Tom Orry, Editor - Blur, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC

Blur screenshot

It was when we sat around in the office and played four-player split-screen that I first realised how good Blur multiplayer was. Neon, Wez, James and myself gathered around the office TV and proceeded to blow the crap out of each other. What makes Blur so good with friends is that it's incredibly accessible, in a Mario Kart kind of way, but also far fairer. For hardcore gamers who have nightmares about the infamous Blue Shell, Blur's lack of unfair power-ups makes it a proper gamer's game. You can, for the most part, defend yourself, and good drivers are going to have a distinct advantage over complete novices who know nothing about racing lines. Great fun and more depth than you might think.

Wesley Yin-Poole, Deputy Editor - StarCraft II, PC

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty screenshot

I love RTS games, but I'm crap at them. I mean, I can usually complete single-player campaigns on the normal difficulty setting. But I haven't got a hope in hell online. So it will be with StarCraft II, due out in July. I'm more interested in the exciting single-player campaign because I know I simply won't enjoy the multiplayer. I used to think this was something developers could do something about: match make me with other players who are equally as crap as I am, I used to plead. But now I'm resigned to my fate. It may be impossible to solve this problem, to cater for the likes of me. The jump in skill required to play RTS games like StarCraft II offline to the skill required to play RTS games like StarCraft II online is bigger than in any other genre. It may be the case that the RTS genre will always be too hardcore for me to play online. And that makes me sad.

Neon Kelly, Previews Editor - Red Dead Redemption, PS3, Xbox 360

Red Dead Redemption screenshot

For reasons I probably shouldn't go into, I've been thinking about beavers all week. I have a sudden need for a beaver, but no matter how hard I try I just can't find one. Someone told me I should go up North and hang around by the rivers; apparently dampness is a good sign when you're on a beaver hunt. I still couldn't find the furry prize I was after, so I tried laying down some bait: I sprayed my juice all over the floor and then hid in a nearby bush. Sadly this didn't work. I waited a while and no beavers showed up, but as I turned around I saw that a big bear was creeping up on me from behind. Naturally I did what anyone would do in those circumstances: I whipped out my pistol and fired it off in his face. The hairy beast moaned and fell to the ground, then I ran over to get at his meat. I'd really wanted a beaver, but sometimes you have to just take what you can get.

Jamin Smith, Staff Writer - Pokemon SoulSilver, DS

Pokemon SoulSilver screenshot

I thought I'd finished with SoulSilver quite some time ago, but as I'm representing VideoGamer.com in the national Pokémon tournament in Birmingham this weekend, I thought I better get some practice under my belt. Well, not practice as such, because I'm already as awesome as I'm likely to get, but general training. Although tournament rules mean that each Pokémon's level is capped at 50, I'm still grinding my way through the Elite Four to learn more powerful moves, sorting out my hold items, and deciding on my final team. With my Tyranitar (Dr. Baltar) heading up the squad, I'm confident that I'll be walking away from the tournament a Pokémon master.

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Peake-a-boo@ MJTH

Red Dead Redemption - PS3!!

Anyone wanna posse up then add me 'hippyben123'
Posted 21:52 on 01 June 2010
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MJTH

More pokemon heart gold: I hooked, my team is already quite strong for now and this is my final team for the next few gym battles atleast:
Sandy (sandslash)
Butterfree
Ultrasound (crobat)
Cynder (typlosion)
Spartan (pidgeot)
Watervapor (vapoureon)

School tornament coming soon... I think I am going to be ready.
Posted 11:39 on 01 June 2010
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Roland_D11

The whole beaver business just made my day much more bright...

I played Red Dead Redemption, currently the endgame, and I'm loving every minute. Besides that:

Alpha Protocol (not pretty to look at, but surprisingly entertaining)
Nier (see Alpha Protocol)
UFC 2010
Posted 13:04 on 31 May 2010
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y2rich

This weekend I have been most playing OH DEAR CHRIST THIS HANGOVER IS GOING TO KILL ME.....the prologue was absolutely fantastic but it quickly descended into 48 hours of the worst gameplay ever.
Posted 11:50 on 31 May 2010
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Get2DaChoppa

The Secret of Monkey island (accidentally bought it...ret*rded i know, but really enjoying it) - XBLA

Mass Effect 2 (got it on the cheap and can't believe how awesome it is) - Xbox 360
Posted 21:41 on 30 May 2010
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Neon-Soldier32

I'm sure many people are jealous of Wes.

Red Dead Redemption - PS3
Left 4 Dead 2 - Xbox
Portal - PC
Modern Warfare 2 - Xbox
Posted 16:57 on 30 May 2010
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scaz2244

finshed alan wake and a bit of red dead redemption
Posted 16:23 on 30 May 2010
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WhoIsThePresidentNow

I played on Red Dead Redemption and Tetris on me phone.
Posted 14:28 on 30 May 2010
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atheistium

I read Neon's story and a filthy smile spread across my face.

YOU FILTHY MAN!

Next time I see you, you are getting a delicious moist beverage and you will like it.
Posted 14:01 on 30 May 2010
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mydeaddog

Cheers for the tips everyone. You'll be pleased to hear that I found my beavers on a long stretch of road by Tall Trees.

RDR is certainly my game of the year so far. It just keeps getting better and better, in my opinion. So much to do, and the whole endgame is absolutely sublime.
Posted 12:22 on 30 May 2010
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Ed2287

RDR
POP forgotten sands
Uncharted 2

@neon - make sure when you spot your first beaver you need to stab it with a knife or throwing knives otherwise you won't be able to collect the pelt for quest.
Posted 11:40 on 30 May 2010
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IndoorHeroes

Spoiler: Jamin didn't win the tournament
Posted 11:28 on 30 May 2010
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dazzadavie

Been playing some Splinter Cell and Just Cause 2
Posted 11:13 on 30 May 2010
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Mr_Ninjutsu

Tom, I couldn't say it better myself. Blur is a great racing game with an uncanny amount of depth to it. Reminds me of Modern Warfare 2 lol.

Playing Red Dead Redemption too, which is awesome. They really have captured the western feel.
Posted 10:32 on 30 May 2010
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El-Dev

Alan Wake - Finished the story
Fifa WC2010 - In to division 1 of the online league system
Posted 10:10 on 30 May 2010

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