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Tom Orry, Editor - Alan Wake, Xbox 360

Alan Wake screenshot

Right, so this is another case of not being able to say too much due to a strict review embargo, but I've been playing Alan Wake on and off all week long. Hopefully without spilling too much information ahead of our review next week, all I'm going to say is that I've been looking forward to this game for years, yet despite the extended development cycle it doesn't feel dated at all. If you've been waiting for a proper horror game to appear that isn't all jump scares (Dead Space) or disappointing (Alone in the Dark) or not a horror game at all (Resident Evil 5), well… End of Episode 1. Tune in next week for the whole story.

Wesley Yin-Poole, Deputy Editor - Super Street Fighter IV, PS3 and Xbox 360

Super Street Fighter IV screenshot

In the comments section of our Super Street Fighter IV review, some of you questioned the 9/10 score we awarded it, saying it deserved a 10/10. Here's the deal: I gave Super 9/10 because, in my opinion, it's not quite as good as previous Capcom fighting games. The fighting system behind Super Street Fighter II and its updates is more "pure", and the mechanics behind the tremendous Street Fighter III: Third Strike, with its superb parry system, are more nuanced. Don't get me wrong, we're splitting hairs here. Street Fighter IV was easily a 9/10, and Super is better, but the fighting system behind both games is exactly the same, so it just falls short of being a 10. So there you have it. And breathe.

Sebastian Ford, Video Producer - SBK X Superbike World Championship, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC

SBK X Superbike World Championship screenshot

Most racing games that I have played in my life, simulation and arcade alike, forgive you for a having a lead foot and a seriously pushy attitude. The simple fact is that if you make the experience too real, it becomes so unfathomably difficult that no one in their right mind would play it for more than ten minutes. Perhaps it's because I know so little about motorbikes, (the one time I drove one on a main road I ended up sideways and tumbling into a ditch) but SBK X chewed me up and spat me out on the side of the track shortly after my very first corner. Early last week I went along to see four-time Superbike Champion Carl Fogarty give it a go, and I'm pleased to say he was almost worse than me. If I had to guess why, it's because he was racing around Phillip Island, the track that famously ended his career with one of the sport's more violent crashes.

Neon Kelly, Previews Editor - Mass Effect 2, Xbox 360 and PC

Mass Effect 2 screenshot

I know I’m a bit late on this one, but earlier this week I finally got around to starting BioWare's epic sci-fi sequel. As expected, it all seemed very lush and big budget – but my progress ground to a halt almost immediately as soon as I reached the character generation screen. I always hit this problem: I spend ages tinkering with the look of my avatar, tweaking their nose and the shape of their chin (which obviously has a major impact on gameplay), and then when I finally get to the part where you have to pick a class… well, that's when I get really stuck. ME2 has no less than six choices in this regard, and they all seem to have something to offer. That's a good thing, obviously, but it still resulted in me having a temporary mental breakdown. In any case, I eventually settled on playing as a soldier. Hopefully I won't regret this 10 hours down the line…

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scaz2244

plenty of bad company 2 ( just cant get enough of rush)
bit of ff13 still stuck on this plant boss ( thinking of trading it in now)
and finally some ODST to get ready for halo reach beta
Posted 22:46 on 03 May 2010
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Fuzzynutz

I have been playing god of war collection and burnout paradise...I forgot how much fun it is.
Posted 08:34 on 03 May 2010
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cousinwalter@ FantasyMeister

Damn you, I followed your link on last week and I too now find myself addicted to a game which sits in a genre I was never a fan of! Worse of all I'm pretty certain I'm doing it wrong!
Posted 23:06 on 02 May 2010
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A1J2P3

Mw2 prepping for the ps3 release of the Stim. Package
Halo ODST + 3 in prep for the beta
Posted 16:35 on 02 May 2010
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Scabby_Sid

Played loads of SSFIV (think i've already got about 9 hours on it since friday), and saw my PP drop from 450 to 160, because as soon as the clocks turned 11, EVERYONE was playing Ken or Ryu. I can't beat them with Fuerte, or Fei Long, or even Sagat D:

After a brief hiatus, i also hacked and slashed my way through the first section of the last landmass in Viking: Battle for Asgard. The best fiver I have ever spent.

Played through all 6 L4D2 campaigns through the last week, as it was on sale on Steam. A lot better than the first game, and i've almost squeezed out an hour/£, which is usually what i try to do with games.

Also played the ABP Beta, that i can't tell you anything about.
Posted 13:53 on 02 May 2010
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Clockpunk

Blazblue: Calamity Trigger

I cannot make any sense of the story, and I'm not normally too keen on such fighters, but Taokaka is a great character! :D
Posted 13:41 on 02 May 2010
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thompo555

Uncharted 2 - this game must be good - I have the plat but still go back for more.
Mw2 - that lasted about one match and then got ejected.
RE5 - time to get the plat I think :) anyone want to help?
Posted 13:32 on 02 May 2010
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Ghost5

Just Cause 2 (Still not started any Agency Missions after the 2 Mandatory ones)
Shadow Complex (Gonna try and do the less than 13% run)
Posted 12:27 on 02 May 2010
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thak123

Halo 1,2,3 and ODST all week getting ready for Reach Beta !!!
Posted 12:23 on 02 May 2010
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Get2DaChoppa

Just been playing SSFIV as well, it's such a good game, the trials have me trumped at the moment but i'm sure i'll get the hang of them. Online is excellent, just a shame i can't match up to the experience, damn SF players are good!
Posted 12:04 on 02 May 2010
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Wido

I think SSFIV should get a 10/10 in my opinion. Look beyond the gameplay as it will be the same as in all fighting games. The characters that are in the game is what would get it for me personally plus the bonus stages. E-Honda, fist spam the vehicle = good times. Street Fighter II had that bonus stage which also in my eyes its a 10/10.

Besides playing SSFIV.

I have been playing Gears 2. Done it on hardcore last night. Great game and really cannot wait for Gears 3.
Posted 11:56 on 02 May 2010
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altaranga

Mirror's Edge and Modern Warfare 2 online.

I haven't done a lot of gaming this week really. Luckily ME got my mojo back a bit.

(ME = Mirror's Edge, although there was something deliciously wrong with the way that reads).
Posted 10:50 on 02 May 2010
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SexyJams

I totally understand the 9 Wes,
I bought the game, and after Scabby Sid helping me a lot last night, I'm really enjoying it :D
Posted 10:37 on 02 May 2010
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El-Dev

GOWIII, first boss battle dragged on a bit.
Fifa10, getting addicted to online matches again.
Splinter Cell Conviction, played a bit of the co-op.
DJ Hero, entertaining.
SSFIV, only for about 30 mins.
Posted 10:24 on 02 May 2010
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FantasyMeister

Lord of Ultima (PC Browser-based MMORTS) all week. Even new games are gathering dust. I can't say exactly what it is about LoU that makes my gaming addiction go into overdrive, just that something about it flicks all the right receptors.

Only reason I'm here at 4:11am to post this is that it's time for me to put a load of Ultima buildings into production for my city, which makes my resources grow faster, which will let me put more stuff into production later on, which will enable me to either take over the entire world or get flattened in the process.

*Sips some coffee, switches tabs, stares bleary-eyed at the screen, watches numbers increase*
Posted 04:13 on 02 May 2010

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Release Date: 22/05/2009
Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: Adventure
No. Players: 1-20
Rating: PEGI 3+
Site Rank: 14,317 14
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