What we've been playing this week.
Tom Orry, Editor - Football Manager 2013, PC
Nothing new here. It's getting to the point now where I'm not sure if I'm playing Football Manager just because it's the thing I do. I'm more or less unbeatable as Barcelona, given that I appear to own all the best players in the world, and a lack of quality coming through means there's a massive dearth of players who have more than 3 stars. Having said that, I did recently buy a 3-star winger for the bargain price of £7.5m - he's now valued at £18m.
Next up for me is the unlock for winning 20 cups. I'm currently at 19 and in the semi final of the Spanish Cup. Considering I'm averaging five goals a game and conceding on average less than one, I think I'm in with a pretty good shot of getting my 20th this season, perhaps more.
David Scammell, Deputy News Editor - Dead Space 3, Xbox 360
You've read the review and you've seen the score, but three hours into Dead Space 3 and I'm pretty impressed.
I've long been one of Dead Space 3's harshest critics. You've probably heard me discussing my concerns on the podcast. From that horrific bro-shooter reveal right the way through to its bizarre Phil Collins launch trailer, the game has been on the receiving end of a disastrous marketing campaign. But it didn't need to be.
See, the first few hours of Dead Space 3 - bar the rubbish opening 20 minutes - is very much the usual Dead Space. It still does the Dead Space 2 thing of trying to scare the player by over-running them with enemies, rather than relying on the fear of the unknown, and there are narrative elements that I think are totally unnecessarily (love triangles, in our Dead Space?!). But the rest of it - the claustrophobic space stations and spectacular galactic vistas in particular - has left me unexpectedly impressed.
I'm still concerned about what I might find when I eventually touch down on Tau Volantis, but as a fan of the original Dead Space, I've been pleasantly surprised by the majority of what I've seen so far. Except those micro-transactions. Whoever thought of those deserves a plasma cutter to the knee.
Steve Burns, Reviews and Features Editor - An upcoming game
Frustratingly I've been playing a game that, due to embargo, I can't actually talk about. The publisher has told me that doing so will be punished with death by EXTRA-TERRESTRIALS. All I can say is that it's not nearly as bad as some were expecting (so far), and that fans of the franchise will get a huge kick out of it. I can say no more, or it'll be game over man, game over.