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  • coomber 11 Feb 2014 09:23:10 324 posts
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    Tomb Raider - PS3

    Enjoyed this far more than the last god-awful Uncharted, though it is not a patch on the earlier Nathan Drake games.

    It should have been though, but the constant JJ Abrams overuse of lens-flare, not to mention making out the 'lens' is covered in dust/snow/water was so irritating throughout the game it drove me mad. There was also the odd bug, and a couple of the puzzles were driving me mad until I looked them up online and realised I just hadn't been pixel-perfect in trying to solve them.

    Combat is good though, and the way stealth is implemented is superb. And it reminded me of Assassins Creed 2 in the way that some of the best things about the game were the additional tombs you could go off and find.

    All in all, a good game, let down by some technical faults and, for my money, a couple of poor directional choices.

    7/10
  • Kostabi 12 Feb 2014 19:27:08 4,903 posts
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    Tomb Raider - PC

    I bought this ages a go but abandoned due to a few parts annoying the tits off me with enemy spam somewhere in the middle. Annoyingly in hindsight that was probably the worst section of the game and it picked up again for the last third.

    It's a 7/10 for me too but would have been higher if it included some of the trickier tomb style climbing/puzzles from the previous games.
  • HarryPalmer 13 Feb 2014 21:41:35 3,212 posts
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    Killzone: Shadowfall - 7/10

    Seems unpopular round here, but I thoroughly enjoyed it - in much the same way as I enjoyed Remember Me.

    It's generic, it doesn't do anything new, the story is nonsense and the last couple of missions are a bit shit (the civilian AI in the last level in particular is laughable).

    BUT, it looks absolutely gorgeous (a real step up from PS3), the music is great (shades of Vangelis), the art direction is fantastic, some of the environments are stunning and it plays really well. In fact, I'd say it handles the best out of any FPS I've played on consoles. I don't know a lot about the developers (this is my first KZ game), but I got the feeling that they could really make a fantastic game - if they just got some good writers in and sorted out the AI.

    I haven't played online yet, but I will.
  • Mr_Sleep 13 Feb 2014 21:56:51 16,928 posts
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    Kostabi wrote:
    Tomb Raider - PC

    It's a 7/10 for me too but would have been higher if it included some of the trickier tomb style climbing/puzzles from the previous games.
    Yeah, this is a crucial problem of this game imo. All of the tombs are incredibly easy to solve and there is just too much combat for my liking. I always enjoyed the exploration, platforming and puzzle elements of other Tomb Raider games but they just did away with them for the most part.

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  • SomaticSense 14 Feb 2014 08:28:30 8,132 posts
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    It's a comment probably more suited for the 'Unpopular Gaming Opinions' thread, but I genuinely enjoyed the recent TR not only more than the grossly overrated UC3 (the ancient level design would've resulted in average at best professional reviews if it were any other franchise), but also more than the UC franchise as a whole.

    And I loved UC2.
  • Dombat 14 Feb 2014 14:18:39 253 posts
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    Gran Turismo 6

    Technically haven't completed this game, but I've seen the end credits, got my S-licence and will probably wind down playing the career mode of this game now (and I'll never platinum the game) so it seems a good time to review it.

    I really think its time PD looked at how to modernise the series now as they've got very conservative with the design of these games. I skipped 5 and barely played 4, and yet I don't feel like much has changed in that time, apart from the improved graphics and inclusion of new racing professions. That does play into the nostalgic factor for me though, which is why I mostly enjoyed my time with this.

    The range of tracks is excellent, and you certainly can't complain about the selection of cars. They've done an outstanding job of modelling the handling of the cars and there's a huge diversity in the handling - you can tell they put a lot of effort in this department.

    The AI however is really bad. I don't have much to add that hasn't been said before, but in trying to keep races competitive they've made the rubber banding far too blatant and it really detracts from the realism. Added with the rolling starts at the back of the grid and races basically feel like overtaking challenges in GRID 2.

    The presentation is mostly GT's typically high standard, although the soundtrack is appalling. Shame, as there's usually at least some music I like on it.

    Overall I have enjoyed this but the series has become stagnant in a big way, and I wont be buying the next game in the series unless it innovates its career mode and AI. Gets marked up for me because the amount of content is so generous, and I love the tracks.

    8/10
  • Deleted user 14 February 2014 15:22:12
    Gucamalee!

    Oh what a little game this is! A good challenge too! Pretty much perfect in everyway.

    A wonderful art style, a great soundtrack, and most importantly, great gameplay too. The fighting is superb fun, the platforming nice and responsive, the metroid unlock system nicely judge.

    Platforming can get a little fiddly with the rate of unlocks, but a deep breath and some patience and figuring out the moves to reach certain areas is a doddle.

    9.5/10. To be honest there isn't any reason for me not to give a 10.
  • jabberwoky 15 Feb 2014 11:10:24 500 posts
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    Dragon age origins, second playthrough. I had forgotten how good this game is, it absolutely deserved a second play 5 years later. And its a huge game. 9/10.
  • CharlieStCloud 15 Feb 2014 11:15:03 5,202 posts
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    @joelstinton

    I imagine reaching the topmost top-top of the Tule Tree is the reason why you have not quite given Guacamelee! a ten.

    : )
  • Paulie_P 15 Feb 2014 14:22:43 413 posts
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    @SomaticSense that's exactly how I feel about the new Tomb Raider and Uncharted games. I don't think the new TR gets enough credit.
  • Rens11 15 Feb 2014 17:20:16 1,391 posts
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    Papa & Yo

    Interesting theme, different from any other game I've played. However the gameplay was at times tedious and I wasted 45minutes trying to solve a puzzle ended up looking online and I had a glitch and the monster had not moved from the previous area. Had a few more minor glitches throughtout aswell. Worth a playthrough and a decent ending and soundtrack

    6/10

    Dont kid yourself, Jimmy. If a cow ever got the chance, hed eat you and everyone you care about!

  • Paulie_P 15 Feb 2014 18:15:08 413 posts
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    Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
    Fantastic return to Zelda III's world. So much has changed in 21 years.

    The new item rental, purchase system was a nice design choice, however I did not like how heavily signposted the dungeons were. They're all marked on the map so I didn't explore the world as much as I would've liked. Also it was great how you needed each item to actually enter the dungeon so you never got to a point in the dungeon where you'd be stuck without the appropriate item. There was no need to display a picture of the item outside the dungeon though, that was a bit too hand holding.

    A lot of the items also became useless outside of the dungeon they were used in. The dungeons themselves were very compact and I dunno if they were a little too easy or I'm used to Zelda's puzzles. They were designed in such a way to prevent too much back tracking.

    Some of the mini games were fun and one in particular is noteworthy as the final boss has an attack which harks back to it . The plot doesn't get in the way of the game either like Skyward Swords opening.

    Overall, it's probably the best Zelda game since Majoras Mask (others might argue Ocarina but I love the 3-day Groundhog Day scenario of MM).

    10/10
  • Raiko101 15 Feb 2014 18:20:22 6,183 posts
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    I still need to pick Zelda up. And Pokemon for that matter. There's just too many games for the 3DS at the moment.

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  • JonFE 15 Feb 2014 20:55:42 1,442 posts
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    I've just completed (or am I just starting) Demon's Souls! What a ride :cool:
  • FatSternKikwi 15 Feb 2014 22:49:42 541 posts
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    Battleblocks theatre

    Quite fun in coop. The humour is intensely dumb but got a decent chuckle out of me.

    Probably sucks solo though.

    7.5/10
  • Mike1980 16 Feb 2014 00:17:25 308 posts
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    Outlast

    I originally gave up cos it was too much with headphones. Came back several days later and played it with music to cover up the shock scares the game throws at you.

    After about 1-2 hours the jumps became routine and the game turned into corridor running. Not bad but, like Amnesia, once you know how the logic works, its a bit of a breeze.

    Special note on the PS4 version, after the kitchen fire, I noticed quite a few dropped frames. Bit of a shame really but there you go.

    6/10
  • Telepathic.Geometry 16 Feb 2014 15:16:07 11,288 posts
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    Just finished Puppeteer. What a fucking dark horse, never realised it was gonna be that good. I admit that mostly, the incredibly gorgeous, lush and frankly visual orgy-level of graphics is what carried the game, and the incredibly well-voice acted and intelligently written script.

    The platforming controls are not as tight as a Mario game, but they work well enough, and the story isn"t too bad. But yeah, visually stupendous. What an embarrassment of riches... 9/10

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  • TheMayorOfJugs 16 Feb 2014 15:21:56 3,312 posts
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    Really should get around to finishing pupeteer.

    Shamefully the ott accents put me off, think I just had the scissors when I abandoned it.
  • gingerninja2112 16 Feb 2014 20:29:16 32 posts
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    Uncharted 2: among thieves

    Wow I didn't think it would better the first one but boy was I wrong such a great game, graphics were great, story was great, cant wait to play the third one

    10/10
  • FatSternKikwi 16 Feb 2014 20:34:14 541 posts
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    Dynasty Warriors Next

    Enjoyed this despite it being pretty terrible. Played on easy so it was a bit of a cakewalk but my landlords have been complete arseholes this week so needed a way to vent my anger. Poor vita.

    Ok for free but I don't see myself returning to the series ever again.

    5.5/10



    I really want to get Puppeteer but I need to finish 50 games before buying any more. Time to clear the backlog and save money!

    Edited by FatSternKikwi at 20:35:28 16-02-2014
  • Telepathic.Geometry 17 Feb 2014 00:59:08 11,288 posts
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    TheMayorOfJugs wrote: Really should get around to finishing puppeteer.

    Shamefully the ott accents put me off, think I just had the scissors when I abandoned it.
    I think the OTT accents were intended to ham it up as much as possible. That game really sells the theatre performance thing to an extraordinary extent. Every single individual stage is assembled as if it were on stage, with puppet strings visible, and backgrounds hanging from the background. When you do something amazing the audience gasps, and if you leave it idle for a while you can hear them talking. When you start again they're all like "Shh, ssshhh!" XD It's fuckin' marvelous...

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  • dsmx 17 Feb 2014 01:20:15 7,583 posts
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    @gingerninja2112 Your in for a bit of a let down sadly, third one never hits the heights of the second. But be fair were the hell do you go from Uncharted 2? It plays like an action movie and your the star, what more could you want?

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  • kinky_mong 17 Feb 2014 10:36:10 10,107 posts
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    Bulletstorm

    Loved it, a big dumb foul-mouthed antidote to po-faced military shooters. The skillshots are wonderfully OTT and the weapons are a creative twist on genre establishments.

    My only regret is I left it so long to start this as the multiplayer is pretty dead, but what I did play of it was great fun too.

    Kill your dicks/10

    I'll never get my Orc looking the same again.

  • Kostabi 17 Feb 2014 15:21:40 4,903 posts
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    Assassin's Creed IV

    According to the handy in game stats it took me 37 hours to complete 72% of the game.

    The vast swathes of collectibles ruin the atmosphere a little as does the lack of variety across the main story missions.

    8/10 (mostly because I really liked how they handled the shooting and Edward was a great palette cleanser after Connor.)
  • lordofdeadside 17 Feb 2014 21:28:53 1,108 posts
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    Burial at Sea pt I

    Finished it his in one sitting this afternoon, and it was great to be back in rapture! Conversely I think the familiarity of the setting was perhaps the thing which prevented it from reaching the heights of Infinite. Wonderfully head melting ending too, although it could have done with a few more twists along the journey. Bring on the second part!

    85%

    I'd also forgotten how nice the 360 pad is too, the DS4 is much more accurate sure, but not a patch on the comfort and layout of the good old 360!
  • drhcnip 17 Feb 2014 23:12:59 2,480 posts
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    Telepathic.Geometry wrote:
    Just finished Puppeteer. What a fucking dark horse, never realised it was gonna be that good. I admit that mostly, the incredibly gorgeous, lush and frankly visual orgy-level of graphics is what carried the game, and the incredibly well-voice acted and intelligently written script.

    The platforming controls are not as tight as a Mario game, but they work well enough, and the story isn"t too bad. But yeah, visually stupendous. What an embarrassment of riches... 9/10
    this should be dropping through my letter box tomorrow...cant fucking wait....

    just finished xcom: the bureau....surprisingly enjoyable having never played an xcom game before.....7/10
  • glaeken 18 Feb 2014 10:52:49 11,134 posts
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    Mafia 2 - 8/10 - Really enjoyed it and loved the atmosphere. They really nail the 1940/50's setting and I thought the story was great. It's nice and cheap now so well worth a shot I think for anyone who skipped it.

    It's interesting to read the controversial EG review now I have finally got around to playing this. It's a really odd review and it makes you wonder if there is an untold story behind that. It's like the guy had a grudge against someone at 2k and set out to slate the game. They clearly misrepresent the game as trying to be like GTA when it's really not going for that. It's a linear game in an open world not a sand box game. I almost wonder if another high profile game was coming out at the same time and if the reviewer took a bung to slate the competition. The 4/10 score just makes no sense. I would love to know the true story behind what happened.

    Edited by glaeken at 10:53:23 18-02-2014
  • Doomspoon 18 Feb 2014 11:27:56 2,461 posts
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    @glaeken Yeah I played through it on PS3 after it popped up as a PS+ freebie. I'd recently played through Saints's Row The Third and Sleeping Dogs and was expecting it to be remarkably inferior. Certainly it's a bit rough around the edges in places but I thought it was rather enjoyable.

    I agree with what you say about the atmosphere and that it's linear. I prefer in some ways not to get too bogged down in side missions and shopping lists and just get on with a clear progression from start to finish of the game. I also thought some of the music was well chosen even if the chatter on the radio was rather repetitive. It was a 7/10 for me but I'd consider playing it again on PC as I picked it up as a freebie a while back.
  • glaeken 18 Feb 2014 12:01:37 11,134 posts
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    I would agree it certainly has a few rough edges but nothing to spoil the overall enjoyment for me. One thing I did not mention in relation to that review was it really slated the writing and story which I thought was actually rather well done. The voice acting in particular was good. It's not a master piece of writing but I thought as games go it managed a nice story and had a good pay off.
  • Doomspoon 18 Feb 2014 13:14:30 2,461 posts
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    @glaeken I've not read the review in a while but correct me if I'm wrong, wasn't one aspect that the Eurogamer review was against that some of the missions were a bit small time? To me that worked perfectly fine with the storyline, doing the trivial stuff and working your way up.

    I found the prison based stuff dragged a little but served its purpose within the story on the whole. It was also a good way to have time progress to a different decade rather than just a "6 years later" cutscene.

    I've never been a massive fan of the genre on the whole but enjoyed films such as Goodfellas, Casino, and A Bronx Tale as well as seeing the odd episode of The Sopranos and recently watching half the first series of Boardwalk Empire. Playing this definitely felt that it could have easily been tied to those three films. Certainly when it played on who was betraying who and characters getting paranoid it definitely had me thinking of Goodfellas and Casino. As stated, I'm no massive fan of the genre on the whole so maybe these are tired cliches for fans of Mafia based entertainment but for me I felt it was written better than a lot of games I've played of late.

    edit: Further to the above, I'm quite crap at following stories in games (save for the main storyline as justification for what's going on) because in general they don't interest me, I'm more concerned with the activities I'm doing rather than soap opera level ins and outs. I did find I paid a bit more attention in this.

    Edited by Doomspoon at 13:22:02 18-02-2014
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