Tom Orry, Editor - Just Cause 2, PC

Just Cause 2 screenshot

We got a new PC in the office equipped with a nice Nvidia graphics card that isn't four years old (like the one in this PC) so I tested out a few games using Nvidia's 3D Vision tech. I'm not a huge fan of the 3D I've seen on consoles as the tech usually means a lower image resolution and a terrible frame rate - thankfully playing games in 3D on the PC fixes this. Crysis 2 looks pretty spiffy in 3D on PC, but it's Just Cause 2 that impressed me the most. Not only does that game look brilliant on a high-spec gaming rig, but it's the one title I've sampled where the visuals really pop out of the screen.

Neon Kelly, Deputy Editor - Battlefield: Bad Company 2, PC, PS3, Xbox 360

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I've finally started to dabble with Bad Company 2's multiplayer - and I'm only a full year late to the party. I've been meaning to do this for ages, but somehow other games kept popping and demanding my TLC. As it happens, I only started playing so that I could test the broadband connection in my new flat. I jumped into a match, and suddenly I realised that an hour had passed, my dinner left half prepared.

As I mentioned on this week's podcast, I think the thing I like about Battlefield's multiplayer in general is the fact that that it has a far more thoughtful pace than the likes of CoD. Sure, it gets busy enough when the bullets start flying, but I find I have more time to develop a workable strategy - i.e. hiding in a building that hasn't been blown open yet. Still, I can get a positive k/d ratio in Bad Company 2 - and that's a rarity for me these days.

Martin Gaston, Previews Editor - Demon's Souls, PS3

This week I have been killing the named Black Phantoms that appear when you switch your World Tendency to Pure Black. That is all. Oh, and I got a Pure Moonlightstone which was pretty good.

Emily Gera, Staff Writer - Cthulhu Saves the World, PC

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At a glance Cthulhu Saves the World is a game about an apocalyptic squid god who just wants to get on with his day. But it's basically a classic example of how to do retro-satire right. If you have any place in your heart left for 16-bit era gaming, can stomach random encounter combat, and have two quid to spare on Steam then it's worth a twirl. Imagine Time Gentlemen, Please then add in Lovecraftian references and you've got the basic idea, and if that's not enough to pique your interest then I will personally come over to your house and bin your PC because you don't deserve it anymore.

Jamin Smith, Staff Writer –Triple Triad, PC

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Who remembers Triple Triad, then? The card game from Final Fantasy VIII; the best ever mini-game from any video game of all time ever (excluding Blitzball) . You do? Great! Because you can play it for free online with Triple Triad Advance.

What makes it advanced, though? New cards, new rules, clans, a card shop, and - crucially - online matches. I've only recently signed up, but I predict countless hours of my free time could be lost to this. I was hopelessly addicted when I played in Final Fantasy VIII, and went as far as collecting every card in the game - which as anybody who's done the same will know, takes a very long time indeed. That side of the game - searching for characters/enemies/UFOs (anybody know what I'm talking about here?) - is lost on this browser version, however, so I'm not sure if the appeal will last. We'll see. Give me a shout if you start playing.

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dazzadavie

My main game last week was LA Noire, trying to mop up the DLC before handing it back to the borhter-in-law.
Also my normal NFS:HP Monday night was a exceptional highlight of the week. That game is a cracker online with firends.
Posted 13:38 on 08 August 2011
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draytone

My copy of AC: Brotherhood turned up and I got a few hours in last week and it's really enjoyable. Such a great game, full of history and interesting gameplay. Along with my usual FIFA11 season and a few rally's in DiRT3 that's all... The summer drought hasn't effect me too much as it's given me a chance to take a bit of break from gaming.

That said, I expect to have a bit of a marathon in a few weeks as my misses is going away! Time to get LA Noire completed and make a bit of headway into Brotherhood.
Posted 10:59 on 08 August 2011
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I've been on holiday so it was all handheld gaming for me in the shape of Resident Evil: The Mercs 3D, Super Street Fighter IV 3D and Pilotwings Resort. The latter has taught me that I know nothing about a gentle landing... a bit like some of the Flybe pilots.
Posted 10:16 on 08 August 2011
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Endless

triple triad online!! I AM SO THERE!! Hope they havent ruined it.

I've been away for the weekend so i've most been playing the spiritual sequel to the best tower defense game on Android (Robo Defense) Myth Defense. It's improved in every single area and added more to what was there originally. Brilliant.

Myself and my wife also managed a short stint on new super mario bros Wii, in which we were doing really well until we figured out we could throw each other....then the game became pointless. Mainly because in order to succeed you have to work together, but to compete you have to royally screw the very people that allow you to actually finish the levels. And there's no really middle ground.

Anyway at least they didnt mess with it, the levels reminded me a lot of Mario 3 (easilly the best) which was nice. Though I never liked that stupid spin move they gave him a while back.

Anyway, this week i'll probably doing less gaming and more working on my new project, if what i've decided to do actually ends up working out on paper i'm hoping it will add something back to ours and many other communities. Just need to flesh it out more on paper first before I get down to the real business of building it. Here's hoping it comes to something!
Posted 01:33 on 08 August 2011
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IndoorHeroes

Spider-Man 2 on PS2. Found a secondhand copy online and played it on my girlf's PS2 / SD tv set up. The game still has the magic. Thoroughly recommend to fans of the webslinger or open world action games. Craps all over Shattered Dimensions.
Posted 22:52 on 07 August 2011
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dudester

Is it just me or do more n more vg people seem to be playing stuff on pc lately? :D

Erm hardly anything this week really some l4d2, ohhh I bought vampire the masquerade on the steam sale.

I also got the witcher 2 this week and have made a slow start to. Oddly enough I find this easier to control on the pad then k and M. Not sure what it is but I find it slightly awkward controlling on the k and m.

Oh yeah how silly of me missed of finishing new vegas for the record I backed the ncr. Then went back and it did supporting yes man.
Posted 21:07 on 07 August 2011
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reynoldio

Been pampering myself and the wife all week so haven't played too much - although today saw me dive back into Fallout 3 and complete Operation Anchorage. Liked it a lot as a reminder of how amazing that game can be, so I look forward to ploughing through the other expansions soon.

Whilst having a 'body scrub' I realised that the nice young lady had taken a stiff brush to remove all the dead skin and then was firmly rubbing in aromatic salts all over me. Nice as it was, all I could think of (beside the fact that maybe those circumstances weren't the manliest thing I've ever done) was "Strip the flesh, salt the wound!"
Posted 20:24 on 07 August 2011
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Wido

I have been playing a few games as of late. Today I couldn't decided what game to play, and I'm sure my gamertag below will update on the games I have been playing.

Hurry up Deus Ex!
Posted 17:26 on 07 August 2011
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Clockpunk

I've *finally* gotten my hands on the UK release of Pinball Classics: The Williams Collection - looking forward to sinking hours into that.

A bit of re-discovering/achievement mopping up in Crackdown 2.

Having watched Batman Live last night, another foray into Arkham Asylum on Hard has just this morning been started.

Other than that, I'm just idling about with a few Indie titles, ready for the ensuing onslaught of fantastic titles.
Posted 16:33 on 07 August 2011
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FantasyMeister

I've been continuing my swathe of destruction through Red Faction: Guerrilla (yes, the last one, not the current Armageddon). I've liberated Parker, Badlands, Eos and am now making my way through the Free Fire Zone, which is basically just one long annoying mission that's made me pause for a bit and think about playing something else as well. Or I could grind out some salvage and see if the jetpack helps, but I'm a little tired of grinding.

Picked up L.A. Noire on the cheap at ASDA (could have got it cheaper online but you know what it's like, it was there in front of me) so I'll crack open a case or two next week.

What's the graphics card in that new PC Tom? I'm in the market for one, maybe you guys could do an article throwing in a few recommendations sometime?
Posted 16:24 on 07 August 2011
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Bloodstorm

Emily, i was thinking about getting the double pack that comes with breath of death too, i was wondering is it really that worth it? Oh and my card was cancelled until yesterday so i suppose i could buy it.....
Posted 15:27 on 07 August 2011

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