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Tom Orry, Editor - Mario Kart 7, 3DS

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I hadn't touched a 3DS since I finished with Ocarina of Time 3D, so I nabbed the office copy of Mario Kart 7 in the hope it would be another must-own title the handheld is in desperate need of. It is. I wasn't a huge fan of Mario Kart Wii or Double Dash on the GameCube, and only really dabbled with Mario Kart DS, so the last game in the series I really put any serious amount of time into for my own pleasure was Mario Kart 64. To me Mario Kart 7 manages to have the same spirit and fun factor that the Nintendo 64 exuded, with the only thing missing being the split-screen gaming only possible on a home console. With Ocarina of Time 3D, Star Fox 64 3D, Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land, the 3DS is finally proving to be a worthy successor to the DS, although with those big hitters arriving in 2011, 2012 is going to struggle to compete.

Neon Kelly, Deputy Editor – Batman: Arkham City, PC, PS3, Xbox 360

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Cruel though it may be, there's a certain pleasure in watching the misfortune of others; the Germans call this Schadenfreude. And in my experience as a gamer, Schadenfreude is especially sweet when the victim is someone who was previously mouthing off about their skills.

So the case was with Arkham City this week. My housemate, who had previously sworn that he was going gaming cold turkey, was lured back off the wagon by the shiny presence of the Batman. I watched as he started up a new game, immediately selecting the advanced difficulty level. After all, how hard can hard be?

After 15 minutes of humiliation, my chum gave up and restarted a fresh. It was a case of Batman Begins, followed swiftly by Batman Returns On An Easier Setting.

Martin Gaston, Previews Editor - Sonic Generations, PS3

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Aah, Sonic - back again, I see. While it's a given that I'll play most Sonic games, I found Generations a real curious beast. Moments that are fantastic routinely clash with instances that simply baffle me, creating some kind of weird bipolar game that you're playing smack bang in the middle of a genuine identity crisis. It certainly doesn't help that SEGA can't seem to decide whether it prefers Classic or Modern Sonic, instead juggling the two together and creating a slightly disjointed mix that never quite sits right.

For the most part it plods along in a fairly adequate fashion but then, at times, you get a nod to something great from the series and you're hit with a glimmer of hope that reminds you what it was about Sonic that got you so excited to begin with - and then, as quickly as it appeared, it's gone.

Emily Gera, Staff Writer - Skyrim, Xbox 360

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim screenshot

Surprise, surprise. When I'm not busy ignoring all of the other Game of the Year contenders I'm spending my time playing Skyrim while my life turns in to an infinite loop of Eat, Sleep, Dragons. So I've just killed the final big boss dragon and the narrative still doesn't appear to be over. Still, I'm aiming to have it done with before Star Wars: The Old Republic hits shelves, so that I can make the natural transition from one social life-killing game to another. Wish me luck.

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dav2612

I pretty much played Dead Island all week. There has been a spot of Borderlands and a touch of Mario Kart 7 but mostly it has been zombie bashing.
Posted 09:33 on 05 December 2011
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Still blowing up Steelport in Saints Row The Third.

I need to get into Skyrim again at some point.
Posted 00:31 on 05 December 2011
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Woohoo, finished the main story in Skyrim tonight, and with it unlocked all the achievements for the game. Already looking forward to the future DLC.

Saints Row The Third has seen intermittant play, but can now receive my full attention. The music used in the set pieces is simply phenomenally well-chosen. The expensive Season Pass was purchased, simply because I know that this game will not be traded in. My only hope is that Volition will add some more interactive elements to the game, but as this has been pretty strongly hinted-at, I'm happy.

Also purchased was Beyond Good and Evil HD - only played the first 10 minutes, though. This will be a title saved for play throughout the Christmas week, I feel.

Very quick goes on the multiplayer modes for both The Darkness and Chronicles of Riddick - both very much lacking in their own disappointing ways...
Posted 00:04 on 05 December 2011
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We've all been there, bro.
Posted 22:50 on 04 December 2011
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In a concious effort to clear my back catalogue I've been playing Assassin's Creed (the first one) and Batman Arkham Asylum this week, alongside more Just Dance Kids (it's great fun), New Super Mario Bros on Wii, Mario 3D Land and, from yesterday, Mario Kart 7.
Posted 21:37 on 04 December 2011
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altaranga

Battlefield 3 (probably).

Lego Pirates (completed that muthaflippa at last).

Lego Indiana (with son #1).

And LA Noire.
Posted 21:18 on 04 December 2011
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I started Crysis 2 for the first time the other day. The graphics are pretty good. But, they haven't really impressed me too much. It seems to be a nice looking game smothered in post processing effects. I wasn't blown away.

Unfortunately Crysis 2 hasn't had much of a look in because I decided to restart Red Dead Redemption.

Last time I played this game was my first play-through. The one where I play by the rules and do as I'm told. I really enjoyed it. This time I'm playing the game how I want to. If a nosey civilian decides to look at me funny, then I shoot them in the knee. They don't seem to understand that I'm John Marston, the most feared gunslinger in the west country. I like to mosey-on up to people and stare them in the eye. I seem to get-off on intimidating the town folk of Armadillo. The local sheriff is scared of me due to the amount of deputies who have fallen before me.

This is causing a problem and forced me to see the game in a new, broken, light.

See, however much I love Red Dead [and believe me, i LOVE Red Dead] there seems to be a fundamental problem. I strut around the land doing bad ***** to people. I want to be feared. But pretty much every single mission that the game throws at me raises my honour status. There is no bad morale option to finish missions. So, I spend my free time slaughtering and lowering honour, only to be forced into a mission that makes me raise it again. This isn't really a game breaker. It just makes the morale system seem kinda pointless.

But, I play games for the atmosphere and environments. I play to lose myself in a world. Red Dead Redemption is stunning. The day/night cycle and dynamic weather is always a pleasure to watch. The gunplay is tight and the mood is perfect. So, I imagine that this will be my game of choice for the next couple of weeks.
Posted 10:40 on 04 December 2011
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Skyrim up until Tuesday, at which point I hit the "My quest NPC has moved to an area of the dungeon I cannot reach and I've already used up my last save and 3 autosaves trying to find a workaround to get to him" bug at which point I threw an RPGer hissy fit (easily worse than any FPS hissy fit) and switched to Forza. In its defence, Skyrim's preceeding 150 hours were worth more than what I paid for the game.

Forza has the worst soundtrack in gaming history. If they used it in elevators people would use the stairs more often. And the gameplay is exactly the same as Forza 3, Forza 2 and Forza 1. But I like the challenge, the game offers way more to be getting on with after 1000/1000 completion, which, incidentally, I'm not going to shell out on a Kinect for, I'll be happy with 995/1000 and a never-ending quest to obtain Level 150 Affinity with every manufacturer.

Finally, Rage sneaked onto my 360 for a couple of hours last night. I would have turned it into a marathon but my 36 hour marathon on Forza 4 had taken its toll. So far Rage exceeds every expectation I had for it given the numerous negatives listed here and there in our forums. We laud Crysis 2 for its graphical prowess but Rage seems well ahead of anything I've ever played.

So now I'm torn between 3 games, as I'll be revisiting Skyrim at some point just to see how far I can actually get given that three of my quests have failed due to bugs so far.

Gotta give Rage another bash I think.
Posted 10:02 on 04 December 2011

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