Forza Motorsport 4

Forza Motorsport 4 Features for Xbox 360

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Tom Orry, Editor - Trials Evolution, Xbox 360

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Well, if you've been following my misery with Trials Evolution you'll know that I was struggling with Dark City Run. The good news is that I did it! Hooray for me. The bad news is that I'm having a terrible time trying to finish the very next stage. I've already pumped over an hour into it and can't see that bronze medal popping up any time soon. If I'm honest the game is becoming quite maddening, but I just can't stop playing. I'm not usually this obsessive about video games - certainly not ones I'm so bad at - but for some reason Trials has me hooked.

Martin Gaston, Reviews Editor - Forza Motorsport 4, Xbox 360

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So I downloaded the Porsche expansion pack for Forza Motorsport 4. It's not the most exciting piece of content in the whole world, but it does exactly what it says on the tin. Mostly I've been driving around in a 911 GT3, which is a lovely car but not one of my Forza favourites. Which feels weird, actually - obviously there's a lot of ceremony about Porsche returning to the series, but I think I just prefer driving my virtual Ferraris.

This is an expensive chunk of content, I think, probably a bit more expensive than most people will feel comfortable with, but there's an awful lot of Porsche cars and events here for real Forza nuts. Am I glad I have it? Certainly.

Dave Scammell, Staff Writer - Need For Speed: Most Wanted, Xbox 360

Need for Speed Most Wanted screenshot

After hearing the rumours that this year's Need For Speed game could be a return to the long-forgotten Most Wanted universe, I decided to return to Black Box's original to see how the format could be adapted to create a more traditional Criterion experience.

As it turns out, there are a surprising amount of similarities between Criterion's NFS: Hot Pursuit and Most Wanted, including a similarly scenic open world, semi-familiar takedown mechanics and an emphasis on high-speed police chases. Including, yes, those spike strips and brilliant helicopter pursuits.

There are obvious weak-points that Criterion will clearly try to avoid - the game's overly-frustrating bounty system being the most obvious, with its obscene point requirements acting as nothing more than a tedious time-sink and a clear throwback to last-gen game design. But with Criterion's magic touch, a return to Most Wanted could have terrific amounts of potential.

If the rumours are true, of course.

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pblive@ Wido

I was quite surprised how good Ghost Recon Future Soldier actually was online. Mostly Mad Riders again for me.
Posted 18:24 on 03 June 2012
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Wido@ Endless

Let's dig for gold tonight?!

Been playing ME3 multiplayer with Endless, Clockpunk and Mr Gloomy. I echo their comments very much, better when played with people you know.

Played some Dragon's Dogma this morning and my god its brilliant. Level 12 or 13 now, done some side quests and now in a different settlement or castle, Gran Soren. Probably the only RPG game which I can easily jump in, jump out and still enjoy it loads! I applaud Capcom on this superb game.

FIFA 12 is also another game that I have been playing a bit. Pro Clubs and the UEFA Euro 2012 DLC. Getting pumped for the Euro's especially to watch Germany play, Spain play and Holland. Those three teams always play excellent football, and I have no high hopes for England. If they beat France & Sweden with confidence, I will take notice a bit more.

Odd bouts on Ghost Recon Future Soldier online as well. Great online in my opinion and Max Payne 3 has gone all quiet because of those three games. I will end up jumping back into Max Payne 3 to nab all achievements and spend time in the multiplayer.
Posted 15:40 on 03 June 2012
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VG_Dave@ munkee

I actually thought Battlefield 3's single-player was a little better than most other critics did. It's a lot more grounded in reality than something like Call of Duty and can feel incredibly authentic, but while there are some great sequences it does feel a little throwaway on the whole. It's clearly still the side dish to the multiplayer main course.

And I still can't believe DICE restricted you to an on-rails plane sequence when it had built perfectly fine plane controls/mechanics for the multiplayer. It's things like that that can frustrate.

In terms of length, it's fairly typical to most of its type. Around 6 hours, if memory serves me correctly. Given the price you can pick Battlefield up for these days, I'd personally say it's just about worth a go. Just.
Posted 14:35 on 03 June 2012
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This is what happens when you announce games at 5:30pm on a Friday, EA!

@dazzadavie - I've never played NFS: Porsche Unleashed, but did play Porsche Challenge back on the PS1. I always get the two confused, even though they have nothing to do with each other...

@munkee - I'm not so sure. I actually ended up finishing Most Wanted yesterday and it seemed like the perfect NFS sub-series for Criterion to have a go at. Like you say, I'm not sure what they'll bring to MW that they didn't already bring to HP, but I guess we'll find out next week!
Posted 13:55 on 03 June 2012
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Dragon's Dogma Awesome game. The biggest time sink so far is one it shares with Skyrim: Inventory management. Takes ages to figure out what you can craft, use as enhancement reagents and what to keep and what to sell.

But other than that even The tiniest of quests has the potential to be epic depending on how and when you try to reach your destination. Which is a both a good and bad thing; if you're prone to wandering off and exploring you may never get anything done! Either that or you'll end up creeping around at night trying to stay alive long enough for morning.

The combat is still as excellent as it was when i started and taking on Cyclops, Ogres and Chimera that just randomly wander around the countryside isnt even close to old yet.

Also been playing Mass Effect 3: Multiplayer with Wido, Clockpunk and mrGloomy, much more enjoyable with people you know. We still havent managed a gold run though >.>
Posted 13:28 on 03 June 2012
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jeffyboy40@ munkee

Dont be put off by all the negative reviews surrounding the BATTLEFIELD 3 single player,its actually really quite good,with some excellant set pieces,although it is short as well i enjoyed it more than the MEDAL OF HONOUR single player.Its worth noting that its a more polished game as well.
Posted 13:22 on 03 June 2012
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I have to say, Most Wanted was my favourite NFS game and I'd really like to get a copy of it on 360, but they're quite hard to comeby. Especially cheaply.

This week, as with the past couple of weeks (and the coming 3) have been pretty light on gaming due to A2 exams coming up, starting on June 12th and as such I haven't bought anything new, heres looking at you, Max Payne and Diablo.

But I have been playing:

Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer - It's brilliant. It's so simply and can be quite addictive. I hate the reward system with a passion, because all I really want is the Black Widow and all I get is the Geth Plasma Shotgun (I'm on it's 9th upgrade, currently) and character upgrades. Not new characters, upgrades for the old ones. Please Bioware, just let me buy the items I want and while you're at it, reimburse me with the real-world and in-game currency you have robbed me off.

Falllout New Vegas - I downloaded all of the DLC and so far I have finished Lonesome Road and Dead Money. The latter was brilliant, atmospheric and had great companions, including a supermutant with split personality disorder. Lonesome Road, however was, as the name suggests, lonesome and not in a Dead Space 1 kind of way. It was boring and empty however, the little robot companion was brilliant.

I'm currently on Honest Hearts DLC which is quite good at the minute. It's a nice change of pace.

I'd like there to be a new Fallout Game announced at E3, but I'm guessing Obsidian are going to be pushing Skyrim DLC for a while.
Posted 13:07 on 03 June 2012
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I finally finished Metro 2033, and was thoroughly disappointed in the ending, as I have lamented in another thread. The game introduced some nice overly-detailed ideas, which made it stand out as an FPS, but its overall execution was sloppy to the extreme. And just so. damned. linear! (which I dislike).

Several hours have been spent in Minecraft: X360 Edition, which is extremely addictive, especially when you stumble upon a vast cave complex full of monsters (and hopefully a chest filled with cocoa beans). Cannot wait for the future adventure updates, but the core mechanics in this initial release are fun enough in and of themselves to keep me hooked. Currently 'building' a huge waterfall region (replete with floating squids... but I believe that is fixed in the patch due out imminently)

Played Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer with Wido, Endless, and Mr.Gloom a couple of evenings. Silver, we could demolish (albeit with a few hectic moments, such as us all being taken out by a single grenade in the extraction zone, but we recovered!); Gold... not so much. Lots of fun, though.

Finally, I had a real hankering to get back into Lode Runner. The AI is *extremely* frustrating at times, but it still retains the charm of the original. A lot of puzzles, should keep me entertained until Lollipop Chainsaw arrives...
Posted 11:50 on 03 June 2012
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dazzadavie

This week I've dabbled a few games.
PGR3 I've never played a pgr game and although the graphics are out of date the handling is fantastic, Sure its an arcade style but its a lot of fun. I will be looking to pick up pgr4 in the coming months as I'd like to take it online.
Borderlands started back on this with a few friends as we are going to try and 100% the achievements. Now my guns are getting better its becoming less stressful but I expect that to stop soon.
Saints Row The Third What a bonkers start to a game! I've never played the first two but I know the game had a rep for being OTT but that start was crazy.
Max Payne 3 Love it, it looks great plays great and the story is.....um great. I suck online with a piss poor K/D but I can kill some people some times. Once I even came top only to never reach that height again.

@dav did you ever play NFS Porsche challenge? While I never got a Hot Pursuit mode working on PC the PS1 game had it. Open road, no story but still just a racer I'm hoping they go with something like this and not story driven with cgi cut scenes.

@munkee Bf3 is a short story its not amazing but It's alright
Posted 10:28 on 03 June 2012
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Diablo III (17h:34m) - I actually stopped playing this week because of
Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock (14h:01m) which got its plectrums into me when my daughter set some hi-scores for me to beat.

I also decided to give Dragon's Dogma (15h:34m) a try out, and of course a 15 hour tryout is a good sign. Finally:

Test Drive Unlimited 2 (1h:51m) has dragged me back because of the inclusion of new content. I haven't actually bought any of the new content, but I've added 2 more wins to my Poker Statistics and been hooked again ever since trying to crawl back into the top 30.
Posted 09:31 on 03 June 2012
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@Dave

That's why, on the other post, I asked what Criterion would do to avoid making Hot Pursuit again. There isn't a great deal that Most Wanted did that Criterion didn't already cover in Hot Pursuit. As you said, an urban location would be a pretty big shift and I would like to see the car modding (not gonna happen). But, other than that, Hot Pursuit was already a better game. I think the name 'Most Wanted' is merely an advertising ploy.

@On topic
So, I've been playing Medal of Honor: Tier 1 Edition. As I'm not an online shooter fan I tend to wait ages before I play these games. The full price is too much to pay for the single player content that I'll actually play. I've really enjoyed it. There's a nice mix of gameplay and the shooting is fun. I unfortunately feel that the game is FAR too short and there were filler levels in the few levels that it had. The urban environments are great however. There should have been a lot more of them. Its during these levels that the game is in full flow and showing off its best. But, wandering through cliff paths and encountering enemies every few minutes was a pretty dull experience that features a lot of following lone AI teammates. I really liked the mechanics too. It felt more real than COD. COD suffers from ice-skating controls and floods of enemies. Its an arcade shooter. whereas Medal of Honor has tried to play things more seriously and is better for it. I found myself moving cover to cover with my team and waiting for the right moments to make a move. Overall, I finished it (quite quickly) and am tempted to play it again on a harder difficulty. The only thing that I really gained from it is that it's actually made me a bit more interested in the flamboyantly named 'Medal of Honor: Warfighter'.


Is the Battlefield 3 single player worth playing? Is it REALLY short. I'll be buying it only for that.
Posted 09:22 on 03 June 2012

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Release Date: 14/10/2011
Developer: Turn 10
Publisher: Microsoft
Genre: Racing
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