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Tom Orry, Editor - Dead to Rights: Retribution, Xbox 360 and PS3

Dead to Rights: Retribution screenshot

I'm not sure how I feel about liking Dead to Rights: Retribution. I hadn't played any of the previous games in the series and, if I'm being honest, expected this to be pretty mediocre at best. I had a lot of fun with the game earlier this week, though, with the brutal combat, ridiculous action and smart visuals combining really well. It feels old-fashioned in a good way, and should bring a smile to the face of anyone who doesn't take gaming too seriously. And you can make a dog bite a man's balls off. These are bad men you're dealing with. They deserve everything that's coming to them. Don't feel any remorse.

Wesley Yin-Poole, Deputy Editor - Dragon Age Origins: Awakening, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC

Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening screenshot

SEX! Now I've got your attention, listen carefully: sex in games is crap. We're just not there yet from a graphical point of view. Clipping, bizarre facial animations, creepy movement, dodgy mo cap, unrealistic eyes - with all these visual failings working against video game sex scenes, it's hard to take them seriously. But, while playing Dragon Age: Origins expansion Awakening this week, I was surprised to find myself missing the absence of romance. It's got nothing to do with some juvenile desire to perv over badly animated porn - if Origins' sex scenes are anything to go by, I'd more likely wet myself laughing than wet myself in that way. No, it's to do with the chase. The chase, which relies more on writing and character - two of BioWare's qualities - than it does impressive visuals, I can take seriously. I loved trying to convince (desperately nag) sultry mage Morrigan to welcome me into her tent in Origins, and I would have loved the opportunity to do the same with boobalicious elf Velanna in Awakening (likely with similar levels of desperate nagging). I know the actual sex scene would have been an embarrassing mess of clipping arms and legs, but everything up to that point would have been thrilling. Well, as thrilling as convincing a virtual elf to shag a knight dressed in tier nine armour can be.

Neon Kelly, Previews Editor - Phoenix Wright: Justice For All, DS

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice For All screenshot

My DS has been getting a lot of attention lately. I finally polished off Professor Layton and Pandora's Box (what the hell is up with that ending?!), and then swiftly moved onto the second Phoenix Wright game. I know that the Miles Edgeworth thing has just come out, but I'm still working through the early parts of the over-arching Ace Attorney story. To be honest, I have no idea why it's taken me so long to play this. I love the Phoenix Wright titles: they're genuinely funny, the puzzles are often very sharp, and I absolutely love the characters. There's no other franchise that lets you cross-examine a parrot in the middle of a murder trial, or which features scary German women who whip your face in court. Great stuff.

Sebastian Ford, Video Producer - Just Cause 2, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC

Just Cause 2 screenshot

The original just didn't do it for me. I picked it up for something like £3.50 in a pre-owned games bin somewhere and played it for a solid 45 minutes before trading it right back again. The strange thing is, Just Cause 2 hasn't changed loads from its older brother, but it's just bang awesome every step of the way. Giving you the grappling hook and parachute combo from the outset seems like a risky move, but it just opens up the world so effortlessly. One time, I actually flew a helicopter to the top of the map (five or six kilometres up!?), bailed out and grappled my way back in before crash landing.

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Woffls

I've been playing:
Pokémon Pearl
Pokémon FireRed
Pokémon Emerald

:D
Posted 20:12 on 23 March 2010
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xboxlive

I just been playing alot of BFBC2 i love it so much :)
Posted 10:13 on 23 March 2010
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Clockpunk

Dragon Age: Origins.

Still very clunky combat-wise and I dislike the very limited extent of customization (clothings and weapons are far too much alike), but I do like the story. Finished it once, with a human noble duelist, now to do the exact opposite with a bolshy female elf who has just snapped. :D
Posted 20:14 on 22 March 2010
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jakeistheman

BF:BC2(great online loving every bit of it so far)
Fallout3(50 hours in and still so much to do)
Posted 19:38 on 22 March 2010
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South_East_Jedi

God of War 3, Star Trek Online, Wipeout HD
Posted 09:51 on 22 March 2010
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Bloodstorm

Chaos Rising for me, i made Thaddeus the traitor.
Posted 02:01 on 22 March 2010
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FantasyMeister

Final Fantasy XIII for the second week running, and nothing else. I can probably count on the fingers of one hand the number of single-player titles whose endgames have captivated me so, and MMOs aside I dread to think what kind of a time-sink Final Fantasy XV could be if they include online multiplayer hunting of some description.
Posted 23:08 on 21 March 2010
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scaz2244

thought i would dig out fallout 3 last week and have been hooked ever since.
also a bit more of heavy rain trying to end it differently.
ODST
COD mw2
Posted 21:45 on 21 March 2010
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Fuzzynutz

I have been playing GOD OF WAR III (Friggin Awesome)...And Resistance 2 (Can't wait for number 3).
Posted 19:40 on 21 March 2010
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SexyJams

Tony Hawk's American Wasteland
Dante's Inferno
Heavy Rain
GTA IV
Posted 19:06 on 21 March 2010
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dazzadavie

Gears of War 2 with the forum

Battlefield Bad Company 2
Battlefield 1943
Blur Beta demo
Posted 17:39 on 21 March 2010
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y2rich

God of War 3
Final Fantasy XIII
Battlefield Bad Company 2
Posted 16:58 on 21 March 2010
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MJTH

Finally 100% new super mario bros wii which made me very happy this week, but one thing disappointed me, the last level (world 8 that is), it was the same for the ds game, the level leading up to it were thrilling and fun, but in both games I was disappointed by the fact that I defeated it like on my 3rd or 4th time (due mainly silly little mistakes), I was hoping for it to be truely difficult, but it instead was just a little tricky and a bit longer then other levels...

Anyway same as Neon I want to work through the pheonix wright series (on wii ware due to lack of money) before getting miles edgeworth investigations for ds. And now I really need to finish Mario galaxy, its been way to long.
Posted 16:35 on 21 March 2010
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GeNeCyDe1993

Gears of War 2
MW2
Cod 4
Posted 16:35 on 21 March 2010
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Neon-Soldier32

Pokémon Platinum
Final Fantasy XIII
God of War Collection
Modern Warfare 2
Resident Evil 5
Uncharted 2
Guitar Hero: Metallica
Heavy Rain
Indigo Prophecy
Halo 3
A little bit of Bayonetta
And, alot of the Conviction Demo; must've played it about 10 times

So, been playing quite a lot in total.
Posted 16:20 on 21 March 2010

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Release Date: 01/04/2011
Developer: Capybara Games
Publisher: Ubisoft
Genre: Turn-based strategy
No. Players: 1-2
Rating: TBC
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