What we've been playing this week.
Tom Orry, Editor - LocoRoco 2, PSP
While sat in a B&B during a short break to York I used my incredible gaming skills to help my girlfriend complete a tricky section or two in LocoRoco 2. It really is a wonderful game, that for the most part can be played without worrying. I know you can change LocoRoco, but the yellows will always be my favourite - they're just much cuter than all the rest. I did have their infectious tune stuck in my head for the rest of the day though.
Wesley Yin-Poole, Deputy Editor - Marvel vs. Capcom 3, PS3
One of the biggest lines at E3 2010 was for Capcom's Marvel vs. Capcom 3, a fighting game that sees two of my favourite brands coming together in my favourite video game genre. Going hands-on with the game behind closed doors was a thrilling experience - the game is a lot faster than Street Fighter IV, but compared to the Dreamcast's MVC2, it's positively pedestrian. This is a clever move by Capcom: slowing down the pace of the game makes it more manageable, and hopefully more accessible. Wicked.
Neon Kelly, Previews Editor - Civilization Revolution, DS
The original Civilization was one the first games I ever finished. I was about 10, and it took an age due to my Atari ST crashing under the strain, but eventually I conquered the world by sending marines into Mahatma Gandhi's palace. Some 17 years later, I still find it amazing that I can play a version of Civilization on my DS. Revolution is a quicker, streamlined version of regular Civ; it may lack some of the depth of its PC and home console cousins, and the DS graphics may be fairly simple, but it's a great way to chip a few hours away from a Trans-Atlantic flight.
On the way to E3 Wez even played along with me for a bit, with the two of us taking turns to guide the growth of our budding empire. Then he got bored and decided to watch Shutter Island. Which is a bit crap, by the way.
Seb Ford, Video Producer - Mass Effect 2, Xbox 360
I finally finished it, a mere five months after starting. My total play time was in the order of 42 hours, longer than most I hear, but I really do feel like I squeezed every last drop of excitement out of that game. I recall people complaining that Mass Effect 2's ending didn't live up to the splendour of the main storyline. I wholeheartedly disagree. Part of this is down to playing the final mission in a gaming chair - the kind that blasts the epic soundtrack into yours ears, and shakes your torso with powerful, warbling bass. However, the main reason that I loved that last mission was because I spent every moment worrying about my team. Did I make the right decisions? Who, if any, would perish on this crazy suicide mission? When the credits rolled, I paused for breath, processing everything I had just taken in. I want to forget all of it. Why? Because I need to do it all over again.