Tom Orry, Editor - Sleeping Dogs, Xbox 360

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I've just played through the most exciting moment of Sleeping Dogs so far, but because I don't want to spoil it for you I can't really say anything about it. I think overall the game doesn't quite link things together well enough to be a true great, but I'm engaged with the characters just enough to make what just happened a big moment. It was pretty obvious that a moment like this was going to happen to kick-start the second half of the story, but developer United Front handled it well.

In other news I spent most of the week playing FIFA 12 at lunch time in the office. There are definitely members of the team that take this more seriously than others, and it's always good fun to watch a certain ad sales man storm out of the room claiming he's never going to play again.

Neon Kelly, Video Production Editor - Counter-Strike: Global Offensive PC, PS3, Xbox 360

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CS: GO is still dominating my out-of-work play, and until we hit the first big releases of the Chrimbo run-up (which admittedly will happen quite soon), I don't see that situation changing. Lake is easily my favourite of the new Demolition maps, but I've also got a lot of love for Safehouse too. Both seem to offer endless potential for cat-and-mouse antics, and though the 360 pad is hardly a match for a good old mouse-and-keyboard setup. I'm still managing to pick up the odd MVP award. And as I've said before, this never happens in other FPS titles.

Martin Gaston, Reviews Editor - Dota 2, PC

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This week I have unsurprisingly been playing a lot of Valve's Do-- I can't do it, I'm sorry. Everything I have to say about games has already been said, and if I write about Dota 2 none of you are going to read it anyway. There's no point. I played a few games of Dota, and kicked ass. Then I played some Guild Wars 2, and kicked more ass. Then I played a couple of games of Counter-Strike and died on my arse, which was quite upsetting. The common link is that these are all PC games, whereas right now this industry is utterly abysmal for console owners. Unless you're playing Sleeping Dogs, I guess. But, anyway, sorry console owners, even your version of CS:GO is a bit rubbish! I turned on my Xbox the other day to boot up Mass Effect 3 and it was horrible. Everyone: stop reading this right now (Dave probably has nothing interesting to say, anyway) and go and buy a new PC.

Join me next week when I'll insult other things that you care deeply about, such as rainbows, hob nob biscuits and your mother.

David Scammell, Staff Writer - SkyDrift, Xbox 360

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Someone in the office asked me the other day why I'd given up on the idea of pursuing my dream of becoming a pilot. I couldn't think of the reason why at the time, but after playing a little bit of SkyDrift, it all started coming back to me: for fear of crashing into a volcano or being shot out of the sky by a super shockwave.

I'd never heard of SkyDrift before spotting it in the Xbox LIVE sale last week, but given my odd obsession with anything that can fly, I felt compelled to give it a go. And I'm glad I did. It's essentially Hydro Thunder of the skies; a cheap aerial arcade racer that combines WipEout-style combat and power-ups with a few differently-themed hazard-filled courses. It's quite good fun, too, as most similar types of arcade racers tend to be. But my problem with it so far is that it doesn't push the ridiculous nature of bi-planes racing around volcanoes as far as it perhaps should. Despite the premise it feels relatively subdued, and I've often been left with the impression that I'm never having quite as much fun as the developer thinks I am.

Nevertheless, if you're into planes with guns strapped to their noses, SkyDrift seems a great way to fill the odd 20 minutes. And while I'm not sure I'd fully recommend it now it's shot back up to 1200 MSP, if you ever spot it in a sale again, be sure to take it for a test flight.

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NSMB2 and SWTOR Again

Unlocked every level on NSMB2 with 60 thousand coins collected... Its going to be a while until I get that million coins!

On SWTOR I've been doing the level 50 dailies as my Assassin/Juggernaut/Mercenary while leveling my Sniper (32) and Commando (23).

The end of act 1/Start of Act 2 for the Agent was brilliant. One of the best stories in SWTOR!
Posted 18:11 on 03 September 2012
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rbevanx@ dazzadavie

I bet your teacher didn't tell you that when most people eject from the plane and land into the water...most drown because they get tangled up with their own parachute.

I find that scary!
Posted 18:06 on 03 September 2012
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I only bought my PC about 6 months back, do I have to get a new one?

Next to no gaming time recently - being a good husband/father to bank credit in advance of Borderlands 2, which will definitely get more of my attention than the wife and child.
Posted 17:45 on 03 September 2012
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dazzadavie@ rbevanx

Even with accessories like this?
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lol not the Best thing in the world
Posted 12:12 on 03 September 2012
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Posted 11:44 on 03 September 2012
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dazzadavie@ FantasyMeister

Originally Posted by FantasyMeister
things ejecting from the tray when they shouldn't

Posted 10:58 on 03 September 2012
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FantasyMeister@ dazzadavie

Originally Posted by dazzadavie
So this week the best game I played was real life, the graphics were amazing so life like and 3D. I did my loop the loop achievement which I was missing from my teens.

I've had a lot of issues with that one recently: no control pad; sloppy frame-rate; no trophy support; screen blur; things ejecting from the tray when they shouldn't; slow start-up times; poor collision detection. Can't wait for next-gen.
Posted 10:49 on 03 September 2012
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So this week the best game I played was real life, the graphics were amazing so life like and 3D. I did my loop the loop achievement which I was missing from my teens.
(selfless plug video coming up)

I'd love to be able to put a achievement pop in this video

Also I jumped onto some Battlefield 3 winning two rounds of Gun Master, jumping on some normal modes of Rush and conquest (running people over with the chopper never gets old) and starting a clean up of the co-op.
Now I only got the play Sleeping Dogs yesterday (Sunday) but when I've played I have enjoyed. The shaking of the camera while driving is annoying but nothing that will stop me playing.
Putting peoples head into a air unit (which I make at my work) is so much fun!
Posted 10:43 on 03 September 2012
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PS3: Got myself up to level 30 of Motorostorm Apocalypse. Not bad for someone who doesn't tend to do online gaming. Sleeping Dogs arrived at the weekend and I've since spent a lot of time getting into fisticuffs with various people. Quite enjoying it.

Vita: Continued my dedication to Everybody's Golf. Still can't putt but judging by the position of my score in the Daily Tournament, there are more than a few worse than me.

iOS: Getting a little addicted to New Star Soccer. Terrible wages for being a footballer but it's not about the money I suppose.
Posted 09:14 on 03 September 2012
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I've been playing TF2 on and off this week. My to do list of unfinished is about to be put on hold as I go back to sixth form on Monday. And since I don't really want start anything I can't finish, I've been left with little do. I'm personally waiting for Mercenary Kings and Torchlight 2 which both come out soon-ish.

Also a friend of mine that works at Game gave me free promotional copy of Guild Wars 2, as no one who works at his shop was interested. I'm not sure what do with, because I'm pretty sure it won't work on my PC. Any Suggestion anyone?
Posted 07:10 on 03 September 2012

Shellei@ rbevanx

Ah Rainbow Six 3!!! Those were the days! I'm a fan of Ghost Recon too, but I always ended up having a laughing fit when someone was moving while in the prone position. I think that's just me though.
Posted 15:12 on 02 September 2012
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rbevanx@ VG_Dave

Yeah in the previous gen they required you more to think your way around a problem but they have now watered down the games so much that they are very much like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
The new Ghost Recon used the new Splinter Cell takedown system which is a good idea...but you don't earn them like you do in the new Splinter Cell.
I thought the recent Splinter Cell was brilliant as it had a good mix of the action of this gen's shooters with something where your abilities are watered down and not infinite like Ghost Recon was.

But mind you, Rainbow Six 3 is still my fav Rainbow Six game.

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Posted 14:15 on 02 September 2012
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Sov@ dudester

The Mercy level and the diamond heist are my favourites, stealth and trying to maintain control of the situation make a nice refreshing change from waiting on bloody saws to do their thing!
Posted 12:48 on 02 September 2012

Shellei@ FantasyMeister

I'm with you with the GW2 thing, I can see me not getting much sleep this week and I'm already collecting as many pets as I can. I wonder if they'll have companions...hmm will have to read up and if they do I'm in a whole world of trouble.
Posted 12:41 on 02 September 2012
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I played the Mercy level on payday finally,

I just got an 8 month cruciate ligament injury to my star striker in football manager :(

I am going to start at some point today the walking dead after picking it up on the steam deal in the week.
Posted 12:25 on 02 September 2012

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Release Date: 17/08/2012
Developer: United Front Games
Publisher: Square Enix
Genre: Action
Rating: PEGI 18+
Site Rank: 2,180 618
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