Tom Orry, Editor - Sonic and SEGA All-Stars Racing, Xbox 360

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing screenshot

Back when I reviewed this I thought it was more entertaining than Mario Kart Wii, and after playing it again this week I stand by that completely. It's just less frustrating to play than Nintendo's Wii racer, yet just as accessible to novice gamers. On 360 and PS3 it looks pretty smart too, although I'm yet to forgive the fairly erratic frame rate. I do wish Billy Hatcher wasn't in it though. Does anyone really like or care about that guy who had one mildly successful game on the GameCube?

Neon Kelly, Deputy Editor - Angry Birds, iPhone / Android

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Curiously, given the megaton events that kicked off the week, it's been a quiet seven days for me as a gamer. I've not had many nights in of late, and as a result the ever-reliable Angry Birds is the only game that's had any serious attention from me. By now most of us are familiar with Rovio's winning mix of birds, green pigs and addictive, physics-based gameplay. For me, it's the presentation that continues to shine as the game's strongest weapon; every relative I've ever shown it to has been sucked in by its cheeky charms. Personally, I just like the fact that it makes train and night bus journeys evaporate into thin air. Next up, I'll be finally tucking into that FPS game everyone keeps going on about...

Martin Gaston, Staff Writer - 007: Blood Stone

James Bond 007: Blood Stone screenshot

Because I've been going on about it all week, I'm not allowed to write about Call of Duty: Black Ops. Truly this is a punishment equivalent to that of being chucked on a medieval rack, but I shall persevere nonetheless - I'm a fighter, you know. I've also been playing a lot of James Bond: Blood Stone, however, which is probably worse than being chucked on a medieval rack. It's technically functional but utterly charmless, and the less said about its throwaway, pop-up gallery multiplayer mode the better. I'd love to spoil the specifics of the ending so I can mention how preposterously, overwhelmingly dumb its ill-conceived, poorly-executed twist actually is, but I won't. Instead I'll just list all the memorable moments from its five hour campaign:

Jamin Smith, Staff Writer - Deadly Premonition, Xbox 360

Deadly Premonition screenshot

Deadly Premonition looks like the kind of game a group of students might throw together as they're wrestling with the basics of 3D modelling and UV maps: terrible. I first popped the disc into my 360 on Halloween evening, hoping for an experience that would scare the crap out of me. Ten minutes in and I was terrified for very different reasons: that I'd just wasted £25 (I bought it on the high-street) on one of the worst games this year. I played on out of sheer boredom and the hope that a certain 10/10 review score had a scrap of truth to it. I'm glad I persisted, as Deadly Premonition is the most interesting game I've played this year. Underneath its cracked and ugly shell are some inspired design choices, fantastic characters and an incredibly unique approach to story-telling.

Emily Gera, Staff Writer - Fable III, Xbox 360

Fable III screenshot

Day Nine without internet access at my new flat. I've started playing Fable 3 for the second time, regardless of whether I even have any actual interest in playing it again. And for you trivia fans out there: I don't really. Not entirely, anyway. Lovely game, but my threshold for romancing country bumpkins in the centre of Brightwall is pretty low. I like the bit where I throw a ball for the dog though. Dogs are ace.

Tom Pearson, Video Producer - Call of Duty: Black Ops, Xbox 360

Call of Duty: Black Ops screenshot

Blops, as it's now widely known, seems to be a rather big hit. This week I've been diving head first into multiplayer, trying my best to do a Sandy Ravage. I whacked my sensitivity up to 6 and expected to rock the park. Now, after a few intense (unfair) games I got a really good taste of what everyone was talking about online. I died constantly; it really was like being against the Viet Cong as they were exceptional hiders. While many will call this form of strategy "camping", I like to see it as "tactical waiting". Not an honest tactic I know; all I wish apart from fair play is for these people TO BURN FOR THEIR SLYNESS. This is why I immediately bought the napalm killstreak. Try and hide in fire Charlie, I think you'll find you can't.

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Woffls's Avatar


I don't think I've played any video games this week.

Seriously. The last game I bought was Halo Reach. Nothing takes my interest at the moment, so I'm saving up for next year.
Posted 19:18 on 19 November 2010
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I'd happily co-op on Scott Pilgrim, as I also bought it on the cheap. However, I don't think it allows Live play?

BlOps, along with the rest of the world. Although, not too much of it if I'm honest.
Started Assassin's Creed 2 in preparation for Brotherhood.
My iPhone has seen the serious let-down that is Capcom Arcade, but also the wondrous Chu Chu Rocket and KingdomConquest from SEGA.
And finally, because I was hearing such great things about Shantae : Risky's Revenge for DSiWare, I tried the original. It is brilliant! (I wish I could afford a real copy...)
Posted 19:12 on 19 November 2010
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SexyJams@ xboxlive

Double EXP Weekend - gotta get on that ;)
Posted 18:45 on 19 November 2010
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Just been playing black ops online for the past few days,aint had much time to myself.
Posted 09:37 on 19 November 2010
scaz2244's Avatar


been a busy week again but ive been playing
fallout new vegas
battlefield bad company 2
Posted 17:37 on 15 November 2010
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Mass Effect 2, BlOps and Rock Band 3 - I have Spider-man Shattered Dimensions on the way from Boomerang so will be starting that today/tomorrow :)
Posted 13:28 on 15 November 2010
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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and Rock Band 3. I've given up on Armored Core: For Answer, my brain can't cope with all the statistics and schematics lol.
Posted 13:22 on 15 November 2010
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Been playing Black ops,finding the game to be alot better the the last one.
Posted 09:08 on 15 November 2010
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Not played much as F1 this wknd had my full attention but crackdown, Fable & GTA TLAD had me busy collecting , marrying & riding lol.
Posted 08:50 on 15 November 2010
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Manage to get a copy of Medal of Honor, completed it the weekend on hard. Not to changeling but one stupid checkpoint saved me in a un-liveable spot and had to restart.

Played some Fifa 11 Split Second and Worms too.

Traded in most my collection for credit ready for Friday, got £35 for 8 games which doesn't sound a lot but more than I expected.
Posted 08:41 on 15 November 2010
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I'm playing through codblops on regular and its not so painful, just keep pressing forward from coverpoint to coverpoint and eventually you'll reach the checkpoint and the enemies will stop spawning. Just keep pushing through.
Posted 22:50 on 14 November 2010
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SexyJams@ Ghost_Dog

Some of the checkpointing in that game is awful.
I had a nice little rant in the Annoying Game Mechanics Thread
Forgot to mention the God awful checkpointing though.
Posted 21:52 on 14 November 2010
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Originally Posted by SexyJams
Just after the missile part, where you have to get Dragovich, and fight through loads of infinite spawning soldiers. Cannot get past it. Don't want to even think about the trenches part.

That bit is ridiculous. The last checkpoint is also too far back.
Posted 19:48 on 14 November 2010
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Goldeneye 007 on wii: I'm am loving golden gun mode :)
Posted 18:38 on 14 November 2010
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Clockpunk@ Get2DaChoppa

Heh - they were the buggers I was thinking of! ;)
Posted 18:03 on 14 November 2010

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