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The Elder Ice: A Harry Stubbs Adventure
The Elder Ice: A Harry Stubbs Adventure
Price: £1.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 Dec. 2015
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Beautifully researched, and fresh twists on what is now very familiar material. Period detail is fantastic.

YS: Memories of Celceta (Playstation Vita)
YS: Memories of Celceta (Playstation Vita)
Price: £20.48

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great action RPG, 3 April 2014
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Have never played a Ys game before, but really enjoyed this. Smart, snappy combat, good characters and a great sense of exploration

Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask (Nintendo 3DS)
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask (Nintendo 3DS)
Offered by Click For Games UK
Price: £11.99

36 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best in the series yet, 6 Nov. 2012
To the people giving it one star, video games consoles have a life span of 5-6 years, and have done for the last 25 years. The fact that this game is on a new console after 4 DS games shouldn't be surprising, or a reason to mark it down. I suspect this is down to the DS being some reviewers' first games console. Welcome to a fantastic pastime, all, but yes, you do need to upgrade the hardware if you want to play the latest games. This is in no way unusual, it's absolutely standard for all computer games, and it is clearly marked on the box and in the Amazon entry when you bought it. Like any media product, check it runs on your hardware before buying!

Onto the game itself. It uses the new 3DS features to good effect- better graphics, cut scenes and one of the better uses of 3D so far on the system- the gentle pace of Layton and static backgrounds work well with it. I found the main story lacking, but the characterisation of Layton's childhood friends and their place in the mystery makes up for it. Music is as good as ever, gentle accordions in full effect.

Some puzzles repeat several times (getting slightly harder variations) but this is no different to any previous entry, and the extra puzzles more than make up for it. An extra puzzle is available every day for a year after the original release date, and you only need to tap one button to download all that have been released so far- easy to use and packed with value for Layton fans.

A walking robot minigame is good fun, along with a shelf stacking game and a horse riding one that becomes available about halfway through. The last minigame is a rabbit training game- perhaps it might be fun for anyone that likes nintendogs, but I found it a bit tedious.

All in all, it took over 16 hours for me to finish the story and the majority of the puzzles and minigames, and I still have 355 daily puzzles to go that I'll be dipping into now and then. For those that buy the game after November 2013, you might be able to download all 365 extra puzzles at once!

To summarize then, it's great value. Perhaps not the best Layton story ever, but it is packed with great characters and content, so if you are just here for the puzzles and gentle whimsical humour, it's a good buy that'll keep you going back to it for ages.
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Mass Effect 3 (PS3)
Mass Effect 3 (PS3)
Offered by Turbotrance
Price: £15.30

44 of 59 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars rubbish ending makes replaying the series pointless, 23 Mar. 2012
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This review is from: Mass Effect 3 (PS3) (Video Game)
I painstakingly played through both previous games before this, trying to set up a 'perfect' save file where I was happy with the decisions that I had made, after the writers assured everyone that your decisions matter.

Long story short, they don't.

The big decision at the end of ME2? It changes one line of dialogue. That's it.
The alien race you saved in ME1? It doesn't matter. They turn up no matter what you did.
All of the sidequests are reduced to fetch quests- 'go scan that planet and return'.
Complete every sidequest? don't go expecting much difference compared to just flying through it.

It's best feature is that the combat, which is even more running around areas full of convenient waist-high cover, is probably the best in the series.

However, the last 15 minutes or so just makes it all pointless. None of your decisions influence the ending, it's just the same (very poorly thought-out and argued by the NPCs) endings offered to you no matter what you have done previously, or even how well you have done in this particular game, eradicating any idea of playing through again and doing things differently.

That's not to mention that the ending sequence itself makes no sense at all, nor does it offer any sense of closure.

Utterly, utterly disappointing, and going back on pretty much everything promised in the previous installments and by the writers. Easily the worst ending to a game or series out of the hundreds I have played.

Note to the writers- if you want to write high-concept sci-fi, it works better if it doesn't ignore all of the logic previously used to define the world.
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