Batman: Arkham City Features for Xbox 360

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Tom Orry, Editor - Batman: Arkham City, Xbox 360, PS3

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I'm slowly beginning to see why Arkham City got so many incredible review scores. I really wasn't loving it at first, but now the controls don't feel as fiddly, and the game's story and characters are all coming together. It helps that it's a real looker, too, with some of the finest environments I've seen - although the facial animations could do with some work. I've just fought a certain pint-sized cretin (which was great) and am now really looking forward to what lies ahead. And the sooner I can finish this off the quicker I can start on Skyrim... no, Gears 3... no, Forza 4... oh I give up!

Neon Kelly, Deputy Editor - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

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By now I think we all know what to expect from a new Call of Duty, but there's one thing in Modern Warfare 3 that caught me by surprise: it's not an "OMG I JUST GOT SHOT" plot twist, dramatic helicopter crash, or wearisome controversial massacre. It's not even the fact that I suck at multiplayer; I have yet to give it a go, but it's a safe bet that I do.

No, the thing that caught me off guard is how much I enjoy the Survival mode. Wave-based mini-games are two-a-penny these days, but there's something about CoD's style that makes it inherently suited to the format. I certainly enjoy the action here a lot more than in the single-player campaign; you have to maintain a degree of 360 degree awareness, as opposed to the linear progression you get with the latter. I'll certainly see the story through to its conclusion, and I'll invariably give multiplayer a whirl, but something tells me that I'll be spending most of my time with Spec Ops for this one.

Martin Gaston, Previews Editor - Tetris, 3DS

Tetris screenshot

84 frigging lines? I can do better than that. In my peak I was clearing 120. Let's be honest, though - has anybody ever completed all 150 lines of Tetris' cruel Marathon mode? How about you at the back? I thought not. I haven't played this for years, but right now I'm being t-spinned into a crazed frenzy by my continuing ineptitude.

Tetris is easily one of the most defining games of my life, but it must be one of the absolute worst games for a developer to work on - if you even try and add your own stamp or flourish it will inevitably be a failure. What the raging nutsack was Tetris Splash supposed to be? All people want is Marathon mode.

Tetris 3DS' other modes and features? Guff. The lot of them. Especially the AR modes.

Emily Gera, Staff Writer – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Xbox 360

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim screenshot

It's happened - I've reached that point in my career that I've always hoped for, where my job consists almost exclusively of looking at pictures of dragons. God bless you, Skyrim. I've been playing this for the last week or so and still have barely cracked it. I reckon I'm forty hours in and I'm still stuck at around level 16, which says something about the size of this thing. It's a big game, it's a good game - it's crashed on me twice but it's a good game. While I've never been a die-hard fan of Bethesda's take on fantasy RPGs (the levelling system will always be a bit of a pain in the neck, in my eyes), if you like RPGs and you're not playing this you are an actual idiot.

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munkee@ clangod

Dead Space is still one of my, very few, favourites this generation.
Posted 13:00 on 14 November 2011
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clangod

Bit of BF3, some FIFA12. A little Dead Space and an assortment of quick blast on others.

Tomorrow. Skyrim.
Posted 11:44 on 14 November 2011
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dav2612

I made a start on Borderlands. Seems decent but I'm not quite understanding the high praise it gets, perhaps if I wasn't attacked by a dozen skag creatures every 5 minutes I might be able to enjoy it a bit more.
Posted 10:41 on 14 November 2011
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MrGloomy

Currently flicming between BF3 and COD3. Because of this trend, making comparisons are inevitable.

I've had quite a few online games of CoD and in short time got to lvl30, but I still feel that it feels slow. It seems now mobility is more greatly effected by weapon choice so therefore I've become more of a sub-machine gun player. Really enjoying the Kill Confirmed mode, but the MP still feels like a Fuster Cluck. Really need to try out the Spec Ops and Survival modes. I have to admit though, I had a quick go on Black Ops after playing CoD3 online and had a much better time. I'm not brilliant at Black Ops, but the balancing feels better.

I'm enjoying the BF3 MP more and more as I getting better rewards for my lovely guns of bangy death. Had some awesome matches over the weekend, but I still can't be bothered to use vehicles much. I get just as much fun blowing them up.
Posted 10:36 on 14 November 2011
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Woffls

SSSKKKKYYYYYYRRRIIIIIIMMMMMM ^_________^

Put about 20 hours in over the weekend and currently at level 14, I think. I'm just looting places and putting it all in my house. That feeling of battling your way through some creepy ass dungeon, then finding some huge Honed Ancient Nord Ultrasword of Burning and Fire and Stuff.... yeeahhhhh
Posted 10:33 on 14 November 2011
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munkee@ guyderman

Yeah, I finished the main story last night. What a roller coaster of an ending. It just kept on giving. Finished with about 60%. Off to get Skyrim this week :)
Posted 09:47 on 14 November 2011
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guyderman@ munkee

@ Munkee - I found it better to concentrate on the story and then go for everything else after, just so it didn't interfere with the flow of what is a great piece of story telling!

Still got around 100 trophies to get on Batman, but this will be taking a back seat for the moment as Skyrim is in the disc tray and I don't see it coming out any time soon!
Posted 08:41 on 14 November 2011
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pblive

Tetris is just one of those games that makes you keep going back despite futile efforts to get further.

Battlefield 3 single player for me this week. Still need to finish it before MW3 arrives, though not exactly in a position to concentrate on playing for too long.
Posted 08:27 on 14 November 2011
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Wido

Skyrim, Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary & MW3 in this crammed packed weekend.
Posted 22:08 on 13 November 2011
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Clockpunk

Tracked down every last riddle in Arkham City - the last few were really tricky to get, but 100%'d the main game - now to start the challenge maps and New Game+!

Skyrim, of course. Although a beautifully crafted game, I feel there's so much more that could have been realised. I would personally have loved to seen a heat-based mechanic become more central to the gameplay, given the landscape/setting. Lockpicking feel far too clunky, and I would have much preferred to see Oblivion's version make a return, than the simplified Fallout version of the minigame. Still, the thrill of coming across new Dragontongue words is pretty damn good! Even if I did see a Mammoth spawn in the sky and fall to the ground at one point... :p

DLC Quest - Interesting and fun little Indie Game, taking a poke at the extent to which DLC is beginning to dominate retail titles.
Posted 14:57 on 13 November 2011
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87Sarah

No thank you...

Been playing Modern Warfare 3 most days, had a quick go on Black Ops when MW3 wouldn't allow me online.
Also had a little more of a go at Uncharted 2 and I've now stopped on alevel involving hanging off the side of a train trying to avoid a helicopter and signals. I'm not stuck on it, I just had to go out and saved it at that point. Now every time I think about it I know exactly what I'm going to have to do which for some reason is making me think "I'll just leave it til later when I 'm in the mood for something a bit more full on. For now, MW3!"
Posted 13:52 on 13 November 2011
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dazzadavie

Umm Battlefield 3, Battlefield 3 and Battlefield 3 oh and Fifa 12.
Yep BF3 has left my disk drive this week but not for long as tonight it'll be firmly back in place.

Borrowed Fifa 12 from a mate at work as I had another friend coming over, so fifa it was for the night. This in turn makes it the perfect game to play while the little one has here sleep on the couch, as you don't need sound for it. Just beat pompy 3-0 with saints and now handing it back I feel the job has been done.

Still my chopper skills improve as I went a entire round of conquest with out being shot down or crashing(the fact I didn't get a kill doesn't matter).
Posted 12:43 on 13 November 2011
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FantasyMeister

I bought my first house in Skyrim, and started to furnish it. I put all my spare loot into a drawer upstairs, but am looking forward to having one drawer for alchemy ingredients, one drawer for smithing ingredients and so on.

My second Dragon kill wasn't quite as epic as the first, I was wondering around and discovered a Dragon attacking a Mammoth, whilst being attacked itself by two Giants and, strangely enough, a Mudcrab.

So I killed the Mudcrab, the two Giants finished off the Dragon, and I absorbed a freebie Dragon Soul as the Giants celebrated their victory.

Yet aside from killing this new type of flying beastie, I've yet to do anything markedly different from when I was touring Cyrodiil, though I've yet to actually use a Dragon Shout in combat (I keep forgetting I've got it, or use it to slow down foxes so I can whack'em more easily).

On the plus side, I've completely forgotten I'm meant to be getting 1000/1000 in Just Cause 2, so at least Skyrim is just as immersive as Oblivion. Oblivion had that awesome moment when the Oblivion gates started to open up and offered completely new gameplay experiences, I wonder if Skyrim will do the same later on? Time to go find out!
Posted 12:32 on 13 November 2011
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altaranga

Battlefield 3. Didn't know there were any other games out there atm. ;)
Posted 11:18 on 13 November 2011
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munkee

I'm the same as Tom Orry. I started Batman AC and really wasn't enjoying it. Even though I LOVED the first game. I think after the brief [fantastic] introduction, the game piles on a bit too much, a bit too fast and pushes you towards a very cluttered area of the map. I went into work after my first evening playing and was a little sad about not really enjoying the game. BUT.. I'm now about halfway through the game and it is AMAZING. The world has opened up a bit, my manoeuvrability is on form and goons fall at my feet in pain. The main characters are all vibrant and the environments they reside in are all interesting and feature-full.

I think my only complaint would be that the open world and choice of various missions, or activities, can sometimes get in the way of a great piece of story telling and break your experience with your current nemesis. You should be paying attention to the criminal mastermind at hand. But instead tend to, mid-story, focus on a side mission that gets in your way.

Overall there is so much content here, and presented with such a high standard, that any complaints are pointless.. The game is fantastic.
Posted 10:48 on 13 November 2011

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Release Date: 21/10/2011
Developer: Rocksteady Studios
Publisher: Warner Bros.
Genre: Action
Rating: BBFC 15
Site Rank: 423 8
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