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Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine (PS3)
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine (PS3)
Price: £4.35

5.0 out of 5 stars Big, bold, and lots of fun., 31 Mar. 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Lots of fun to be had with this. Single player campaign seems to be entertaining enough and long enough but I haven't had chance to finish it yet as I've spent too much time online. Campaign is centred on liberating a world from an invading orc army. So far I've encountered reasonable variety in the enemies and had to vary tactics in order to get past them all. Playing through on normal dificulty and I've been killed a few times so it should hold a decent challenge.

Graphically the game does the business well, the overall look and feel seems spot on. Similar with the sound effects and music too.

I know not everyone will be happy with the gameplay but it never tries to be too clever and pretend it is something it isn't. Simple fun with lots of carnage on the battlefields. Some might say you don't move around fast enough but that would be compared to the run and gun mechanics of the FPS world. Considering the Space Marines are meant to be 7ft tall and wearing a mass of armour I'd say the movement and pacing feels right.

The online game is worth the price alone, the more I have played it the more I have enjoyed it. I find it well balanced with none of the 3 available classes having a distinct advantage but all three are better than the others in certain situations so you have to learn to get the best out of all three. Each class has its own set of weapons and perks available to earn. There is pleny to unlock and customise your marines with. Not just the loadout and perks but how they are decorated too. Some of the unlocking can be done just by grinding through and steadily accumulating points, but some willl require specific tasks. Some of these tasks will happen naturally during the course of the game but others will make you work a bit more. As you progress you will unlock different weapons, with quite a difference in how they perform. For each weapon there are two perks that can be unlocked to enhance the weapon. This could have given too much of an advantage to the experienced players but if you are killed by one of them you can caopy their loadout for when you respawn to give you a chance of playing with the better kit long before you unlock it yourself, until the next time you die at least.

Online modes include the usual team death match, capture the flag, seize ground (domination in other games) etc. There is also the dreadnaught assault mode where both teams initially compete to control the dreadnought, then when one has control they can set about capturing various points on the map while the opponents try to defend and the dreadnought team do everything they can to keep the dreadnought going as long as possible. Killing the dreadnought give the other team the chance to win control of it. First to 20 points captured wins (or whoever has the most when time runs out). There is also a co-op Exterminatus mode. There are several series of maps, where the team will be attacked by progressively tougher waves of Orcs. Every 5 waves you move to the next map until you reach 20. So far I've only made it to 19 then we got stuck. I found this mode quite tough but it was the first thing I tried, so hopefully I will manage to beat 20 waves when I try it again, now that I have learned how to get the best out of a few more weapons.

I would have been happy paying a lot more for this game. As it was I picked it up at a very good price and it is now even cheaper. Very good value for money.

Brink (PS3)
Brink (PS3)
Price: £4.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Innovative FPS, 5 Dec. 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Brink (PS3) (Video Game)
This seems to have been criminally ignored by the masses.

Good action, good graphics, some genuine innovation (not a word you can apply to many FPS games).

Plenty of fun to be had with it. Absolute bargain at the current prices. I would have been happy paying a lot more for it.

Dark Void (PS3)
Dark Void (PS3)
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £1.52

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A surprising gem, 28 Oct. 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Dark Void (PS3) (Video Game)
Given the cheap price I bought this for, I'd still have been happy if I'd spent 3 times much on it.

Fun story, script may fall down in one or two places but that happens in 99% of games.
Graphics are decent although not on a par with the top titles but most titles don't try an have such a huge environment on display at any one time.
Entertaining gameplay with the fully 3D nature of the combat. Novel vertical cover sections where the enemy can sometimes try and get above or below you to outflank you. AI of the enemies is decent enough so at least they don't always run through the same motions and will react differently even if trying the same sections again.
Soundtrack is good too.

Trophy hounds should like this too as all the trophies seem obtainable.

If I had paid a full new release price in the region of £40 I might be a bit more critical of it and score it slightly lower, but it has definitely given me as much or more fun than most of the top titles I've played.

Killzone 3 - Move Compatible (PS3)
Killzone 3 - Move Compatible (PS3)
Offered by passionFlix UK
Price: £8.16

5.0 out of 5 stars Best shooter out there, 30 Aug. 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Many improvements on the previous game.

Some things have changed in the set up of the online play which some people may not agree with, but nothing detrimental really, just freshens it up so its not the same game all over again (unlike COD which simply churns out the same gameplay time after time).

Gran Turismo 5 (PS3)
Gran Turismo 5 (PS3)
Offered by 4GamersUK
Price: £9.22

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it, 17 Dec. 2010
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Gran Turismo 5 (PS3) (Video Game)
OK, GT5 has a few imperfections but there is enough good stuff in there to be able to look past it and get a lot of enjoyment from this.

Loading times could be a pain but aren't really an issue once you perform the full install.

There could be better ways of navigating around the menus but that is a minor annoyance at worst.

Driver AI has been improved and they no longer drive in the same formation all the way around, and can be seen overtaking and crashing in the replays.

Unrealistic crashes with not too much damage shown on the car has been complained about but then this is meant to be a driving simulator not a crashing simulator. As I've never crashed cars at high speed I don't really know what it would be like, nor do many of the complainers I guess. It just doesn't have the spectacle of other racing games that make a big deal of the crash mechanics.

There are a huge amount of tracks and courses available and a vast amount of vehicles. As usual with a GT game, you start off with the basics and build up to the powerful stuff. As well as the A-spec races to work your way through as you level up with experience points, the B-spec races let you train up other drivers. There are special events to unlock involving, for example, NASCAR, rallying, the Top Gear track. The usual upgrading and tuning is present and you can really feel the differences of the tweaking you can do when you take the cars on the track. There are 5 licences to work your way through.

For real petrol heads there is a lot of information on the cars plus a GT TV thing which I've not tried yet - apparently programmes to watch. There is an arcade mode too. The track editor is a minor disappointment as it doesn't give full freedom to shape a track just modify randomly generated tracks, but before buying it I wasn't even aware this was a feature so it was a bonus to me.

The driving itself is excellent and you need a lot more control when you step up to the more powerful vehicles.

Online racing too for the first time in the GT series but as I've been concentrating on the offline side of things first I can't say too much about it. It seemed to work fine from the quick go I had at it.

There isn't another driving game on the PS3 that attempts anything like the scale of this game or the realistic handling and tweaking. Other games may crash better but none drive better.

Terminator: Salvation (PS3)
Terminator: Salvation (PS3)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have done better, 16 Nov. 2010
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
Its a movie tie in and so it didn't come as too much of a surprise that there are a lot of areas where this is lacking - the environment won't let you explore and is lifeless with little movement of debris (the cover does get eroded away by the enemy gunfire slowly but not at any great rate) or plants or anything really, the AI of the opponents is a bit lacking, not much variety in weapons or opponents, your allies can seem to take an infinite amount of hits which is a bit silly sometimes but they provide a useful distraction for enemies at times and do take part in defeating them.

Strangely though, I have found it fun to play. I had heard it was easy and short so I put it straight on to hard mode which does make things trickier and lead to a few more deaths purely from not knowing what is coming, so it can provide a challenge.

The game is mostly a 3rd person shooter where you use the cover, pop out and shoot or throw explosives at the bad guys. This is broken up with a few on rails shooter sections where you take down enemies while on a moving vehicle.

The cover system works well and I don't think I've played a game with a better one yet. Cover is vital in hard mode for flanking enemies and getting into good positions to shoot them or distract them so your allies can shoot them. Nicely cinematic in some of the action and quite exciting even if it is very much on rails but then so are most shooters.

If you can pick this up in a bargain bin you could get some decent entertainment from it but I would have been horrified had I paid full price for it. Not necessarily what you would expect from a game for this generation of consolde but there is fun to be had with it as long as you don't scrutinise it too much.

Mirror's Edge (PS3)
Mirror's Edge (PS3)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: £14.24

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great title now at bargain prices, 26 Nov. 2009
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Mirror's Edge (PS3) (Video Game)
Give this game a little understanding and you will find it excellent.

Great graphics with a deliberate art style. Unique gameplay - at least I can't think of another platformer played from a first person perspective.

The combat has been deliberately made tricky as your character is not some super soldier but a delivery girl. I presume the idea is to make you play it more as it should be played - as a platformer. Some people are disappointed with this but the game was never designed to be a shooter. There is a nice convenient button to slow time when you want to disarm someone with a gun, then its up to you to try and shoot it out with the cops or keep running and dodging and disarming your way through the level. I must admit that a few times I took the easier and more cautious route of picking up the guns rather than the trickier method where you don't shoot anyone.

I can't think of another game to compare the feeling to when you get moving through sections in a fluid way. Controls are simple to pick up and work well.

Levels are a good size and can be very challenging but with well placed checkpoints you never have to go back so far that it annoys you if you miss one of the jumps and plummet to your death.

A good number of time trials are available in addition to the story mode. You can download the ghosts of the top players to see how they clear the runs and see if you can keep up.

Not as easy to get into as something like the call of duty games but more rewarding.

Pro Cycling Manager 2009 (PSP)
Pro Cycling Manager 2009 (PSP)

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly fun, 26 Nov. 2009
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
Received this as a present and while it was not hight on my agenda of games to play beforehand I gave it a chance.
Since then I have played through a season of the career mode that is on offer and had great fun with it.
Even if you don't know much about cycling as a sport it doesn't take long to pick up on the tactics that will win races for you, whether they are single stage races or the longer ones like the Tour de France that really takes its toll on your riders.
It has a good number of options - Track cycling and the outdoor season, then within each there are a number of options.
In the outdoor races you can try a career mode, pick one of the races with several stages or just pick an individual stage to race.
If there are stretches of stages where you know you won't want to do anything drastic with your riders you can accelerate time x2 or x4 to speed things up.
Turned out to be an ideal game to pick up and play in short bursts even if just a few minutes so well suited to the PSP.
Graphics and sound may be fairly basic compared to some games on the market but the game plays well, has plenty to do and could keep you occupied for ages.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PS3)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PS3)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: £11.83

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mine is being traded, 11 Nov. 2009
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
If you haven't played a COD game this is a 5 star game. Personally though, it felt more like a 3 star game.

Based on the multiplayer which is the reason the majority of people will buy this game: More of the same with more guns, perks etc to unlock and collect. 70 ranks to go through, bigger maps, basically more of everything. Haven't been promoted far enough to know if any of the other game styles work apart from the basic deathmatches - but as the gameplay hasn't changed I don't expect much as they never really worked in any previous COD games.

As with previous COD games you will be rewarded just for playing and you will be able to grind your way through promotions and unlocking stuff without having to really improve and work for it so that was disappoiting. There is always another promotion or perk or something just a game or two away, so players will always feel like they are making progress. It is something like grinding through levels in an RPG and I became bored with it after MW1 and WAW so I will be taking this back and trading it in straight away as I just have no urge to keep playing it.

A run and gun FPS that is dressed up in some realistic looking clothes. Not really a tactical game at all.
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Lair (PS3)
Lair (PS3)
Offered by Game Dealz
Price: £12.43

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated game, 13 Aug. 2009
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Lair (PS3) (Video Game)
Had great fun with this game. Controls are different and take a little adjusting to, but work well once you get the hang of them. Nice graphics, fun levels. It may have been a little short for a full price game but it is an absolute bargain now.
Personally I'd like to see a sequel as I'm sure there is a lot more that could be done with dragons.

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