Tom Orry, Editor - Sonic Classic Collection, DS

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This collection of Mega Drive Sonic games brought back some great memories, but also highlighted just how bad I've become at 2D platformers. I can remember whizzing through the original Sonic the Hedgehog over and over again as a kid, yet now I see the Game Over screen far too often. Games were clearly more punishing back then, but the four games are still an excellent package. It's a shame that games such as Sonic CD and Sonic Spinball aren't also included, but if you want some classic retro platforming on your DS, you can't really go far wrong with Sonic.

Wesley Yin-Poole, Deputy Editor - Dragon Age: Origins, Xbox 360

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Our Dragon Age: Origins review was based on the PC version of the game. For some reason, nearly four months after its release, I thought it would be interesting to check out the Xbox 360 version, which I'd read wasn't very good at all. While it's true that it's not as good as the PC version, it's not like you play it thinking, 'god, this is sooooo crap'. Sure, the 360 pad limits the number of spells and abilities you have available at the push of a button, the graphics aren't as pretty (pretty isn't really the right word to use when describing Dragon Age's dour visual style), and you can't zoom way out for a god-like view of the carnage, but it works well enough. And all the important stuff, like desperately trying to shag sultry mage Morrigan, works just the same. So yeah, not bad at all.

Sebastian Ford, Video Producer - Lips: I Love The 80s, Xbox 360

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I am the kind of guy who loves to get up for a bit of karaoke when it's around. Thing is, I only lived through three years of the 80s, and back then my collection of popular smash hits didn't extend much beyond the likes of Thomas the Tank Engine and Winnie the Pooh. Still, Soft Cell's Tainted Love was an easy pick, and in front of a crowd that vastly overpowered the sound of my own voice I couldn't fail. In games like guitar hero and rock band, I always find myself paying strict attention to how my score is shaping up. With Lips, however, I barely noticed this because my co-singer and I were having such a laugh getting the words wrong all on our own. I have mocked singing games in the past, one might even say I was brutal about them, but deep below this gruff, hardened exterior lies a budding young superstar, dying to bloom.

James Orry, News Editor – Super Street Fighter IV, Xbox 360, PS3

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Newly purchased Street Fighter IV Tournament Fightstick in hand I trotted off to Wez's place on Tuesday night for some top notch pizza and several bouts of Super Street Fighter IV. Truth be told my fighting skills come from my time with Street Fighter II on the SEGA Mega Drive and have become ring rusty over the 15 years since those golden days of six-button controllers and instant loading game carts. I've never - bar a few games in the arcades - used a fightstick, so the transition from pad to stick wasn't pretty to see. I still proved more than capable of dispatching lesser opponents - my brother included - but Flowchart Ken wasn't enough to defeat the evening's more versed combatants.

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guyderman

Heavy Rain at the moment
I also bought Aliens vs Predator - it's absolute crap!
Posted 09:38 on 08 April 2010
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xboxlive

Just been playing a lot of metro 2033 and BFBC2 for the past few weeks.
Posted 09:30 on 08 April 2010
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South_East_Jedi

got myself a PSP lat week and have been playing chains of olympus and GT PSP. finished off the campaign of Just Cause 2, but with only 29% completion, I have a long way to go. was playing some multiplayer of BFBC2 round a mates and that's my lot
Posted 12:35 on 06 April 2010
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dazzadavie

Only had time to get a few game of Bad Company 2. :(
Posted 10:23 on 05 April 2010
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Fuzzynutz

GOD OF WAR collection and GOD OF WAR chains of olympus and GOD OF WAR III.
Posted 07:55 on 05 April 2010
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Get2DaChoppa

Same as last week, just more FF13, but I might try and cash in on one of these crazy easter deals.
Posted 21:43 on 04 April 2010
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SexyJams

I've been playing
Kameo
Batman Arkham Asylum
Trials HD
Splinter Cell Double Agent
Posted 19:48 on 04 April 2010
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GeNeCyDe1993

Been playing alot of Fifa10, some PGR4 (definetely need to buy that soon) MW2, Cod 4, and some street fighter 4 :)
Posted 16:25 on 04 April 2010
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MJTH

Mario kart ds (online, still a brilliant game)
mario kart wii (just realised I never unlocked every character)
pheonix wright ace attorney

just waiting for Tuesday so I can buy red steel 2 and miles edgeworth investigation
Posted 07:20 on 04 April 2010
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FantasyMeister

I played FFXIII which lasted me until Monday, at which point, after 3 weeks of solid FFXIII, I completed it.

Paid £9.68 to renew my two FFXI accounts on Monday afternoon with a view to getting back into it, 9 hours of updating and installing and 3 hours of playing later I cancelled and uninstalled, remembering the insane grind was the reason I left in the first place. It's a bit like getting your second tattoo, as soon as the needle starts chewing up your skin and your brain's nerve centres start to register the intense agony it's only then that you remember saying to yourself "Never again" after the first one.

Moved onto Pure for a bit, but it got boring quickly; got further into Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom than my last attempt but didn't really feel like a grinding game, I will come back to it sometime though, it gets interesting; oddly I've now settled into Borderlands for the rest of the week, which is nothing but grind, but it's a fun grind compared to my other games, especially as it's nice and simple and I don't have to look stuff up on the web every 5 minutes.

I'm hoping to regain my lust for depth and complication by the end of April, at which point Nier and Two Worlds: Two will be available.

I'm laying the blame for all this at FFXIII's feet, having played nothing else for practically a month every other game just seems to pale in comparison. Screw FFXIV (which is looking more and more like a reskinned FFXI with every new snippet of news) and roll on FFXV.

P.S. sorry about the essay, it's a chocolate egg overdose thing.
Posted 07:06 on 04 April 2010
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Wido

Been playing:

FIFA 10
Street Fighter IV
Pokemon SoulSilver
Aliens Vs Predator
Just Cause 2 demo

I'm having so much fun with the Just Cause 2 demo, with 30mins to play around in a small section of the huge concrete jungle. Blowing things up never seems to get old. The destruction physics isn't as good as Red Faction though saying that, Just Cause 2 still has good destruction moments but just not as pretty as Red Faction in terms of rubble and etc. I really love the grapple hook. I sneaked into a secured military base with a heli-pad with a chopper on the pad asking to be nicked. In what I mean by 'sneaked', I mean by running straight in, cap a few guards in the head, and made off with the chopper with minutes later a military chopper comes blazing at me with lead. I performed the jump stunt, which I think is going to be very useful when having *****e loads of guards on you, and hijacked myself a shiny new chopper with guns :)

After flying around a bit getting a bit bored. I decided I'm going to take it up really high and just jump out of it. So I did... Skydiving back towards Earth and testing out how to control yourself and etc, I missed timed the parachute and died instantly whilst landing next to some poor citizen. Respawned, proceed to do some chaos, got some guards after me, and got chased on foot in the jungle which was pretty ace. Grappled up a cliff to get a better view of them chasing me and laid down some fire when they were approaching me up the hill.

Why didn't they make Just Cause 1 this exciting the first time around? I can't see myself getting bored of this one. Lovely visuals, not the best but nice and the voices.... Thats the only downside to the game. The voices get on your tits that you would prefer to listen to Alan Carr rabbiting on about why he takes it up the ***** box and saying how *****e his chat show is.

Goodnight from me, or morning from me.
Posted 01:38 on 04 April 2010
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Ghost5

FFXIII (360)
Just Cause 2 (360)
Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver (DS)
Posted 00:43 on 04 April 2010
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renegade

Bad Company 2
Fifa 10
GTA IV *70% in*
C&C 4
Just Cause 2

A few other here and there.
Posted 00:41 on 04 April 2010
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Neon-Soldier32

Meh, VG been playing pretty mediocre games this week, apart from DAO. This week I've been playing:

Resident Evil 5 - PS3
Mondern Warfare 2 - PS3
Final Fantasy XIII - PS3
LittleBigPlanet - PS3
Lost Planet - Xbox
The Orange Box - Xbox
Conviction Demo (Love it) - Xbox
R.U.S.E - PC
Pokémon Platinum (Bloody SS hasn't been done yet)
Posted 00:18 on 04 April 2010

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