to use other weapons that suit our class(cleric and knight) other than starting equip. Just havin fun playing dark souls a new way, really.

Just killed the gaping dragon. FORWARD UNTO BLIGHT TOWN
Posted 19:31 on 01 June 2013
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My second pair of Turtle Beach headsets expired, or at least decided to go all one-way communications on me and mono instead of stereo, so I ditched comms altogether and am currently using the Philips headphones for my aural pleasure in Defiance.

The bass is deafening in a great way, every single shot fired has a major resonance to it, every roar of the engine becomes meaningful, and I'm just amazed at how much difference a little thing like switching sound output devices can make.

And I've worked out that with daily missions and a little sniping I can complete Defiance on June 15th (I've already played through the storyline 3 times and killed the boss with an Assault Rifle, a Bio Magnetic Gun and a Shotgun on each visit).

But it's an MMO with loot. Completion means I'm just getting started. I wonder what the bonuses on weapons, shields and grenades are like at EGO 5000? That's what drives me.
Posted 16:39 on 31 May 2013

Game Stats

Release Date: 14/06/2013
Developer: Naughty Dog
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Genre: Action
Rating: PEGI 18+
Site Rank: 173 7
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