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What We’re Playing – September 16th

The weekend is upon us and it’s time to play some videogames. Here are a few games we’ve been playing away from the office this week. What’s on your agenda? Share what you’re playing!

Call of Juarez: The Cartel
Calvin Kemph

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Call of Juarez: The Cartel begs the player to answer tough, deep-rooted questions. Questions like, “what am I doing with my life?” and “how did it get to this?”

The thing is, sometimes you’ve just got an uninteresting concept. It’s a shame the developers have more-or-less moved on from the Western-inspired motifs of their previous games, as they’ve lost any sense of identity Juarez once had. Hopefully this series can one day get back to basics and opt for streamlining over confinement; it’d be a shame to end on such a down note.

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
Anthony Karge

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It’s a shame this game wasn’t exactly a blockbuster hit because it’s damn good. It’s a big, glossy epic action game that has some great Hollywood talent behind it (screenwriter Alex Garland wrote it and Andy Serkis stars) with exceptional voice acting and writing. The game is almost oppressively linear, mixing the climbing of Assassin’s Creed with strong melee action. The gameplay itself is polished and unspectacular, but the awesome environments and storyline make Enslaved better than most. The odds of a sequel are unlikely, and we’re all worse off because of that.

LittleBigPlanet
Oliver Banham

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Recently I went to my relative’s for a long weekend, so naturally I took my PSP, with LittleBigPlanet in tow. I had fully prepared for the trip by downloading loads of new levels to play, as I’d exhausted the single player levels, DLC and a lot of the featured levels. The community did not let me down – most of the best user made levels are better than the main story levels. Using the website lbpcentral.com for guidance in picking the best levels to download, I’m yet to be disappointed. Such community members as Taffey, SalieriAAX, Jeffcu28, AmazingFlyingPoo have provided me with hours of gameplay, and the levels continue to baffle me in their execution, complexity and diversity. LBP PSP is the game that keeps on giving wherever you’re playing – it’s a perfect companion to its older brothers.

The author of this fine article

is an Associate Editor at Thunderbolt, having joined in April 2008. Get in touch on Twitter @_seankelley.

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