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First up lets just get this straight. Worms: Ultimate Mayhem isn’t a completely new game as such but a 3D update of Worms 4: Mayhem and the original Worms 3D. Bringing these two games together gives you around 80 missions and challenges as well as the online element for up to four players. But as a fan of the old school 2D Worms, I found myself entering the 3D world of Worms: Ultimate Mayhem with more than a couple of hesitations…

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Fans of the tower defense style of game sure do have a large range of titles to choose from on Xbox Live now and Orcs Must Die adds one more to the list. Not that this is a bad thing especially when the style is like Trenched with it’s 3rd person shooter element. Add to that some spike traps and a decent dose of humour, something reminiscent of Ash Williams in the Army of Darkness, and everything is starting to look pretty promising.

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A SPOILER FREE REVIEW.

So the final part of the Gears Trilogy is finally with us. What does it have in store for us, but more importantly for the thousands of Gears fans, is the multiplayer up to scratch? But first I better mention that I’m not a Gears junkie. Don’t get me wrong, I have the first two and really enjoyed them and have had some epic multiplayer sessions with the ButtonMasher regulars. But Gears 3 wasn’t high on my wish list as a must have and more important things cropped up recently, like a new TV and AV receiver. Suddenly with the arrival of Gears of War 3 a perfect gaming experience was falling into place…

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Toy Soldiers CW - Banner Following up last years release of Toy Soldiers is Toy Soldiers: Cold War. The next in line for the tower defense, third person shooter franchise brings some modern hardware to the table along with some extremely cool 80’s jingles and tunes in the background. And if that isn’t enough to get you interested, how about a super powerful unit in the form of John Rambo a generic Commando who doesn’t look or sound like any famous movie character. “You want a War? I’ll give you a war!!”

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All has been pretty quiet with me over the last few weeks, a fair bit of snow, a trip to Rotorua, a compressed femoral nerve, and plenty of Lego Star Wars are probably the highlights of my recent past. My ever increasing pile of ‘cheap’ games continues to ever increase and the gaming time lost to my growing son is also increasing. It seems a bit hypocritical to be always kicking him off the Xbox considering how much time I spend on it but, hey, I’m the Dad and with that position comes privilege.

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Trenched is the latest offering from Tim Schafer’s Double Fine Productions and as expected has plenty of humour. Well how else could you look at an alternate World War One setting where trenches are now mobile and the evil doer wanting world domination is leading a bunch of bad guys made from televisions. A great premise for a third person shooter, tower defense game? I think so. So let’s dig up our trenches stick on some legs and go hunt us some Broadcast believers!

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I sat down to start writing this review early on Queens Birthday and as anyone in Canterbury will know we were hit by some pretty serious aftershocks that day. So after comforting the family, cleaning up the house, and local businesses, here I am after several stiff drinks trying to get my thoughts back in line to write this review. So to avoid any confusion from my following ramblings, I’ll say right now than I really enjoyed Red Faction: Armageddon even if it is a bit on the short side.

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Have had a real mixed bag of gaming recently. Wanting to finish Two Worlds 2, and the latest DLC for Fallout: New Vegas, was followed up by a desire to at least attempt 100% completion on a few more titles, this desire no doubt spurred on by Wugga’s 100% completion mission. And then I also felt the need to visit some of the top quality titles I have had sitting on the shelf for far too long. I also had a bit of an impulse buy in the gaming memorabilia market. But my most interesting moment would have to be the interesting perspective I found myself taking when revisiting an old classic…

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Sometimes I feel like a whore. A dirty little, buy what the adverts tell you, whore. A free T-shirt? Well I’ll buy it twice! A cool Messenger Bag and some bonus DLC? Yeah sure, I’ll buy your $160 Limited Collectors Edition on release day knowing that you will release a ‘Complete Edition’ three months later making my Limited Collectors Edition feel somewhat empty. But hey, nobody is holding a gun to my head and making me buy this stuff are they? No. I’m just a dirty little gaming whore bending at the whim of mighty video game giants. And like a good little whore, many of the games I buy only get a quick once over before being shuffled out the door.

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