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A weekend of Battlefield3 and TIN TIN

2011 October 31
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by Mike


Having played ALOT of Battlefield3 before release I was scared. Bugs and glitches plagued multi-player every time I played it. And I even broke it a Eurogamer a few months back. EA promised us that we were playing old code and shouldn’t take any notice. I believed them for the most part but I always had my doubts.

Thankfully those doubts have been removed. I opted in for the PS3 version and haven’t had any major problems. Was surprised by the sheer size of the Day 1 patch however! Friends on the 360 version don’t have much positives; game crashes, server fails and an all-round LAME experience  are what I’m hearing from their end. Of Course EA have promised to rectify these problems asap.

I spent many an hour over the weekend playing this, and I must say I’m pretty much in love. The sheer size of some of the maps are astonishing and Rush mode is seriously fun. The customization options are immense, maybe even too immense as I find myself confused as to what I have unlocked but for the most part its great. I’m seriously happy with the game and it has done something which I wasn’t expecting. I has removed any real want for MW3, due to lack of funds I may skip MW3 as this will more than quench my thirst for on-line FPS play.

Engineer seems to be the class that suits me and its oh so satisfying going one on one with a tank and winning! BF3 and Uncharted3, I think will be my main games this winter.

Over the weekend I also watched the new Tin Tin movie. As a minor fan of the cartoons and comics I could go into this simply as a film goer and not be nit picking every little detail. I was left thoroughly impressed, loads of action, witty humour, likeable characters and damn good animation and motion capture. I still can’t get over just how real the characters looked, they looked so human it was scary. (The eyes its all in the eyes)

Story wise it was an okay PG movie affair meaning it was simple to follow and didn’t deviate to much from a standard movie for kids. Loved Tin Tin and can’t wait for the obvious sequel. Didn’t love is so much as to buy the  official game tie-in though.

Batman: Arkham City, my thoughts.

2011 October 25


Picked up Arkham City last week. I thoroughly enjoyed the first title and as a fan of the animated series, it was great to see most of the cast brought back together. It had a great story, the fighting system was fluid and addictive and it was just the great Batman game we all deserved. Ofcourse with the success of the first a sequel was announced.

The changes to this sequel are huge, with the sand box style game play being a big selling point. It has also kept alot of the cool things from the first game. Although i’m thinking that if I was new to the game I would be lost for an hour or two, the game doesn’t do a good job of explaining some of features brought back from the previous title.

Going back to the sand-box style of the game. I feel that this is the games biggest weakness. For example when you start a new game of GTA, the game eases you into everything you can do in the city, its upto the player to eather follows these pursuits or not. What Arkham City does is literately throw everything you in the first few minutes. Your bombarded with sidequests, challenges, thugs to beat up and so much more. Maybe I’m just too indecisive but I had such information overload and was stuck (and still am) with what I should actually do. When you turn on the Bat Detective mode the city just lights up with everything you can do and I just wish some of these things were only accessible after certain parts of the game.

But apart from that fairly minor gripe the game plays great, as expected. Haven’t played much of it so far but the story and characters are already compelling. Fingers crossed the twitter-verse won’t ruin certain parts of the story for me though .

As a huge Batman nerd its great to see characters like Mr.Freeze and Penguin jumping on on the sequel. Some people are complaining that there are too many characters in this game, but I prefer it this way and it keeps the game fresh with loads of people’s asses to kick.

However I think once Uncharted3 hits, this game will struggle to be played. Just ONE MORE WEEK



Uncharted 3 Launch Trailer = Jaw on Floor

2011 October 19
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by Mike


Yea I know, pretty much every other post from me is about Uncharted. But seriously check out this new launch trailer! This is game of the year material!! I think this game has removed any hype I have for Batman: Arkham City.

Uncharted 3 at the 7-Bit Arcade

2011 October 14
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by Mike


A taster of Uncharted 3′s online component was rolled out last week on PSN. I for one am having a ball with it! Splosions, guns, treasure and boobs. It has it all I will definitely be investing some time with Uncharted 3 multi-player when it comes out, the co-op especially should prove to be loads of fun.

I have started writing for an awesome website called 7-Bit Arcade. My first article was my impressions of the Uncharted 3 beta. Its a great website with reviews on games, music, gigs and it has some pretty thought provoking articles so go check it out. Also look out for the up and coming Pod-cast aswell!!

Also LoveFilm have done me good this week by sending Ace Combat: Assault Horizon to me on the release date. Was actually going to go and buy this so I am incredibly chuffed. Iv’e found that if you order less popular and main stream titles from these guys that there is a good chance that you will get it on the release weekend

Have a good weekend all!




Mass Effect Multi-player….My thoughts…WHY?

2011 October 12
by Mike


The guys (and girls) at EA and Bioware have been teasing a “killer feature” in Mass Effect 3 that would blow us all away. Rumours were saying it was a multi-player component and we all assumed this had to be it. Sadly the rumours were indeed true.

The Mass Effect games to me are the epitome of a single player experience and a shining light to how a well written story, deep characters and good game-play can take you away into a believable living and breathing universe. My greatest fear was that it would be competitive multi-player but luckily this wasn’t the case.

So its Co-op. Not a big deal right? But its Co-op that will have a “direct impact” on the single player campaign. I couldn’t think of anything worse. Thankfully this is optional and you can still play the single player experience and be happy. But my problem is WHY?

As far as I can tell nobody has really screamed for this feature and putting in some no doubt “tacked on” component in the FINAL act of such an epic story I think might just cheapen the whole thing. What if this feature sucks? No doubt it will negatively effect peoples thoughts towards the whole game.

I personally won’t touch this until I have completed the single player to my complete satisfaction as I wouldn’t want the incompetence of a friend to ruin the finale of a story which I have shaped through two games BY MYSELF.

Anywho rant over (for now).


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