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Neon Kelly, Deputy Editor - Mortal Kombat, PS3, Xbox 360

Mortal Kombat screenshot

While everyone else in the Western world is busy playing Portal 2 - one of the most blood-less blockbusters in recent memory - I've been up to my knees in the guts and viscera of Mortal Kombat. Naturally this has been quite taxing, as I want to be playing Portal too, but the situation certainly has its advantages. When I get enraged over the potential spoilers that appear to be popping up everywhere I look, I can let off steam by doing Noob Saibot's nastiest Fatality - the one where he and his clone tear the victim in half, crotch first. To be fair, I know I'm going to be playing MK long after GLaDOS fever has died down. While it still has the slight clumsiness that has long typified the series, it's still a great game that has a mountain of good stuff to offer - particularly if you're a long-time fan of Scorpion and friends.

Martin Gaston, Staff Writer - Portal 2, PC, PS3, Xbox 360

Portal 2 screenshot

I played Portal 2 in one elongated sitting this week, starting at 19:30 on Monday and finishing at 8:40 on Tuesday. I haven't done that with a game in years - I think the last time was probably the original Disgaea on PS2. It was absolutely worth it, and I'm desperately hoping TheHut manages to get me my PS3 copy of the game before the bank holiday weekend so I can play through it a second time. There's a good chance I might be biased, considering I absolutely adore the original, but you realise Portal 2 is an immediate classic about five minutes into the game. I'm very glad I didn't have to review it for VideoGamer, because I probably would have just done 1000 smileyface emotions and then finished with a sentence saying how much I loved Portal 2 (it's an awful lot, by the way).

Emily Gera, Staff Writer - Rift, PC

Rift screenshot

My senses have been numbed after years of WoW which, I think, is the reason Rift is 85 per cent culture shock. 25 levels in and I've just reached a slightly new zone, which looks strangely like the old zone, which itself basically looks like Scotland. As I mentioned last week, I've finally gotten my head around its almost impenetrable Doctor Who-cum-Highlander time travel plotline, but I've been spoiled by almost a decade of the mindless Horde is Evil storytelling from Blizzard that I only had to smile and ignore. Rift requires not only time and min/maxing skills, but patience to actually understand the lore and environment. I'm still not sure if that's refreshing or tedious.

Jamin Smith, Staff Writer – Dead or Alive: Dimensions, 3DS

Dead or Alive: Dimensions screenshot

I realise I'm setting myself up for a torrent of abuse here, but I prefer Dead or Alive 4 to Street Fighter IV [You're right, I'm going to kill you - Neon]. Perhaps it's due to the fact it was the first next-gen fighter I played, or simply that I had more time to dedicate to it at that particular point in my life. Or, just maybe, it's that DOA4 has a better counter and reversal system, more interesting environments and - most importantly - better-looking girls. At any rate, I'm quite enjoying the 3DS DOA offering so far, even if tapping the bottom screen to unleash a combo completely defies the whole point of the game. I've literally only just got stuck into things, but expect thoughts in a review form sometime next week.

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EverTheOptimist's Avatar


Back to Shift 2 after borrowing Crysis 2 from a friend, though Portal 2 is getting most of my attention at the moment.
Posted 13:13 on 26 April 2011
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At home (sans-PC) I played through Toy Soldiers, Beyond Good and Evil HD and Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, 3 top-level games, each one absolutely fantastic in their own right. Toy Soldiers is the best strategy-ish game I've ever played on a console, BG&E is a classic action/adventure and Assassin's Creed is the most compelling and most well-developed of an outstanding series.

Since getting back to my PC, I've just been playing RIFT, after 3 weeks away I have a lot of catching up to do as I'm still only level 32 when all my guildies have hit 50 in the meantime!
Posted 09:06 on 26 April 2011
Get2DaChoppa's Avatar


Crysis 2 mostly and its bloody brilliant, definitely picks up the pace after the first couple of hours. Looks great and the multiplayer(when it works) is actually really good, I enjoy a good stealth kill.
Posted 22:05 on 25 April 2011
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24 hours (khours - silent k?) with each character (kharacter?)in Mortal Kombat sounds chuffing ridonkulous.
Posted 21:21 on 25 April 2011
Stegosaurus-Guy-II's Avatar


Portal 2 and Dissidia 012 still.

I've finished Portal 2 and waiting to be able to play co-op.
Posted 11:08 on 25 April 2011
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Wido@ Clockpunk

Indeed, here's for more races which offers more money! Eden knows it makes sense, but just a shame its become Bugatti Veyron territory.
Posted 11:08 on 25 April 2011
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Clockpunk@ Wido

You know my thoughts on the game - despite its problems, a GotY contender.

Time (lack of) is my bugbear at the moment. But aye, come Exploration Pack, and indeed *any* new DLC for it, TDU2 will take precedence.
Posted 11:06 on 25 April 2011
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Wido@ Clockpunk

Once the exploration DLC arrives for TDU2. The game will become better trust me! Plus we need another Caterham race at some point. :)
Posted 11:04 on 25 April 2011
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Mortal Kombat - really looking forward to seeing this Skarlet character, but otherwise my favourite fighting game this past couple of gens. In fact, I'd say it was my favourite since Dead or Alive 1, Masters of Teras Kasi, Bio F.R.E.A.K.S, Thrill Kill and Ravenloft - *all* of which appeared on the PSX.

Alpha Protocol - Just getting back into this after a years (!!) gap. Such a good game. It does have its flaws, that cannot be denied, but the basic gameplay and mechanics are fun. The convo system, with a limited time to choose a response, is a nice touch. Glad to see its sales have spiked again now its so cheap, with a new interest. Highly recommended.

Alas, no TDU2 this week - been far too busy with work, thesis and visiting familiy - all boring necessities, to have the time to play anything else. :-/
Posted 11:02 on 25 April 2011
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Portal 2 - I've hardly played it this week but it's not grabbing me at all which is a shame. I just want to complete it so I can get on with other games.
Posted 10:58 on 25 April 2011
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Wido@ Mr_Ninjutsu

Sorry for not getting back to you sooner Ninjutsu.

27 Kombatants altogether + future DLC, so it's going to be one hell of time consuming if I want to achieve that 1000G.
Posted 10:55 on 25 April 2011
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Crysis 2 - having a bit of an up and down time with this. Wasn't too fussed at the start, then it picked up but now I'm getting a little bored again.

Mortal Kombat - only had a few shots on this but seems pretty decent.

Sims 3 - another death in the family.

Lego Batman - rather enjoying this one.

Motorstorm Apocalypes - bagged a medal for all races in the festival now. Thought veteran might have been harder.
Posted 09:06 on 25 April 2011
Bloodstorm's Avatar


.....its almost impenetrable Doctor Who-cum-Highlander time travel plotline..."

Please tell me i wasn't the only one who had to read that twice.
Posted 04:47 on 25 April 2011
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Mortal Kombat - It's pretty good, and the challenge tower really forces you to explore the mechanics, but I'm just not in the right frame of mind to learn a new game. I just want to see some fatalities then send it back tbh.

Codblops - Been on my rental list since November, only just got it after complaining to lovefilm about how few of my priority titles I get. Got as far as the bit after some rocket launch, and Treyarch still don't make very good Call of Duty games. Seriously, MW2 makes this look pathetic. That said, I've not managed to get very far in the game because my 360 is very indecisive about what discs it will read and when. Hopefully it will be okay tomorrow before I send it back, if not, well, I don't really care to be honest.

Portal 2 - I'm not going to lavish this game with the praise that everyone else does. I really wanted to, because I like Valve and always have done, but it felt shallow to me. My actions seemed to have no purpose, but thankfully GLaDOS and Wheatley were enough to keep me playing.

Well, I say that, it was really the puzzles that kept me playing, despite most of them being incredibly easy. I completed SP and Co-op in about 5 hours each, and that's just not enough for a full price game. Portal 1 had Advanced Chambers and trials, and there's absolutely no reason for Portal 2 to go without them.

That's it really. Umm... yeah.
Posted 00:47 on 25 April 2011
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This week has been nothing but Test Drive Unlimited 2. I nabbed the Casino DLC extras and now my future consists of nothing but poker tournaments.

Being the dutiful father that I am I spent this Easter Weekend teaching my daughter the finer points of bluffing, counterbluffing, tactical raising, pushing a good run of luck, strategy plays and reading other players' bidding patterns, and now I can't pull her off my 360.

On the plus side she's had a big grin on her face for the last 28 hours. That's a continuous 28 hours, can't wait for her to fall asleep so I can have another go.
Posted 17:12 on 24 April 2011

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Release Date: 30/06/2010
Developer: Infinite Interactive
Publisher: D3Publisher
Genre: Puzzle
Rating: PEGI 3+
Site Rank: 12,163 31
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