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Tom Orry, Editor - Captain America, Xbox 360 and PS3

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I like this game. There, I've said it. While Metacritic disagrees with my score, I enjoyed SEGA and Next Level Games' Captain America game far more than I expected to. What I wasn't a big fan of was the 3D. It just so happens that this is the first 3D game I've played on the fancy new office TV, and to be honest it was a disappointing experience. There was little depth to the scenes and I quickly returned to the standard viewing mode. Still, that doesn't hurt the overall fun I had with the game. I wouldn't recommend you go out and hand over £40 to give this a whirl, but when it's inevitably significantly cheaper you too might find a game that shatters your expectations. Except now I've probably raised your expectations so high the game itself won't be able to come close to meeting them.

Neon Kelly, Deputy Editor - Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, 3DS

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Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D reminds me of a cat that's lost a leg after a run-in with a car: it doesn't have everything it ought to, and past trauma seems to have left it with behavioural issues, but somehow you're still glad it's around. I can forgive the lack of content and the occasional spat of jerky animation, because when all's said and done it's still a surprisingly addictive game. The lack of online leaderboards is beyond a shadow of a doubt the biggest failing, but it says a lot that I still care about beating my own times and scores.

For me it's arguably more annoying that I can only ever play for a couple of hours at a time, thanks to the pathetic battery life of the 3DS. The latter really is the worst thing about the console; even if the line-up improves and gives us the games we want, we'll never be able to play them for a decent length of time. Well, not on the move, anyway - and isn't that the point of a handheld?

Martin Gaston, Previews Editor - Demon's Souls, PS3

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Demon's Souls is certainly a technically complex game, but I don't think it's actually as hard as its reputation makes it out to be. I think the journalists over-egged that one a bit - and, yes, I'm certainly as much to blame as anybody.

Many people mention that if you die you're forced back to the start of a level, for instance. That's true, but working through a stage generally unlocks certain routes and paths that dramatically shorten the travelling time. It's annoying but not a disaster.

I mean, sure, there will be times when you get completely screwed, stabbed in the back, or just fall down a gaping hole. But, really, the difficulty comes more from learning the game's unique set of mechanics and overcoming them which, once you get there, really does feel amazing.

I don't think it helps that the first two levels are some of the hardest in the entire game, however.

Emily Gera, Staff Writer - Simon the Sorcerer, PC

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The other day someone on my Twitter feed was whinging about the pointlessness of Simon the Sorcerer so like any normal person I dusted it off and played it for five consecutive evenings to double check. Don't worry, nostalgia fans, it turns out the guy's an idiot. I still consider Simon fairly untouchable. Some games suffer from that "You can't go home again" problem that plagues the games we grew up with. Simon is rough around the edges thanks to the baffling game logic of all point-and-clicks from the '90s, sure. But it's achingly funny, incredibly British, and one of the most likeable games you're probably too young for.

Jamin Smith, Staff Writer – SpaceChem, PC

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The story I'm about to tell is 100 per cent true. On Saturday night, I played SpaceChem for around three hours and made some good progress. Then I got stuck. Big-time stuck. Four-hours-on-one-puzzle stuck. So – after having sat and played the game for about seven hours straight - I gave up and went to bed. I struggled to get to sleep that night; little chemical symbols flitted about underneath my eyelids as my subconscious still wrestled with the solution. Mr Sandman eventually came, though.

In my dream, I'd conjured up an answer: a truly out-of-the-box solution to the puzzle that involved fusing atoms at exactly the same location that you export them from the reactor (I apologise – this will mean nothing to anybody who hasn't played the game). I woke up shortly after this, logged back into the game, and tried the idea immediately. It worked, and I passed the level. This is the closest to a religious experience I've ever had.

(I've been stuck on a new puzzle for around five hours now. My dreams have yet to offer a solution.)

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dav2612

Bored with Fable 3 saw me dusting off Tiger Woods 08 and I've barely put it down since. I also managed some more Infamous and a spot of FIFA 10.
Posted 08:58 on 25 July 2011
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xboxlive

Ive mostly been in work,and getting a few hours in on BFBC2
Posted 08:41 on 25 July 2011
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Endless@ CheekyLee

I concur on the giggling! Played EDF:IA with Wido and Lee last night and there were times that all you could here was laughter and frequent exclamations of "oh my god, what!?" It's fun in it's most raw state. Realism? Psht I have a grenade launcher that the projectile splits into 4 heatseeking missiles and a homing shotgun!

And oh is the game so much harder in co-op online than offline!
Posted 07:24 on 25 July 2011
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CheekyLee

Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon - This is a slice of gaming sent straight down from some higher plane of existence to enlighten our otherwise dull lives. There are times when there is so much happening that all you can do is giggle like a schoolgirl.
Posted 00:55 on 25 July 2011
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FantasyMeister

I've now won 50 Poker Tournaments in Test Drive 2, but the addiction to win more is still coursing through my veins. Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising also got a dust-off this week, and it's taking a bit of getting used to - I think my next tactic will be to issue orders only and let the AI do the work because running and gunning definitely doesn't work.

Fallout: New Vegas also got a little look in, but it's more of the same and considering I already ploughed over 300 hours into Fallout 3 that's a lot of the more of the same, which makes me a bit wary of Skyrim and explains why I'm always after new IPs, fresh experiences etc.

Bastion didn't grab me the way it grabbed Jamin, but it's there for when I decide to give it another chance.

Believe it or not, most played this week was Farm Town. On Facebook no less.
Posted 21:49 on 24 July 2011
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dudester

erm little of infamous 2, fear 3 and fallout new vegas. got dungeon siege 3 and homefront as rentals as well not really had time to look at them tho.

Ohh I missed off the best part dead air in l4d2 my fav map from the first game with added l4d2 goodness.
Posted 19:59 on 24 July 2011
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squidman@ Clockpunk

Steam says 18 hours.
Posted 19:31 on 24 July 2011
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Get2DaChoppa

I been playing Dead Rising 2, and I actually really like it. I did play the original, and couldn't get in to it for one reason or another, but 2 has just grabbed me and I don't know why.

I'm not long in to it, but killing zombies has never felt so satisfying.
Posted 19:17 on 24 July 2011
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scaz2244

after finally completing red dead ive decided to go hunting bear hunting.

also just started bulletstorm which seems enjoyable but i can see becoming quite repetitive
Posted 18:43 on 24 July 2011
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reynoldio

How weird is that? Just seconds ago I completed Dante's Inferno having returned to it a couple of days ago after stopping half way through months back! Very strange. Also been playing a little more L.A. Noire which I'm still enjoying as well as plenty of Limbo - sheer brilliance. Been a good couple of gaming weeks!
Posted 18:16 on 24 July 2011
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Clockpunk@ squidman

How many hours have you sunk into Spacechem would you say, Martin? It certainly looks rather addictive...

Nice to see Emily show the love for a retro point-n-click, although I always thought Simon II was the better of the two... certainly the sillier! :p I do like the fact that they got the guy from Red Dwarf to voice Simon - what is it about that TV show definiong British humour for that period? ;)
Posted 17:13 on 24 July 2011
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squidman

Jamin's trick - fusing atoms at exactly the same location that you export them from the reactor - is absolute genius, and I just used it to beat the boss on the level I was stuck on.

I love SpaceChem.
Posted 17:02 on 24 July 2011
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Clockpunk

Finally gotten around to playing Dantes Inferno, and also found a copy of Shadows of the Damned - I always said I would purchase it at £25 or less, so I did (deal of the week, Blockbuster Games). Only just started it last night, though,

This week I shall be playing more Ghostbusters, and try and boost a little in Duke Nukem Forever multiplayer. I want those babes in my digs (earned by levelling up) ;)
Posted 15:33 on 24 July 2011
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Wido

Been playing a mixture of games; Bastion, GTA IV DLC, Saints Row 2 and Mindjack. Got myself a copy of EDF:IA as there was no copies of Dirt 3 around at all yesterday in town. Just installed EDF:IA to my HDD, and I cannot wait for killing some bugs!
Posted 13:37 on 24 July 2011

Game Stats

Release Date: 26/05/2011
Developer: Mode 7 Games
Publisher: Mode 7 Games
Genre: Strategy
No. Players: 1-2
Rating: TBC
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