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Tom Orry, Editor - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, 3DS

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D screenshot

The 3DS finally has a game worth getting excited about, although you may well have played it before - potentially numerous times. Ocarina of Time certainly feels like it has aged slightly, but it also manages to belie its original 1998 release date with gameplay mechanics that are still used today. It's also a great fit for the 3DS, looking wonderful in 3D and letting you pause anywhere by closing the lid. I'm not sure if a new generation of gamers will love it quite as much as everyone did back in the day, but the fact that Nintendo's title as held up so well is testament to just how much of an achievement the N64 original was. Oh, and once you hear the classic music, memories will likely come rushing back.

Neon Kelly, Deputy Editor - Duke Nukem Forever, PC, PS3, Xbox 360

Duke Nukem Forever screenshot

I finally got around to playing Duke Nukem Forever on Thursday, and lord almighty do I wish I hadn't. Now, it's been a fair while since I've extensively dabbled with Duke 3D, but I certainly don't remember a 30-minute gap between starting the game and actually getting into the action. Here's the difference:

1996: "Those alien b*stards are going to pay for shooting up my ride!" Followed by awesome violence in the street and a nearby porn cinema.

2011: "Those alien b*stards are going to pay for shooting up my ride!" Followed by a trip to the toilet, a brief boss battle… and then half an hour's worth of farting about in Duke's house, in a TV studio, and a load of air vents, with lengthy loading screens scattered throughout.

Seriously, it's ridiculous. Duke Nukem Forever has no shortage of problems, but the fact that the developers began a parodic FPS game with a massive chunk of dull exposition… well, it shows that they simply didn't have a clue. And don't get me started about how dire things get once the game starts for real.

Martin Gaston, Previews Editor - Pursuit Force, PSP

Pursuit Force screenshot

"Welcome Back", says Sony. "Sorry we lost all your personal information and made it so you couldn't play Portal 2 in co-op for, like, an entire month. Here's a free copy of Pursuit Force!" If only all things in life worked like this; when the banks lost loads of money in 2008 I would have least been given a couple of free yacht rides and a haircut.

Pursuit Force has a novel concept but sadly controls like a dog. You're driving nippy sports cars that steer like monster trucks, but it's validated by the fact you can jump from car to car as you rid the city of automobile-related crime. The concept alone redeems it for a few hours, but after a while things like the wonky handling start to crop up and knock away some of the lustre. Still, it's a nice little bit of fun and works well as a handheld game. Plus it was free - and all I had to do was have my personal details compromised!

Emily Gera, Staff Writer - Dungeon Siege III, PC, PS3, Xbox 360

Dungeon Siege 3 screenshot

I'm edging my way over the half-way point of Dungeon Siege III at the moment. You can expect a review of the thing next week, but here’s a teaser: If you’ve been clamouring for a fantasy world that is fuelled largely by cleavage but can’t be bothered with Dragon Age II, then Dungeon Siege III is the logical alternative. Even the ghosts in this make the DA II cast look like pre-pubescent Russian gymnasts. Your disarmingly flirtatious half-sister is also given the ol' Page 3 makeover, just in case you weren’t already feeling slightly over-dressed. Video games!

Jamin Smith, Staff Writer – Shadows of the DamnedPS3, Xbox 360

Shadows of the Damned screenshot

I can't really talk about Shadows of the Damned just yet - the embargo doesn't lift until Tuesday - but I'll say this: it's properly mental. I suppose I can direct your attention towards this boss battle video, which shows demon hunter Garcia Hotspur going toe-to-toe with a giant bird-demon-thing. In order to down said beastie, you have shoot its swollen red testicles until one of the grim reaper sisters cuts its head off with a scythe. This is probably one of the more sedate moments in the game. More on Tuesday.

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munkee

Well, I finished InFAMOUS 2 which I thoroughly enjoyed. Straight-up action game thats not gonna win any awards for boundary breaking. Very pretty though.

But mostly I have been playing Ocarina of Time and you wanna know what.. I never finished it before. I'm playing through temples that I never seen. I'm pretty sure that on the N64 I became teenage Link, got myself some weighty boots and spent the rest of my days catching Lunkers. Anyway, Ocarina of Time is superb! The graphics overhaul is stunning and the gameplay works great on the handheld. The girlfriend has had to put up with the glow of my 3DS screens while she tries to sleep at night. I have been playing through the night and working by day. I have even managed to fit little sessions in on my lunch break. I can't believe that I'm a fully grown man and enjoying this so much :)
Posted 12:25 on 19 June 2011
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p0rtalthinker

More splinter cell: conviction. Currently going through a second playthrough and trying to get a lot of the PEC challenges. After that its deniable ops time :)
Posted 20:33 on 18 June 2011
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Stegosaurus-Guy-II@ 87Sarah

The classical music works perfectly with Burnout! Hungarian Dance makes playing any video game more enjoyable by a noticeable amount.

Show Spoiler Although Girlfriend is still the best.
Posted 18:23 on 18 June 2011
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Neon-Soldier32

Witcher 2 - Looks great, combat's brilliant, excellent story, ends abruptly

Brink - Mediocre, glad I only borrowed it.

DarkSiders - A crappy God of War

StarCraft 2 - Excellent as always.
Posted 17:36 on 18 June 2011
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87Sarah

Had a blast on Tomb Raider for a bit at the beginning of the week.

Been playing COD after buying the map packs Escalation and First Strike and enjoying them quite a bit. Friends across the road have recently bought Black Ops so have been playing online with them a lot.

Burnout Paradise. Been having a lot of fun with this on the playstation network the last few days. It's quite simple, not difficult at all and fun! the soundtrack is quite good too but somehow I accidently managed to change the playlist to play all so now the classical music comes on... going to be on this a lot until the my plus free trail runs out to see how far I can get before it leaves me forever :(
Posted 16:42 on 18 June 2011
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FantasyMeister

Test Drive Unlimited 2 has started to wear thin now, three disconnections in three hours whilst at the Poker Top Table dampened my enthusiasm somewhat, but it's still my regular fix for poker type shenannigans.

The majority of my week has been spent on Pandora raiding the Vault, raiding General Knoxx's Armory several times, getting incentive to get better gear by getting my ass kicked again and again in Moxxi's Dome and quelling the Clap-Trap robolution at Tartarus Station. Twice. I'm on PT2! (Playthrough 2).

Finally, I encountered some of the most brilliant, innovative and thoughtful pieces of console game design, ever, in Dungeon Siege III. Left on the D-pad to bring up the Quest Log, Right on the D-pad to bring up your Inventory. Awesome, because navigating menus to get there in other games is usually just a pain. Payrise for the person at Obsidian who came up with that.

I've only played it for 30 minutes but the first word that came to mind was "Sweet"
Posted 15:38 on 18 June 2011
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scaz2244

been kicking arse on BF:BC2 levelled up to 30 now.

also downloaded fifa ultimate team to try out but have no idea how to play or what to do on it.

and after all the mass effect 3 previews i decided to play mass effect 2 but good this time proving to be quite hard. ( that reporter needs to get punched every time though lol)
Posted 14:02 on 18 June 2011
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Stegosaurus-Guy-II

I've had a busy week of exams so I haven't had much time for video games, been playing Wipeout HD in between revision though.

I might start a Zelda marathon and finish it before Skyward Sword, if the August rumour ends up being true I'd have to get going soon.
Posted 13:07 on 18 June 2011
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Clockpunk

I've been playing Duke. Duke. And some more Duke.

Along with a smidgen of Halo: Reach...
Posted 12:43 on 18 June 2011
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Wido

Hopefully to be getting a 3DS during next week and then shall be focusing on Zelda OOT. Been playing a mixture of games over the past day or two from; Sonic to Duke, and quick Halo Reach firefight.

Do want Dungeon Siege III, as from watching gameplay footage. Its a dungeon crawler I have been waiting for since finishing Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance, and to fill the summer with some gaming.
Posted 12:21 on 18 June 2011

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Release Date: 17/06/2011
Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
Publisher: Square-Enix Co
Genre: Action
Rating: PEGI 16+
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