Batman: Arkham City

Batman: Arkham City Features for Xbox 360

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

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I really enjoyed Arkham Asylum, and Martin's Arkham City review made me very keen to start the sequel as soon as I finished Portal 2. While I appreciate the world that Rocksteady has created, complete with tons of villains, I'm currently not loving the experience. Maybe I've just got to retune my brain to the way the Batman games play, but it all feels a bit clumsy at the moment. I'm no more than two hours in, so I'm hoping things will improve and I'll come to agree with the generally glowing praise the game has elsewhere.

Neon Kelly, Deputy Editor - Geometry Wars 2: Retro Evolved, Xbox 360

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I know, I know. We're slap-bang in the middle of prime release season, barely five minutes can go past without the emergence of a fresh blockbuster, and here I am writing about a three-old-game - and for the second week in a row, too. Nothing else gets a look in: Nathan Drake twiddles his thumbs, Batman sparks up a cigarette. The guys from Battlefield 3 stare into space, wondering if they'll ever be as popular as Soap MacTavish - bloody Soap MacTavish, who gets all the girls.

I have a problem, though. While I've only just returned to Geometry Wars 2 after a long leave of absence, the break doesn't appear to have hurt my skills. If anything, I seem to be better now than during my last addictive episode. And so, here's my dilemma: If I stick at the game, I might finally get a few scores that are worth bragging about - and yet every day spent on GW2 is another day away from Arkham City, Skyrim, and all the other games I want to sample. And I really, really do want to be Batman again...

Martin Gaston, Previews Editor - Battlefield 3, Xbox 360

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There are some pretty bloody annoying bits when you're playing solo. I've been reduced to this (tangent: please will somebody play with me?) because the group of people I tend to game with aren't playing Battlefield 3 - even some of my journalist peers who handed out incredibly high review scores have already moved on to other games. I'm not sure if that's an unfortunate circumstance or damning indictment?

Anyway, last night I had an absolutely splendid game of Rush on Tehran Highway. It was a real back-and-forth game; I was on the attacking team and our tickets were being obliterated over and over again, with us managing to make a habit of inching forward in our last five lives. When it was down to the final M-COM station we ran out of tickets as soon as the bomb was planted, and it became a frantic all-or-nothing battle against an entire enemy team on a mission to defuse the charge and win the game. They didn't manage it. Beautiful.

Emily Gera, Staff Writer - Theme Hospital, PC

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To the denizens of my Theme Hospital I am a cruel god. I haven't played this game since my late-night retro gaming phase in university so my ability to find the right button to hire a caretaker to clean up the pools of vomit that carpet my building is rough at best. Still, there's something about Theme Hospital that caters to the part of my brain that takes comfort in micromanagement and taking money from the ill while I role-play the American medial system. Hey, here's a tip: Put benches next to radiators to make patients feel hot so they decide to buy pricey drinks from the vending machines.

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guyderman

Back on Batman to carry on my crusade to beat the Riddler! Only about another 200 to go :0/
Posted 12:01 on 07 November 2011
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Clockpunk

This has been a week of (trying to) finish up a few titles...

Arkham City - well... at least I finished the main story - still oh so many Riddler trophies to collect, though.

DR2: Off the Record - almost 100%'d it - shall require a bit of grinding, and finding a co-op partner, but almost there!

And a couple of Indie titles - DLC Quest most notably.

All to clear as much gaming time as possible for a little something out this week (Skyrim) :p
Posted 08:03 on 07 November 2011
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Wido

Same boat as Dazza & Altaranga. Been playing BF3 mostly since I got it, but that could all change come this Friday and including next week with the likes of Zelda, Halo & Super Mario!
Posted 07:35 on 07 November 2011
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dazzadavie

Battlefield 3, been wiping and wiped online and got though some of the co-op. Like Altaranga I don't expect this to change over the coming weeks.
Posted 07:22 on 07 November 2011
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FantasyMeister

Just Cause 2 now has me firmly grappled and is dragging me along on a mission to 100% the game. I've just had a marathon 24 hour session doing nothing but collecting Skulls, Drug Drops and Black Boxes (all 300 of them) and am now moving on to the fiddly bits.

I picked up Dark Souls twice this week, and put it back on the shelf immediately. It strikes me that it's one of those games that you have to be in the right mood to play.

Highlight of the week? Lord of the Rings: War in the North demo. That's a demo that shows real promise. You can customise your appearance by using a mirror in the Prancing Pony - inspired. You can cut legs and heads off in slow motion with well-timed criticals. And, to mis-quote Neo, "Loot. Lots of loot."

I also bought Brink for £10. It's still in the cellophane, but it's there.
Posted 00:20 on 07 November 2011
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pblive

Just Dance 3 on Kinect. It's hilarious (I'm not even being sarcastic).

Other than that, nothing else on consoles, but the usual pile of Apps on the iPhone and iPad.
Posted 00:09 on 07 November 2011
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altaranga

Battlefield 3 (PS3).

Expect this not to change too much over the coming weeeks.
Posted 00:01 on 07 November 2011

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Technical Specs
Release Date: 21/10/2011
Developer: Rocksteady Studios
Publisher: Warner Bros.
Genre: Action
Rating: BBFC 15
Site Rank: 322
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