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So, we're here. We're sitting around a big hotel room in Leipzig eating cheese and sausages, looking like pandas because we all have massive bags under our eyes. Why? Because at 3am this morning some idiot parked his car outside our window and blasted us with hardcore Euro-spaz music. For three hours. You've never heard Twinkle Twinkle Little Star till you've heard it tweeted over the top of a gatling-gun smash beat.

In any case, our mood remains bright and chipper because a) we're going to find that guy and lynch him and b) because tomorrow marks the start of one of the world's largest game shows. Over the next few days we'll be getting our sticky mitts on most of the biggest titles due for release in the coming six months - and the good news for you guys is that we're gonna spill our guts like roadkill. We'll be bringing you as much coverage as we can from Leipzig itself, with plenty more reports to follow on our return to Blighty. In the words of our Operations Director, it's going to be "lecker-din". That's Dutch for "great," apparently; Adam seems oblivious to the fact that people speak German over here...

At any rate, all of the team have earmarked a few games that they can't wait to see. Tom is gearing up to examine the PC and console versions of Far Cry 2, and he's dead eager to see how the two compare. He also says he's looking forward to Need for Speed: Undercover and Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts - he was a massive fan of the N64 original and is hoping for a return of the familiar Rare magic. Tom will also be prodding Alone in the Dark on the PS3 to see if Atari has addressed the problems experienced on other formats.

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Being a massive Street Fighter fan, Wez is getting borderline-aroused about the prospect of interviewing Capcom's developer-god Yoshinori Ono. They will be discussing the fourth entry in the legendary series, along with all things hadouken. Wez is also quite frothy about the new PES and the fact that he'll be getting up close n' personal with the developers of StarCraft II. Oh, and he's going to check out a game we can't name that involves "water that weighs a lot".

Meanwhile James is busy polishing his wimple ahead of an illicit encounter with Fable II. "I didn't play the first one," he says. "In fact, I haven't played a game in about five years. I just read about them." Which is his way of saying that he's very, very excited. James also wants to play Sonic Unleashed and another game we're not allowed to directly mention - this one is for "classic arcade racing" fans.

Me? I'm just happy to be here - but I've also got some really great stuff lined up. I'm a massive Fallout fan, so I'm "pulling a whitey" over the fact that I'll be playing the third game later this week. I'll also be weighing up two titles in direct competition with each other: Codemasters' Operation Flashpoint 2, and ArmA 2 - the rival game from original OF developer Bohemia Interactive. Both promise to offer an absolute banquet of military sandbox action, so I can't wait to get stuck in. I'm also going to take a look at a certain offering that may be on the radar of a few PS3 owners: Littlebigplanet.

As you read this, we'll be wading our way through the maddened crowds. We'll be doing our best to check the site as we go - so if you have any questions or things you want to know about a specific game, let us know below and we'll do our best. In the meantime, I'm going back to teaching the team important phrases in German. Altogether now: "Wie geht's, Frau Krankenschwester? Gestern habe ich meine Schildkröte gegessen."

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FantasyMeister: I did indeed see SouthPeak stuff. To be honest we've got quite a few previews to get through next week, so i'll PM you some early details if you like.

Cheers, no worries about the PM though, I'll look for the previews when they're up :)

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In terms of console MMORPGS, I gather that Wez saw Champions Online this week - you'll have to press him for details. You know about DC Universe online, right? That's worth a gander. We've not covered that yet, but I might look into it when we get back to Blighty.

Heard about both of those, DC Universe is interesting because it means Sony might be moving towards mmorpgs on the PS3, which is always exciting. Champions, same thing for the 360, so that's good news too. Neither of the IPs really appeal to me though, I'm more into the Tolkien-esque characters than comic based ones but I'll keep an eye on them. I was kinda hoping there'd be something in the EverQuest/Wow genres heading towards the consoles, but guess I'll have to wait.

Enjoy your last couple of days, try not to get too partied out, I think everyone over here is pretty excited about the Far Cry 2 map maker though.
Posted 19:05 on 22 August 2008
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mydeaddog

Hello hello! We're leaving Leipzig tomorrow, but I thought I'd give you a quick update on how things went.

Mighty Kin: I played Fallout 3 for an hour yesterday and will be doing a new preview next week. I also spoke to Peter Hines and asked him about loot / future expansions - we'll have a interview up soon. For the time being though, I'm happy to say that I thoroughly enjoyed those sixty minutes - the atmosphere is brilliant, and VATS is a lot of fun to use.

In terms of your specific questions... Peter wouldn't say much on the subject of an expansion - they're currently focusing on the DLC content they've announced - but I reckon it'll probably happen. He had some interesting comments about loot too, but i'll leave them to the interview piece.

FantasyMeister: I did indeed see SouthPeak stuff. To be honest we've got quite a few previews to get through next week, so i'll PM you some early details if you like. In terms of console MMORPGS, I gather that Wez saw Champions Online this week - you'll have to press him for details. You know about DC Universe online, right? That's worth a gander. We've not covered that yet, but I might look into it when we get back to Blighty.

Overall, my pick of the show was probably Far Cry 2. I seriously can't wait to get my hands on that. LittleBigPlanet was also hugely impressive, I thought.
Posted 17:41 on 22 August 2008
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If you get time could you wonder over to SouthPeak Games? I've no idea what they're showing but if there's any XBox360 footage of 'Two Worlds: Temptation' running I'd be interested. Not so fussed if it's running on PC though as my PC has trouble running Minesweeper let alone anything else.

Also, anything to do with MMORPGs on consoles, even if it's years away. I'm a sucker for these and if there's a decent one coming out on a format I haven't got I can start saving up.

Cheers.
Posted 15:24 on 20 August 2008
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nice one hope you get loads of info on up and coming games
Posted 12:32 on 20 August 2008
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The Mighty Kin

Make sure you get alot of information about Fallout 3, and ask questions whether the combat system will be better than Oblivion. Is there going to added content to Fallout in the future? Add on pack like Shivering Isles and etc, also how long is the storyline if you play straight through.

I'm the explorer type while helping some idiots and gaining cold and new weps and armour (Relating too Oblivion) also refer to Fallout 3 if its going to be the same in a way. But not last but not least is there any plans for another Elder Scrolls?
Posted 11:28 on 20 August 2008
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Absolutely psyched for 'Heavy Rain'! My brain is practically drooling to learn something significant about this game!
Posted 08:41 on 20 August 2008

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