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Welcome to Pro-G Plays, our weekly feature where we give you the inside track on what's been whirring in our disc drives this week. We'll be honest (so if we've been playing Superman on the N64 we'll tell you). But if we've been hammering the latest billion-selling blockbuster we'll let you know about that too. Enough small-talk. Read on, and let us know what you've been playing in the comments section below.

Clive Barker's Jericho screenshot

Tom Orry, Editor - Clive Barker's Jericho, Xbox 360.
Being Halloween week, it made sense to be playing Clive Barker's Jericho. Not only is it rather creepy, but it's also disguised as something far worse than it really is. I love a good stomach acid spewing boss as much as the next guy, and flying dismembered ghost children are always good for a laugh, but switching to another player only to find them facing a wall is just plain annoying. I actually found myself shouting at my Jericho squad team-mates, who clearly weren't doing their job - you can't be shooting hordes of disfigured atrocities if you're facing a bloody wall, even if you've got the power to magically guided sniper bullets through the cranium of the slow moving Flood. Yes, obviously aware of the kind of hi-jinks we get up to around Halloween, Halo's very own exploding lovelies have been to the fancy dress shop. It's doubtful they'll be able to return their outfits though, not with the mess they've been making.

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass screenshot

Wesley Yin-Poole, Deputy Editor - The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, Nintendo DS.
I love this game - it's perfect for the DS. But whenever I'm playing while lying down on my front I get terrible cramp in my stylus-wielding hand. I can feel it kicking in after about half an hour of play. After an hour, I'm crippled. It gets so bad that it feels like I'm playing on morphine. Poor Link ends up jumping off cliffs, throwing his boomerang at his own face and dropping bombs on his feet. I have to take a break for at least another half an hour before I can play again. I've looked in the manual but haven't seen anything warning against hand cramp. You know what they say these days about compensation culture - where there's blame, there's a claim.

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption screenshot

James Orry, News Editor - Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Wii.
I'm not a fan of the Wii and firmly believe a dual stick controller is far better suited to an FPS than the Wii Remote and Nunchuck, so it came as a huge shock that I actually found myself enjoying Metroid Prime 3: Corruption - that is when I wasn't having to scan each and every object and panel in the room. The advanced control scheme for MP3 should be used by every other developer looking to bring an FPS to the Wii as they work beautifully and feel like the only way to play, rather than a half-baked side thought. I'm not sure if I'll go back to MP3 though, the aforementioned scanning has put me off. Future Wii FPS titles now have no excuse for poor controls.

Excite Truck screenshot

Will Freeman, Staff Writer - Excite Truck, Wii.
The countdown ends and I'm off. I swing to the left and total my multiplayer rival, hit boost, take the corner wide and lock into a drift. The stars are starting. 'Stay close to the tree line, try not to breath' I think, brushing my exhaust against tree after tree as I just hold the drift. The stars are rising; five for the truck smash, five for the drift, six for the tree runs. It's another typical Excite Truck session with a close friend and we're only three seconds in. It might not be a popular opinion, but I rate Excite Truck as one of the best driving games ever made, and it's dominated my week. It is utterly accessible, but taken to the extremes in the one player game it requires as much skill as the most demanding hardcore arcade game. It is beautifully structured and filled with neat ideas only Nintendo could conceive. Three minutes later I cross the finishing line inches ahead of my rival, who still wins the race on stars, reminding me just what a well-balanced masterpiece Excite Truck is.

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Nick Peres, Producer, Pro-G TV - Broken Sword 2.5 - The Return of the Templars (fan project)
Broken Sword: The Shadow of Templars is quite possibly my favourite game of all time. Played back when the point and click adventure genre dominated the PC gaming market, I remember feeling totally captivated by the dark and stirring story of the Knights Templar, so much so that I just had to take a qualification in History. Now, some 10 years later, I have discovered a fan project well into construction and a demo that has me smiling again (albeit without Rolf Saxon as the original George Stobbart voice). Although limited to just a handful of locations, you once more play as Stobbart, tackle well designed puzzles, set foot in new rich locations as well as some originals. It's a wonderful tribute to the Broken Sword series. Check it out at http://www.baphometsfluch25.de/ - especially you Mr. Saxon!

Jam Sessions screenshot

Simon Hunter, Associate Producer, Pro-G TV - Jam Sessions, DS.
Don't you just hate it when you get on stage, guitar in hand, ready to rock a crowd of 50,000 and a string breaks or you forget a chord? You know the feeling? Oh, just me then - well Jam Sessions is one guitar that will never let you down in such situations. This little cartridge basically turns your DS into a rhythm guitar - you're free to play with distortion and effects to your heart's content. What I found really exciting was the possibilities for transcribing guitar tabs from the Internet - just look for your favourite tracks on a site like Ultimate Guitar. Set the D-Pad to the required chords and you need never rock-out using a broomstick ever again. So there you have it - air guitar is dead, make way for Jam Sessions!

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Iain_McC

Indeed so - and hopefully the guild I'm in will still be there when I log back in again. Last time I took a sabbatical from WoW, the guild I was in disbanded, so when I started back up again, I was greeted on the character screen with my main wearing a blank, grey guild tabard...
Posted 10:00 on 06 November 2007
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Originally Posted by Iain McC
I'm kind of addicted to WoW. I've still got an active sub, but that 2000 gold I still have to grind to get my swift flying mount... I just can't face it at the moment. I'll undoubtedly start playing again once the new expansion comes out.

I agree Iain, I suspect there are a lot of WoW gamers out there who don't play it but still have their sub active, and will get hooked all over again with every new expansion. That's what happened with me and The Burning Crusade, and I fully expect that will happen again with WotLK.
Posted 09:47 on 05 November 2007
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xboxlive

Clive Barker's Jericho, for the Xbox 360. is that any good by the way ?
Posted 09:45 on 05 November 2007
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Iain_McC

I'm kind of addicted to WoW. I've still got an active sub, but that 2000 gold I still have to grind to get my swift flying mount... I just can't face it at the moment. I'll undoubtedly start playing again once the new expansion comes out.
Posted 09:37 on 05 November 2007
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Niko

I also was addicted to Wow in its early days for a good 9 months on and off. I had to stop for the sake of finishing my degree. Same story with Simon, so ye pro-g on the whole were statistically quite heavily hit by the game :P
Posted 12:51 on 03 November 2007
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Originally Posted by FantasyMeister
Statistically speaking at least one of you should be addicted to WoW and should be posting a weekly update regarding what your Tauren got up to during the last 7 days.

This week I have been mostly playing FFXI on the 360. (Who am I trying to kid? That's ALL I've been playing...). I'm still staggered that after 4 years of FFXI I'm still discovering new things to do each day and find new things to look forward too when I develop my character enough. Biggest time-sink ever. I'm just glad I enjoy time-sinks.

At least you guys have a bit of diversity.

I used to be addicted to WoW, but have managed (it was one hell of a struggle believe me) to quit. I was so addicted, I took half a year off work just to play it, living off savings and milkshakes. Best damn half year of my life... sniff. Still have the sub active though, and the game installed on my comp, so could go back anytime...
Posted 09:52 on 03 November 2007
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FantasyMeister

Statistically speaking at least one of you should be addicted to WoW and should be posting a weekly update regarding what your Tauren got up to during the last 7 days.

This week I have been mostly playing FFXI on the 360. (Who am I trying to kid? That's ALL I've been playing...). I'm still staggered that after 4 years of FFXI I'm still discovering new things to do each day and find new things to look forward too when I develop my character enough. Biggest time-sink ever. I'm just glad I enjoy time-sinks.

At least you guys have a bit of diversity.
Posted 01:40 on 03 November 2007

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Release Date: 01/10/2006
Developer: Microsoft Game Studios
Publisher: Microsoft
Genre: Simulation
Rating: TBC
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