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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. An-dz
    Since: Oct 2010

    Max because he is more violent.

    Comment posted on 19/05/2012 at 13:33.
  2. colmshan1990
    Since: Apr 2009

    Her speed and momentum will just about see her beat his bullet time, which doesn’t last long.
    Plus, he might never see her coming, as she could run at him from any angle above or below, he can’t expect that.

    Comment posted on 19/05/2012 at 15:15.
  3. The Lone Steven
    Never heard of him.
    Since: May 2010

    I did offer to lend Gaz my sword in his battle against his exams but he refused. Oh and who keeps drawing rude pictures on his forehead whenever he falls asleep in the TSA community lounge? Okay, it was me again. But Tef put me up to it! ;)

    Think Max would win due to Faith going in slow motion and bullet time tends to cause bullets to hit their target. Unless she uses a hack to counteract and have a dance battle. What? It could happen.

    Comment posted on 19/05/2012 at 17:28.
    • gazzagb
      Master of speling mitakse
      Since: Feb 2009

      That’s because I thought your ‘sword’ was a euphemism Steven, hence why I refused! Oh, and I’m confiscating all of your marker pens!

      Comment posted on 20/05/2012 at 09:59.
      • The Lone Steven
        Never heard of him.
        Since: May 2010

        OI! I would never use an euphemism, plus i can always steal some marker pens from any TSA staff member. ;) *goes to the hidden stash of pens and waits for Gaz to fall asleep*

        Comment posted on 20/05/2012 at 11:04.
  4. Tanzil
    Since: Mar 2010

    Oh Faith all the way. gotta love that lass and her olympian level stamina.

    Comment posted on 19/05/2012 at 20:18.
  5. Nate
    Since: Apr 2010

    As Max Payne is one of my all time favourite permanently angry leads, my vote goes for him. His bullet time would counteract Faith’s speed, and he is pretty agile himself (you try shooting in a 360 arc whilst jumping).

    Comment posted on 20/05/2012 at 10:32.
  6. gaffers101
    Since: Oct 2008

    Faith I suppose.

    Comment posted on 20/05/2012 at 17:56.
  7. Forrest_01
    Since: Jun 2009

    Max would win easily – If i recall correctly, mirrors edge was full of baddies that couldn’t hit the side of Trump Towers if they tried, so faith would be screwed if she came across someone who could actually shoot & could slow down time so his shots were more effective.

    Max Payne wins.

    Comment posted on 22/05/2012 at 11:33.

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