Tom Orry, Editor - WSC Real 11, Xbox 360 and PS3

World Snooker Championship Real 2011 screenshot

Occasionally I wonder what EA would do with a snooker game. Given how slick its sports titles are, I'd love to see snooker and pool given the same treatment, rather than the rough around the edges, sloppy presentation seen in WSC Real 11. While WSC isn't bad, it's clearly been made on a tight budget with a focus on physics. The rest of the game looks terrible. Sadly, while the ball physics are excellent, the actual game suffers from an inability to aim when assists are off, and a near inability to miss when the assists are on. There's no middle ground, meaning this is a snooker sim that could and should have been a whole lot better.

Jamin Smith, Staff Writer – Puzzle Quest 2, iPad

Puzzle Quest 2 screenshot

ATTENTION: I'm an iPad 2 owner now, which makes me a considerably better human being than you. Unless, that is, you own one too, in which case - lay me some skin, brother. When I'm not using it to create masterpieces in GarageBand or discussing must-have apps with other iPad owners on Twitter, I like to indulge in one of the best genre-hybrids known to man: Puzzle Quest 2.

I was a big fan of the original game, and the sequel benefits from improvements in all the right places. Regular readers of the site will know I'm big into my RPGs, and this side of the game is much deeper than before. Outside of battle (which takes the form of match-three puzzles), there are numerous fantastical environments to explore, giving a much better sense of the world that the game takes place in. The game was £30 when it launched on the DS, but for a disgustingly small £2.99 here you get the full game, a higher resolution with shinier graphics (God bless that huge HD screen), and Game Centre support to boot.

Emily Gera, Staff Writer, Rift, PC

Rift screenshot

Oh good, it only took seven levels to figure out what on earth is going on in Rift. For the last few weeks I've successfully ignored the entire plotline of the game because MMORPG plots are largely rubbish. As it turns out I should have listened a bit closer because I've been missing out on the entire aspect of public quests. Whoops. Enemies regularly spill out of random tears in space as part of what are essentially public boss fights, something that was helmed in earlier MMOs like Warhammer but never quite made it to the likes of World of Warcraft. Good stuff in any case.

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Spiderman Shattered Dimensions:
I just love the look and feel of the various dimensions ... and how each one plays ... this game was an underdog for me!!

Bioshock 2

I just got to persephone , i love having to collect diaries and various stuff , but did this ever occur to developers that this throws off the pacing of the game! :-/ .. and whats with those ugly textures!!
That said , game still is awesome!!
Posted 15:09 on 22 April 2011
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Originally Posted by draytone
Just got my load out how I like it as well.


For me it's been pretty much all Shift 2 with a dash of Mafia II on top.

I haven't really played that much over the last week though. At least not as much as I usually would. Looking after children on school holidays has driven me insane and at one point the closest I came to playing was refereeing the two of them playing Little Big Planet co-op. I can't speak for other parents, but with these two "Co" & "Op" really don't go well together.
Posted 13:28 on 18 April 2011
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Got my copy of BC2 back from a friend so popped that in the tray for a few hours... is it just me or are less people playing it now?

I'm also (quite sadly I must admit) getting quite it Black Ops online. I said that I wouldn't lower myself to that level but the sense of reward I get since I've been getting progressively better is great. Just got my load out how I like it as well.
Posted 13:17 on 18 April 2011
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Red Dead Redemption:
Been playing on this a lot this week and I don't really feel I've made much progress with the story line. It's so open worldly I find myself drifting off into nowhere and killing animals or just looking around for something new. This week will be spent trying to get far in the storyline mainly as killing things and picking flowers is starting to wear off.
Posted 12:21 on 18 April 2011
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Dead Space 2
For some reason i was a tad bit skeptical i would like this game. Not sure what it was. I mean i played the demo, thought it was a cool game but for some reason, not being able to get passed those babies put me off. So you could say buying this game was really on a whim. Turns out it was one of the best games i've played. Certainly the best horror game i've ever played. It's the only game to have me actually saying "***** ***** ***** ***** *****", whilst genuinly fearing for my virtual life.

The atmosphere was brilliant. Visceral Games really have worked consistently hard on creating a real sense of loneliness, until ofcourse you get you're head ripped apart from your body by a necromorph. Simply brilliant. Managed to complete it too which was cool :D

Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit
It's the first Need For Speed i have ever bought myself, am i welcomed into the world of Hot Pursuit? I know people are fond of this game from a previous generation and i'm ashamed i'm only now catching up. It's an awesome racing game. Albeit the cars feel a little clunky and sluggish when compared to Burnout or Blur but that's all cool it's nothing major. I'm just glad i can beat Pblive's butt in the racing times :P

Fallout New Vegas
I knew what i was getting myself into with this game. Endless hours of searching around a baron wasteland until i get ambushed by some pricks in stupid tire suits that think their the next James Dean badass. Which is exactly why i love it! It's certainly an improvement on Fallout 3. Maybe not graphical but everything else seems to be improved somehow? Or is that just me?

The dialogue in New Vegas has surprised me because it's really well acted, there's not been a part inwhich it's drawn out of the game, it's always enticed me to carry on listening or reading as it seems everyone, who's anyone in New Vegas has a real history about them but an interesting history.

Just Cause 2
Fun! Fun! Fun! Oh and chaos which is also fun! It's not Red Faction destruction but it's destruction nonetheless. I bought this mainly because I knew it'd be a game where i didn't have to take seriously, I think you need that...a game in your collection that you don't have to take seriously where you can potter about blowing ***** up, hijack a plane in mid-air and then jump out before sending it on a course of mayhem and ultimately more destruction. Okay maybe all this chaos has made my mind go mumble jumble because that last sentance didn't make much sense :P

All together a good selection of games i bought myself.
Posted 10:48 on 18 April 2011
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Pokemon Black - FINALLY, I stopped being stupid and sent my DSi off to Nintendo. They fixed it incredibly quickly, so now I have all 8 badges. I even took a play in the Dream World, and .... well, it's an idea. Could be better, but I do like how they keep on pushing the connectivity outside of the game itself.

Super Street Fighter IV - Partially in preparation for the upcoming Arcade Edition, but mostly because it's just a brilliant fighter.

Borderlands - I simply love this game! I have also totally gotten Jeni hooked, which means that this is pretty much the only game I get to play when she is at home and awake. Which will do, although she probably won't care about Playthrough 2.
Posted 09:54 on 18 April 2011
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Crysis 2 - growing on me a little but I still think I need a break from FPS games.

Sims 3 - a sad moment as one of my starting characters passed away.

Motorstorm Apocalypse - still very much enjoying this one.
Posted 09:40 on 18 April 2011
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NFS Shift: Just so easy to blast though a few races, but I did skip a drift event just to keep up some good momentum of winning.

Dead Rising 2: 740/1000 over taken Mr Gaston and about to start my 3rd play though to pick up missed saviours and to do the "use every melee achievement" then there will be a 4th play though for the Zombie Genocide Master achievement.
Posted 07:44 on 18 April 2011
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crysis 2- brilliant so far nearly done but defo another play through is in order

Bad company 2- now im back home cant stop playing this online all day
Posted 00:58 on 18 April 2011
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Street Fighter 4 (PC)

Devil May Cry 4 (again, PC)
Posted 20:22 on 17 April 2011
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Crysis 2 - When I started playing this I was initially a bit 'meh'. I'd been playing Bulletstorm right before I jumped into it and I was a bit fatigued from spending more time with shooters. Saying that though, Crysis 2 has really impressed me and I've enjoyed it much more than the likes of Bulletstorm, Halo: Reach and Blops. I'm towards the end now, and while I won't give it a second run-through (mainly because I'm borrowing it!), it's been fun to play. FM's right about the AI though - sometimes the aliens just stand there staring at you :D

Shift 2: Haven't spent much time on it, but I'm still loving the fine line between frustration and sheer thrills.
Posted 20:09 on 17 April 2011
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Red Dead Redemption - a couple of triple XP nights have helped me work towards that level 50.

Dishwasher: Vampire Smiles - astonishingly interesting game. Also stupidly hard. Best done in short bursts.

The ever present Test Drive Unlimited 2. Over 165 hours and counting - highly anticipating the upcoming free DLC pack.

And finally, Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, in anticipation for the upcoming MKIX.
Posted 18:50 on 17 April 2011
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2 weeks to catch up on for me!

Deadly Premonition - This is amazing! :o All the things I usually care about in games are absolutely terrible in DP, and it so happens that the best things about it are those I ignore in other games.

It's hard to quantify what makes DP such a great game, but I think having an isolated community that you can actually grasp is brilliant. The main story sets up intrigue, and this encourages you to talk to the community to try and figure out what the hell is going on. I found myself being familiar with how the community functioned, and knowing the characters well enough to patch them into my crazy theories.

I'd say it's recommended playing, if only to show what is really 'required' to make a good game. It's only £13 as well.

Hyperdimension Neptunia - Terrible JRPG, don't even bother renting it. It's supposed to represent the console war, but the comparisons are warped so much by Japanese culture that it doesn't make any sense.

Pokémon Black - Already own White, rented this to get Legendaries and exclusives. I ended up completing it twice, so I now have two Reshirams, three Victini.... yeah, quite a few extras!

Also: Pokémon Emerald, Portal, Half Life 2 Episode 2
Posted 14:36 on 17 April 2011
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My week started with completing Forza III completely, except for the 100,000 points drift lap for a measly 5 cheevos, so I'm on 995/1000 and saving that for a rainy day.

Crysis 2 stepped up to the plate and reminded me I shouldn't really be buying any more FPSes as I have enough to be getting on with. They all look the same to me, much as all Final Fantasies probably look the same to one who isn't into the RPG genre. Crysis 2 is good though, despite the odd AI routines in places.

Then I picked up Test Drive Unlimited 2 on a whim, and was very glad I did. Downloaded the Casino 800 MS dlc too then discovered later that they'd disabled the Roulette section due to exploits, so have to wait on that for a patch (TBD). Still, losing all my money at Poker took me a good 48 hours.

So I have 2 cars, 2 houses, lots of clothes, a facelift and zero money. But it's still fun, damnit, so I'll be playing this one for a while. All the collectible and levelling up dynamics tickle my fetish for hoarding shinies.

FM's Fun Factor Scale for this week: 7/10 (TDU only got a look-in for 72 hours otherwise it'd have been a 9/10).
Posted 14:11 on 17 April 2011
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Dragon age 2, I was very critical of some of the changes before release but I have to say I like it! it does feel a little dumbed down from the 1st game but its still an enjoyable experience.
Posted 13:48 on 17 April 2011

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Release Date: 18/03/2011
Developer: 2K Czech
Publisher: 2K Sports
Genre: Sports
Rating: PEGI 3+
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