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Community Round-Up: 14/07/12

I never asked for this.

OK, so it’s all like, Steven was meant to do this, you see, because Gazza’s having a week off and all that, but then last night, Steven just tweets at me and says he can’t do it because he’s run out of ideas, or whatever. So here we are, and it’s kind of getting a bit late and something, and I guess I can’t be bothered or whatever, so lets just end it here. OK?

Oh, fine then. I’ll do some stuff.

Last week, as part of our easter celebrations, we sent you all off on a hunt for the Normandy. Apparently that’s a ship, which confused me, because I thought it was a part of France. Anyway, lots of you entered, and almost all of you found all six icons required to be eligible. However, Adam’s had an exceedingly busy month, and hasn’t had time to think about doing the draw, getting in touch with winners and so on, so we currently don’t have any winners.

Hopefully he’ll be able to get around to it this weekend, and will be getting in contact with the winners soon.

Nothing new this week, I’m afraid, so just that little status update to tide you over until we next have some competitions.

A little quieter on the meets front, too, unless you count revving engines on the start line! (sorry)

Tomorrow afternoon, we have the regular Dirt 3 meet, which also appears on Tuesday night too. Sandwiched between them, on Monday night, there’s a bit of fooling around in Gran Turismo 5.

Also on Monday, theberzerka keeps the steamy hot action going in the SSX meet. I’m probably not quite clear in my head what that game’s about.

Finally, at the time of writing, we have a Medal of Honour meet on Thursday night. Of course, I’ve had to correct the spelling there, so that people know what I’m on about.

That’s all that was created at this moment in time, but there’s bound to be a Battlefield 3 meet and Death_in_Flamez’ PC meet on Friday night, and probably some more things besides, so just keep an eye out. Alternatively, if you have more than 250 TSA points, you can create your own!

I’ll admit that I’ve shamefully glossed past Jim’s week-long dive into Free 2 Play gaming, but in researching all the articles for this round-up, I’ve found this to be a great special feature. Jim’s taken a look at everything he possibly could, to give you a look into a subset of games that you might otherwise dismiss out of hand. So, I know that I’ll be giving this a proper read this weekend, and I heartily recommend that you do too. You might find a gem, like the great sounding Super Monday Night Combat, through doing so.

On the reviews front, we yet more work from Jim, who reviewed Warriors Orochi 3 for us this week as well as the decidedly un-good Gettysburg: Armoured Warfare. Dan Lee, of Dan Lee’s son’s dad fame, took some time out to review the slightly frustrating A-Men for PS Vita. Finally, Peter put himself through some interesting life choices to put together the review of Kinect Star Wars, and then took to the golf course for the nowhere-near-as-bad-as-Star-Wars Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13.

Dan’s look at Sorcery was clearly the headline preview this week, but Jim’s previewing boots were also on for several games, as part of his Free 2 Play feature, that I mentioned above.

Heading onwards to the regular, weekly articles, we have the results in from the Stacking WeView, whilst this week’s game for your review is the polarising Resistance 3. Playback featured MotorStorm this week, whilst the Sunday Thoughts from 6 days ago were on the topic of E-Sports. What We Played once again shows off what the staff have been playing this week (the clue is in the name), and the equally self explanatory feature, Meet the Reader, featured DaywalkerLiam. Finally, the Podcast’s latest entry hit on Monday.

The forums are a wild and wacky place. Well, they usually are. It’s been a little quiet this week, though.

Hopefully things pick up a little next week.

In a surprise turn up last week, Jesus faced off against Ratchet, but unfortunately couldn’t best the little furry Lombax, losing 8-4. So, With two wins on the trot, Ratchet is poised to enter the hall of fame, and meet up with Optimus Prime. Who should he face off against, but Insomniac’s other lead character, Joe Capelli, from Resistance 3.



  • Ratchet is a Lombax, a sort-of feline creature and looks kinda cute!
  • Has a vast armoury of futuristic weaponry.
  • Also has other equipment such as Hoverboots at his disposal.


  • His sidekick, Clank, seems pretty useless 95% of the time.
  • Those long ears can probably get caught in machinery quite often, and attract strange fetishists.
  • Being the last of his race must make his love life a bit complicated. Oh, and the whole looming extinction thingy too, I guess.

Joe Capelli


  • Grew his hair back, after being a bald, beanie wearing, shouty generic-marine. Somewhat more dashing as a consequence.
  • Has a vast armoury of futuristic weaponry. (Deja vu!)
  • Good survival skills, to make it through an alien invasion/apocalypse.


  • Between Resistance 2 and 3, has the ability to regenerate health taken away from him. This guy’s now just a normal human, with a health bar and crazy regenerative health packs.
  • Still pretty generic feeling and about as full of emotion as Keanu Reaves at times.
  • He’s always so damned reluctant to do stuff, be it to stay off the meds to help Hale, abandon his wife and son to try save the planet.

So there we go. Who will win?

Let me know in the comments, and we’ll see you next week. Ciao!

This article was lovingly prepared by… well me actually. Weird, right?

  1. Death_In_Flamez
    Since: Feb 2011

    I’d say Ratchet again. Much more acrobatic and with much better weaponry, and yes the PC Meet will be going ahead again this Friday so you lot pick up the original Battle for Middle Earth! It doesn’t take a super computer to run and loads of fun with friends :)

    Comment posted on 14/04/2012 at 10:22.
  2. Tuffcub
    On the naughty step.
    Since: Dec 2008

    Joe killed Nathan Hale. Ratchet wins!

    Comment posted on 14/04/2012 at 11:22.
  3. Origami Killer
    Since: May 2010

    Capelli for me. Single handedly took down…oh spoilers.

    Comment posted on 14/04/2012 at 12:39.
  4. Rocket_345
    Since: May 2010

    Ratchet again. Nothing can beat Groovitron followed by Ryno V. Nothing.

    Comment posted on 14/04/2012 at 13:33.
  5. yogdog
    Since: Feb 2010

    Ratchet wins, groovitron ftw.

    Comment posted on 14/04/2012 at 13:51.
  6. Jacko
    Since: Dec 2009



    Comment posted on 14/04/2012 at 18:50.
    • nofi
      One for all.
      Since: Forever

      It’s not July yet?

      Comment posted on 14/04/2012 at 19:59.
  7. TheDemocrodile
    Since: May 2010

    its gotta be Ratchet, he`s more agile, has Clank to distract Joe and the Ryno V to destroy him.

    So Ratchet wins. Flawless Victory.

    Comment posted on 14/04/2012 at 20:36.
  8. MadJunkBoy
    Since: Aug 2010

    my money is on Ratchet… there is only one Lombax with a groovitron!

    Comment posted on 14/04/2012 at 22:15.

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