Super Mario Galaxy 2

Super Mario Galaxy 2 Features for Wii

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Tom Orry, Editor - Super Mario Galaxy 2

Super Mario Galaxy 2 screenshot

I've been told I'm dead inside this week, all because I haven't been jumping up and down in joy and weeping tears of nostalgia while playing Mario's latest star-fetching adventure. In truth, I think Mario Galaxy is the best 3D platformer I've ever played, even if it hasn't managed to bring me to my knees like some people on the internet claim it has done to them. It's such an inventive, tightly made game, never once putting a foot wrong. It's always challenging, yet never unfair. And it's gorgeous, yet somehow quite simplistic. I might be dead inside but I know a good game when I play one.

Wesley Yin-Poole, Deputy Editor - Metal Gear Solid 4, PS3

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots screenshot

To prepare for Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, which I'm reviewing next week, I played Metal Gear Solid 4, just, you know, to refresh my memory. Here's 'wot I fink'. It's not good. It just isn't. Don't get me wrong. It looks lovely. And when you actually get to play the game, it plays lovely, too. But these moments are few and far between. There are too many cutscenes, and they go on for too long. Now, I'm a sucker for mental Kojima cutscenes, but in MGS4 they're so long they're offensive. And all the exposition… God, it's mind numbing. I'll say again: when you play MGS4, sneaking around, hiding in boxes, blowing stuff up with rocket launchers, it rocks. But when you're sitting through a half-hour cutscene, it sucks. Thankfully, it appears Kojima has browsed a few MGS4 threads, because Peace Walker… well… you'll find out this Thursday when the review embargo drops.

Neon Kelly, Previews Editor - Robot Unicorn Attack, iPhone

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Apparently I've been living under a rock for the past few months, because I've only just heard about Robot Unicorn Attack. It's another excellent release from TV Network Adult Swim, playable for free online or on your iPhone for the princely sum of £1.79, and it's absolutely fruitbat nutso bonkers. Gameplay-wise, it's very similar to Adam Atomic's excellent Canabalt: an electronic unicorn runs right across a scrolling landscape, leaping over chasms and smashing through star-shaped rocks with a powerful boost move. Every time the beasty jumps, a rainbow spews out of his rear. Oh, and the background music is the mid 90s synthpop single Always, as performed by Erasure. Somehow the whole thing ends up being extremely addictive - despite the fact that the game's tongue is so firmly wedged in its cheek that it's in danger of giving itself permanent facial damage. If you've not yet done so, I heartily urge you to go try it.

Jamin Smith, Staff Writer - Heavy Rain, PS3

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I know. I'm late to the party on this one. 2010 has graced the shop floors with so many fantastic games that I just haven't got round to playing it until now. While I'm only a few hours into the game, first impressions are overwhelmingly positive. Although I can't help but feel Ethan Mars is a bit of a douchebag – Norman Jayden more than makes up for inadequacies as a video game protagonist. The way Quantic Dream allows the player to interact with the environment, other characters and even your own thoughts and feelings is inspired, and I'm genuinely looking forward to seeing where they take the narrative. Avoiding spoilers all this time has been hard work, and now more than ever I'm desperate to know who the Origami killer really is.

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HerbalFuzz

Strangely decided to get a bit further in Alone in the Dark. I was given it for free from someone who thought it was crap and so ended up keeping it. Could have been good and is ok but totally let down by the worst control in video game history.
Posted 10:07 on 07 June 2010
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Woffls@ Darren1986

Assume I'm addressing the post directly above unless I use the 'reply' button or do an @Darren1986.

If you're nearing the end, be prepared for the best credits music in existence. I'm not even kidding. Better than Portal.. except I didn't like the Portal music because it was too popular among the enthusiast press and I'm too cool for that, you know?

@Geraface - Good to hear! I played ME1 about 8 times, usually with the majority of side-quests done. Played it on 360 because I like achievements, my TV and surround, and my sofa more than I like stable framerates :D You're in for one hell of a game, though I didn't realise this on the first playthrough.

I've been playing a lot of Blur and a lot of Modern Warfare 2. I'm finally 'good' at MW2, but I can't play it without getting properly annoyed at it >_< Picked up Pokémon SoulSilver again having given up on trying to catch Lugia without the Masterball, so I'm just levelling with, and stealing cash from, the Elite 4 :D
Posted 22:38 on 06 June 2010
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SexyJams

Red Dead Redemption.
100% in that mofo :D
Posted 19:57 on 06 June 2010
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Geraface@ Woffls

Nah, I'm playing through the first again Woffl. I never finished it the first time around because my PC at the time was rubbish.
Posted 19:44 on 06 June 2010
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Darren1986@ Woffls

@Woffls Who was you talking to? I have only owned Mass Effect a few weeks yes, I haven't had an xbox for too long, picked it up last month. Nearing the end of it now though :)

I want to say congrats on your 3000 posts by the way! :D
Posted 19:42 on 06 June 2010
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Endless@ Woffls

I'm really tempted with blur, but i need to figure out what i would trade in for it, too many unfinished games!

Been playing Magna Carta 2 and SSF4 mostly.
Posted 19:37 on 06 June 2010
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Woffls

You've only just got around to playing Mass Effect!? Or do you mean the second?

Umm, I've been a little addicted to Modern Warfare 2 the last week or so and Prestiged yesterday. Stopped playing that and picked up Blur, which is an incredibly good racing game. I played the Beta for ages and really enjoyed it, but the more I play it the more I appreciate what a remarkable job they've done with everything from presentation to handling and balancing. It's a shame nobody is playing it online though :(
Posted 19:33 on 06 June 2010
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Geraface

Getting through Red Dead, then a lot of Mass Effect thrown in there too. Tried my hand at the little indie game Sleep is Death which isn't half bad either.
Posted 17:10 on 06 June 2010
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Get2DaChoppa

Just completed ME2, awesome game, gonna start playing it again at some point.

Really wanna get some SSFIV games under my belt too.
Posted 16:44 on 06 June 2010
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jeffyboy40

playing the resurgance map pack,much better than stimulas,also red dead redemption(online rocks as does campaing),alan wake,god of war 3 and world at war online.
Posted 15:45 on 06 June 2010
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thompo555

Battlefield bad company 2 is all i've played as I'm deturmined to get the plat! Plus i've been revising all week so not too much time to play
Posted 15:26 on 06 June 2010
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scaz2244

well as my xbox died i had to resort to alpha protocol im only at the begginning but looking quite bad so far but hopefully it will get better
Posted 15:21 on 06 June 2010
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WhoIsThePresidentNow

Played Blast Corps on the N64 this week fantastic game.
Posted 14:34 on 06 June 2010
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El-Dev

BBC2
RDR
Posted 14:28 on 06 June 2010
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Neon-Soldier32

Red Dead Redemption - PS3
Ninja Blade - Xbox
Modern Warfare 2 - Xbox
Mass Effect 2 - Xbox
Left 4 Dead 2 - Xbox
Resident Evil 5 - PS3
Posted 14:21 on 06 June 2010

Game Stats

Release Date: 11/06/2010
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: Platformer
No. Players: 1-2
Rating: PEGI 3+
Site Rank: 932 55
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