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A quick check of the map confirms the hero’s next objective – a mere two levels above him. What the map doesn’t reveal are the obstacles standing between him and that adventure-progressing goal. Outland How Inca-pacitiating Skilfully evading not one, but two spike traps with graceful fleetness of foot, the hero finds himself …

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Prince of Persia Redone?

It is very pretty.

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Oh look, a side-scrolling platformer, how quaint.

Oddworld called, they asked for Abe...

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Eh?

Abe's 2D Oddworld games weren't really platformers: they were a set of puzzles wrapped in a platformer context (much as Prof Layton is a set of puzzles wrapped in a loose RPG setting).

This looks closer to classics such as Midnight Resistance, Gryzor and Bionic Commando...

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Re: Eh?

I was thinking it looked a bit like Flashback with super revamped graphics.

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Flashback to...

Flasback. My thoughts exactly. Looks and sounds very very similar.

That's a good thing BTW.

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It's nice

I'm enjoying it, but I don't find anything groundbreaking about it. The light/dark thing is a good twist, but beyond that it's pretty generic as platformers go. The skill accumulation isn't as exciting as found in Metroid or Shadow Complex.

If you're interested in modern platformers with a twist, try playing Limbo, Braid and Shadow Complex, each is a near-perfect game IMHO. Outland is good but compared to these three has a long way to go.

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Hold on there.....

You gave this retro, minimalists, storyless, sidescrolling bag of doggy-do 85% and yet you gave LA Noire 80%.

Methinks that El. Reg should stay the hell away from reviewing games when they clearly have no idea.

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That's why they're called "opinions"

I personally consider "retro", "minimalist" and "storyless" positive aspects of a game. You obviously do not. To each his own.

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That's comparing chalk and cheese buddy. 80-85% is a totally fare reflection of LA Noire. It has eaten my life for the past 4 days and it's brilliant, but it doesn't warrant more, there are too many flaws. Still, I'll be pushed to find a game I enjoy more this year (until Skyrim).

This is a completely different type of game to LA Noire and can only be judged within its genre. It wouldn't eat my life, but it may do for someone else who enjoys these kind of games.

I think the guys (and gals) who do the games reviews here are 'usually' spot on with their assessments. Considering this one (different guy from LA Noire review) writes about games for a national paper too, I'd be careful with your accusations about not knowing their business.

Perhaps you should stay away from forum trolling. You clearly have no idea.

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untitled

Why is this logged under "Hardware" ??

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WTF?

Where's Sean Connery?

see title

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Meh

Side scrolling games are so 1980's.

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