Tom Orry, Editor - Portal 2, Xbox 360

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I finally did it. I finished Portal 2. Quite how this game seems to have given me months worth of entertainment, I'm not sure, but what a game it is. I was mildly disappointed by a part of the end sequence, but overall I can't see another game topping Valve's effort - although I've now moved on to Batman: Arkham City. Stephen Merchant is brilliant as Wheatley - hopefully Valve will figure out a way to bring the funny but dim AI core back of it makes another sequel.

Neon Kelly, Deputy Editor - Geometry Wars 2: Retro Evolved, Xbox 360

Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 screenshot

Five minutes. That's all it took for me to fall off the Geometry Wars wagon. Understand that I hadn't touched the game for at least six months. I'm sitting at home with the flatmates, and there's a brief pause between episodes of Deadwood, which we're watching on the Xbox. Five minutes to kill before we return to Al Swearingen and his kidney stones. I've got just enough time for one quick stab at Pacifism, maybe two. That couldn't hurt, could it?

Two games became three, four, five. My housemates returned, and then I had to show them the other modes - just so they could see. So I could hear that tune again. And then they wanted to have a go for themselves.

We eventually got back to Deadwood. Eventually. But the damage has been done: the shapes are slipping around in the back of my skull, and I can hear the music even in a silent room. When it comes to Geometry Wars, one taste is never enough.

Martin Gaston, Previews Editor -Sonic Generations, Xbox 360

Sonic Generations screenshot

Just the demo, I'm afraid - nothing special. Pearson and I did an Extended Play on this one a few days ago. I'm cautiously optimistic, because I've been burned before, but it must be said I did quite enjoy Sonic Colours on the DS. Still, I've been playing the Generations demo every now and then to see if I can't beat my times. I do prefer Classic Sonic, but I'm definitely enjoying it. I'm going to be keeping my eyes peeled for the reviews.

Also: my Batman Arkham City percentage is now at 90 per cent. Just got Riddler's Revenge to finish off now.

Emily Gera, Staff Writer – Alan Wake, Xbox 360

Alan Wake screenshot

Don't get me wrong, I think the copy-paste approach to Twin Peaks' setting is a fantastic move. But my theory is anybody with a passing knowledge of Garth Marenghi's Darkplace is incapable of enjoying Alan Wake's copy-paste approach to Sainsbury-branded horror novels. If it's an homage to Stephen King, it's managed to stretch King to his beigest level of bland and – without sounding elitist – all other opinions on this just confuse me. Ah well, time to go pick up some more batteries.

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coletrain

Rage here, enjoying it but it's very repetitive. Gunplay is rock solid and driving is quite fun, but I totally agree with Neon's review that the RPG elements are pointless.
Posted 10:05 on 31 October 2011
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Roland_D11

I finished Arkham City and I am thinking about getting all the riddler stuff (I have 190 of 400 trophies now).

I also started Uncharted 3, and after a underwhelming start (I could not get into the melee combat, because it's similar to Batman but not as good) it really hooked me. A very well made game with great characters. I'm 6 hours in, I think I will finish it tonight.
Posted 09:20 on 31 October 2011
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FantasyMeister

I started out with Batman: Arkham Asylum, finished it in 16 hours and decided not to do all the collectibles left over at the end.

Onto Mini Ninjas, which is everything I'd hoped it'd be, other than it had infuriatingly well-hidden collectibles in it.

Some farming in Borderlands, which has loot in it.

A quick blast of SpaceChem, which I found as fun as learning to knit, just not as entertaining.

Aliens vs Predator got a quick blast on Saturday night, it made me jump as the immersion is perfect, but I wasn't in the mood for heart attacks so I put it aside for...

Tom Clancy's HAWX. Which was surprisingly good, albeit happening so fast that all I was really seeing was diamond targeting cursors and square lockon cursors rather than any enemies like tanks or planes, so much so it felt like a Bemani game.

Since then, I delved into the back-catalogue and gave Just Cause 2 its rainy day "lets' give it a second chance" outing, and now that I've figured out how to play it it'll be up there with Borderlands on my most-played list next week.

Best of all, no software updates or discs were involved in this week's processes, I was gaming in a cloud somewhere thanks to OnLive. Can't believe I got converted so fast.
Posted 06:05 on 31 October 2011
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dudester

fm2012, some witcher 2 finally into the second area now, fear 3, crysis 2 and some payday the heist.
Posted 22:51 on 30 October 2011
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Get2DaChoppa

Its been AC: Brotherhood for me, not sure if I prefer it to AC:II, but still a fantastic game, looking forward to Revelations.
Posted 22:30 on 30 October 2011
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reynoldio

I'm Batman.
Posted 21:46 on 30 October 2011
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Wido

Battlefield 3 for me. Loving the multiplayer and I just finished the story campaign. I can see where the reviewers are coming across, but it isn't that bad at all. BF3 story somewhat wonders off at times and giving me the feeling of a CoD plot to be honest.

I will be going through campaign again as it is fun! Many set pieces which I do like, and giving it a shot on hard. Multiplayer is where the main course is, so I will be progressing up through the ranks and sink many hours* when I am not busy into the online. Yet to try out the co-op but I will get round to that at some point.

I think I may just get MW3 on launch day. Starting to fall back in love with the FPS multiplayer scene, which started and pretty much ended with COD4 back on the PS3.
Posted 16:44 on 30 October 2011
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altaranga

Battlefield 3 (when the wife isn't hogging the TV with crap).
Posted 16:05 on 30 October 2011
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Darkr8zor

SWAT 4 - Shooting armed criminals with bean bags has never been so much fun :0)
Posted 15:34 on 30 October 2011
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clangod

Last few days:

4kg Battlefield 3 - Diced
2 & 1/4 cup FIFA 12
A dash of GTAIV

Simmer...
Posted 11:25 on 30 October 2011
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Woffls

I don't know much about those book things, so that's probably why I was able to like Alan Wake. The core of the game is going around with your torch, a bit worried about stuff appearing that you need to shoot. I enjoyed that because I have a good sound system; get scared easily; paid enough attention to the story to get a bit jumpy, but not so much that I'm bothered about whatever it is that people dislike it for; and think the hoodie-jacket combo is ballin'.

I'm quite looking forward to Sonic Generations, but part of me wants to pay £25 for it. That same part of me will also be playing Uncharted on Wednesday, Skyrim the week after, then Skyward Sword the week after that. If I do buy it, then I'd want to spend time on speed-runs and achievement whoring.

As for what I've been playing. I finished Deus Ex like 2 weeks ago or something, so now I'm just going through older games. Playing Mass Effect 2 again to get that stupid achievement for banging someone just because Kelly only wanted dinner. Also had a go at Viva Pinata because it's a nice bed time game. I never make any progress with it, though.
Posted 11:15 on 30 October 2011

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