Tom Orry, Editor - Splinter Cell Conviction, Xbox 360
It takes time to feel at home in Sam Fisher's shoes. Conviction is a more action heavy entry in the Splinter Cell series than we've seen in the past, but it's still a stealth game at heart, and making the most of your new moves is essential. It wasn't until I'd got to grips with combining melee kills with instant take downs that I realised just how cool Conviction is. When you pull off a completely clean set of kills in a room, removing all threats before they've had a chance to blink, it's easy to get a bit excited and think you're actually a super bad-ass spy. You're not, but Ubisoft's latest game does a great job at immersing you in that role.
Neon Kelly, Previews Editor - Read Dead Redemption, Xbox 360 and PS3
After spending a lengthy morning with Red Dead Redemption’s multiplayer, I’ve come to the conclusion that all competitive video games should kick off with a Mexican stand-off. Not just gun-based action games, but everything – even stuff like Cooking Mama and Wii Sports Resort. There's something hugely gratifying about standing around in a circle with a bunch of strangers, eyeballing the rest of the group, and then getting pumped full of bullets as all hell breaks loose. Luckily the rest of the action is looking pretty great too: deathmatches are surprisingly tense affairs where a bullet or two is all it takes to send you to the grave. Sneaking about quietly can be a worthwhile tactic… unless someone happens to be right behind you with a shotgun, of course.
James Orry, News Editor - Football Manager Live, PC
Football Manager Live has relaunched, resetting over a year's progress, but bringing a new challenge of starting afresh with it. So far I've formed a squad of nobodies, sprinkled on some of the Juicy Danglers magic dust (my amazing team name) and waited for the wins to come rolling in. And Waited. And Waited. And Waited... Only after the team had played around a third of the way through the season did they begin to show any signs of winning, stringing together a run which saw them rise from the depths to a more respectable mid-table. It's only the start though, with the team's future resting on the quality of my youth setup and the players it produces in the coming seasons.
Sebastian Ford, Video Producer - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus Package, Xbox 360
I'm quite a big fan of Modern Warfare 2's multiplayer; the pace, the perks and the levelling system are all right up my gaming street. Personally I haven't bought the Stimulus package, though I have had plenty of time to run it through its paces here at the office. My biggest issue is that two out of the five maps I have already paid for in the past with Modern Warfare. Truthfully, it's great having Overgrown and Crash added to MW2, but I don't see why they couldn't have done some kind of 'retro' pack on its own with a few more of the classics from the first game, and produced five totally fresh offerings for Stimulus. The three brand new maps are certainly good, but I can't justify the investment yet - not when I haven't quite had my fill of the standard multiplayer offerings.