Battlefield 3: Close Quarters

Battlefield 3: Close Quarters Features for Xbox 360

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Tom Orry, Editor - New Star Soccer, iOS

smartfooty newstarsoccer -

I've been away from my consoles for a while now, but have been dabbling with New Star Soccer on my iPod touch. I'm still quite useless in terms of stats, my social life is appalling and the fans hate me, but hey, I've transferred to a new team, my salary has gone up and I now get a goal bonus.

There's no denying that NSS is very addictive, but I do sometimes think that my team mates are useless and don't do me any favours. Sure, I might pass the ball fractionally to the side of a team mate, but they could attempt to move at a speed faster than an England break in order to get on the end of it. I'm slightly fed up of getting poor ratings because my cross-field pass that dissected two defenders wasn't collected by Christiano Slowcouch.

I've just bought a house, which helps my player recover after matches, but it's a shame I can't by brain transplants for my team mates.

Neon Kelly, Deputy and Features Editor – Borderlands 2, PC, PS3, Xbox 360

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I have to tread carefully here, but I think I can get away with talking about Borderlands 2 in general terms. If I'm completely honest, my first encounter with Gearbox's sequel left me feeling satisfied, but little more: the game seemed solid, with notable improvements over the original... and yet somehow my heart failed to explode into flames of love.

As I say, I'm not in a position where I can discuss details – but let's just say that I'm at least four times more enthusiastic about Borderlands 2 now. I'm not even sure there's a specific thing that's stoked my fire; it could just be that the release date feels closer. Whatever the cause, I have a hankering for bandit midgets, loot hunts, and stupidly-powerful firearms. And that Zer0 guy? He's a BAMF.

Martin Gaston, Reviews Editor - Battlefield 3, Xbox 360

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Had a few blinders this week - at times it's felt like I've tapped into some kind of mystical Battlefield Force. I feel like DICE has made the game part of the public consciousness again, though perhaps for some of the wrong reasons - I've been reading everyone's comments about the game over the past week and there's certainly some disgruntlement brewing there. I'm still having a blast, however. For all the faults of the dedicated servers, and the nastiness of the two-tier system that Premium creates, I really do think Battlefield 3 is better now than it was at launch.

David Scammell, Staff Writer - Battlefield 3: Close Quarters, Xbox 360

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I know, I know... In last week's VG Plays I suggested that I'd all but given up on Battlefield 3 thanks to those flippin' privately-owned servers. But - being a stubborn bastard - I decided that I wasn't going to let anybody else's crazy online behaviour ruin my fun.

I've got Close Quarters now, which I'm enjoying far more than I ever thought I would. I had assumed DICE's mishaps with Medal of Honor's online were enough to suggest that Battlefield given a tighter, faster Call of Duty-inspired twist would never work, but thankfully, that doesn't seem to be the case here.

I think it's the mixture of Close Quarter's terrific map design and persistent destruction that does it. I didn't think the gradual deterioration of the scenery would add all that much to the overall experience, but it does seem to impact the atmosphere somewhat as the glass starts flying and office blocks gradually become reduced to rubble.

Ziba Tower's my favourite of the four maps as, it seems, is everybody else's. It seems to have become the Nuketown of Battlefield 3 maps. I reckon it's because everybody likes red and white offices - especially DICE.

But DICE's idea of themed expansion packs continues to hold up incredibly well when compared to the randomised map packs we've become accustomed to. I do feel like I'm playing something far greater, more expansive and better considered than, say, one of Modern Warfare's Content Collections, even if it includes a similar amount of content. So yeah, if you're still on the fence, I'd recommend it. Even if you do have to put up with some stupid servers.

Also, Lauren saw that Dead or Alive 5 Extended Play that we recorded earlier in the week and now I'm in trouble. Come Monday, I have no idea whether I'll be dead or alive myself.

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MrGloomy

I suppose it comes in handy that my girlfriend seems to rotate between using the PS3 and xbox. While she's on one, I'm on the other. Now I just need to decide if it's worth getting a headset for the ps3
Posted 14:56 on 09 July 2012
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pblive

I find I have long periods of favouring one, then the other for gaming. At the moment its the PS3 but give me a month or two and I guess I'll be on the 360 again, or even back on the Wii.
Posted 14:29 on 09 July 2012
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rbevanx@ MrGloomy

Good luck with that one!

I have had both consoles since launch and I have decided it's impossible!
Posted 12:01 on 09 July 2012
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MrGloomy@ pblive

Awesome-sauce. Now, I just need to find a balance between playing onmy xbox and PS3. No fan-boy-ism here
Posted 11:59 on 09 July 2012
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pblive@ MrGloomy

Sent you a friend request.
Posted 11:43 on 09 July 2012
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rbevanx@ MrGloomy

Yeah Stangers Wrath is really good Carl, I highly recomend it fella.
Posted 11:38 on 09 July 2012
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MrGloomy

Well I finally went and did it. I forked out for the Playstation 1 year plus account and all the freebies that come along with it. Having both Infamous 1 & 2 on my hard drive makes me all warm a fuzzy inside. Also,having Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath in HD is an instant win.

Saying that, I haven't actually been playing many of the free games. Instead I've got back into the Killzone 3 mulitplayer. I had forgot how much fun it can be, although I'm still pretty crap. While my missus has once again taken over the xbox, I've had a rare opportunity to play a bit more PS3 over the weekend and KZ3 is my go-to multiplayer at the moment. I still have to say the lobby system sucks and I don't have a head-set, but I've had some great games with my friends online.

If anyone wants to add me to their PS friends list, my gamertag is MrGloomy...what a surprise.
Posted 10:05 on 09 July 2012
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dav2612

I was on holiday last week so the home consoles were neglected.

On the Vita it was:
Gravity Rush: completed the story and I've really enjoyed this one.
Rayman Origins: neglected this a little but I'm making amends for that now.

In the arcades:
Sega Rally 3: seems just like the recent XBLA/PSN release.
Race Driver GRID: just like the home console version.
Out Run 2: I couldn't control the drifts with the steering wheel, I need a control pad.
Posted 09:51 on 09 July 2012
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FantasyMeister

Mostly Skyrim for me, hit level 50 and still haven't touched the expansion other than changing my hairstyle in The Ragged Flagon. Oh, and having to reload saves each time some random vampires attack and kill the blacksmiths in Whiterun. Permadeath for important NPCs is pretty stupid considering it was phased out for players roughly 3 decades ago.

'Mostly' because I popped El-Shaddai - Ascension of the Metatron into my disc tray for 3 hours, initial impressions were "OMG what a beautiful game" because it simply is, wonderful aesthetic throughout as far as I can tell. Unfortunately I found the gameplay nowhere near as good as I detest platforming, and there's lots of it, hence the 3 hours.
Posted 08:30 on 09 July 2012
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pblive

Lego Batman 2, The Walking Dead Episode 2 and Amazing Spider-man have been my main focus over the last week or so.

Also going back over a few older titles for fun.
Posted 20:57 on 08 July 2012
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Ghost5

Ratchet and Clank HD Collection. Finished 1 and 2 twice and then finished 3 100%. Heading back to R&C1 now to get Platinum on that. :D
Posted 18:58 on 08 July 2012
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Clockpunk

You lucky, lucky bugger, Neon! Borderlands 2 comes out 5 days before my thesis hand-in, so it will have to sit there, taunting me, for almost a whole week! *sob* Damnation, how I envy thee. Especially now it is revealed that the character customisation will be much greater than that seen in the original title.

But for this week, two titles that have me engrossed are the wonderful Spelunky, and the ever-fun (and soon to be significantly expanded) Minecraft: 360 Edition. They both showcase why XBLA is such a fantastic service. The former is addictive as hell and exemplifies classic gaming design, and the latter is an extremely relaxing experience. Both of which I need right now.
Posted 13:24 on 08 July 2012
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rbevanx

@Neon
Go on tell us! The Guardian couldn't be bothered with embargos and put the review of The Sweeney up on their website even though it's a good couple of months until it comes out ;)

Anyway been playing mainly Oddworld Strangers Wrath which has been really good and nearly finished now.
Finished Lollipop Chainsaw which did drag towards the end and was happy to finish it but was no where near as bad as other sites had made out.
Did a bit of The Missing Link for Deus Ex and some random COD on PS3.
Posted 12:19 on 08 July 2012
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Graboot

Lots of Skyrim this week and also a fair chunk of Trials: Evolution. Have a few MS Points burning a hole in my virtual pocket so might have a crack at The Walking Dead after all the sporting disappointment this afternoon.
Posted 12:11 on 08 July 2012

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Release Date: 05/06/2012
Developer: D.I.C.E
Publisher: EA
Genre: First Person Shooter
Rating: BBFC 15
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