The game's we've been playing this week.
Tom Orry, Editor - Just Cause 2, PC
We got a new PC in the office equipped with a nice Nvidia graphics card that isn't four years old (like the one in this PC) so I tested out a few games using Nvidia's 3D Vision tech. I'm not a huge fan of the 3D I've seen on consoles as the tech usually means a lower image resolution and a terrible frame rate - thankfully playing games in 3D on the PC fixes this. Crysis 2 looks pretty spiffy in 3D on PC, but it's Just Cause 2 that impressed me the most. Not only does that game look brilliant on a high-spec gaming rig, but it's the one title I've sampled where the visuals really pop out of the screen.
Neon Kelly, Deputy Editor - Battlefield: Bad Company 2, PC, PS3, Xbox 360
I've finally started to dabble with Bad Company 2's multiplayer - and I'm only a full year late to the party. I've been meaning to do this for ages, but somehow other games kept popping and demanding my TLC. As it happens, I only started playing so that I could test the broadband connection in my new flat. I jumped into a match, and suddenly I realised that an hour had passed, my dinner left half prepared.
As I mentioned on this week's podcast, I think the thing I like about Battlefield's multiplayer in general is the fact that that it has a far more thoughtful pace than the likes of CoD. Sure, it gets busy enough when the bullets start flying, but I find I have more time to develop a workable strategy - i.e. hiding in a building that hasn't been blown open yet. Still, I can get a positive k/d ratio in Bad Company 2 - and that's a rarity for me these days.
Martin Gaston, Previews Editor - Demon's Souls, PS3
This week I have been killing the named Black Phantoms that appear when you switch your World Tendency to Pure Black. That is all. Oh, and I got a Pure Moonlightstone which was pretty good.
Emily Gera, Staff Writer - Cthulhu Saves the World, PC
At a glance Cthulhu Saves the World is a game about an apocalyptic squid god who just wants to get on with his day. But it's basically a classic example of how to do retro-satire right. If you have any place in your heart left for 16-bit era gaming, can stomach random encounter combat, and have two quid to spare on Steam then it's worth a twirl. Imagine Time Gentlemen, Please then add in Lovecraftian references and you've got the basic idea, and if that's not enough to pique your interest then I will personally come over to your house and bin your PC because you don't deserve it anymore.
Jamin Smith, Staff Writer –Triple Triad, PC
Who remembers Triple Triad, then? The card game from Final Fantasy VIII; the best ever mini-game from any video game of all time ever (excluding Blitzball) . You do? Great! Because you can play it for free online with Triple Triad Advance.
What makes it advanced, though? New cards, new rules, clans, a card shop, and - crucially - online matches. I've only recently signed up, but I predict countless hours of my free time could be lost to this. I was hopelessly addicted when I played in Final Fantasy VIII, and went as far as collecting every card in the game - which as anybody who's done the same will know, takes a very long time indeed. That side of the game - searching for characters/enemies/UFOs (anybody know what I'm talking about here?) - is lost on this browser version, however, so I'm not sure if the appeal will last. We'll see. Give me a shout if you start playing.