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Tom Orry, Editor - UFC Personal Trainer, Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii

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After taking part in the warm up session in the Kinect for Xbox 360 version of UFC Trainer my legs had more or less had enough. What this fitness game doesn't do is ease you in to things. I'd already had to prove how unfit I was by doing a series of sit-ups, press-ups and star jumps, but then the game asked me to kick my hands having placed them outstretched in front of me. I can't be sure, but I doubt my feet have been elevated above the height of my knees in many, many years. I struggled.

Next came the actual workout. I selected the "Quick" option that targeted weight loss and then entered a world of pain and suffering. The main cause of this pain was a move the game calls "Get ups". If you don't know what this is, you essentially have to start from a standing position, then fall backwards onto the floor, roll onto your arm, push up onto your feet and stand up again. Repeat this over and over and, like me, you might find that your legs no longer want to do anything. I'm going to stick with it, but my body currently feels weaker than it did prior to getting UFC Personal Trainer.

Neon Kelly, Deputy Editor - Frozen Synapse, PC

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Frozen Synapse was described to me as being a bit like a turn-based version of Counter-Strike, mixed with the pre-mission planning bits from the old Rainbow Six games. That's not a bad description, though it fails to convey the fiddly-yet-rewarding nature of play. Essentially it's a turn-based strategy game with minimalist graphics, designed with two human players in mind (though you can play against the AI, too). Each player has a small squad of troops to order about, with the simple aim being to wipe out the other side. You map out actions for your men using waypoints and modifiers, watch a simulated run-through of your plan, tweaking the details until everything is perfect, then commit to carrying them out. At this point, you sit back and watch the results.

And unfortunately for me, the results usually involve my guys getting shot in the head, bloody spraying across the futuristic scenery. You see, the crucial point is that once both sides have made their plans, both set of actions unfold at the same time. Even if your prep work was perfect, you can never be sure what the outcome will be. In short, it's rock hard but also great fun. It's about £12 on Steam at the moment, and that gets you two copies so you can give one to a mate.I'm up for taking on Forumites if anyone wants to give it a go. Send me a PM.

Martin Gaston, Previews Editor - Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and 3, Every Platform Ever

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Sonic 2 is much, much harder than Sonic 1 - I have absolutely no idea how you're supposed to be able to do the special stages without save states. It's also a much longer game, with better platforming tricks: even now it's clear to see why it's the best in the series.

Sonic 3, well, it's still pretty good. I think (and have always thought) the Carnival Night Zone is pretty gashtastic, and the final boss fight pales in comparison to Sonic 2's magnificent Death Egg zone. But the soundtrack is fantastic.

The two games are still brilliant, of course, but SEGA is still a twat for completely ruining the series, and anyone who thinks Mario is better is still wrong. See you next week when I'll repeat this sentiment entirely after playing through Sonic and Knuckles.

Jamin Smith, Staff Writer – Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 iPad, iPhone

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 screenshot

I've been playing a lot of golf recently, spending my weekends in fierce competitions with friends. It's been raining the last few days, however, so to stay at the top of my game - at least on a tactical level - I thought I'd play some Tiger Woods. Fittingly, this coincided with EA's mer-husive App Store sale, and I was able to pick up Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 on iPad (and Sim City Deluxe) for a measly 59p.

It's pretty good, too. To take a shot, you swipe a finger back and then forward across a virtual mat. If you want to put fade or draw on the ball, you simply curve the virtual line you're drawing in the appropriate direction. Whilst the ball's in the air, you can frantically swipe on the touch screen to apply spin. It's an intuitive control system, and while the game isn't up to snuff graphically, it plays rather well indeed. There are some cool social features, too - so if anybody fancies a closest to the pin challenge, gimme a shout, yo.

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Bloodstorm

Nope, had no interest in that game.
Posted 14:08 on 13 July 2011
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Endless@ Bloodstorm

I bet you wanted Clayfighter too, amiright? :P
Posted 13:15 on 13 July 2011
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Bloodstorm

Aye, i sulked wanting Rise of the Robots from an indie shop.....mum got me that, in my defense i was 8.

There, you now know my dark, dark secret.....
Posted 13:08 on 13 July 2011
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squidman@ Bloodstorm

I remember when Sonic 3D came out, and I had a massive sulk in the local Dixons one day until my Mum relented and purchased it for me. What a mistake. Should have sulked over something else.
Posted 09:19 on 12 July 2011
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87Sarah

Been playing less of CoD Black Ops this week.
Played a little of Uncharted 2 but taking it slow so I suppose I will be saying this same thing for a couple more weeks too.

Also been playing on Ratchet and Clank: A Quest For Booty which is enjoyable.
Posted 09:13 on 12 July 2011
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dav2612

I was on holiday and didn't have enough space in the suitcase for anything other than the 3DS so I played a lot of Advance Wars Dual Strike and dabbled in some arcade games.
Posted 08:50 on 12 July 2011
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reynoldio

I had a wonderful time playing through Vanquish this week, brilliant game and certainly not spoiled in any way by not being that long. I refuse to call it short - I was off Friday and spent all day playing it having already ploughed a couple of hours into it beforehand and then it still took all my play time on Saturday and Sunday to finish it off! For people like me who don't get many hours to game it took my whole week of gaming, including an exceptional full day.

I also got LBP2, Transformers: War for Cybertron and Toy Story 3 through the post (for £15 each). Excited!
Posted 22:05 on 11 July 2011
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MrGloomy

Been playing Red Faction:Armageddon. As Neon-Soldier32 puts it, it's a bit boring in some places but has some elements that makes enjoyable. Kinda wish the story explained why or how Darius has some super nano-tech/super computer doo-dad gauntlet, which no one else has. Also wish they kept the old multiplayer mode as I think it had real potential (especially with the 'back-pack' gadget system).

Just getting into Torchlight. I'm not usually into top-down isometric dungeon crawlers but it has it's charm and loads of loot. The loot reminds me that I can't wait for Borderlands 2, whenever that happens.

Also, just helped my girlfriend complete the 'Darkness'. Man, that game has aged quite a bit but the missus loved it anyway, although (bless her) she had the tendancy to play the game like a headless chicken :P
Posted 08:40 on 11 July 2011
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Endless@ Wido

Underwater zones were, as a general rule, pants to the max!

Ice Cap Zone and Angel Island were the only good things about Sonic 3, Sonic & Knuckles had no zones of any great memory imo :( Though the multiplayer was pretty cool :)
Posted 08:39 on 11 July 2011
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Wido@ Clockpunk

Also @Martin - Wasn't it Hydrocity Zone in Sonic 3 & Knuckles? HISS! BOO! I hated the <insert the most rudest swearing word here> because of the bloody wall forcing you underwater to move as quickly as possible, where errors will occur more than frequently!
Posted 08:19 on 11 July 2011
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Neon-Soldier32

Homefront - Boring campaign where not much happens, but the endings quite good and it requires you to move at a weirdly slow pace to evade dying every two minutes. Home is where the war is? More like, home is where the bore is.

Red Faction: Armageddon - A bit boring to start with, but once you get to about 30% through combat becomes more fun, the missions are more varied, plus you have your upgrades. The online survival mode is good and the currency you collect in that carries over into the single player.

WoW - It's an up and down ride. There are some good missions however, I'm already bored of kill x, y times.

SC2 - Brilliant as always.
Posted 06:49 on 11 July 2011
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Bloodstorm

Mystic Cave Zone was so god damn annoying, i hated it with a passion that i had to get my younger brother to do the stage for me when we were still kids.

Still.....it could be worse, it could be Sonic 3d....
Posted 23:53 on 10 July 2011
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squidman@ Clockpunk

Mystic Cave Zone? Yea... I always forget about Mystic Cave Zone. Sonic 2 is also responsible for starting the trend of annoying casino-based levels that seem to blight every single Sonic game nowadays.

On second thought, ***** Sonic 2.
Posted 23:46 on 10 July 2011
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Clockpunk@ squidman

Mushroom cavern in S&K is FAR greater than... that cave level we ended up getting in Sonic 2 (I forget the name). Still, Hilltop Zone and Aquatic Ruin made up for it somewhat. :D
Posted 23:28 on 10 July 2011
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squidman@ Bloodstorm

I would say Sonic 2 is still better, but S3&K is pretty damn good. Intended or not intended, though, the final boss in Sonic 3 is still duff. It's just not a fun one to fight.
Posted 23:02 on 10 July 2011

Game Stats

Release Date: 20/05/2009
Developer: Sonic Team
Publisher: Sega
Genre: Platformer
No. Players: One
Rating: PEGI 3+
Site Rank: 3,669 10
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