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Finally got my copy of Trials Fusion after the usual Amazon courier shenanigans (sheesh, they really have turned shitty again), and it's very polished stuff. Sure it's no massive reinvention of Trials but it's silky smooth, looks great and the new trick stuff is nicely challenging. Not too sure about the whizzy sci-fi settings, or the constant voiceover interruptions (not had it long enough to look at whether you can switch those or the shitty music off). Definitely enjoying it though and I can tell I'm going to be spending sodding HOURS in that editor.
#601 at 11:05:24 - 22/04/2014
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It wasn't until I played an old demo of Joe Danger (the movie one) on the weekend that I appreciated just how good the Trials games are.
#602 at 15:00:17 - 22/04/2014
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Hah the old Trials "OCD" stuff has now properly kicked in now Espad and Jonsaan are also playing. Suddenly I've gone from working my way through the levels and settling for silver or bronze, to playing it properly the way I used to play Trials on Xbox 360, trying to better those pesky ghosts and gold all levels (what happened to Platinum though? Is it still there?!)

I'll say one thing about it though, Ubi really need to learn a little on the "less is more" side of presentation. All you really need with the game is a fairly basic menu to be able to start a level when playing (rather than designing) but they've really 'fussied it up' a bit too much.
#603 at 10:11:05 - 23/04/2014
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@peej, my times will be a doddle, its bloody Celestry thats seconds ahead of me on every track, its witchcraft!
#604 at 14:53:39 - 24/04/2014
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No Heroes Allowed: No Puzzles Either is seriously good - so much so, that I upgraded from the FTP version to the fully unlocked game.

Use of the Vita's touch screen is perfect for this kind of Match-3 game.

I'm playing this when I should be playing Lone Survivor!
#605 at 14:45:51 - 25/04/2014
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Currently enjoying an 'evil' play through of Infamous: Second Son. Figured it'd just have one or two differences here and there, but some of the 'evil only' missions are really satisfying, as is the way the dialogue branches a little to compensate.

Like with most games where you get to make a polar choice, being an evil bastard seems to be a breeze (I don't think I've died once in this play through whereas I was dying all the time playing a goodie!) and the evil powers are bloody awesome.

Still absolutely entranced by how lovely this game looks and how playable it is (though I will probably start swearing again when I hit that lava boss fight)
#606 at 11:53:10 - 30/04/2014
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peej said:Still absolutely entranced by how lovely this game looks and how playable it is (though I will probably start swearing again when I hit that lava boss fight)


The boss battles in Second Son are absolutely terrible and massive step back for the series. I haven't started my 'evil' play through yet because I really can't face enduring the boss battles for a second time.
#607 at 20:32:58 - 01/05/2014
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I think you should, purely for a couple of reasons

1) On an evil playthrough, and I'm sure it's not just the familiarity thing, things really do seem a lot easier. You don't have to tiptoe around the public or the police, you can just let rip and in big DUP fights, that makes a hell of a difference.

2) The boss fights are still bloody horrible but with hindsight, you can now breeze through them whereas when you were on your first playthrough you weren't quite sure what to expect. Even the hated, hated, HATED lava boss becomes a fairly simple task of using the architecture for cover, and blasting the big angel (and later the supporting 'medic' angels) as much as possible from a quick recharge of whatever powers you can find. Breezed it the second time whereas the first time it pissed me off beyond belief.

Definitely do not miss the evil playthrough though, it's very rewarding indeed!
#608 at 16:32:09 - 06/05/2014
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Looking forward to returning to Thief now that Dark Souls 2 is fully done - 160-odd hours put into it; about as singularly obsessed as I get with a game.

Also very much enjoying Steamworld Dig - when I can prise my Vita off my son (it's the one game that will drag him away from Minecraft on the 360).
#609 at 20:39:10 - 07/05/2014
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I picked up Steramworld Dig last night - think I'll play it once I'm done with Lone Survivor :)
#610 at 15:00:10 - 08/05/2014
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I played some Skyrim last weekend. Boy, that's one broken game. Nice, but very, very broken and a little bit dull. I think could be better if the world and all characters in it didn't look and feel like they existed on slightly different planes of existence.

Also started playing Puppeteer, which is really so far. Really enjoying the physicality of the stages.
#611 at 19:12:56 - 08/05/2014
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Flying_Pig said:I picked up Steramworld Dig last night - think I'll play it once I'm done with Lone Survivor :)


I've really enjoyed my time with Steamword Dig - I love Terraria but also appreciated Dig's single-mined forward momentum and simplicity.

Lone Survivor on the other hand I got irritated with quite quickly (despite being confident I would enjoy it)...what do you like about it? I wonder if I gave up on it too soon.
#612 at 20:10:05 - 08/05/2014
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Completed Steamworld Dig - 8 hours in total, so it doesn't outstay its welcome and I certainly recommend it if it's going cheap (can't remember how much I paid for it).
#613 at 06:25:58 - 09/05/2014
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peej said:I think you should, purely for a couple of reasons

1) On an evil playthrough, and I'm sure it's not just the familiarity thing, things really do seem a lot easier. You don't have to tiptoe around the public or the police, you can just let rip and in big DUP fights, that makes a hell of a difference.

2) The boss fights are still bloody horrible but with hindsight, you can now breeze through them whereas when you were on your first playthrough you weren't quite sure what to expect. Even the hated, hated, HATED lava boss becomes a fairly simple task of using the architecture for cover, and blasting the big angel (and later the supporting 'medic' angels) as much as possible from a quick recharge of whatever powers you can find. Breezed it the second time whereas the first time it pissed me off beyond belief.

Definitely do not miss the evil playthrough though, it's very rewarding indeed!


I will go back to it eventually but it is basically the boss battles that are putting me off. The rest of the game is superb but the boss battles really are a step back for the series.

I went back to inFAMOUS 2 to see if the boss battles were better than Second Son. First thing hit me was how much the dynamics of the series has changed with the different powers in Second Son. Climbing is a massive part of inFAMOUS 1 and 2 but is almost an afterthought in Second Son. As for the boss battles they are so much more enjoyable in 2. No walled off arenas (everything takes place in the open world) and no limiting what powers you can use. I hope Sucker Punch revert back to this style of gameplay for the fourth inFAMOUS game.
#614 at 10:45:12 - 09/05/2014
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FlexibleFeline said:Lone Survivor on the other hand I got irritated with quite quickly (despite being confident I would enjoy it)...what do you like about it? I wonder if I gave up on it too soon.


I don't really know if I do like it TBH. My first playthrough was pretty painful and I got pretty stuck in the basement and almost gave up. But then after I did finish it, I wanted to replay it to see what I'd missed so used a guide and completed my second playthrough last night.

I'm now only 2 trophies from the Platinum - needing a 3rd playthrough - so am debating whether to go again. It's worth noting that my first run was just under 3 hours, with my second one just over 2 - so it's a short game.

Anyway, while I decide, I've started Dragon's Crown. Pretty underwhelmed at the moment....
#615 at 12:17:25 - 09/05/2014
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I was wondering whether to pick that up. I found Muramasa to be pretty dull, though.
#616 at 10:37:39 - 10/05/2014
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Diablo 3 on 360. On my third run through, now, with a level 52 wizard. I'm actually starting to experience some sort of self-loathing, as all I'm doing is compulsively clicking... But I can't put it down!

Taking a break from Dark Souls 2, Thief, and Black Flag for this!? I need my head examined.

Oh, went back to the last Trials game, over Fusion. It really shows how bloody mediocre the new one is. The trick system is fucking useless and is now hampering progress. Quite telling that there's only one person on my friend list who's playing it.

Need to get back to EDF and GTA5 too, but I'm catching on on cardboard when I can. The Gears of War boardgame is actually way better than the console games, these days.
#617 at 10:12:28 - 11/05/2014
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Oh, playing Hearthstone on ipad. A free game that you honestly never have to pay a penny for to complete or to advance. No waiting either. It's a stunning game. If you're playing, let me know.

Considering the Hitman strategy game, too, great word of mouth on it.
#618 at 10:13:50 - 11/05/2014
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Flying_Pig said:
Anyway, while I decide, I've started Dragon's Crown. Pretty underwhelmed at the moment....


I've carried on with it, and it does get better, once you get your companions and level up a bit. I'm still unsure whether there'll be enough variety to keep me interested for the next 20 hours or so...
#619 at 10:08:45 - 12/05/2014
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That's what the boobs are there for!
#620 at 16:04:36 - 12/05/2014
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I'm feeling the same post-Souls emptiness I feel after each one....I half-heartedly pick at a couple of games to be finished (Thief, Splinter Cell, FFX) but none of them are doing it for me, even though I was quite enjoying them before.

Found some solace in Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes - quite tense and unforgiving if you go for a full stealth experience; and now, wanting something a bit more epic, have finally purchased Ass Creed: Black Flag. Rather nice so far but Christ that Asbergo stuff is irritating nonsense.
#621 at 16:50:18 - 13/05/2014
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I know exactly what you mean - not specifically with Dark Souls, but after you finish playing a brilliantly and deeply involving game, the games which follow never really seem to hit the spot, and feel a bit empty.

I try to play some kind of palette clenser - either something completely different, or something I know is pretty ropey to average things out.
#622 at 10:36:14 - 15/05/2014
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I like the idea of a palette cleanser. Plenty of them to clear out in my backlog!
#623 at 17:18:55 - 15/05/2014
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Mario golf world tour. Enjoying it has that frustrating difficulty for a Nintendo game (for me at least) coupled with the one more go factor.
#624 at 21:46:31 - 15/05/2014
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I'm an hour or so in to The Stick of Truth as I found it for the rather palatable price of 16.79 on Steam. Loving it, proper South Park related fun and as crude as I can ever remember it being.
#625 at 09:51:07 - 28/05/2014
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Played the first couple of sections of Transistor and really liking it so far. The ability customization is so simple but potentially so deep, really think the core battle mechanics are highly enjoyable overall.
#626 at 01:02:22 - 31/05/2014
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I am playing that overhyped Sony-endorsed GTA clone a lot.

I am also playing (and surprisingly enjoying) a copy of Wolfenstein I blew the last of my Game credit on. It's a very very pretty shooter, completely brainless but absolutely bloody lovely looking. Oh and there's nookie in it and giant Nazi mechs, so what's not to love?
#627 at 11:21:41 - 02/06/2014
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I've been on holiday, so managed to finish Dragon's Crown, which I thought was very pretty, but ultimately repetitive.

Also played and completed Steamworld Dig which I picked up for a few pounds and really enjoyed it. I can't see myself replaying it, which I know a few people have done many times, but I enjoyed the mining/upgrading elements of it a lot.

Following that I played and finished Stick it to the Man - a bizarre platform/puzzle game (reviewed on the front page), with echos of The Cave, but without the tedious back tracking. Definitely worth the 4 I paid for it.

And now I'm on to the latest Vita heavy-hitter - Borderlands 2! I've only squeezed in a few hours over the weekend, but so far I'm massively impressed! It looks good, and most of the issues flagged in the reviews (mainly around frame-rate) seem to have been massively over-stated. The game does suffer from being on the small screen (the text is tiny and in-game menus hard to use), but it plays pretty much as you'd expect Borderlands 2 to play!
#628 at 14:30:25 - 02/06/2014
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Still playing Borderlands 2 on the Vita - up to level 20 and really enjoying it.

It's definitely worth grabbing if you've got a Vita!!

Also working my way through Half Life 2 on the PS3 - I think I'm in the final quarter and aside from the appaling vehicle handling, I've thoroughly enjoyed it.
#629 at 14:36:23 - 23/06/2014
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Still working my way through Wolfenstein and I must be getting towards the end now (it feels like a game that has lasted a hell of a long time).

Enjoyable stuff though, very beautiful in places but I'd personally like to kick the person in the balls that came up with the 'long jump' controls, and neglected to mention that the jump distance varies depending on what you're carrying (how many fucking times did I fail that helicopter jump before googling for the answer?)
#630 at 16:25:09 - 24/06/2014

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