Rise of Nightmares

Rise of Nightmares Features for Xbox 360

On: Xbox 360
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4Out of 10
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Tom Orry, Editor - Rise of Nightmares, Xbox 360

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I don't really like Rise of Nightmares, but at the same time it's one of the most interesting and ambitious Kinect titles I've played. The game's problem is that the controls seem designed for complete beginners (simply because Kinect seemingly can't manage anything more complicated), but the horror theme is clearly trying to go for the hardcore group - not that this element of the title works as anything other than a cheesy and occasionally amusing ultra-violent comedy. Yes, Rise of Nightmares is the closest to a traditional game the peripheral has, but it's a long way from being an experience you'll enjoy. Still, it's a game that's worth trying if only to see how the use of Kinect is evolving - for better or worse.

Neon Kelly, Deputy Editor - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, PC, PS3, Xbox 360

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I'm not exactly sure what brought me back to Modern Warfare 2; perhaps there's just some kind of animal instinct that kicks in as November approaches. It's odd, as to be honest I'm not particularly bothered about this year's sequel.

In any case, I intended to play a bit of Spec Ops, but inevitably found myself being drawn towards multiplayer instead. The results were as messy as you'd expect, although there is something oddly comforting about coming back to your old, long-forgotten custom loadouts. The variation across my five classes speaks volumes about my inability to find a workable style, and two years on their names seem sadly optimistic. My "Heavy" RPD class is swept aside by the opposition while "Survive" - which uses the SCAR with a heartbeat sensor - seems to almost accelerate the rate at which I get killed.

It's not the game's fault, of course: I'm just not very good. But despite myself (and to my surprise, if I'm honest) I did end up having a decent time - but only when I switched to making territory grabs in Domination. When it comes to CoD, I'm a borderline pacifist.

Martin Gaston, Previews Editor - Horrid Henry's Horrid App, iOS

The price is a bit horrid: £1.99 for three mini-games? I guess parents will do anything to placate a grotty child. My childhood loosely overlaps with Horrid Henry - the series started in 1994, so I was just about too old for it. I have three younger brothers, though, so the mischievous guy has been in my life for a while now.

The iPhone app has been released to coincide with the movie, but uses artwork from the book series. You flick water balloons (a bit like Angry Birds), or run down school corridors (a bit like Canabalt), or dress up characters with funny clothes. It's not particularly complex, but neither is Horrid Henry. If you're less than eight years old and you have an iPod (though I do question why your parents thought it was a good idea to buy you an iPod) then you'll probably think it's worth a pop.

Jamin Smith, Staff Writer - Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Xbox 360

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I am the Foxiest of the Hounds. And by that, I mean I've finished Deus Ex without being spotted by a single hostile (lovely little nod to Metal Gear Solid that). I also completed the game without a single death (other than the bosses) on my conscience, granting me the Pacifist Achievement. I'm terribly proud of myself.

I think this could be my favourite game of 2011 so far. It's certainly not the best game of 2011 - it's got its fair share of problems. Even by the end of the game, I still found it hard to get over the terrible character models, appalling lip syncing and shonky animations. But this was never to the detriment of the experience itself, and I feel Deus Ex managed to sink its teeth in deeper than anything else in 2011 so far. With Skyrim on the horizon, however, I doubt that accolade will remain for long.

Emily Gera, Staff Writer - Dead Island, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC

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Here's a picture of professional games journalism: playing Dead Island for so long the grooves in your couch start appearing on your body. Interestingly, the epic saga of me slowly growing into my furniture is more intriguing than any part of the game, so if you're thinking about another game in the future, Techland, and zombies aren't doing it for you, I'm free to talk about this couch idea I have. Chesterfield Peninsula, it's called. It features a cast of B-movie stars who speak only in sob story monologues, attempting to survive in a world where even the chairs can't be trusted, while learning the life lesson that really, there's not that much different between us and inanimate, cushioned seating. It works on multiple levels.

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Endless's Avatar


Been playing me some Borderlands, and damn does it get tough after Playthrough 2! I was kinda expecting a Playthrough 3 option...but I'm not seeing one yet...?

Other than that a lot of games on my phone:

Death Worm
Myth Defense
Dungeon Defenders
Fruit Ninja

And a few others.
Posted 14:08 on 12 September 2011
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Deus Ex - Still the first one! I just woke up after a disagreement with someone, no idea how much of the game I have left but it's starting to strain due to a lack of complexity in the levels. I'm still paying (a bit of) attention to the story, at least!

Starfox 64 3D - Played through about 4 times now, and it's still so much fun. It's a very basic game, and short as well. Thankfully the mechanics are well realised enough that it's both enjoyable and feasible to improve your scores and get medals. I do intend to get all the medals in the game, but I've not yet found out which medals are actually attainable!

That's it, and I've played very little of both. Just ordered Deus Ex HR so will try and complete Deus Ex and Invisible War in like a week or something.
Posted 12:45 on 12 September 2011
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I played more Farm Town :( I also installed and got The Witcher - Enhanced Edition up and running on max settings, which just makes me pat myself on the back for picking up this 2nd hand PC for £299 on the spur of the moment as it was such an awesome bargain.

Got to Chapter 1 and then went straight back to Farm Town, which is not a good sign. I need to turn my 360 on for something other than watching DVDs, but my gaming is in such a fug at the moment ('fug': stale period) that I ended up actually buying Draken: The Ancients Gates and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas last week in the hopes of motivating myself to set up the PS2 again.

Played a bit of Diablo II as well, it still rocks.

I think my reluctance to dive into any game and really enjoy it stems from my expectations of Diablo III looming on the horizon. At least I hope this is the reason, anything to break these damn addictive crop rotations in Farm Town.
Posted 12:06 on 12 September 2011
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I finished my first play through of Deus Ex and began the second on the harder difficulty.
Any one else wish they had done it on the hardest setting from the beginning?
I think that would have made my favourite game of the year so far an even better experience!
Posted 10:38 on 12 September 2011
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Geraface@ Neon-Soldier32

Just wait until you start fighting harpies. Utter pains in the ass.
Posted 10:29 on 12 September 2011
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Deus Ex - just started my second playthough on hard - seeing a lot more nuggets of info and hidden details now I know the plot.

Rock of Ages - Something very different, and genuinely fuyny in a Monty Python way.

Neon-Soldier: I had hoped I wold like Shadows of the Damned, but couldn't wait to finish and trade the damn thing in. Very repetitive later on I personally thought, and a little crass throughout, but glad you are enjoying it!
Posted 16:46 on 11 September 2011


Relatively busy week this week:

Finished my second playthrough of Deus Ex and unfortunately I think that that will be the last time I touch the game, apart from perhaps if the DLC is on offer. My first playthrough was enjoyable, but playing it through a second time, knowing that there wasn't any real consequence to my actions made the experience not worth playing through for me. Even on the hardest difficulty the game isn't overly challenging.

Shadows of the Damned - Pure fun. The stories not important and it's good that they didn't try to shoe-horn one in. What is important in the game are your companions, Johnson, a torch with a british accent (apparantly voiced by Nathan Drake, but I don't buy it) who entertains you with witty dialogue, his unique spin on things and by introducing you to people he knows in Hell. As well as Christopher, who when you first meet him introduces you to one of the funniest cutscenes I've seen in a game. It feels a lot like RE4, but in a good way. Everyone should get this, the most fun I've had all year.

Resistance 3 - Completed the campaign and I was a little surprised that Malikov didn't have a hidden agenda for randomly turning up in your village and asking you to travel over 1000 miles to New York.

Show Spoiler When the credits role it seems to hint that the war against the Chimara is over, which I don't really buy. They had control of the entire planet, so i seriously doubt that they just evacuated like that.

The online is fast paced fun, which I am going to try and stick with (until Gears 3 at least!) and I am yet to play co op, which I'm sure will be very, very fun.

The Witcher 2 - Still in Chapter 1, I have everything I need to defeat the Kayran, but I'm trying to complete all of the quests that I can. But my God is a it difficult, I'm only playing on Normal. and I have no idea how anyone could play the game on a harder difficulty, especially as it's hard to find weapons and armour that significantly boost your damae output / reduction.
Posted 15:52 on 11 September 2011
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Been playing a lot of Gears 2 due to the 20 XP weekend, plus Boomers theme horde. Dead Island has also fill in the gaps from Gears 2. Dead Island has just opened up even more, and I cannot wait to dive deeper into the island.
Posted 15:39 on 11 September 2011

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Release Date: 09/09/2011
Publisher: Sega
Genre: Action
Rating: BBFC 18
Site Rank: 11,134 366
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