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Tom Orry, Editor - Professor Layton and The Lost Future, DS

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I hadn't played a Layton game before, but after seeing this for a decent price in gamestation I picked it up. I've been playing it most evenings with my girlfriend and it's great. Initially the goal was to avoid using hint coins, but after one nasty puzzle involving a route to a flower shop our hands were forced. Layton is the perfect game to play with someone else as two heads are certainly better than one, and you can share in that moment of joy when you solve a puzzle and believe yourself to be a genius. I even did a small fist into the air motion after correctly solving a puzzle on the first try.

Martin Gaston, Reviews Editor - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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I should probably write about Mass Effect 3, seeing as I spent thirty hours between Friday and Tuesday playing BioWare's magnificent wondergame, but I spent thirty hours between Friday and Sunday playing Mass Effect 3 so I'm kind of trying to get away from that at the moment. Which leads me back to Skyrim, which is a game I can still play despite having it in my machine every week since January.

That's something I've been trying to figure out, actually - how come it's so easy to nip back in to Tamriel for a couple of hours a week? Most of the people I know (like ex-VG staffer Jamin Smith) played it for about six weeks straight when it came out in November and completely bashed through it by the end of December. I, however, like to dip in for a couple of quests every week. It's kind of like a pleasant routine now, where I like to have a bit of a walk about, and maybe bash a troll in the face with a hammer.

It really is a wonderful game, and I'm sure it will win the BAFTA for best game on Friday (we write this article before it goes live - it's actually Friday afternoon right now!) even though I think the gong should go to Portal 2.

Emily Gera, MMO Editor - Mass Effect 2, Xbox 360

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I finished Mass Effect 2 for the second time and I cried like a tiny human baby. I mentioned last week how it went all wrong or me – forgetting about Legion, my hate-loathe relationship with Tali – and needless to say the Suicide Mission didn't go to plan. Tali got a shot to the helmet, and Miranda was left sprawled out on the ground by the end of the fight. Needless to say I'm not bringing this save over to Mass Effect 3, but from what I hear about the issues everyone is having with that, it's better that I'm not too emotionally attached to my playthrough anyway.

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MrGloomy

I've been playing nothing but ME3 (reads like the third part sequel to 'myalgic encephalomyelitis' medical condition). So far, I'm absolutely loving it. I've been diving in and out of multiplayer and trying to do every little bit of the side missions in the campaign.

@Emily
I played through ME2 multiple times and perfected the means to make sure no one dies an the suicide mission. The effect it has in ME3 is pretty awesome and even a cold hearted 'Gloomy' like myself has been effected by some of the emotional plot points of the story. My Fem-Shep is going through some tough times.
Posted 08:33 on 19 March 2012
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squidman

Looks like I was wrong (but also right) about my BAFTA prediction.
Posted 08:06 on 19 March 2012
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Endless

Played some Streetfighter x Tekken, mainly just trying to figure out which characters i'm going to use. Still not decided, way too many good characters that I could play. The online is pretty laggy at the moment though, and the bug with the sound is often times off putting but the actual game itself is masses and masses of fun. Come april 4th there'll be a patch for some of the new costumes, gems and new colour edit options, and then a week or two after that there's supposed to be a patch to address the lag. Capcom got their priorities right there eh >.>

Then i've been playing mass Effect 3 So far I like it more than both of the previous games, it's like they just took the best bits from both and smooshed them together. Bit annoyed that the stupid resource probe crap is still in, but from what i've gathered it's considerably less laborious than in 2. The multiplayer is also a massive surprise, I get huge GRAW2 vibes from it and i've had some great fun with friends playing that. Lots and lots of fun.

Also been playing some Star Trek Online while the wife plays Skyrim surprising how engrossed I can get in it. Incredibly cool pilotting your own star ship then beaming down with an away team :)
Posted 20:32 on 18 March 2012
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Wido

Been playing a mixture of games since I completed ME3 on Thursday night. Finally finished I Am Alive, and what a hit & miss it is. Great ideas, which land on their face, openish areas to explore around and help people, but lacks in content. Yeah, the colour is a bit grey, and of course it resembles that of the dust clouds, should of had more colour in my opinion, regardless.

Little bit disappointed with I Am Alive, though it was enjoyable while it lasted.
Posted 18:29 on 18 March 2012
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FantasyMeister

Star Ocean: The Last Hope all week. Finished the storyline a couple of years back but always itched to get back to it for completionist reasons (all Battle Trophies etc). And as with any good RPG it's just as good the second time around as the first, not just for the storyline itself but for the seemingly infinite variations that its battle system offers.

Also one of the occasions where a Metacritic 72 score for an RPG is so far out of whack with my own personal views that I wonder why I keep referring to Metacritic scores when it comes to RPGs.

Practically zero gaming this past weekend though, babysitting for four, but had a blast regardless watching them play instead. There's a whole subculture of gaming out there played by 7-9 year olds, massive business, and it hardly ever gets a mention on the biggest gaming portals.

Kinda scary that it means a large proportion of gamers in the future won't have been brought up on Pokemon or Call of Duty, but Disney and Facebook. The world of gaming as we know it will change.
Posted 16:47 on 18 March 2012
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scaz2244

bit of battlefield, quite a bit of heavy rain and uncharted 2!, and as of yesterday i tried out kz3 single player not bad much of the same as 2 but graphics look very nice
Posted 14:58 on 18 March 2012
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Bloodstorm

As of yesterday.....

My 3DS, came in the mail much to my surprise with a "CONGRATULATIONS!!" and smiley face note.
Posted 14:11 on 18 March 2012
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dudester

Mass effect 3 that is after I got it working, never have I come across such a bug ridden experience as trying install and play mass effect 3, bioware and Ea should be ashamed it was released this way.

That said love the game once I had gotten past all that. If you had played the previous games theres so many little nods and instances to appreciate. Haven't finished it off yet tho .

Killzone 3 mp think this will basically be my shooty mp experience of choice for a while am just annoyed the double xp weekend has come while I've been knee deep in me3.
Posted 12:57 on 18 March 2012
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TomO

We were talking about favourite racers ever in the office the other day and Dirt 3 was mentioned. It's great. Still not as good as PGR2 though ;-)
Posted 12:07 on 18 March 2012
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MJTH

Played some Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones, and I'm so angry afterwards now. I spent 2 hours playing chapter 14. I got right to end and on the boss my second favourite character, who had literally just been promoted to general class got hit with a critical. Died instantly. After having just spend/wasted 10000 gold (out of the limited 40 thousand I had) on promoting him, what do I?

I restart the chapter and have to do all that again.....
Posted 12:01 on 18 March 2012
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reynoldio

Lots of ME3 on my PS3 this week, totally love it. Not as good as 2, there are a few things that aren't quite as fun, but the story and action are so good that nothing else matters really.

Also had a wonder of a time with Journey whilst the wife was sat next to me, reading. Brilliant, brilliant game. I loved Flow and particularly Flower too, but this is one for everyone to experience.

Had some MP in SFxT which is great fun even though I'm rather rubbish. Also played a little Killzone 3 MP and Homefront MP too as some friends picked those up recently.

Hopefully getting a Vita this week, so will be on there some, plus finishing ME3. Great gaming times!
Posted 10:51 on 18 March 2012
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munkee

Everybody's Golf Vita
I've been putting hours into this game since launch. I'm a big fan of the series and this game is one of the better entries. Unfortunately this week I have hit a wall. I'm trying to finish off the gold skill level matches to unlock the Vs match. I have three tournaments unlocked and available to play, but can't seem to win any of them. I have a gold star on everything else and have no way of progressing until I win these. I'm determined not to turn on easy mode.. My quest continues..

Dirt 3 PS3
While waiting to acquire a copy of the Complete edition, I decided to borrow Dirt 3 from a friend. It's easily one of the best racing games ever made. The graphics are stunning, the tracks are great fun and the handling is perfect. But, the game does suffer from the same problem as Dirt 2.. The menu system is far too slow. The presentation is superb and very stylish. But even coming second, then hitting restart, forces you to sit through a small track and car showcase animation. This is only a very small niggle over what is otherwise an incredible game. Put Dirt2 and Dirt 3 together and you have a mind-blowingly good package.

..Come on Codemasters. Now we need a touring car game. Grid 2 perhaps?

EDIT:
I have been playing Dirt 3 this morning. What makes the driving so good is that it makes you feel like you're right on the very limit of control ALL the time. Also, the presentation is so good that I find myself watching replays to most races. Such a good game.
Posted 09:45 on 18 March 2012

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Release Date: 29/01/2010
Developer: Bioware
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Genre: RPG
No. Players: One
Rating: BBFC 15
Site Rank: 227 14
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