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Colin McRae: DiRT 2 screenshot

Tom Orry, Editor - DIRT 2, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC
I've been moaning a lot in the office this week and most of it has been centred on the menu system in DIRT 2. It might sound like a fairly trivial thing to have a problem with, but after the original game's sleek interface, the multi-tiered indoor/outdoor real-world interface offered in DIRT 2 reeks of trying to be trendy and ends up being annoying. It grew on me the more I played, but I still have an issue with how long it takes to get into a race and the way you're forced to look at the sponsors for a few seconds every time you finish a race. It's doubly annoying because the actual racing is great. Maybe I'm just getting old.

Street Fighter IV screenshot

Wesley Yin-Poole, deputy editor – Street Fighter IV, Xbox 360
For those of you who don't know, the great forum has taken it upon itself to organise a Street Fighter IV league. Anyone can join, and I encourage you to do so, because it's a right laugh. I'm currently in fourth place in the 360 table, which is absolutely fine - I've played less games than those above me, so haven't had the opportunity to score as many points. And as soon as I've sorted my PS3 (it refuses to read discs – any help?) I'll be entering the PS3 league, too, for a much anticipated showdown with Bloodstorm. My prediction? When all is said and done, and everyone's played the same amount of games, I'll be top. TOP I SAY!

Football Manager Live screenshot

James Orry, News Editor - Football Manager Live, PC
The new Premiership season got off to a cracking start this week when the Danglers took on four-times champions Flanders Angels. Having decided that the way forward this season is to attack, I switched to an aggressive 4-3-3 formation and went full-throttle at the all-star Angels. To my amazement my lads put up an astonishing show and came out 3-2 winners – I should also add that the Flanders Angels' star striker managed to get himself sent off after what must have been a punch to the face of my goalie. Still, a win's a win. This victory was swiftly followed by a sluggish 2-0 defeat in which star striker Lemaire managed to waste a whole host of chances in-front of goal.

Dead Rising screenshot

Neon Kelly, Previews Editor - Dead Rising, Xbox 360
Aside from suffering through GI Joe at work, I’ve not had much time for games lately, due to the fact that I’ve been moving house. However, last week I did finally get around to finishing Dead Rising. Initially I thought I’d just mess around in Willamette Mall while taking a break from packing, but addiction slowly consumed me like a zombie virus. Dead Rising has several issues that can’t be ignored: it’s bloody hard at the start, the save system is flawed and there’s barely enough time to do all the quests. And yet it’s still something of a gem, a genuinely original game with a great concept and lashings of black humour. Three years have passed since its release, and there’s still nothing like it. I hunger for the sequel.

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra screenshot

Sebastian Ford, Video Producer – G.I. Joe, Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, Wii, DS and PSP
So this game blows. This much is obvious. If you read Neon’s review then you’ll understand why this is, but if you haven’t, here’s a run down. In easy mode, you can’t fail. Checkpoints only exist as an excuse for a lengthy loading screen; if you die while playing on any harder difficulty you have to run through the entire level again, even if you make it to the last checkpoint. I particularly love how there is only one animation for the characters moving, with spinning on the spot looking notably realistic. The camera suffers from ADD on occasion; either lagging slowly behind uselessly or charging off towards a shiny object, leaving both characters out of shot. There are loads more of these innovations to list here, but instead I’ll just direct you towards some gameplay videos I made so you can see for yourself. One time, I actually managed to complete a driving section by holding down fire and driving in circles. So awesome!

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Mr_Ninjutsu's Avatar

Mr_Ninjutsu@ South_East_Jedi

i just added you jedi.
Posted 16:56 on 10 August 2009
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only played a bit of MGO but my tag is the same as my PSN tag SouthEastJedi
Posted 16:31 on 10 August 2009
Mr_Ninjutsu's Avatar

Mr_Ninjutsu@ South_East_Jedi you play MGS4 online? If so whats your name? Mine is Mrs. Ninjutsu
Posted 12:26 on 10 August 2009
altaranga's Avatar


Battlefield 1943. I love this little game.

Guitar Hero. Trying out my MOTM freebie. It's quite good fun, but not sure about the long term appeal.
Posted 12:24 on 10 August 2009
South_East_Jedi's Avatar


finished off MGS4, now going back through trying not to kill anyone.
infamous, finished single player story and now trying to find all collectables, only got about 50 more shards to find then i will replay as evil.
Batman AA demo both PS3 & 360, cannot wait for the full game to hit shelves
Posted 12:19 on 10 August 2009
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Army Of 2 - Poor AI, Poor Controls, Bad Game play In Places, Ridiculous Re-spawning of enemies yet somehow it still manages to keep me playing. Completed twice so now its time to finish on Professional. Then give online a go before trading in. It's turning out to be a good purchase at £10 even with all it's quirks.

Overlord 2 - I'll be picking this game up this week. Thanks to VG/Neon for sending it out. Looking forward to trying something outside of my regular gaming scope.
Posted 10:39 on 10 August 2009


Diablo 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted 16:28 on 09 August 2009
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Aint been playing much this week due to trying to sort out my internet probs,But i did get round to playing "eat lead" with is a pile of "you know wat"
Posted 09:42 on 09 August 2009
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Fallout 3 still - gonna be on this a while.

Rockband 2 - suprise, suprise :)

Turtles in Time Re-shelled - Thought this was a great little revamp of the classic scrolling beat em up! - bit of a button basher - but great fun - and it looks fantastic -LOL!
Posted 09:04 on 09 August 2009
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cod4 R2 and so much oblivion.
Posted 02:22 on 09 August 2009
Mr_Ninjutsu's Avatar


woah! ok.
Posted 23:52 on 08 August 2009


Could take about 2 three weeks mates :) you Will get it. I got the June on the 26th about 20 days after announcement :)
Posted 22:55 on 08 August 2009
Mr_Ninjutsu's Avatar


when do we gget the email for motm?
Posted 19:14 on 08 August 2009
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Sebastian Ford on G.I Joe

"One time, I actually managed to complete a driving section by holding down fire and driving in circles. So awesome!"

Posted 18:59 on 08 August 2009
Ed2287's Avatar


Eat lead on 360, pretty crappy game but it's amusing and addictive!
Posted 16:19 on 08 August 2009

Game Stats

Release Date: 01/01/2009
Publisher: LucasArts
Genre: Adventure
No. Players: One
Rating: TBC
Site Rank: 2,290 16
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