C.O.P. The Recruit

C.O.P. The Recruit Features for DS

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James Cameron's Avatar The Game screenshot
James Cameron's Avatar The Game screenshot

Tom Orry, Editor - James Cameron's Avatar: The Game, Xbox 360
It's not often I like a game after thinking its rubbish for the first 30 minutes, but that's exactly what happened with Avatar. Now, this isn't a proper triple-A release, but give it time (the section that leads up to the choice isn't very good at all) and it really is a very good movie licensed title. Being something of a wordsworth, constantly dazzling the guys in the office with my eloquent ways, something I said about Avatar on Monday really sums up how I feel about it. "It's really quite rubbish in some ways, but I actually quite like it." I'm not someone who dishes out praise that often, so to declare that I like something despite its glaring faults is a rather rare occurrence.

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 screenshot

Wesley Yin-Poole, Deputy Editor – Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, Xbox 360
It's quieter now. All the year's big releases are out the door, in the shops, and, if they're any good, spinning in disc trays across the land (hopefully). Christmas is coming to save me, like Gandalf turning up on the first light of the third day to save the race of men. This means I have some time. Time to play games because I want to. A chance to catch up. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 is my first port of call. I missed out on the DLC - the five new characters and four new simulator missions - when it was released, so I've been taking it for a spin. For me, Cable is the best of the bunch - his high damage weapons fire makes a mockery of anything stupid enough to stand in his way. Magneto's not bad, although he feels half as powerful as he should (but if he felt as powerful as he should, he would be overpowered). Psychic ninja Psylocke is fun for a bit, but weak, Carnage looks the part but I've never been a fan, and Blank Panther, well... meh. I'm disappointed in the four new simulator missions, too. None posed much of a challenge for my maxed out super group of Thor, Thing, Hulk and Wolverine - I have golds on all of them already. But, what's this? The new Achievements require the new sims be completed under rock hard conditions. Now this is what I'm talking about...

The Saboteur screenshot

Neon Kelly, Previews Editor - The Saboteur, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC
Originally I was going to use this spot to tell you about my failed attempts to scale the Eiffel Tower - how I got about two thirds of the way up before slipping to my screaming, street-pizza doom. However, about ten minutes after this fall I discovered something even more entertaining: It turns out that The Saboteur has cows... fully destructible cows, to be precise. After soaking up a few rounds from my MP40 machine gun, my first bovine victim collapsed into five or six surprisingly neat chunks. There was no blood, just lots of different cow pieces - like some kind of bizarre puzzle made by Damien Hirst. I immediately summoned the entire team, and the next quarter of an hour was spent murdering cows in a variety of stupid ways- including death by dynamite, sniper rifle, and swerving car. The Saboteur is one of those games that takes you by surprise, offering more fun than you'd initially expect from its admittedly flawed components - but it's hard not to enjoy the spectacle of a sweary Irishman punching a cow into chunks.

Tony Hawk Ride screenshot

Sebastian Ford, Video Producer - Tony Hawk: RIDE, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii
I really want to like this game, truly I do, but it just keeps doing little things to get on your nerves if you so much as hint you're starting to enjoy yourself. You can't help but feel this game needed to be designed for absolutely everyone to be able to pick up; slowly encouraging you to play more, get better, and attempt a new difficulty level. It achieves nothing of the sort. Steering is probably the hardest; deliberately leaning and losing your balance is anything but intuitive, and on hardcore mode you will really struggle to just go in a straight line. The camera is truly awful, with your skater frequently vanishing from the screen altogether, and even when you thought they couldn't have any more they manage to shoehorn in another bit of advertising.

Football Manager Live screenshot

James Orry, News Editor - Not much
Since the announcement that Sports Interactive are to reset the Football Manager Live gameworlds in March I've found the pull of the once brilliant management MMO getting weaker with each passing day. So non-fussed am I by the state of the game today that a win over a rival means nothing. Likewise, a loss leaves behind no lasting disappoinment; it'll all be gone next year so what does it matter? Such has been the exodus of FM Live players that the Juicy Danglers have shot up the rankings, but there's an empty feeling to this success.

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Fuzzynutz

Just completed C.O.D mw 2 (SWEET GAME) and ive been playing New super mario Wii on 3 player with me twins...And Batman Arkham Asylem. Im a pc and NASA was my idea.
Posted 14:35 on 14 December 2009
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xboxlive

I aint been playing much games over this week due to shoping for xmas :(
But the game i have been playing is:
.BF1943 - had to gave this game a play again"one of the best XBLA games out ther"
.Forza 3 - trying to get all raceing done.
Posted 10:44 on 11 December 2009
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Ghost_Dog

Started playing MW2 online.

Got nailed first few games, but starting to get into the swing of thing now.

I'm still a noob though.
Posted 22:55 on 06 December 2009
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dav2612

Need For Speed Shift turned up yesterday and has rendered all other games useless right now.
Posted 20:25 on 06 December 2009
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scaz2244

trying to complete dead space soo gd!! also i downloaded ff7 so been lpaying that a lot and a lal bit of borderlands still not completed it yet duno whether to trade it in :S
Posted 19:46 on 06 December 2009
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thompo555

Well i completed AC2 :D (have to replay as it didnt give me trophies.... But hey its a good game!)
Played some tournaments on IL2 and even loaded Energy airforce for the first time in ages!

No exams next week so should be on here/gaming allot more :D

@dazzadavie: I suggest joining the official forums. There are allot of Xbox players on there that want to play, mainly on SIM and Realistic though but worth a try :D http://forum.1cpublishing.eu/forumdisplay.php?f=132
Posted 19:46 on 06 December 2009
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dazzadavie

MW2 Spec Ops, had a quick go on Trials HD and alot of IL-2 Birds of Prey, but cant get online with it as there seems to be no games :mad:
Posted 18:04 on 06 December 2009
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thpcplayer

i have been gaming a helluva a lot despite the fact that i have an exam 2morrow:lick:
I hav been playing
1.mw2-online
2.cod 4-online
3.cod 2-finsihing a game i never actually did
4. Just cause- good but repitive. Parachute is a lot of fun. ALSO grappling :p
5. SEga rally- damn hard
6. Dirt 2- awesome game !1!
7. The saboteur- so far so good
8. Ashes 2009- i love it
9.Burnout Paradise- My fav racing game by far
SO I HAVE been playing quite alot. I am scared about my mathe exam tommorow :scared:
Posted 17:58 on 06 December 2009
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Wido

A lot of Dragon Age: Origins. Starting to like MW2 a lot more (online wise) PES2010 demo, and I have got the game on order from Play.com. Ordered monday night, didn't get posted till yetersday... Hopefully it does turn up from Play.com. It was on the deal of the day for £22.99 which I think is worth it for that price.

Went on Ninja Gaiden 2 for a little bit this afternoon. Forgot most of the controls but I did return with a 95 hit combo to show that I'm getting back to my usual self on Ninja Gaiden :p
Posted 16:40 on 06 December 2009
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pipeman

sims WOW kingdom hearts 1 (CANT EVEN GET THROUGH IT) every game staring llara croft dating back to 1988 an thts pritty much it...
Posted 16:01 on 06 December 2009
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jakeistheman

nothing.....PS3's dead and the PC cant run much so ya first time in awhile that i haven't played anything.
Posted 13:56 on 06 December 2009
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Mr_Ninjutsu

Finished off Batman Arkham Asylum, feck me, best batman game EVER!

Played the Bayonnetta Demo and meh. Other than that been gettin some stees* with Skate 2.

*uk skate term for coolness. :P
Posted 13:41 on 06 December 2009
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Karlius

James that is devestating news I love reading about how your team is doing. Seems a bit harsh to reset the servers after all the effort you have put in! I feel your pain!

Personally finished off AC2 been bogged down with UNI CW so not much else going on.
Posted 13:07 on 06 December 2009
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GeNeCyDe1993

Bit of COD MW 2 online, some fifa 10, purchased bionic commando aswell.
Posted 13:03 on 06 December 2009
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Ghost5

Isn't this Videogamer.com Plays? :p

I've been playing Fable 2, GTA4, Forza 3, Halo 3 ODST, Mirrors Edge and Star Wars Force Unleashed Ultimate Sith Edition.

Quite a lot of games O_O
Posted 12:22 on 06 December 2009

Game Stats

Release Date: 13/11/2009
Publisher: Ubisoft
Genre: Action
No. Players: One
Rating: PEGI 12+
Site Rank: 4,769
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