What we've been playing this week.
Tom Orry, Editor - Crysis Warhead, PC
Follow ups to great games often struggle to impress in the same way their predecessors did. I thought this would be the case with Crytek's Crysis Warhead. The original game was so far ahead of the competition in terms of visual quality that I expected the impact to be less second time around - I was wrong. Warhead is not only one of the best games I've played this year, but also just as visually arresting as the original was 10 months ago. This generation of consoles has had games full of breathtaking moments, but Warhead churns them out like no tomorrow. It's so intense I had to pause for a break after every level.
Wesley Yin-Poole, Deputy Editor - Dragon Quest: The Chapters of the Chosen, Nintendo DS
Still Dragon Quest I'm afraid. It's been my go to commute game for about a week now. I'm starting to get bogged down a bit by grinding, which is increasing in the annoyance factor - when your party wipes out you automatically resurrect at the nearest church, which strips you of loads of gold for the privilege. But the game's potent charm is still as potent as it was when I first started the game. The regional accents, new for this DS remake, are as hilarious as they are sweet. Seriously, get this game if you like RPGs, or fancy a lesson in classic role-playing game design.
James Orry, News Editor - EyeToy Play Hero, PS2
There was great excitement in the VideoGamer.com office earlier this week when a parcel from Sony arrived. It contained a host of gaming delights, including a game of the year contender, but also a fluorescent green foam sword and fluorescent pom poms. I've been playing EyeToy Hero, a new sword peripheral-based mini-game collection for the PS2's camera. Rather than rely on your body parts, EyeToy Hero tracks the included sword as you swing it around the living room like an excited eight-year old. So far my virtual swordsman skills have seen me fighting off bandits, chopping up incoming apples and saving horses from pesky thieves. And yeah, I'd rather not talk about the pom poms.
Neon Kelly, Previews Editor - Civilization IV: Colonization, PC
I've always distrusted the royal family, but after several hours of playing Colonization I've now developed a healthy hatred for inbred monarchs wearing pointy hats. Every time the King of England popped on my monitor, I felt my bile-ducts twitch. "No, you miserable old git! I will not kiss your ring! Now bog off back to your palace, and leave me in peace! I'm trying to conquer America!" Unfortunately, declaring independence is the only way to free yourself from the regal menace - and so far my colonists are displaying a disappointing lack of rebelliousness. Ideally I'd like to play them a few Rage Against The Machine tracks, but Firaxis don't seem to have included that option. Shame.
What have you been playing this week? Let us know in the comments section below.