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Is BandFuse: Rock Legends the best virtual guitar teacher out there? Find out in our review...
Arkham Asylum had only one major flaw – the game was so painstakingly, overwhelmingly, wonderfully thorough in its depiction of the Batman universe, we couldn’t imagine what was left to cover or accomplish in a sequel. The developers at Rocksteady got every element of the character right, from his combat to his gadgets to his previously neglected detective skills. They featured half a dozen of Gotham’s greatest villains, then included hidden references to nearly 30 more just as fan service. They created a setting with enough macabre detail to capture the comics’ horror, but with enough epic scope to somehow fit a Batcave, Batmobile and Batwing. This was it. This was the perfect Batman game.
Yet from the moment we started Arkham City, all we could think was: Arkham Asylum was practice. Compared to its sequel, the “best superhero game ever” and our choice for Game of the Year 2009 seems like a tech demo, a first draft, merely a blueprint for what the perfect Batman game can actually be. This is it...
Gotham is big, beautiful, and totally dead in Arkham Origins...
It’s seriously lucky Battle Tanks is flawed, otherwise it’s exactly the sort of game you could lose a whole weekend to. The setup is that four cartoony tanks face off in tight square maps filled with walls, breakable obstacles and various power-ups. It’s a bit like Bomberman in layout. The controls are Smash TV-style, with the left stick moving you around the map as the right fires in the direction pressed.
Tricky review to write, this one. Tricky review indeed. You see Battlefield 3 is really two separate games fighting for attention in the same package. One of them (and arguably the one that most of the series' core fanbase are interested in) is very, very good indeed. The other, despite looking very pretty and seeming to have the best of intentions, is a formulaic, often-shambolic mess of thing, which stumbles into the territory of the downright broken at times.
So the question is, does one ignore the crap and rate the game based upon the best bits, or take Battlefield 3 as an overall package and adjust the score accordingly? I'm going to have to do the latter, because Battlefield 3 is an overall package, and a review cannot simply be written for a selected group of gamers. I will however, be breaking things down a bit in my text so that you can contextualise what the final number means for you personally. My position clear, let's get on with this, shall we?
A game that offers a peek into the future of what is possible in Triple-A gaming
Sega brings us another third-person shooter. But can it match up to the heady heights of Vanquish? Predictably, no. But once you get over that, there's a lot to like here.
Capcom is in real danger of shooting itself in the foot here. As well as its big-budget re-imagining of Bionic Commando, it is also releasing Bionic Commando Rearmed as a cheaply-priced download.
The wait is over. See if BioShock Infinite is everything you've been anticipating...