Interpol: The Trail of Dr. Chaos screenshot
Interpol: The Trail of Dr. Chaos screenshot

Tom Orry, Editor - Interpol, Xbox LIVE Arcade
When someone at has to take a bullet for the rest of the team by reviewing a less than stellar game, more often than not that person is me. The latest near death incident came when Interpol was released on Xbox LIVE Arcade. As I played it in the office at one point a group had gathered behind me, with each of them shouting out where objects are. To the casual observer it might have appeared that we were having a good time, but only seconds later we'd realised what we were doing - essentially playing reverse I-spy. Interpol is undoubtedly a game aimed at the more casual end of the Xbox 360 user base, but if you bought an Xbox 360 to look at images you should probably question why you bought one in the first place.

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Wesley Yin-Poole, Deputy Editor - Fallout 3, Xbox 360
The lengthy Christmas break awarded me the time to do a number of things. One: Stress over catering for my entire family on Christmas day. Two: Stress over buying presents for the ball and chain. And three: Stress over surviving in the Wasteland. No, I'm not talking about Streatham High Road, but in fact post-apocalyptic Washington D.C. (although the two are not dissimilar). Bethesda's Fallout 3 is an absolutely incredible game, and fully warrants the 9/10 Neon gave it in his review, BUT, it's one hell of a slog. For me, the first 30 or so hours of play were some of the most difficult I've experienced in a role-playing game. Why? Because my guns were crap, my armour in bits and my combat skills akin to a baby-rattling two-year-old. So poor was my ability to kill even the most basic of Super Mutants, that venturing more than five minutes from the safety of Megaton was practically suicide. Then Neon popped round and told me you could repair weapons and armour by combining them, and convinced me to put more points into the Small Guns skill. Now I'm 40 hours in and I'm strutting around the Wasteland like I own the place, actively seeking out enemies instead of avoiding them. Fallout 3 is one of the best games ever made, but it does a horrible job of telling you how it works.

Fable II screenshot

Neon Kelly, Previews Editor - Fable II, Xbox 360
Fable the Second is one of many games I caught up with over the Crimbo break. I know I'm a bit late to the party with this observation, but I can't quite get my head around the way this game pushes things forward at the same time as limiting your options. I can seduce an entire town by dancing and farting, I can organise an impromptu gypsy orgy... but I can't complain when Zoë Wanamaker sends me on a "little errand" that takes a decade of my life. Oh well. This week my accomplishments included the murder of a transvestite goblin-wannabe, and helping a gay farmboy to come out of the closet. Peter Molyneux has his critics, but the man knows how to shake things up a little.

Flower screenshot

Sebastian Ford, Video Producer - Flower, PS3 PSN
In truth I have done very little gaming this week, most of my time has been occupied with planning and producing the podcast that we are starting fresh off the bat this New Year. That said, I was drawn away from my desk when Neon began playing through the demo of Flower, and when the opportunity presented itself I promptly commandeered the controller for a go. I hope I don't sound like a total failure when I say that guiding a swarm of flower petals around a meadow on a gentle breeze really appeals to me. Playing it is like participating in one of the more arty final fantasy cut scenes, with little more to do than tilt Sixaxis and relax. It really is quite beautiful to just look at, and I probably spent more time swooping down through the tall grass than really attempting to complete each stage. After playing so many of the action-heavy, heart thumping games of late 2008, this is quite literally a breath of fresh air!

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This weekend me and my twin boys are having a day of Wii lego star wars complete saga after all this time its still great to play, Done guitar hero W.T on hard started on expert whooo yeah.
Posted 15:54 on 12 January 2009
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Still playing with my Death Knight with the PC Gamer UK guild on Steamwheedle Cartel. This weekend we totally kicked Onyxia's scaly butt. I say "we", but in fact it was our resident super-skilled level 80 Death Knight who practically soloed her, while the rest of us stayed out of the way and tried not to die. (And failed)

Still, I got some great screenshots, though!
Posted 15:32 on 12 January 2009
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I've Been playin Left 4 Dead and xboxlive i completely agree this game is awesome i could play it forever...umm and i have been playin Guitar Hero World Tour with my cousins and its great
Posted 03:43 on 12 January 2009
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Been playing Brothers in Arms: Hells Highway, very addictive and you get straight into the action as of the squad commands.

Been playing COD4 on the 360 and its surprising to see so many on it, while you have COD5 out. Looking forward to COD6 really and I'm not buying COD5 as of COD4 is still too good.
Posted 19:05 on 11 January 2009
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Ive been playing resistance 2 again i just love it, Plus guitar hero im steaming through that on hard nearly finished it, And im making my 3rd level on little big planet so very productive couple of weeks and ive got motorstorm 2 to finish.
Posted 14:53 on 11 January 2009
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this week i been playing:
Left for dead-great game and lots of fun online.
Need for speed undercover-i was in to mind to buy this game but when i got it,i was loveing it,and still am.
Posted 11:46 on 11 January 2009
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I've been failing with my PS2 and PC. Started by digging out EverQuest Online Adventures just for old times sake (just to listen to the theme tune, they shut down the European servers 3 years ago) then got excited when it actually connected, went through DNAS authorisation, downloaded an update... then couldn't find a server. So I then spent several hours trying to figure out if it was possible to connect to an SOE server abroad without importing an NTSC PS2 and NTSC copy of the game, and gave up. Fail. But hey, good memories from that.

Got over it by kicking butt on Amplitude for a few hours which got me nicely back into my trance gaming state, which for some obscure reason prodded me to pop in Final Fantasy VII. Ahhhh, the memories, Cloud slashing his way through the train station into the Mako reactor, Barrett joining up with him and helping out with his arm-grafted machine gun, then getting to the first save point and forgetting I didn't have an original PSOne memory card. Fail.

Rogue Galaxy was up next, cracking RPG from Level-5 and suitably HUGE, so huge in fact that I know I'm not going to have time to get to grips with it before the 360 gets back from the Rheinland Repair shop, so I placed it carefully to one side in anticipation of my next red ring of death.

Nearly popped in Need for Speed: Underground then remembered I can't stand the drifting sections, so in an RPG-addict fuelled spurt of desperation remembered that I'd once tried the EVE-online demo but never got into it, so downloaded the free trial, read a 'newbie 15-day survival guide', then put it to one side thinking that I might never get into it again.

In a final act of randomness, I clicked on a Runescape banner. Heard a lot about this game but didn't realise that all you to do play is type in a character name, password and you're off, it plays in your browser without any downloading whatsoever or having to go out an buy a boxed copy. I have found my temporary 'level up as many things as you can' Java nirvana. I will now spend the next few days doing nothing but cutting down trees and lighting fires just because I can.

If gamescore is inversely proportional to price then Runescape is an easy 10/10. If I had to pay £39.99 for it or pay the £3.50 per month sub for 'extra member perks' (more numbers to level up) I'd probably give it a 6/10, mostly because my PC struggles with Windows Minesweeper and Runescape is demanding a lot of it. But hey, it's a nice temporary fix.
Posted 19:01 on 10 January 2009
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Been playing COD5 today on the PS3. I do not know why but it has this grip-hold over you, and wants you to continue playing. Well I guess its because I'd prestiged to my second.

Reading what you put Wes about Fallout 3, is making me want to play it. I think a couple hour Fallout 3 session tomorrow morning on the 360.
Posted 16:33 on 10 January 2009

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Release Date: 12/02/2009
Developer: thatgamecompany
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Genre: Simulation
No. Players: One
Rating: PEGI 3+
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