Tom Orry, Editor - Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, Xbox 360 and PS3

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands screenshot

I do like what I've played of The Forgotten Sands, but it just feels a bit safe after what Ubisoft did with the game it released in 2008. I know it got some hate from people who wanted a more traditional Sands of Time style adventure game, but I loved it. The platforming was incredibly fluid, the characters were excellent and it looked absolutely stunning. The Forgotten Sands just feels a little bit like a step back, albeit towards the kind of gameplay long-time fans were calling for last time around. There's no doubt it'll be a decent action adventure game, complete with some superb production values, but I do miss Elika and the wise-cracking Prince.

Wesley Yin-Poole, Deputy Editor - NIER, Xbox 360 and PS3

NIER screenshot

When you complete NIER, the mental action adventure game from cavia, you get a new game plus option. Loads of games have this feature, but NIER goes one step further. Play the game again, and you get more story. You get new cutscenes, new dialogue, and even new endings. In fact, the more you complete NIER, the more of its story unravels, up to a maximum of four completions. This, I've decided, is utter balls. On the face of it, it sounds great, and adds loads of replay value. But in NIER's case, the story's so mental that it's almost impossible to understand from one playthrough. Why should I have to play a game four times to get the whole story? That's not something I'm prepared to do with NIER, so I feel a little cheated. By all means tinker with the traditional new game plus cavia, but leave story out of it.

Neon Kelly, Previews Editor - Dead to Rights: Retribution, Xbox 360 and PS3

Dead to Rights: Retribution screenshot

Yup, it's the game where you get to play as a dog who can bite off people's balls. I'd love to say that there's a lot more to Dead to Rights: Retribution than that, but to be honest there isn't much. It's a linear shoot-em-up / beat-em-up hybrid with a decent spread of moves and lashings of violence, and while this is no bad thing in of itself, the whole affair gets tiresome all too quickly. Still, Shadow the Dog boasts some nice animations, and the voice acting is pretty good, even if the story is largely non-existent. Still, there's an early scene where (SPOILER ALERT) one of the few friendly characters gets killed, and renegade cop Jack Slate goes to pieces. He's crying and screaming and flipping out, and in a really weird way, it's kind of fun to watch. Then again, maybe I'm just desensitised from all the mindless violence.

James Orry, News Editor - Football Manager Live, PC

Football Manager Live screenshot

My first season since the controversial Football Manager Live gameworlds reset has come to a disappointing end. The 38 game season saw my Juicy Danglers win only eight times, draw 12 and lose 18. However, things are looking up. The signing of a new striker will hopefully result in a much improved tally of only 25 goals in the first term. Likewise, a new rock at the back should bolster a backline woefully lacking in the air. There's also the prospect of more youth coming through from the Little Danglers Youth Academy - though the four graduates so far aren't encouraging. Still, the club's finances are in good shape so we're at least in a solid position from which to move forward.

Sebastian Ford, Video Producer - Pokémon: Platinum, Nintendo DS

Pokemon HeartGold screenshot

I do actually own a copy of Pokémon: Heart Gold, but I can't bring myself to start a new adventure before my current one is finished. For the first time ever, I have completely slacked off my starting Pokémon, Piplup, because it truly sucks. Look at Blastoise; he is one seriously mean, H20-launching water bully with enormous guns on his shoulders. Empoleon, on the other hand, looks like the damned, illegitimate lovechild of Pingu and Neptune, so he had to go. I have a pretty monstrous Gyarados as a placeholder, but the more battles he gets the more I think he's a keeper. Dragon Rage be bringing the pain, yo!

Tim Empey, Guest Contributor - Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, PSP

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker screenshot

Metal? Gear? I played a mech-load of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker at the preview event this week and actually really enjoyed it. There seems to be a hell of a lot of game in there, what with all the different levels in the single-player mode and then the side missions and all the co-op and multiplayer. The problem is you're playing it on a PSP and that makes controlling the camera a bit of a nightmare no matter what control system you select. And while my scrunched up face stared back at me when the screen went black during the loading screens I really wished it was on the PS3. It might have been better if it was downloadable title from the PSN because at least then you'd have a right stick to point to where you're going. Oh and Super Street Fighter IV still rules!

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Fuzzynutz

Ive been playing GOD WAR 2 AND Bioshock oh and mario kart Wii.
Posted 22:23 on 26 April 2010
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scaz2244

bf bc 2
ff13
left 4 dead 2 the passing which is good but way too short
and i thinking of buying the new street fighter but not sure yet
Posted 21:56 on 26 April 2010
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Ghost_Dog

Assassin's Creed 2

Much like the original, I didn't like it at first, but after a few hours play I'm starting to enjoy it.

The structure and missions are far more pleasing this time round and combat has been well expanded.

Unfortunately the graphics aren't too great. Screen-tear, objects & NPCs appearing out of nowhere, pixelated shadows and ugly character models hinder the otherwise enjoyable gameplay experience.
Posted 21:27 on 26 April 2010
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FantasyMeister

Ever since James Orry wrote this article I've been playing the browser-based MMORTS Lord of Ultima.

If you've played Planetarion and its ilk, or Farmville and its ilk, this is Farmville with PvP, or Planetarion with Orcs. This is the game that makes you set your alarm clock for 5am just so you can get up to put another quarry into production.

The 360 got turned on for an hour (in between Barrack upgrade from level 4 to 5) to sample a freshly arrived Nier on Saturday, but amazingly Lord of Ultima pulled me right back, and Nier is right up my street.

Baffling, I don't even like RTSes.
Posted 21:55 on 25 April 2010
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El-Dev

Splinter Cell Conviction, not very impressive.
God Of War III, on the bit now that could have been taken straight from Dante's Inferno only with improved gameplay and visuals.
Just Dance, at about 4am today. Had no idea what I was doing.
Posted 13:24 on 25 April 2010
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dazzadavie

Splinter Cell Conviction and thats about it.
Posted 11:37 on 25 April 2010
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Mr_Ninjutsu

Metal Gear online, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Call of Duty Classic.

BF:BC 2 is coool, campaign is sooooo much more pleasing than MW2, more structured and the story makes more sense than MW2.
Posted 11:27 on 25 April 2010
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Wido

Been playing Splinter Cell Conviction still and Gears 1 & 2. Finished Gears 1 on hardcore last night and now playing through Gears 2 on hardcore. Dizzy is now one of my favourite characters of all time.

"I got your back like a butt crack."

""Its as dark as a rats ass in here, let me light betties titties up."

Best lines ever to be said in a videogame. Victor Sullivan from Uncharted moves to 2nd place as of.

"I'm sweating like a hooker in church!"
Posted 11:21 on 25 April 2010
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SexyJams

I agree with Seb,
Piplup sucks.
But that bloody stupid fire monkey looks even more retarded.
I choose the monkey because I thought Infernape sounded cool.
They were the worst bunch of starting Pokemon in the whole franchise.
Long Live Charizard!
Posted 11:15 on 25 April 2010
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CheekyLee

A whole day of MH Tri yesterday, and I may well do the same again today. The only real decision I have to make is how far do I go before venturing online?
Posted 11:12 on 25 April 2010
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GeNeCyDe1993

Some Halo 3 multiplayer in an attempt to get good before the Reach beta.
Posted 10:33 on 25 April 2010
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cousinwalter

Playing tony hawk 2 to death on my iphone, really brings back my early uni days and got final fantasy 1 and 2 to play as well. just killing time till skate 3 really
Posted 04:18 on 25 April 2010
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Neon-Soldier32

God of War III
Forza 3
Pokémon SoulSilver
Fallout 3: GOTY Edition - PS3
Battlefield Bad Company 2 - PS3
Posted 00:59 on 25 April 2010
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Ghost5

I'm currently playing Monster Hunter Tri!

Its bloody briliant and the online makes the game.
And I also love the Classic Controller Pro :D
Posted 00:42 on 25 April 2010

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