Neon Kelly, Deputy Editor - DiRT, PC, PS3, Xbox 360

DiRT 3 screenshot

Memo to self: when playing a racing game for the first time, try to ensure it's not whilst taking part in some form of office pissing contest. For reasons I can't completely remember, earlier this week we had an impromptu staff competition on DiRT 3's gymkhana mode. At that point I had yet to take the game for a spin, so this was essentially me losing my DiRT 3 virginity. I won't lie, it was pretty embarrassing - and just to make matters worse, Pearson was filming the whole thing. He's since cut together the entire competition with the manipulative precision of the pranksters who edit The Apprentice. Oh joy.

Martin Gaston, Previews Editor - Call of Duty: Black Ops, Xbox 360, PS3, PC

Call of Duty: Black Ops screenshot

Back in Black (Ops) this week, I'm afraid. I'm sure somebody will throw a wobbly when I say that, because saying you play a lot of Call of Duty is like admitting you [redacted] and that [redacted] and that you also enjoyed it.

It's been a lot of First Strike and Escalation maps for me, for some reason - the random deity who selects the next map has gone positively barmy for premium content. But it got me thinking, and I think part of the reason the success of any Call of Duty map pack is so assured is because you simply know people are going to be playing them for months after their release.

I went back to Black Ops mostly because of the Call of Duty: Elite announcement. I saw the statistic tracking website in action a couple of weeks ago and I must say it's pretty impressive - I think there's a lot of misinformation about the service floating about, perhaps because a lot of people see that it has premium paid-for features and then ignore what you're actually getting for free.

Jamin Smith, Staff Writer – LA Noire Xbox 360

L.A. Noire screenshot

I did it. It took me about three hours to find the last two cars, but I did it. So, that's all cases, all golden film reels, all landmarks, all street crimes and all 95 God-damn vehicles. 100%. 800G. Bosh.

I'm sorely tempted to go back and five-star the remaining four cases I messed up the first time around, but I don't know if I can be arsed. I replayed one and it wasn't half as entertaining the second time around. I don't feel L.A. Noire is a game built with replayability in mind. If you know who committed the crime, and how the case will pan out, there's little fun to be had in interrogation. Still, I've come this far, and I'd quite like to get all 1000G. We'll see.

Emily Gera, Staff Writer - Mass Effect 2, Xbox 360

Mass Effect 2 screenshot

Dusted off this old chestnut for about a minute. In between being overcome with pre-E3 panic and running around my house trying to find three different types of cables to pack I somehow haven't been able to fit "loiter around on my couch" into my schedule.

I'm still about halfway through my second playthrough for those of you still keeping score. Ladyparts Shephard is still well hard. Jack is still set to be my main conquest. I've painted my armour neon pink just in case her womanly charms make enemies take it easy on her. Here's a tip: It doesn't, although you get an achievement for it. So there you have it, yet even more Mass Effect 2.

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Blops for me all week. I recently lent my sisters copy of Black Ops to my friend who lives just across the street from me (with my sister's permission of course) My friend absolutely loves it so we've been having marathon sessions of COD multiplayer over the network and combat training with her and her boyfriend and James.

I had a little blast on Avatar too and I'm actually quite enjoying it which I was a little surprised about.
Posted 10:29 on 06 June 2011


God of War, Modnation Racers and Burnout Legends on PSP
Trying to complete Pilot Wings 3DS
Started Borderlands on 360
Played Lips with my kids
LEGO Harry Potter on Wii with my eldest
A whole bunch of iDevice games too.

Had the PS3 on too, but mostly left downloading a bunch of stuff on PSN.

So a busy week of gaming for me.
Posted 10:06 on 06 June 2011
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Been playing:

Dirt 3 - I suck at it, but it's preety sweet
Brink - Not playing this as much as it gets a bit tiresome. Desperately needs more patches for better stability and more content otherwise it's a goner.
InFamous - Tying to complete my second play through as an evil git before InFamous 2 comes out.
Posted 08:24 on 06 June 2011
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Been playing dirt 3 and silent hill home coming :) both good game .
Posted 22:16 on 05 June 2011
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Finished Dead Space as well as Penumbra: Black Plague. Working on the last one then onto my Splinter Cell marathon :D
Posted 20:13 on 05 June 2011
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I have been playing FIFA with some friends, just started portal 2 only on co op will start single player next week. Got some crysis 2 in as well about half way through and finally I have 1 super sports pack to complete 100% on hot pursuit.
Posted 19:30 on 05 June 2011
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Been playing a mixture of games the past week. Duke Nukem 3D fully 100% with all achievements, some Borderlands on the Mad Moxxi DLC, which I completely hate with a passion. Glitch enemy on Round 17 wave 4, on the last larger horde mode and that happens. Completely took the wind out of my sails.

Duke Nukem Forever demo, and I love it! I cannot wait to get my hands on the full copy next week, and the excitement is definitely going up a notch!
Posted 18:08 on 05 June 2011
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Test Drive Unlimited 2's Casino mostly (again) but the upshot of Eden taking too long to bring more content and patches means the alure has worn off. Thanks, Eden, for completely ignoring your community these past few weeks, for not fixing some terrible bugs and generally setting the bar for good customer service lower than anywhere its reached previously.

In between fits of Poker and Slot Machines, its been Borderlands, Shaun White Skateboarding (it's not that bad!) and the first level of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (I got bored so the second level onwards is for the fabled 'rainy day') which for some reason reminds me more of Lego Star Wars than anything else. Think it's the way cannisters act when you pull them from the wall, keep expecting to see little coins fall out.
Posted 18:06 on 05 June 2011
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It's been L.A. Noire for me. Now I am really enjoying it, have only just finished the Homicide cases, which were good, Vice is also good so far, but there are too many tailing missions for me, which go on for far too long as well.

Still enjoying it though, not sure about the quality of the DLC yet.
Posted 17:54 on 05 June 2011


Blops double Xp weekend on Pc wooop
Posted 17:43 on 05 June 2011

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