What we've been playing this week.
Tom Orry, Editor - Football Manager Live, PC
Some sad news hit the FM Live community this week, with the announcement that Sports Interactive is to reset the gameworlds. It's a decision that has baffled the hardcore players, with a year's worth of game time being completely thrown out the window. For the people who have invested time building up their manager's skills and gone to the effort of setting up youth teams, the prospect of starting from scratch is beyond a joke. For you World of Warcraft players out there, imagine your reaction if Blizzard announced that from March 2010 your character and everything you've acquired is to be deleted. You'd get some recognition for the time you'd already put into the game, but that's it. You're back to level 0 and you've got to replay a year or more of your gaming life. SEGA and Sports Interactive have said that they're working on a way to transfer skills over to the new blank slate game worlds, but if this doesn't happen I may hang up my managerial jacket for good.
Wesley Yin-Poole, Deputy Editor – C.O.P. The Recruit, DS
C.O.P. The Recruit might have been called Driver: The Recruit, a name publisher Ubisoft copyrighted back in April along with C.O.P. The Recruit. You can see why. It bears more than a striking similarity to the ill-fated Driver series: It's a GTA-style third-person open world crime game that fuses driving and on-foot shooting. What puzzles me, though, is why Ubisoft decided to release it as a C.O.P. game and not a Driver game? Surely it would have received more attention with the still well-known Driver moniker attached to it. Ubisoft currently has the rights to Driver. What will it do with it, I wonder?
James Orry, News Editor - Football Manager Live, PC
I was going to mix things up and write about how great Uncharted 2 is, but then the following happened. After a year spent in the world of Football Manager Live, my time with the game could be over. This week Sports Interactive announced that it will be resetting all game data, making everyone begin again from scratch, in March 2010. The reason for this drastic decision is to prevent the game from dying altogether, with the current player base spread too thinly over the vast selection of gameworlds. Essentially this means 12 months of virtual management - plus the time between now and the reset - will be lost. Understandably the large majority of the FM Live community is none too happy by the announcement, with many managers who've been there from the start unsure if they wish to continue. Me, well, I'm not sure. Given that the next four months are essentially dead time - whatever I do will be reset come March - the incentive to play is quickly draining away and I'm not sure if there'll be any left once Football Manager Live Mark 2 begins.
Sebastian Ford, Video Producer - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Xbox 360, PS3, PC
My Xbox 360 has returned! Gamers around the world join hands and rejoice! Well, I say it's returned but in truth it has quite obviously been replaced, and Modern Warfare 2 was the game I broke it in with. The Wednesday night session resumed, during which I managed to unlock the ninja perk and the stinger missile. I still have a long way to go yet, but this just makes me love the game more. I feel like I'm going to treasure each new weapon, each new attachment and every item - putting each through their deserved paces until I find the perfect set up. I'm currently trying out the stealthy option, combining cold blooded and ninja in an attempt to be an invisible killing force. What is everyone else currently rocking as their go-to multiplayer set up?