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Community Round-Up: 19/05/12

This Pun Is Particularly Payne-ful.

It’s Round-Up time! Gazza is still embroiled in a battle with university examinations and coursework and what have you, so it’s my turn again.

We have the first competition on TSA for quite some time this week. TSA have teamed up with OverclockersUK to offer natty hardware from Zowie in the form of some high performance gaming mice and keyboards. Of course, you can also use these mice and keyboards for non-gaming purposes, but when you really need them for a twitchy showdown with your arch-nemesis in a FPS of your choice, they’ll totally have your back!

So, head over here, and fill in the form to put yourself in for the chance to win. There’s no crunch time with this one, entries finish on the 31st of May.

Heading over to the meets this week, we’ve got mainly the usuals on offer, but quite a few have yet to appear.

Tonight, there’s the weekly Uncharted 3 meet starting at 7PM, before Sunday sees the regular Dirt 3 meet at 6PM, with Starhawk following it at 9pm. Still early days for one of the PS3’s stalwarts, so get your gaming in while it’s still fresh.

SSX, Awesomenauts and GT5 are currently missing, but might show up for Monday night. To cover their absence, SanMartinez is hosting a Ridge Racer Unbounded meet at 8PM.

Tuesday sees the midweek Dirt 3 meet, and SanMartinez is back for a second crack of the whip with Ridge Racer, but this time it’s Ridge Racer Vita. Finally, Thursday sees a Medal of Honor meet.

That’s far from the end of the meets, though. There’s the regular Friday night Wipeout 2048 and Battlefield 3 meets amongst others with spots yet to be created, so keep an eye out.

Heck, you can even make your own meets, if you’ve got more than 250 TSA points!

Compared to last week, the articles are a teensy bit sparse. Almost as if the publishers are holding back a little bit for a big expo or something. Hmm.

Anyway, we do have a few new reviews and games out this week, and some big hitters at that. Max Payne 3 dropped from the heavens and into Al’s hands, who gave us a delightful new layout to the review he put together. The game’s pretty good too, which helps. Shame that Kris couldn’t quite say the same of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II, though. At least Gamoc enjoyed reviewing Warlock: Master of the Arcane and had some fun with Torchlight 2, this week’s cheap PC game.

That aforementioned expo means we don’t have any previews for you this week, but we have a healthy dose of Real Life features instead. Tuffcub staggers around London taking photos of sexually attractive males and playing games when he should surely be doing some form of work to bring you a tale of A Day In The Life Of A PlayStation Vita. Meanwhile Al and his compadre imbibe several beverages and consumed a flat circular italian delicacy whilst deconstructing and then reassembling a malfunctioning launch PS3 in their attempts to rectify this horrendously saddening situation.

Tuffcub’s Massive Poll results about motion control come back in, as does the verdict on Brink for WeView, which goes on to feature Uncharted: Golden Abyss for you to review this week. Rounding us out, we have the usuals: Sunday Thoughts discussing pricing, What We Played and Podcast (with added me) for you to catch up on.

There’s a nice crop of things from the forums, with the highlights for me being:

As always, there’s more to see in the forums, so dive in and check it out.

The showdown for last week might have been a little unfair on Lt. Kai Tana, since I believe several people didn’t recognise her from Futurlab’s totally awesome game, Velocity… Because I didn’t mention this fact! Sorry Kai!

Kai put up a good fight, but was kicked in the rump by the rather fierce Faith, who this week has the opportunity for a spot in the Fall of Hame…  Who will she go up against?

His name’s Payne, Max Payne. Three.



  • Brilliant at parkour, making her a perfect Runner.
  • An expert in hand-to-hand combat.
  • Can run so fast she can’t be hit by bullets. She’s like a real world Sonic.


  • When she’s NOT running fast enough, those bullets hurt.
  • Falls off buildings far too regularly.
  • Being an outlaw is cool and all, but boy is it a hard life! Treachery, deceit, man hunts, S.W.A.T. teams… Oh so very stressful. Her blood pressure must be through the roof!

Max Payne


  • Vigilante justice is awesomes.
  • This guy practically invented slow motion… in games, anyway.
  • Pain killer addictions are the in thing with all the famous people, I hear. (Don’t try it at home, kids.)


  • He was in a movie. It didn’t go well.
  • Has some of the worst luck when it comes to his life. Murder follows him, addictions, femme fatales etc. etc.
  • He really only has a single trick up his sleeve, a slow motion bloodbath whilst he falls over. Can’t we just talk it out and be friends, or something?

Can Faith’s fast pace counteract Max’s slow motion dives and bullet time, to make it into the hall of fame?

  1. Sympo
    Since: Aug 2009

    Whos this Max Payne? Faith Goooo!

    Comment posted on 19/05/2012 at 11:17.
  2. Mickey2010
    Since: Jan 2010

    Max Payne for the win! He would use his Bullet Time(Trademarked) and shoot faith in her nicely curved bum..

    Comment posted on 19/05/2012 at 11:19.
    • teflon
      Community Team
      Since: May 2009

      But wouldn’t Faith’s speedy runninng keep her moving fast enough to be really hard to hit, even in bullet time?

      Comment posted on 19/05/2012 at 11:51.
      • Mickey2010
        Since: Jan 2010

        Bullet Time (Trademarked) Can Slow Down Any Foe!

        Comment posted on 19/05/2012 at 13:55.
  3. MadJunkBoy
    Since: Aug 2010

    i wonder if Faith can run fast enough to not become a victim to the bullets? i don’t think so!!
    cause we all know that max´s bullets is really Payneful!

    nice round up teffers!

    Comment posted on 19/05/2012 at 11:21.
  4. Death_In_Flamez
    Since: Feb 2011

    Faith I guess :P

    Comment posted on 19/05/2012 at 11:27.
  5. Origami Killer
    Since: May 2010

    Tough decision this week….Faith gets my vote.

    Good round up though, loved the new layout for the MP3 review.

    Comment posted on 19/05/2012 at 11:36.
  6. ron_mcphatty
    Since: Sep 2008

    With regards to Max, he’s lost a bit of grit now that he’s not Bad-Cop-Noir-Pseudo-Vampire. For me, Faith wins again. To be fair there aren’t going to be many that beat Faith! Maybe Lara, mmmm….

    Comment posted on 19/05/2012 at 11:48.
  7. theberzerka
    Since: Dec 2009

    Max Payne wins for me.

    Comment posted on 19/05/2012 at 12:02.
  8. yogdog
    Since: Feb 2010

    Gotta be Max, if people are voting for the people who would actually win in a fight, not who their favourite character is? (I remember a lot of moaning about this, so….).

    Comment posted on 19/05/2012 at 12:09.
  9. hazelam
    Since: Feb 2009

    paddy was paying?

    now you tell me. >_<

    oh and Faith FTW.

    she'd be up in Max's face, disarming him, breaking his gun down and kicking him in the face before he knew what was happening.

    yeah, he's got the bullet time thing, but that only lasts a few seconds and, frankly, he's not the most agile person around.

    really all he can do is throw himself to the floor.

    and with her bag of tricks, wall running, sliding, long jumps, wall jumps, Max doesn't stand a chance.

    Comment posted on 19/05/2012 at 12:09.
  10. gazzagb
    Master of speling mitakse
    Since: Feb 2009

    Faith would dodge Max’s shots and then disarm him!

    Comment posted on 19/05/2012 at 12:49.

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