What we've been playing this week.
Tom Orry, Editor - Ninja Blade, Xbox 360
I wasn't expecting much from Ninja Blade for the Xbox 360, seeing as it had been out in Japan for a few months without making much of a splash. So discovering it to be a highly entertaining over-the-top Ninja Gaiden wannabe came as a real surprise. It's the sheer lunacy of the set-pieces and boss battles that make it so much fun. As I mentioned in my review, one level sees you fighting on the wings of a massive aeroplane. The plane is being eaten by what look like giant white ladybugs, but that's not the worst of it: a massive three-headed Fire Hydra has latched on and is bringing the plane to an explosive end in a bustling city. Of course, our heroic ninja can't let this happen, so after somehow crash landing the plane on a motorway he leaps in front of the wheels and uses his feet as brakes. I'm not sure if I've ever come across a more badass video game character before.
Wesley Yin-Poole, Deputy Editor - Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, Nintendo DS
Drug dealing on the DS feels weird. So weird that, as I was working out whether I'd make any money reselling some coke I'd just bought from another dealer, I looked over my shoulder like a child with his hand in the biscuit tin. For whatever reason, drug dealing in Chinatown Wars feels wrong. It feels bad. Perhaps it's because of the endless happy happy joy joy Japanese role-playing games I play on the handheld. Or perhaps it's because of the family-friendly reputation Nintendo's cultivated with its Brain Training and Nintendogs titles. I don't have a problem with it. Indeed I think it's refreshing. It's just interesting. I've never played a game before that's made me feel so, well... naughty.
James Orry, News Editor - Football Manager Live, PC
It's been a week filled with transfer activity, although I've thus far failed to bring any new seniors to the club. My major target was midfield maestro Nigel De Jong, but when bidding on his auction skyrocketed I wasn't prepared to increase my initial £1.5 million offer. Likewise a late bidding war on Brazilian playmaker Elano proved futile, eventually having being told by the money men that I couldn't bid any more. There has been some movement out of the club, having accepted a £700,000 offer on club captain Tcho, who after several seasons of solid performances, but little progression left for pastures new. I also turned down endless bids for 18 year old striker Lemaire, including an offer of £3.5 million - sure I could have done a lot with that kind of money, but I can't part with my star striker without seeing how good he'll eventually end up being. My next target... Jérémy Toulalan.
Neon Kelly, Previews Editor - Batman: Arkham Asylum, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC
Were you one of those people who used to pretend to be Batman by wearing your coat as a cape in the school playground? Hell, are you one of those people who still does that now? If so, the chances are that you're going to be very excited by Arkham Asylum, because this is the first game I've ever played where you actually feel that you are Batman. You can hang upside-down and grab people; you can use your cape to glide down from great heights; you can even move into a big house with a boy called Dick - a boy who's just your friend. Okay, so you can't do that last part - but you can do lots of other cool things. The basic bat-mechanics all seem to work extremely smoothly, and we've yet to sample anything of the Paul Dini-scripted main campaign. I can't wait, I really can't.
Sebastian Ford, Video Producer – Wheelman, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC
Wheelman has been getting a lot of stick across the board, and I can understand the complaints, but I really didn’t find it all that bad. Truth be told, I didn’t exactly play far into the game, but I can’t deny that I quite enjoyed the little section that I did experience. I think you need to look at it from the right perspective; it is simply about unadulterated, Hollywood action. You can jump motorbikes and cars off all kinds of structures, while shooting at other cars, all while going backwards. This is the kind of thing I would have cried hot tears of liquid joy about in my early teens, and now in my twenties I can still admit that peeps of audible enjoyment could be heard across the office while I was playing.
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