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Terraria PS3 review – Blocky adventure to the power of two (dimensions)

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at 04:36pm June 6 2013
Terreria ps3

In Terraria – a charming, exploration-heavy craft-’em-up originally released to great acclaim on PC back in 2011 – it’s not winter you need to worry about. Night is coming. And after dark is when the beasties come out to play. The wisest course of action? Get the heck indoors, and stay there unless armed to the 8-bit teeth. Terraria PS3 review I was hazily aware of this when darkness first…

Call Of Juarez: Gunslinger PS3 review – Six-shooting at the okay corral

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at 05:15pm May 20 2013
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You could be forgiven for giving this return to the Wild West a wide berth in the wake of 2011’s downright dreadful The Cartel. But while nobody could accuse this £11.99 PSN offering of being smart or original, like a fancy-dress night out in an animal onesie it still provides plenty of act-first-think-later thrills.

Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon PS3 review – Not quite as acceptable as it was in the ’80s

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at 05:00pm April 30 2013
Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon ps3 review

Failing to fall in love with this old-school slice of (intentionally) nonsense standalone DLC probably gets you lumped in with people who can’t see the point in Instagram, or pine for the days when moustaches weren’t ironic. Blood Dragon has been designed to appeal to gaming hipsters to such an extent you can easily imagine that one step in the development process was to go through a checklist of popular internet memes one by one.

Guacamelee PSN review – Brawling platformer pack in tons of personality

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at 10:43am April 23 2013
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Forget jetting off to Acapulco this summer ‑ as holiday destinations go, Guacamelee’s utterly charming hypersaturated hyperbole of Mexico offers way more fun. Playing as farm hand turned lucha libre warrior Juan, you’re tasked with saving the world (and your love interest) from skeletal demon Carlos Calaca.

Skyrim Hearthfire PS3 review – New build is ambitious but not to all tastes

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at 02:49pm March 8 2013
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Home is where the heart is, and even the Dragonborn is no exception. Although you’ve always been able to purchase property in Skyrim, it’s only with the addition of this piece of DLC – reasonably priced at £3.99 – that you’ve been able to build your own pad. That’s right: The Elder Scrolls does The Sims.

Skyrim: Dawnguard PS3 review – Stayin’ alive? That’s your call

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at 02:26pm March 8 2013
Dawnguard PS3

It’s not every day you free a friendly vampire from a centuries-sealed sarcophagus and find yourself in the midst of a fanged version of Jeremy Kyle. This third piece of Skyrim DLC slots pretty much seamlessly into the Elder Scrolls experience, delivering an enjoyable storyline that pits the undead against their hunters, the titular Dawnguard. Oh, and it’s up to you to pick a side. First, though, you’re sent off to investigate – in typical Skyrim style – a mysterious cave. Trussed up within the depths is the aforementioned Serana, and her family are a nightmare.

Skyrim Dragonborn DLC PS3 review – Taking flight on a chariot of fire

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at 07:12pm February 15 2013
Skyrim Dragonborn PS3 DLC screens

Life isn’t always easy when you’re Dovahkiin. I’ve saved the world from a dragon apocalypse, overthrown the Imperials as a key part of the Stormcloak rebellion, and rebuilt the Thieves’ Guild into a force to be reckoned with. So you could forgive me for wanting to take it easy. But no, now comes a largely enjoyable chunk of DLC that tasks me with taking on an evil pretender to my title.

The Cave PSN review – Underground adventuring way more fun than the Central Line

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at 04:32pm January 28 2013
The Cave PSN Ron Gilbert Double Fine

Between them, Tim ‘Psychonauts’ Schafer and Ron ‘Monkey Island’ Gilbert can lay claim to creating some of the funniest games on PSN – Deathspank, Costume Quest and Stacking to name three. So it’s no surprise that this collaboration between the pair – created by Gilbert for Schafer’s Double Fine studio – is packed with dark humour, from the moment the sentient cave of the title introduces each of its seven characters by taking the mick out of them, to its reminder, a few hours later, than you’ve basically achieved nothing by reaching its melancholic climax. At the outset, the joke is on the colourful cast; by the close, it’s firmly on you.

Okami HD review – Doodles with wolves

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at 04:37pm November 2 2012
Okami HD PS3 screen

Games generally don’t do harmony. Most would rather let you destroy life than nurture it. Sure, they’re great at letting you off rare rhinos (oh, Cabela’s) or allowing you to pummel men trying to offer you a pork bun (good old Sleeping Dogs). But the majority would rather let you blow stuff to pieces than have you forge peace. That’s the main reason I love Okami: it’s basically videogame Ghandi.

Killzone HD review – it was a gentler time, a time of….DIE! Da-da-da-da-da!

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at 11:41am October 30 2012
Killzone 1 HD screens

D’aaaww Killzone. I just sort of want to ruffle your hair and send you off to play in the garden you little scamp. There’s such an almost childish enthusiasm for pretend play war here that’s hard not be won over. This portrays combat in a far more innocent way than modern shooters, like a playground mess around. “No! Johnson! He was only a boy!” shouts someone at the start. I don’t know who, I wasn’t looking the right way at the time but I can’t help imagine Johnson falling to the floor in flailing, melodramatic death throes – milking it for all it’s worth – before getting up and running off be someone else who gets killed later. “Stephens, nooooooo!”

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