Tom Orry, Editor - Rango, Xbox 360
I've been playing this in my own time instead of continuing through Dead Space 2, and guess what, Rango isn't as good. Having said that, this game made to cash-in on the Johnny Depp animated movie of the same name, is pretty competent and nowhere near as offensive as some children's games I've had to play through in the past. Sadly Depp is nowhere to be heard, not lending his voice to the titular main character, but the gameplay is action packed, combining basic melee combat with gunplay, and the visuals are smart enough to at least resemble the stunning movie.
Martin Gaston, Staff Writer - Red Dead Redemption, Xbox 360, PS3
Viva la Revolución! Mexico is finally done, so now it's a clear path to the ending which is apparently better than sliced bread - well, it would be if I hadn't spent most of the week dossing off by getting caught up in all the challenges. Despite being such a badass, my John Marston spends an awful lot of time picking flowers and keeping them in his satchel. They make his bag smell all nice, you see, and probably offset the pong of the rabbit's foot I'm packing for good luck. Gee, people sure were crazy in them olden day times.
I'm also slowly racking up my bounty, and now I'm just shy of $6000. I've also very nearly maxed out my Honour, despite the fact I regularly roll into Armadillo and kill everybody. Turns out covering your face in a sheet of cloth is very handy for preserving a man's public integrity.
Emily Gera, Staff Writer - Dragon Age II, Xbox 360
Let those jaws of yours dangle in slack-chinned surprise because I didn't even touch WoW this week. Instead I got handed an early copy of Dragon Age 2 to review and ended up spending six out of last week's seven days playing the thing, clocking in about 10 hours per day, and managing to play it through twice while slowly fusing with my sofa. So much for trying to defuse the stereotype of gamers that never leave the house. Cheers for that, RPGs. Between WoW and DA2 I've consumed so much fantasy I'll never be able to finish a conversation without mentioning runes.
Jamin Smith, Staff Writer – Beyond Good and Evil, Xbox 360, PC
I liked Beyond Good and Evil a great deal. I'm not going to get into the whole score debate, but seven out of ten is a good score. That said, the game becomes incredibly frustrating at times, the direct result of a last-gen camera. Combat suffers the brunt of this issue, often becoming a mindless case of button bashing because you can't see what the hell is going on. Nostalgia makes people oblivious to this fact, it seems. Still, it didn't stop me 200G'ing that badboy, and I'm only a pearl or two away from owning EVERY SINGLE ONE. This weekend will likely be spent hunting down the few I'm missing.