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Tom Orry, Editor - Heavy Rain, PS3

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Yes, I'm very, very late to the party, but I finished Heavy Rain this week. This has finally meant that we can talk about it in the office, going over who got what ending and what happened during key sequences. From what I've heard my ending was actually quite happy, although it didn't leave me totally satisfied. I'm not convinced games like Heavy Rain are the future, but as a break from the norm it was extremely enjoyable - and I didn't work out who the killer was before the reveal.

Neon Kelly, Deputy Editor - Mass Effect 2, PC, Xbox 360

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I'm well over 20 hours into Mass Effect 2 now, and to be honest the game is starting to lose its shine. Don't get me wrong – it's still clearly one of the best releases of the year; I'm just getting a bit bored with how repetitive the quests are. Everything seems to be always arranged in a neat straight line. You land on a planet, discover a situation, and then blast through a linear sequence of firefights until you reach the end of the corridor-like level. At this point you have a chat with someone, and then kill them. The action itself is pretty sweet, but I rather wish there was a bit more depth to the actual questing. Still, the dialogue and characterisation are still pretty great. The bit where Mordin starts singing is pure class.

James Orry, News Editor - Limbo, Xbox LIVE Arcade

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After the best part of six months without playing a real game - Football Manager Live is pretty much all I've touched since I finished Heavy Rain early in the year - I caved to peer pressure and took Limbo for a spin. As games go it was alright, but there was far too much in the way of 'game' for me to contend with. Things got especially tough when lifts came into play; as a child I got my hand trapped in the door of an elevator and had to travel up several floors before my squashed appendage was released from its vice-like jaws.

Martin Gaston, Staff Writer - Deadliest Warrior, Xbox LIVE Arcade

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With so many deadly warriors to choose from, I'm glad Pipeworks Software chose eight of the most clichéd stereotypes when making its 1-on-1 fighter. I gave the game a 4/10 in my review, but the only other title I've been playing is StarCraft II and I'm not supposed to write about it two weeks in a row. Back to the point: Deadliest Warrior is a game so bad it's almost fun for a couple of hours, and you might even wheel it out when you're drunk. Still, there's no escaping the fact it's a terrible game – awful in both construction and execution. Fun fact: I just noticed how the Wikipedia page for the game says it features motion capture by some of the martial artists who've appeared on the accompanying TV series, which you certainly couldn't tell by looking at it.

Jamin Smith, Staff Writer - Alan Wake: The Signal, Xbox 360

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I love Alan Wake. Abso-freakin'-lutely love it/him. It's the benchmark I'm currently judging games in 2010 by, and so far the likes of Heavy Rain, Mass Effect 2 and God of War 3 have yet to knock it from its pedestal. Returning to Bright Falls this week in The Signal was an absolute joy, even if the trip only lasted a couple of hours. Those hours were blissful, though; Bright Falls is, in my humble opinion, one of the most fantastically realised locations in the history of games. Few games portray such a fantastic sense of atmosphere from their location alone. I'm still trying to work out exactly what I made of the games incredibly interpretive narrative, but either way, I know I enjoyed it. Join me in the forums over the weekend (if you've played it) and we can get the speculative ball rolling.

Emily Gera, Staff Writer - DJ Hero, Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii

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For anyone who's been clamouring for another game about repeatedly pressing buttons until blood stops flowing to your arm and your hand becomes forged into a kind of carpal tunnel claw then DJ Hero is for you. Someone gave me this for free a few weeks ago so despite the fact that I feel like I'm losing most motor function in my arms after a few hours of play I'm still up 40 pounds. Swings and roundabouts.

Tom Pearson, Video Producer - Mass Effect, PC, Xbox

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It's been over two years since the original Mass Effect was released and it's only now that I have chosen to place that shiny disc into my console (or PC rather). So far I've been having a ball, with every bit of hype coming true. However I can't help thinking it would be better played on an Xbox. I've heard that the second instalment continues on from the initial game and that anybody lost in this edition would cease to exist in the next one. But I suppose that's the least of my worries. For now, the storytelling and voice acting is brilliant, and this is by far its best asset. Although the clunky battle system is getting in the way, the gameplay is just sublime. Let's hope the second one will wow me just as much.

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reynoldio

Next week I will have been playing Scott Pilgrim vs the World :-)
Posted 19:03 on 11 August 2010
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Karlius

Decided to sort out my Gamer score, So whacked in DJ hero something I've not done in a while. Forgot how great it is. Got the odd points for playing 4 stars on Hard I actually got 5. Wish I knew someone to play online. What's more I also got 80 other gamer points for other achievements I unlocked in the set. I think Saturday will be dedicated to finishing it. For now back to RDR.
Posted 17:45 on 09 August 2010
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guyderman@ chelskiboy247

I thoroughly enjoyed Darksiders - shame it didn't sell as well as it should've.
Posted 13:47 on 09 August 2010
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chelskiboy247

Darksiders - Loving it, haven't played this sort of game in a while.

Blur - It's getting harder, I'm afraid to admit that I was forced to drop down to easy difficulty to get certain lights.

Angry Birds - Loads of it, trying to get all the stars on the first section of
levels.

Alan Wake - Playing through again on Nightmare difficulty.

Peggle (iPhone) - Trying to do all the challenges - impossible.

EDIT: I finished Limbo as well, took me longer than most by the sound of it, I'm clearly not very good at puzzles. Thoroughly enjoyed it and will definately play through again to get all the collectibles and get the achievement of dieing less than five times in one sitting. Which by the way is only 10G. :confused:
Posted 13:44 on 09 August 2010
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South_East_Jedi

Crackdown 2 - on the final mission and I am getting my ass kicked. Got back into Star Trek Online, and Civ Rev on iPhone
Posted 12:29 on 09 August 2010
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IamBugged

coded arms on the psp
AvP, Earthworm Jim and Braid on the PS3
Posted 11:45 on 09 August 2010
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dav2612

I've been playing:

Wii Sports
Wii Sports Resort
New Super Mario Bros
Super Mario Galaxy

And when I was denied access to the Wii I started on Dante's Inferno.
Posted 11:00 on 09 August 2010
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guyderman

Been playing Dead to Rights: Retribution and I have to say that I am actually really enjoying it. Got it as a rental and wasn't expecting very much tbh but it is a really fun game to play with plenty of violence and a story that throws back to 80's action movies - good fun worth picking up for cheap,(seen it for as little as £10 buy it now on Ebay), or worth a rental.
Posted 09:44 on 09 August 2010
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dazzadavie

Going though Split/Second still and started playing Splinter Cell in Co-Op as I still have the story to go though on realistic, might start Alan Wake again on nightmare and play though The Signal.
Posted 08:45 on 09 August 2010
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MJTH

Mario galaxy 2: nearly finished now, my cousins came over we ended up play for hours, the second player option idls really, and make everything so much easier, (even when your co-op partner is nearly half your age)
Also been playing civilisation revolution for iPhone, I bought just to see what it's like and I'm hook, the interface works well for an Ipod game, but the scale is so huge you can barely fit your towns and troops on screen or move around without moving something by accident, still epic though.
Posted 08:42 on 09 August 2010
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Wido

Well since I got COD4 to 1000/1000. Been playing the online. Some bits of Forza 3 and purchased Streets Of Rage 2 and Street Fighter II of XBLA. Got my points ready for Monday Night Combat for wednesday.
Posted 07:36 on 09 August 2010
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CheekyLee@ omfg-bbq

Seb has been playing "Let's be less fun on Gamespot's podcast" over at his new job at Gamespot.
Posted 06:17 on 09 August 2010
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SexyJams

Alan Wake DLC as well.
Totally agree with Jamin.
Posted 06:15 on 09 August 2010
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Karlius

Just 100% Alan Wake again awesome. The DLC rocks! Also been playing Red Dead I am struggling to fall in love at the moment. I am only just getting into it though and have been assured it gets better! Hope so!
Posted 21:29 on 08 August 2010
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omfg-bbq@ IndoorHeroes

whats seb been playing?
Posted 20:22 on 08 August 2010

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Release Date: 27/07/2010
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Genre: Real-time strategy
No. Players: 1 + Online
Rating: PEGI 16+
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