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Hitman HD Trilogy
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After being sorely disappointed with Absolution's linear, hand-holding approach (which was obviously aimed at the more vacuous mass-market crowd), I wanted to play a "proper" Hitman game, and was delighted to find out the greatest three games in the series were being re-released, in HD, with PS3 trophy support. These are the best versions of the games I have played, and take me back to the days when developers weren't afraid to make a game challenging, deep, and true to their original vision.
The Testament Of Sherlock Holmes
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Here is an "investigation game" that finally feels that you're the one that's actually investigating. In recent years, there's been a tendency for the actual gameplay to take a back seat to the cinematic presentation of games, such as LA Noire, a game that's all style no substance (though still impressive).
Yes, Sherlock Holmes may not be as pretty or polished as big-budget adventures, but it offers quite a challenge that demands your complete attention, and quite a variety of puzzles and clues to find that really provide a sense of achievement that hasn't really been felt in the genre since the early Broken Sword titles. Glad I found this gem.
Underworld - CD
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At first I was worried, as the first two tracks were a little generic and forgettable. But, from track 3 onwards, the Underworld magic kicks in, and there are some outstanding sounds bouncing into your ears. Scribble, Diamond Jigsaw, Hamburg Hotel, Moon in Water - all simply great to listen to (not to mention the little 'detour' of Louisiana at the end).
However, Barking feels like a more mainstream-friendly album than Oblivion with bells; and a less personal album from Underworld. There's a bit less subtlety to the tracks, and not as many daring, beautiful ventures as the likes of Good Morning Cockerel or Glam Bucket.
BUT, this is still a brilliant album - these guys know what they're doing.