Gran Turismo PSP screenshot
Gran Turismo PSP screenshot

Tom Orry, Editor - Gran Turismo, PSP
Gran Turismo for the PSP hasn't been nearly as well received as I expected it to be. I'm not even the world's biggest GT fan, but having such an impressive driving game on the little handheld made the game feel quite special. It's certainly lacking things, most importantly a proper career mode and online functionality, but there are a ton of courses and cars included, and it plays like a proper console driving sim. I haven't been so glued to my PSP since God of War Chains of Olympus arrived what seems like years ago. Assuming you don't need a full-on career mode to keep you interested, anyone with an interest in driving games and a PSP should give GT a look. It doesn't even cost that much.

Dissidia: Final Fantasy screenshot

Wesley Yin-Poole, Deputy Editor – Dissidia: Final Fantasy, PSP
Dissidia is a Final Fantasy fanboy's wet dream. It's bonkers, of course, as is the Final Fantasy way, and the coming together of heroes and villains from Final Fantasy 1 through 10 makes absolutely no sense whatsoever (Sephiroth versus Tidus?), but it's still one hell of a thrill to lose yourself in what's probably the most fan service ever committed to a video game. I'm still not sure how it all works - it's an incredibly complex, detailed game - and the actual Dragonball Z-style combat isn't really my cup of tea, but the sheer Final Fantasy-ness of proceedings makes my commutes speed along as if I was actually on a Bullet Train. Well done Square Enix - the PSP needs more games like this.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 screenshot

Neon Kelly, Previews Editor - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC
The hype train is a dangerous ride to take. When the choo-choo of expectation comes hurtling down the track of public demand, a tiny slither of disappointment is all it takes to cause a tragic derailment. Modern Warfare 2 is the most hotly anticipated game of the year, but if my hands-on in Los Angeles is anything to go by, it's going to be an absolute cracker. The basic ingredients remain the same, but Infinity Ward have taken a syringe full of craziness and jabbed it deep into the game's heart. There are bullet-proof shields, automatic sentry turrets, and heartbeat detectors that strap onto the side of your gun. There are weapon drops, several varieties of killer helicopter and, best of all, a multiplayer mode that closely resembles counterstrike. I only played the game for an hour or so, but I'm already suffering from withdrawal symptoms - and we've seen nothing of the main campaign. The hype train rumbles on, and I don't think anything will stop it.

Heroes over Europe screenshot

Sebastian Ford, Video Producer - Heroes over Europe, Xbox 360, PS3, PC
There's a reason that I don’t use the planes in Battlefield 1943. Quite simply, they are absolutely impossible to fly. Heroes over Europe is at the complete opposite end of the spectrum, letting you pull off almost any acrobatic manoeuvre without even thinking about it. The truth is I don't much like flying games as a whole because nine times out of ten I end up crashing my plane into something important, resulting in me throwing my controller at something equally important. So for the first time in a long time I thoroughly enjoyed my reasonably crash-free air time - I even managed to unlock a couple of new planes before I was told to get back to work and do my job.

Football Manager Live screenshot

James Orry, News Editor - Football Manager Live, PC
Yeah, this is all I've been playing this week - nothing new there. However, while I can usually find something at least marginally interesting to mention, I've got nothing of any note to report this week. Well, that is unless you want to hear about my new stadium construction. What's that? You do. Oh, go on then. I've splurged the best part of a cool £1 million on a new North Stand at VideoGamer.com Lane. It's the biggest construction project I've ever undertaken and will put the club in a good position to expand if and when the team starts to win some games. That really is the most interesting thing to happen in the game this week.

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Endless@ CheekyLee

On the flips-side i found more things that didn't work than did, i did manage to summon a tractor beam but it didn't work quite as i expected. Also summoning a black hole is seemingly frowned up for the simple task of cleaning up rubbish.

There's always going to be things that you can think of that it hasn't got in it's databanks, but no Bouncy Castle, no Rocket Shoes and a Wood Louse (which i managed to summon to be fair) seemingly don't find trees that tasty and a pied piper that has no instrument or purpose. There's loads of stuff you can summon I just constantly found myself having to re-think whatever i wanted to use to complete the task, and i found it all too easy to 'cheat' and bypass a lot of the tasks. I've also managed to glitch the game several times and couldn't figure out how i'd actually completed the task.

Perhaps those with a slightly less bizarre sense of imagination might be less frustrated. The game also has a warped sense of what passes as 'stylish' when completing a task, i seem to get more style points for using mundane items than more creative ones.

It is really fun and the concept is amazing, but the implimentation is bugged and clunky imo.

I've been playing RE5 with my wife and we finally completed it co-op last night. Now to collect all the weapons, upgrade them all and finish it on veteran. Not sure i can be bothered to do it on professional.

Been playing Defense grid a fair bit too, and come tomorrow there will be much ODST action ahoy.
Posted 12:14 on 21 September 2009
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thompo555@ CheekyLee

Haha might have to get this game :D
One last question. Promise! Dose it have a story mode or does it create random levels?
Thanks :D
Posted 13:21 on 20 September 2009
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CheekyLee@ thompo555

The only thing I have found so far that didn't work was when I had to provide three farm animals, and I decided to try less obvious ones. Llama worked, Echidna worked, but Bantam didn't. Other than that, every single thing I have tried has appeared, although sometimes it does want me to specify a little. I even spawned a 'HOLE' at one point.
Posted 12:42 on 20 September 2009
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thompo555@ CheekyLee

I was thinking about getting Scribblenauts. whats your thoughts on it? Should i get it? and how many objects 'dont exist' in the game? If you type nuclear reacter does it work? Whats the weirdest thing you have typed and it has worked?
Posted 12:36 on 20 September 2009
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CheekyLee@ rbevanx

Royal Mail affect email now? Dude, your MOM email may well turn up sometime in October, it's never fast.

This week, I have been mostly playing Scribblenauts, as well as crawling to the finish line in Batman AA. I also tried to play Dungeon Fighter Online, but non-US IP addresses are being blocked. Which sucks.
Posted 12:24 on 20 September 2009
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xboxlive

Just been playing Dirt 2 this week,love the looks of the game when you drive inside the car.
Posted 11:45 on 20 September 2009
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rbevanx@ Wido

I'm gonna get Dirt 2 as my game for MOTM. Still got no email about it thinking about it, probs because of the Royal Mail strikes.
Posted 11:39 on 20 September 2009
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Wido

DiRT 2 still. Really enjoy the game. I urge everyone to get it! :laugh:

FIFA 10 demo, UC2 Beta. Had some good co-op matches with Ninjustu. Downloaded the free Batman: AA DLC. The new 2 maps are crazy! Totally Insane combat map is very hard.
Posted 11:19 on 20 September 2009
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Shipo

thats al ready out
Posted 04:25 on 20 September 2009
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danik69

Still dirt 2(Still loving this online) lol Waiting for fifa 10 and uncharted 2 to come!
Posted 21:22 on 19 September 2009
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renegade

Uncharted 2 Beta! Bomberman Ultra and about 10 PSN games lol and a lot of WoW ;)
Posted 18:26 on 19 September 2009
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Mr_Ninjutsu

Uncharted 2 beta! fricken amazing!
Posted 18:24 on 19 September 2009
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thpcplayer@ A1J2P3

absolutely
Posted 17:32 on 19 September 2009
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A1J2P3

modern warfare is going to trample over all previously released fps's
the hype is worth it!
Posted 17:02 on 19 September 2009
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jakeistheman

batman AA(my favorite game this year untill MW2.)and socom. been busy with school so I haven't played a whole ton this week.
Posted 15:03 on 19 September 2009

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Developer: Polyphony Digital
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
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