Football Manager Live

Football Manager Live Features for PC

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Tom Orry, Editor - After Burner Climax, PS3 and Xbox 360

After Burner Climax screenshot

I'm crap at old arcade games. This is obvious every time I try to play a classic game on any of the consoles' download services. Afterburner Climax is actually fairly modern, but its gameplay is a throwback to the classic original game from the 80s. It feels, to me anyway, just like the game I played in an arcade while on holiday in Weymouth in 1990, albeit with some much nicer graphics and a greater sense that you're going to lose your lunch as you barrel roll. It's not a hugely deep arcade experience, but for some instant fun it's well worth a look.

Wesley Yin-Poole, Deputy Editor - Dragon Age: Origins, Xbox 360

Dragon Age: Origins screenshot

Something special happened this week: Aerith, my level 18 mage, finally shagged would-be-king Alistair. This earth-shattering romp was 50 hours in the making - a helluvalot longer than your average Tiger Tiger pre-bonk courtship. What a shame, then, that the sex scene between the two Grey Wardens lasted, what, twenty seconds, and was about as erotic as a XXX puppet show. I'm no stallion in the sack, but Dragon Age is an epic fantasy role-playing game. So I was expecting some epic fantasy… fantasy. Oh well. Further evidence, if it were even needed, that video games still have no idea how to "do" sex.

Neon Kelly, Previews Editor - Super Street Fighter 4, Xbox 360 and PS3

Super Street Fighter IV screenshot

Oh my, it's good – so very, very good. Despite an early love affair with Cody, I'm now gravitating towards Guy as my pick of the new fighters. They're both a lot of fun, and Cody's jailbird getup looks extremely cool, but Guy seems a little bit more versatile, with nice leaping attacks that help him cross the screen at speed. Still, Blanka remains my number one boy. I've been putting the red-haired wild child through his paces this week, honing my skills in an effort to become even more annoying. Ol' greenskin doesn’t have a lot in the way of sophisticated combos, so I'm forced to rely on psychological warfare… largely in the form of jumping around a lot while making noises like "Ook! Gaw! Ook! Gaw!" It works surprisingly well, especially if you make the same sounds in real life as you play. Bruce Lee did something similar, so I'm told.

Sebastian Ford, Video Producer - Splinter Cell: Conviction, Xbox 360

Splinter Cell: Conviction screenshot

Sam Fisher is an angry, angry man. I suppose you would be if your daughter had been run down, and word surfaced that it was no accident. It more than justifies smashing someone's head through a urinal, which everyone under the sun must have seen by now, as well as popping multiple caps in an assortment of asses. So far, I'm really enjoying the balance of traditional Fisher stealth, and the odd bit of straight up assault gameplay. The cover system has a real Uncharted 2 vibe about it, and Splinter Cell fans (and there are an awful lot of you) will still find the stealthy action extremely familiar. I actually got the first Splinter Cell game bundled with a PC way back; sometimes I wish I could go back and give it the time it truly deserved.

Tim Empey , Guest Contributor - Blue Toad Murder Files: The Mysteries of Little Riddle, PS3

Blue Toad Murder Files screenshot

So I'm here doing work experience for a course I'm doing. And I'm not sure if this is a somewhat cruel "ha ha! Let's see what we can palm off onto the workie" type of thing, but yep, I've been playing this nonsense for the review. I mean I have been out of the gaming loop for a bit and had never heard of it before, and even showed some enthusiasm when asked to review it, but in a week where there's been nonstop Splinter Cell, Street Fighter and Lost Planet going on around me, it does smart a bit. I haven't finished the review yet but be sure to check that out. In my own time I've been doing Super Street Fighter IV and Bayonetta. Oh and Dawn Of War: Dark Crusade because I have it on my laptop and it's still pretty awesome. But for now it’'s all about the Blue Turds (thanks Neon!).

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xboxlive's Avatar


Aint been play that much xbox 360 this week due to the sunny days and my xbl getting cut off.
Posted 09:05 on 20 April 2010
Fuzzynutz's Avatar


still playing all of the god of wars from psp to the ps3 love em to bits and a little bit of bioshock.
Posted 14:40 on 19 April 2010
scaz2244's Avatar


bad company 2
Posted 13:49 on 19 April 2010
dazzadavie's Avatar


CoD:MW2 a lot so it could be traded in for
Splinter Cell: Conviction, played this a lot last night
Posted 13:49 on 19 April 2010
scaz2244's Avatar


splinter cell conviction which is awsome!
bit of bad company 2
trying to get into ff13 but struggling to
and finally a bit of l4D 2
Posted 11:53 on 19 April 2010
dav2612's Avatar


A bit of Heavy Rain
A touch of Need For Speed Shift
And a sprinkling of Splinter Cell
Posted 09:33 on 19 April 2010
Mr_Ninjutsu's Avatar


Uncharted 2 Multiplayer, trying to get those trophies, can see it taking some time to do so though.

Darksiders which i completed and cannot wait for the next instalment if there is one.
Posted 23:26 on 18 April 2010
Coadee123's Avatar


splinter cell conviction (completed in a day)
modern warfare 2
gears of war 2
call of duty 4
Posted 16:53 on 18 April 2010
GeNeCyDe1993's Avatar


Tekken 6
Street Fighter 4
Hexic HD (lots of it)
Alot of CoD 4/5/6
Posted 16:04 on 18 April 2010
Get2DaChoppa's Avatar


Yeah back in to MW2 at the moment, always good playing with people you know.
Posted 15:24 on 18 April 2010
thak123's Avatar


Battlefield Bad Company 2 !!!!!!!
Posted 15:15 on 18 April 2010
altaranga's Avatar


A bit of Fifa 08.
A bit more Modern Warfare 2.
And finally some LittleBigPlanet.

A fairly good week methinketh.
Posted 13:35 on 18 April 2010
SexyJams's Avatar


Splinter Cell Conviction is the only one I'll mention because I love it so much.
Posted 13:24 on 18 April 2010


Looools, nice choice Tom

This week I've not been playing that many:

Pokémon SoulSilver (40 hours!) - DS
Splinter Cell: Conviction - Xbox
Battlefield Bad Company 2 - PS3
God of War 3 - PS3
Posted 13:21 on 18 April 2010
FantasyMeister's Avatar


I've been playing Forza 3, which I'm now so bored of I can only stomach a few races at a time before wanting to move onto something else, serves me right for playing the whole series to death.

My current 'move onto something' game is Dead Rising, the first game I ever bought for my 360 and the hardest for me to get into. Took me 4 years to click that when you die you can simply 'new game plus' to start a new game with your experience points and all associated benefits intact, so I'm currently levelling up and dying a lot in a renewed effort to finally get into it.

I've also got a crazy itch to get back into FFXII to complete it, Resi 5 to get more unlockables, Lost Odyssey to power up more and a few other titles, but I'm holding off for now as Nier comes out next Friday and I want to set aside a good chunk of gaming time to devote to that.
Posted 11:17 on 18 April 2010

Game Stats

Release Date: 23/01/2009
Developer: Sports Interactive
Publisher: Sega Europe
Genre: Management
No. Players: 1 + Online
Rating: PEGI 3+
Site Rank: 1,477 1
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