The games we've been playing this week.
Tom Orry, Editor - MotorStorm RC, Vita
I'm a sucker for racing games, but I'm not usually as sucked in as I am with MotorStorm RC on Vita. I've been playing it every night and have now unlocked the crazy-hard super cars, which accelerate so quickly and reach such high speeds that I'm easing my way in by only holding the gas stick up half way. I've seen one or two baffling reviews for this online, some complaining that RC isn't like the original MotorStorm games - that's certainly true, but to cite that as a negative is completely missing the point. RC wasn't meant to play like other MotorStorm games. It's a homage to classic arcade racers and Micro Machines, and hopefully will sell well enough to give Sony and others confidence in this cut-price experience on Vita.
Neon Kelly, Deputy and Features Editor – Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D, 3DS
I've just embarked upon a journey into the unknown. I played, completed and thoroughly enjoyed Metal Gear Solid on the PS1, but since then I've had no direct contact with Snake and his notorious cardboard boxes. This week I began my first playthrough of Snake Eater – widely regarded as the best in the series – with the added oddity of doing so on the 3DS.
What do you I think? Well, I can't say yet – partly because I'm reviewing the bugger next week, but mainly because at the time of writing, I've hardly done anything. I watched the first part of the mammoth intro, revised my knowledge of the Cold War, and then climbed a tree. Then it was time for another lengthy conversation. Given the series' rep I was half expecting this, but even so... the cast really do rabbit on, don't they?
Martin Gaston, Reviews Editor - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Xbox 360
Nobody actually cares about what I'm doing in Skyrim anymore, but you might be more interested when you find out this juicy little zingbomb of facty truthness: I now have a wicked sweet set of Daedric armour. That's right: I now have a totally wicked, uncontrollably sweet set of Daedric armour. It's probably the best thing I've ever done in my entire life, and I will speak of that day to my children in the years to come.
So, yeah, Daedric armour. Daedric armour! Has anyone else got any sweet armour? No, because mine is the best. See you next week, when I shall talk about my Daedric sword and one-handed skill.
Emily Gera, Staff Writer - Brutal Legend, Xbox 360
I'm going to try and dispel the rumour that's probably going to rear its head soon, about how I only ever play one game. I won't even name the game, but I will say I've made it my slight-after-New-Year's resolution to branch out to other genres before my brain completely atrophies with BioWare fanboyism. I'm playing Brutal Legend – I know. Our Tom Orry's review is right on the money, and in terms of gameplay it feels a bit of a rank mess. But by god it's a funny thing. I've missed laughing at games. I've been so busy protecting droids in Dromund Kaas I've forgotten that's a possibility in gaming.