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

Borderlands screenshot

Good old Borderlands. I hadn't been to Pandora in months, but within seconds of revisiting Gearbox's madcap shooter all the love came flooding back. Sixteen months have passed since its release, but all the good stuff still works: the oddball humour, the weight of every gunshot, and the never-ending parade of new boomsticks. I'm a sucker for narrative-driven games, but Borderlands proves that sometimes all you need are big bangs and buckets of character. Story or no story, I wish there were more shooters with even half the charisma. It works in local split-screen, too, despite the fact you're stuck with a clumsy vertical divide.

Martin Gaston, Staff Writer - Red Dead Redemption, 360, PS3

Red Dead Redemption screenshot

Hello Red Dead, my old friend. Well, friend is a bit strong. Hello Red Dead. Back again, I see. The last time we hung out I remember dithering around in Mexico for what felt like a thousand years and then I just couldn't take much more. Things are going a little better now, but this morning I found out I had plenty more of Mexico left to wade through. Sigh.

I've also been plagued by plenty of annoying little things trying to throw me off the wagon. Like when I lined up an absolutely amazing chain of dead eye headshots - seriously, it was so good even Robocop would be impressed - and then an ally NPC ran precisely into my penultimate kill and died. Mission failed.

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu.

Jamin Smith, Staff Writer - Battlestar Galactica Online, PC

It's tempting to talk about Pokémon Black for the third week in a row, but at the risk of boring the poké-balls off you, I've decided to choose something else. Something I've been expressly told to avoid. But my love for Battlestar Galactica knows no bounds, so when the BSG Online beta hit the interwebs earlier in the week, I decided to check it out. I've only had the chance to sink half an hour into the Unity-powered browser game, but first impressions aren't great. The character creator is incapable of creating a 'cool' looking avatar (starting again as a Cylon might remedy this, actually), the opening space battle was tremendously uninvolving, and the character models of Starbuck, Apollo, and Bill Adama look shonky. The music is frakkin' awesome, however, so I'll stick with it in the hope I grow numb to the rest of the game's shortcomings.

Emily Gera, Staff Writer - Enslaved, Xbox 360

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West screenshot

Like Lindsay Lohan I've kicked 65 per cent of my habit and have barely touched WoW at all this week, but if anyone asks you i've quit. Which means when I'm not spending my free time in Azeroth, I'm changing things up by playing Enslaved. And it's a great, sometimes frustrating, brilliantly voice-acted game - the story is the only reason to keep playing and the gameplay is slightly offputting. Anyone who has even a remote interest in narrative in games ought to give it a go. And if you don't give a toss about story then you get the chance to stare unblinkingly at Trip for minutes on end until your eyes dry over. A little something for everyone.

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dav2612@ CheekyLee

I can see why you lost interest. I'm not sure why I have kept going, if it wasn't for the fun distractions I'd have given up a while ago.

I'm sure you'd be able to help out regardless of the abilities. I need help with the last mission. I've to protect the beacons (nothing but beacons in this game) on the Agency HQ and I'm feeling like it was designed with co-op in mind as there are too many enemies for me to deal with on my own.

@Ghost5. Apologies again, I think I was probably too busy cursing the freaks to notice your message arrive.
Posted 13:39 on 14 February 2011
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Bloodstorm@ IamBugged

Got it on friday and it's AMAZING! So under-rated.
Posted 12:27 on 14 February 2011
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Ghost5@ CheekyLee

It doesnt really matter what level you are :P

I played the game a lot in co-op with Clockpunk Wido and a few other friends who have the game. They were much higher levels than I but they still helped me play through it and collected every Xbox Live Orb and helped me find the hidden orbs I couldnt find.

Its like on Borderlands. I'm willing to help anyone on any level complete the game and any DLC they have (Mad Moxxi not included)
Posted 10:33 on 14 February 2011
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CheekyLee@ Ghost5

I did, like, the first beacon and then lost interest. Would I have to spend days to get to a level/status that would make playing with you guys worthwhile? I imagine the game could be fun with others, because it really wasn't on my own.
Posted 10:16 on 14 February 2011
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Ghost5@ dav2612

We should do co-op sometime ;)
I Need to level up to Level 6 anyways so I may aswell help you to help me :D

EDIT: Got Costume Quest and Stacking. Completed them both 100% in 2 days. Also played Duke Nukem 3D with Clockpunk and Wido!

Also playing the odd game of Castlevania HD, Smackdown 2011 and Dragon Age.

Hoping to get DA:O out of the way before DA2 comes...
Posted 09:58 on 14 February 2011
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dav2612

I've made a start on MAss Effect 2. Not got far into it yet but so far so good.

I've gone back to Crackdown 2 in an effort to finish it off. Falling at the final hurdle, not convinced I can do this by myself.
Posted 09:53 on 14 February 2011
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Reynoldimo

100%ed Costume Quest recently, loved it to bits. Looking forward to Stacking at some point.

Played some Swords & Soldiers online, great game and even better against real people.

Got back into RDR too, also in Mexico... still loving it though so am looking forward to ploughing on towards this end I've heard a lot about.

Played a little FM2011 whilst on a work trip too. Been a good couple of weeks!

Bugged - you PS3? I have Borderlands GOTY and would love to co-op it as I'm not the best FPSer. Is fun though, only did a couple of missions to warm it up at Christmas.

And I'm taking NeonSoldier's advice, ME2 will definitely be done at some point!
Posted 09:12 on 14 February 2011
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dazzadavie

Battlefield Bad Company 2 Vietnam: So much fun
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit: Trying to beat a unbeatable time for IGN's 3D TV comp.
Dead Rising 2: I really must get on with this.
Posted 08:44 on 14 February 2011
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CheekyLee

I've finally started working through Mass Effect, which is proving to be rather good even if I spent a lot longer than I would have liked to just wandering about the Citadel thinking "But where the hell do I GO?" I also, thanks to Woffls telling me to just rush through for story, paid no attention to my character creation, so don't really know what class I am playing is. But it's still fun.

The intent was to only play that game, but the mood for some MadWorld took hold of me, so I found a copy for £5 and have been working through that again. Forget when reviews tell you its too short, once you hit Hard mode it becomes a completely different game.

I also took Clockpunks advice and bought Zombies vs Pterodactyls on XBox Live Indie Games. It really is superb! I last described it as "Real-time Worms", but a more accurate descriptor would be "2D Quake", and at 80 MS points (£0.69p!) everyone with a 360 and Live should give it a go.
Posted 08:34 on 14 February 2011
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clangod

FIFA 10
BC2
MX vs ATV Reflex
PES2010
Madden 10
Medal of Honor
Posted 02:48 on 14 February 2011
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dudester

Lots of dragon age finished origins and awakening ready for dragon age 2 in a month now :)
Football manager, dead rising 2 which I can't seem to get into some lbp 2 which is still brilliant.
Posted 00:53 on 14 February 2011
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Neon-Soldier32

As I've banged on about for the past 48 hours now: Mass Effect 2. I got this game 19 days ago, ish and in that time, I obtained 2 complete saves 1 corrupt save and 1 continued playthrough, amounting to about 60 hours, but I did it. I'm part of the 'N7 Elite' as the trophy says. Seriously, if you're a fan of third person shooters or RPGs then do yourself a favour, get this game.

StarCraft 2: I'm slowly getting back up to speed in multiplayer, slowly getting back to the peak of my performance (which isn't much to brag about) I don't want to be in the Bronze league for 1 V 1 :(
Posted 23:04 on 13 February 2011
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SexyJams

I hope you finish RDR this time Martin. Feels like something people should play.
Posted 19:27 on 13 February 2011
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Mr_Ninjutsu

Not really had time to play games, yeah i know right a student that doesnt have time to play games who is conveniently on a games course?! lol well i'm about to play Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 :D
Posted 18:46 on 13 February 2011
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FantasyMeister

Following last week's guarantee I wouldn't play anything but Lost Odyssey, I decided to 'get into' DarkStar One: Broken Alliance for something a bit different.

It's a modern day Elite so I'm well within my element, but very repetitive and has a Mancunian lead and lots of Welsh and Irish Pirates, so there's lots of "Right you are boyo!" from me when a Pirate who presumably originated from Cardiff in the Sol system shouts "Fear the 300!" over the comms as he turns his rail guns on me.

There's also something vaguely 'Descent'-ish about some parts, so I'm gripped.

Also, a moment of madness consisting of "Ooh, look, Cataclysm only £25" whilst passing through ASDA resulted the existence of Kaedan, level 10 Worgen Druid, Ghostlands server, a few hours later. Blame further delays of Two Worlds 2 in the UK for this temporary insanity, which means that for the forseeable future I'm a WoW-addict again.
Posted 17:29 on 13 February 2011

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