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.

Condemned 2: Bloodshot screenshot

Tom Orry, Editor - Condemned 2, Xbox 360
I absolutely loved the original Condemned. It's without doubt one of the most unnerving games I've ever played. I still look back fondly on my few days beating up tramps in late 2005, despite the fact that the game glitched and took away my weapon for the final boss encounter. So I was counting the days to the release of Condemned 2. Just how much worse could things get for Ethan Thomas, the now bearded and rather grizzled looking star of the original game? Well, quite a bit worse actually. Although this sequel isn't nearly as scary as the first, it's still completely compelling to play through and features some of the best set pieces yet seen on next-gen consoles. I just wish it wasn't quite so dark. I know it's meant to be moody and atmospheric, but at times you can't see further than your nose.

UEFA Euro 2008 screenshot

Wesley Yin-Poole, Deputy Editor - UEFA Euro 2008 Demo, PS3
I know, no-one cares about Euro 2008 because none of the home nations will be there, but that doesn't mean EA's video game of the championships won't be worth picking up. And going by the free PS3 demo, it's shaping up nicely. I've been playing France vs. Germany every odd night this week, and it's a pretty slick experience. I love the animations, as well as the power bar-based passing, but the best thing is, as you'd expect with an EA Sports title, the overall presentation. The graphics look fantastic, from the stadiums to the wide camera view. The only blemish is that the players look like they have jelly bellies, on account of the developer's effort to make their shirts look realistic. But that doesn't prevent the demo of UEFA Euro 2008 providing a hugely satisfying five minutes of footie fun.

Halo 3 screenshot

Nick Peres, Video Producer - Halo 3 multiplayer, Xbox 360
This week I have been mostly... revisiting the tried and tested multiplayer fun that is Halo3. Instead of the usual competitive matchmaking I opted to join my fellow gamers in one of the lesser played custom matches of Infection. This generally involved a handful of 'Healthy' Spartan warriors huddled together atop the high ground, backs to walls and acting very anxious with radars off. Sneaking from rock to rock and listening in on the enemy comms, the infected approach. Keeping an eye out, rifle at the ready, or pistol with only 2 bullets left in my case, I turn my back for one second to do up my laces and bang! - the infected leap with sword in hand, cutting me and others down as the rest of the party scatter for their lives. Now more Infected roam the battleground, the 'healthy ones' become the minority until there is one last man standing, being approached on all sides by the bloated sword-carrying monsters, their laughter blocking out the communication channel. Needless to say I genuinely found Infection to be a bloody good experience, even slightly scary in places. I can't wait to get Halo 4.

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2 screenshot

Simon Hunter, Associate Video Producer - Microsoft Customer Support
It went EXACTLY like this. I was playing Rainbow Six Vegas 2 at home, having a whale of a time. Life seemed perfect except for a nagging desire for some yogurt-coated banana slices. So I managed to tear myself away from my 360 for a few minutes to fill the void in my belly. When I got back to resume the joyous terrorist hunting I was welcomed by the most horrific sight I have ever seen. Three red lights, staring at me like HAL 9000. I tried everything - unplugging every wire, dusting the back but had no success. But it didn't get totally shagged until I whacked it to see if that would help. It didn't. Mine was a release day 360, so to have held out this long was quite valiant on its part, but ultimately, still a pain in the balls.

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Putty Man

Vegas 2 and the old faithful FIFA08 this week for me.
Posted 10:20 on 14 April 2008
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bencrosaby

Nothing. Been in bloody Austria all week. MK Wii is arriving soon though.
Posted 20:51 on 13 April 2008
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Wido

Today was PS3 day really, but through-out the week was Jade Empire on the 360. And last night I didn't go on it, for one simple reason Britian's Got Talent. And then went bed for sure tiredness, just waiting for Mario Kart Wii to come through the post as the Wii has been collecting dust for the past couple of weeks. Its about time I am going to use the Wii for a bit, so that should be good :)
Posted 19:01 on 13 April 2008
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Hanley

Been playing PGR4, PES2008 and finally went back to Call of Duty 4 - still not 'enjoying' it as much as every other person in the gaming world.
Posted 23:19 on 12 April 2008
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Netmind

I've only been working this week "/
Posted 23:14 on 12 April 2008
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Ghost5

You could always head to Game with 2 Wii games and trade them both in and get Mario Kart Wii for £5
thats what i did ;)

I'm Playing Mario Kart Wii and Smash Bros Brawl!
Posted 20:10 on 12 April 2008
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Nata-Wii

Halo 3 online FTW! And I've been playing No More Heroes; it's awesome! But has fussy camera angles at times lol :p I REALLY want Mario Kart Wii but can't afford it. I'm DEFFO getting it next week though. :D
Posted 19:53 on 12 April 2008
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rockster

mario kart wii
Posted 19:40 on 12 April 2008
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Lt_Red

Enemy Territory Quake Wars
Posted 15:56 on 12 April 2008

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Release Date: 14/03/2008
Developer: Hudson
Publisher: Rising Star Games
Genre: Action
No. Players: 1-4
Rating: PEGI 3+
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