Welcome to VideoGamer.com Plays, our weekly feature where we give you the inside track on what's been whirring in our disc drives this week. We'll be honest (so if we've been playing Superman on the N64 we'll tell you). But if we've been hammering the latest billion-selling blockbuster we'll let you know about that too.
Tom Orry, Editor - Geometry Wars 2, Xbox 360
I can't say that I ever really got into Geometry Wars. I appreciated it as a great game, but a few minutes here and there was all I could manage. This has completely changed in the sequel. The Pacifism game mode, which strips you of your weapons and asks you to destroy enemies using explosive gates, has been taking up far too much of my time. Playing alone is great, with very definite sense of progression occurring as I play. What started off as a game mode that seemed tricky to score 1 million points in, quickly became a mode where over 2 million is nothing. Playing with friends takes it to another level. All of Geometry Wars 2's multiplayer modes are great, but zooming around amongst a screen full of chaos, not able to fire a weapon, is probably one of the best things you can do on the Xbox 360.
Wesley Yin-Poole, Deputy editor - Geometry Wars 2, Xbox 360
Regular readers will know that my Xbox 350 snuffed it two weeks ago. I promised an update on my quest for a replacement, so here it is... meh. Nothing. Bleh. But before you get the pitch forks out for MS, know this: it's my fault. I just haven't had the time to sort it out. Every free second of my working life has been given over to bringing you hands on impressions from the scores of titles I played at E308. That's not entirely true. I spent a couple lunch breaks melting my brain with Bizarre's wonderful arcade shooter Geometry Wars 2, which went up on XBL on Wednesday. It's wicked, I heartily recommend anyone with a penchant for eye busting 2D shooting give it a shot. If only my 360 wasn't borked, I could play it at home. Best sort that out actually.
James Orry, News Editor - Geometry Wars 2, Xbox 360
I've not been this addicted to game since a now forgotten video games mag ran a 'Twix Challenge Mario Kart 64 time trial' on the Koopa Troopa Beach circuit. I was a fan of Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved but never really played it for any sustained period, but the new Pacifism game type in its sequel has got me well and truly hooked. I'll admit I'm still not very good, but the thrill of weaving my weapon-less craft through a maze of enemies is like nothing I've experienced in gaming. The need to have just one more go managed to wipe out an entire evening earlier this week, but I'm still no closer to working out what the orange gates are for.
Nick Peres, Video Producer - Age of Conan, PC
I love them, I hate them. MMOs and I spit at each other throughout the dry periods but then quickly make up with pure affection and that's it... I prepare to wave goodbye once again to life. So when AoC came beckoning one boring Saturday morning I started shouting at my computer to stay away, like a man fighting off the demons in his head. By the evening I was a fool in full embrace. I only started it up to try out the character creation tool after hearing how good it was from various people. Plus Conan sounded like it ticked the right boxes. Proper blood spillage, grown up storyline, hot women, hairy men, etc. You get the idea. I quickly made a character (over an hour trying to get the eye brows just right) and jumped in, found myself washed up on a beach (we've all been there before eh!) and within minutes had rescued a hot damsel in distress who offered a special thank you when I had returned her safely to the City. 20 levels in I'm still wondering why I'm running around in a loin cloth given the amount of armor I have in my pocket. The soundtracks is great too. Goodbye, good luck and thanks for the shoes.
Simon Hunter, Associate Video Producer - Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08, Xbox 360
After watching Tom play this year's Tiger Woods all week, I was drawn to play the 08' edition for the 360. Well, I say play, but in truth I have hit no more than a few balls across the green. You see, every time I boot up TG08, I'm drawn to the face editor first and foremost. It's absolutely astounding how accurate the results can be when using the Live Vision camera. Unfortunately I'm a perfectionist verging on OCD levels - so I have literally spent hours remapping my face again and again to get it spot on. But from what I hear the actual game is good too, so I look forward to playing it, eventually.
What have you been playing this week? Let us know in the comments section below.