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Tearaway (PlayStation Vita)
Tearaway (PlayStation Vita)
Offered by eoutlet-uk
Price: £17.48

29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most charming, wondrous and inspired game in a long, long time., 23 Nov. 2013
Media Molecule has brought another hit, this time emerging on the PS Vita, and without a shadow of a doubt allowing the handheld to perform at its utmost greatest.

You are a messenger, Iota (or Atoi if your character is female), quested with bringing a very special message to the mysterious and magical face in the sun, you. Your journey is one bursting with imagination and creativity, never has a world been so beautifully crafted in such a rugged manner. The entire world of Tearaway looks literally as if you could have made it yourself and that's mainly where the games charm lies, you feel so involved in the world. This is due to the paper craft design of the world, and the astonishing implementation of the Playstation Vita's features. One of my favourite features being your fingers popping through the back of the Vita into Tearaway's world (my 2 year old sister loves this). The Vita's unique interactive qualities bring you right in to Itoa's journey.

Often the 'you' in the sky is seen (used with the front-facing camera on the Vita), and this really creates a meaningful connection to the story, as you are a protagonist of some sorts. Never has a game tried this, and it works marvellously. The controls are perfect, and the camera angles just fine; it's very friendly design and accessible interface make it easy for those of all ages to play, and it is right at home on the Vita.

It being released on the same day as the Xbox One makes it easy to miss this game, and that is a real shame, because this game is an absolute gem. There is now no reason not to buy a Vita, as it's library is truly extending with fantastic games. But in my eyes Tearaway is the PS Vita's crowning jewel, as it is accessible for all ages, makes brilliant use of the consoles tech and the fact being that this is simply a beautiful and imaginative game. It is perfect for all ages, but Tearaway holds a very special place in my heart, mainly down to its extremely touching ending. The game evokes a very nostalgic feeling among any of those who played the platformers of old; this feeling is truly, truly heartwarming.
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The Walking Dead [Region Free USA Import] PS3
The Walking Dead [Region Free USA Import] PS3

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars **UPDATED**|**SPOILER FREE** Fantastic game, though lacks polish., 1 Jan. 2013
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I'll keep this relatively short, as I'm assuming you aren't exactly going to purchase this on a whim, it being an American import and all.

TellTale's The Walking Dead hands down has the best story of this generation. It will turn out in numerous ways creating a unique experience for everyone who plays. Story-wise this will take REALLY unexpected turns, engage you in terribly grim situations, and force you to determine the fates of many in seconds, this is heavy stuff. It lacks that Hollywood quality which I really respect. Each character is fantastic, some of which you will love and others you shall have genuine hatred for, one character in particular has had me feeling VERY protective over them, unusual for a game I know, but this is one unusual experience, as this is also the first game to ever make me cry, and many others I know also, which is a testament to how brilliant this is, and how fantastic the writers are.

It would be five stars, but the issue of jitteriness is something that must be explained. The transition between cut-scenes has a 4/5 second freeze, and the actual cutscenes are constantly stuttering, and seeing as there are so many cutscenes (this is a very cinematic game), it can be terribly immersion-breaking.

Don't let these technical problems that mar this outstanding game prevent you from making the purchase, as it stands as one of the most unforgettable and captivating experiences of this console generation.

Overall: 9/10 - not a 10 due to immersion breaking jitteriness.

And for those wondering whether or not an American game will work on UK/European consoles do not worry, all PS3 games are region free.

**UPDATE** - Since the most recent patch it's been much more stable, though there are a few bugs left they are no longer in abundance. Therefore it shall be a Five-Star rating, and a 10/10, making Lee Everett's apocalyptic escapade through walker ridden Georgia a must for anybody who appreciates a very good story, very good characters, and a very satisfying conclusion to an epic first (fingers crossed) season of TellTale's 'The Walking Dead Game'.
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Dishonored (PS3)
Dishonored (PS3)
Offered by Woodlark Trading Ltd
Price: £9.94

61 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most twisted and captivating game this gen., 25 Oct. 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Dishonored (PS3) (Video Game)
Aaah Dishonored. Where can I start?

This game has kept me transfixed in the coincidentally short fortnight I have had this game. I have Completed this game twice, each time exploring the world inside out. By saying I have completed this twice you would assume that this is a short game (especially if you're used to titles such as Fallout, Skyrim & Deus Ex: Human Revolution, they're actually just really long), but I can assure you this is not. My first completionist playthrough clocked in at about 17 hours or so for me, and the second being around 15, as the replay value is unparalleled, which leads me to the actual game.

You play as silent protagonist Corvo Attano (badass name), just back to give the empress some news concerning the plague rampant in the city. Assassins appear and murder the empress, though only you are found with her lifeless corpse. Corvo takes the blame. This leaves a foundation for a simplistic yet furiously entertaining story of revenge.

One thing I adore about Dishonored is the gameplay. It feels so original, organic, and so unlike anything else; it's immense fluidity makes a simple act such as scaling a building incredibly satisfying. As Corvo you do feel like a supernatural assassin (just as well as Arkham City made you feel like the Batman), your arsenal consisting of: a sword, crossbow, pistol, and many magnificent otherworldly powers, to dispatch your target in any way you see fit. And I mean any way.

Dishonored is everso non-linear, with three or four ways at the very least to complete your objectives, and tenfold that to reach them. Dishonored's non-linearity extends also to the way you play; you can: murder everyone, murder noone, go in guns blazing, go in completely unnoticed, or don't go in at all. The game has a 'Chaos' system, by which if you kill lots of people, or many notice you, it will reflect how much 'Chaos' you've made, which will effect the games later levels and it's resolution.

The world of Dishonored has now taken the spot as my all time favourite game world, and whatever it lacks in detail it more than makes up for in character, culture and aesthetics. The best way to explain it's setting would be a Victorian City 17 (Half Life 2), with a very pagan feel to it. It's amazing lighting and soft textures are absorbing to say the least, and work very well with it's vibrant colour palette. All the characters fit in perfectly with the surrounding, run-down cityscape, and are expertly voice acted (Including the talents of Susan Sarandon, Lena Heady, Carrie Fisher & Chloë Grace Moretz).

With Arkane Studios consisting of people who worked on the original Deus Ex, Bioshock & Half Life 2 it is really no surprise that such a twisted, absorbing, dark, mature and organic experience was delivered. This makes Dishonored my second favourite game this generation (Beaten by Red Dead Redemption), and trust me, I play a lot of games.

Overall: 10/10

You have got to buy this.
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