What we've been playing this week.
Neon Kelly, Deputy Editor - Ghost Trick, DS
Everyone and their dog is talking about the 3DS, but I can't seem to keep my head out of my old 2D clamshelll. To be more specific, I'm finding it hard to stay away from Ghost Trick - the new puzzler from Shu Takumi, creator of Phoenix Wright. The central concept is best explained elsewhere (try here), but in a nutshell you play as a poltergeist, manipulating household objects into Mousetrap-like mechanical sequences. The game also features a heroic Pomeranian, a detective who moves like Michael Jackson, and some of the weirdest deaths you'll ever see; at one point someone gets crushed by a giant chicken. The whole thing's underpinned by a very sharp script and some lovely, super-smooth graphics, too.As Martin said in his review, it's possibly a little too easy for its own good, but I'm still having a great time with it.
Martin Gaston, Staff Writer - Doritos Crash Course, XBLA
In-between scrubbing Dead Rising 2 for a few more Achievements, completing Ghost Trick and ridding Metropolis from corporate evil and the unemployed as Businessman in DC Universe Online, I haven't really had much time for games this week. Still, it's been important that I slowly master my skills at Doritos Crash Course, mostly because I love the idea of denying a forum member a potential bounty of 800 Microsoft Points. I'm not particularly worried about losing to the other members of staff - because they're all useless duffers - but Ghost5 is absolutely thrashing everybody right now with an awe-inspiring score. I will beat him. Or it'll just end up like the Pac-Man CE DX one, where I end up tragically floundering in the mid-sections of the leaderboards.
Jamin Smith, Staff Writer – DC Universe, PS3 and PC
I was raised on the streets. While other children had yo-yos and skateboards, I had cocaine and flick knives. Crime was my mother, and corruption my father, but deep down I knew they weren't my real parents. I was a victim of circumstance; simply born in the wrong place at the wrong time. Although I had to embrace gang culture in order to survive, I knew I was destined for bigger things. Turns out I was right. My name is Isotope, and today I'm an ambassador for hope, for justice. I'm an example to the hundreds of kids that litter the gutters of Metropolis City – you can turn your life around. Evil is easy to fall prey to, however.
Braniac is on his way to Earth, and unless he's stopped, the world as we know it will be dragged into despair and destruction. Thankfully I don't fight the good fight all on my tod. An old pal of mine is just as instrumental in the fight against evil, and answers to the name business man. With my unparalleled skill with a blade (and powers over the elements) and his superhuman knowledge of the stock market, we will change the fate of this world. Don't fear, citizens: you'll be hearing more from us soon...
Emily Gera, Staff Writer - World of Warcraft, PC
I was over in New York for a week which means my gaming was limited to that one time I tried to run WoW on my laptop and play it without a mouse. Yes, this is my 29th entry about WoW but when you play an MMORPG the hours begin to get sucked away like they're swirling into some kind of games-based vacuum of Space. Somehow I already feel slightly passé now that I'm back. Kids this month, with their DCUO and their capes. In my day we had Worgen and repetitive questlines and we were happy.