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PS3A PlayTime: 4th-10th Mar 2013

Submitted by on Monday, 11 March 2013No Comment

tomb-raider-imageAs you might expect, the recently released (not to mention awesome!) Tomb Raider features prominently in this week’s PlayTime. As well as Crystal Dynamics’ stellar reboot, we’ve also been playing an eclectic mix of other games including DmC: Devil May Cry, Hyperdimension Neptunia, Lumines: Electronic Symphony (just one more go!!!), and Zen Pinball 2.


This week has been great for gaming. I was invited to an event that included the excellent Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and managed to get hands-on with this intriguing title. I also picked up Zen Pinball 2 again thanks to the release of the value-for-money Star Wars tables. The usual Attitude Towers rivalry has spilled over into a site vs. site battle with the like of PSN Stores, so the stakes are higher than ever. Then I made a fundamental error. I’ve been holding out for months because of what the PSP version did to me, but in the end I couldn’t resist and downloaded Lumines: Electronic Symphony for the Vita. May as well just sign away my free time now. I no longer have a life… I didn’t get a chance to continue with Ni No Kuni or Sleeping Dogs this week, and now Lumines is back in my life they may have to go on hiatus.


I didn’t have much time to play a lot this past week aside from some Zen Pinball 2 on the Vita. I am looking forward to God of War: Ascension this week, though. I’ve also been reading “Film Critic: A Decade Behind the Scenes in the Movie Industry” by Laremy Legel. It’s a fascinating read thus far.


This week I’ve been playing Tomb Raider (which is amazing) and trying to get into the multiplayer which is enjoyable, but feels like it’s lagging behind the spectacular single-player offering. I’ve been spending a lot of time on Hyperdimension Neptunia (in preparation for the upcoming Victory), as I finally managed to get a physical version of MK2 in the UK which is incredibly difficult to do at a reasonable price. I’ve also started the DmC Vergil’s Downfall DLC as well as the Bloody Palace DLC which are both enjoyable. On the note of rare things, I also got the UK DVD collection of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann which I’ve been trying to track down for months. So all in all a good week!


The vast majority of my gaming time over the last week has been spent on the superb Tomb Raider (expect a review very, very soon). Along with DmC: Devil May Cry earlier in the year, it’s a perfect example of how to reinvigorate a classic series and make it feel new again. It is also encouraging to hear that (unlike DmC) Tomb Raider is pulling in the sales figures that it deserves – purchasing Eidos Interactive is probably the best decision Square Enix ever made! In other news, after years and years of wanting an Alienware gaming PC, yesterday I finally took the plunge and ordered an Alienware Aurora desktop. To say I’m excited is a real understatement!