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LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

These little extras and the impressive cast of characters (including excellent voice acting for each) makes LEGO Batman 3 worth recommending - for newcomers to the franchise and still those who enjoyed LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, or the previous Batman title. But there is a sense of franchise fatigue creeping in here, and it will be very interesting to see where Traveller’s Tales venture to next. Go Aquaman Go!
70

Planetary Annihilation

I’m not a fan of the lack of a tutorial, and I certainly dislike that there is little-to-no campaign story to speak of, but if you can get over the lack of instructions and make some mistakes while finding your feet, or you’re after a challenging RTS with reasonable A.I. and an enjoyable online multiplayer and spectator system, then Planetary Annihilation is a more than worth the fee. Let’s just call the learning curve the price of turning planetoids into solar-system-flying-cannonballs, and being able to construct your own Death Star.
75

Halfway

All things considered, at fourteen or so hours to complete the campaign, I quite enjoyed my time with Halfway. It’s not a ground-breaking title, and those last few levels almost had me rage-quitting, but the traits allow for some fun strategies and if you’re wanting an enjoyable sci-fi story with your TBS/RPG elements, then Halfway is more than worth the miniscule price being asked for it. I look forward to the sequel (please).
70

LEGO The Hobbit

Travellers Tales have created another sterling example of how to make a family-friendly platformer. There are challenges and puzzles that will test older gamers, and plenty of action for casual and younger audiences. While some of the maps aren’t very well planned out, often leading to random running around until you see the way forward, LEGO The Hobbit is still accessible and fun. However for those who already own LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, or the recently released LEGO The Movie - there is nothing special on offer here, except perhaps for die-hard fans of the Hobbit or the Lord of the Rings.
79

Bravely Default

I really wish I could give Bravely Default a better score than I have. Most of the game is absolutely brilliant, looking back at classic RPGs while also pushing the genre forward. But sadly, the final hours of the game, those that should be the most memorable and climactic, are tedious beyond words, and undermine everything great that came before. And this is something that’s hard to forgive.
60

One Piece: Romance Dawn

If you’re a One Piece noob, it’s a 6/10. It plays fine but suffers from a ‘this is for the fans’ attitude. This of course could also be a positive thing, and if you’re a huge fan of the series it’s probably going to be closer to a 7 or even an 8/10.
50

Powerstar Golf

I don’t mean to be so harsh on Powerstar Golf, it’s just that the game has nothing that makes me go “Wooo! I want to play golf!” It’s not over-the-top enough to be considered zany “punk” golf, it’s not relaxing enough to be casually enjoyed, and it’s not even close to being a sports simulator. So what is it? It’s a golf game.