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Dead Space Extraction screenshot

Tom Orry, Editor - Dead Space: Extraction, Wii
There was something really quite exciting about blowing the head off one of the rampaging humans turned nasties in Dead Space: Extraction on Wii. Violent games clearly already exist on the platform, but here it feels even more extreme. I probably should have been expecting it, having played and loved the original Dead Space on consoles last year, in which alien limbs were cut off using the arsenal of tools at your disposal. Extraction is also a wonderful looking game, with developer Eurocom getting some hugely atmospheric visuals out of the relatively underpowered Wii hardware. This is easily one of the best light-gun shooters I've ever played, up there with SEGA's hilarious House of the Dead: Overkill.

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 screenshot

Wesley Yin-Poole, Deputy Editor – Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, Xbox 360
For all its flaws, UA2 has rekindled the adolescent, comic book collecting teenager in me, someone I thought forever lost to time and nostalgia. I've been obsessing over unlocking every character's alternate costume, and great big green powerhouse Hulk. It's irrational, but I can't help myself. Fuelled by this obsession, after work on Thursday I popped into Croydon's Forbidden Planet and bought four comics. Something called Dark Avengers, New Avengers, Thor and The Uncanny X-Men. Things have changed quite a bit since my X-Men collecting days. The X-Men are outcasts, holed up in Magneto's old underwater base, The Avengers are being hounded by improbable media darling The Green Goblin, and Thor's hardly about Thor. Will this newfound comic book enthusiasm last? Doubtful, but I owe UA2 a great debt. This week I've felt 15 again, and it's been great.

Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising screenshot

Neon Kelly, Previews Editor - Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising, Xbox 360
Ah, the military sim. No other genre is so consistently punishing, so demanding, so merciless in its tendency to dish out a swift death. I've been playing Dragon Rising this week, and the rest of the staff have had to listen to my screams and curses as yet another mission ends in bloody failure. Indeed, between this and Wez's attempts to battle through Risen, the past five days have heard an awful lot in the way of yelled profanities. At the time of writing, I've spent the past three hours attempting to capture an airfield; countless virtual lives have been lost in the pursuit of this objective, and I now feel battered and bruised. So yes indeed, Dragon Rising is hard as nails - but is it any good? My review will be going live next Tuesday - so check back then to find out.

FIFA 10 screenshot

James Orry, News Editor - FIFA 10, Xbox 360
So I've just put the controller down after back to back wins against Tom and then Wez. The first was a 2-1 victory which saw Tevez scoop the ball over a well positioned Gomez - it was a quite frankly ridiculous chip shot that had Wez leaping out of his chair in amazement. Tom defeated, Wez took the controller, switched Spurs for Chelsea and attempted to dethrone the king. It was a great start for the challenger, Drogba smashing home a half-volley from the edge of the area. Then came some magic from Robinho, weaving in and out until a clumsy challenge from one of Chelsea's ageing centre backs resulted in a stone cold penalty. 1-1. Extra time and it wasn't until the dying moments that Adebayor broke free and, one-on-one with the keeper, lopped the ball over a stranded Cech. It wasn't over, though, with a last gasp headed equaliser forcing the game to pens. After the dramatic end to extra time, the shootout proved rather undramatic, with Wez only managing to sink two of his five pens. The reign of King Orry continues.

Risen screenshot

Sebastian Ford, Video Producer - Risen, Xbox 360 and PC
I only played it for about an hour; I was capturing for a bit of gameplay footage to go up on the site naturally assuming that I would be able to just pick up the game and play it. It would have made for boring footage; I died within thirty seconds, a trait that continued frequently thereafter. But it wasn’t this that made me instantly question the game; it was the sound of the rain beating down on the beach in that opening scene. Every 10 or 15 seconds the sound of the rain would loop, how did I know this? There was actually an audible pause between the loops. I'm all about RPGs, but when people start defending one by saying "it gets good after about 15 hours into the game" then that’s 15 hours I would rather spend elsewhere.

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xboxlive

This week i have been trying to finish off some games.
Dirt 2 - Best looking racing game i have played so far.
Race pro - A good racing sim for hardcore racers
Posted 12:49 on 05 October 2009
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Karlius

Finally got my Legends of Wrestlemania back! Played it and completed it quite quickly but its an awesome wrestling game. Finished Fable 2 up yes 100% done wow. Also been playing a little ODST Firefight and intend on finishing off Bio Shock. Finally decided to play through everything I already have before any more purchases.

Still working on Seriously 2.0 lol almost 1 year in!
Posted 12:43 on 05 October 2009
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South_East_Jedi

uncharted drakes, heavenly sword, shadow complex, trials, halo odst
Posted 12:32 on 05 October 2009
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bencrosaby

CoD4, Halo 3, GuitarsOnFire and Fifa 10.
Posted 13:39 on 04 October 2009
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danik69

fifa 10! a day late though! worth the wait!
Posted 21:47 on 03 October 2009
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GeNeCyDe1993

FIFA!!! 10 :)
Posted 20:39 on 03 October 2009
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Coadee123

loads of halo 3 after playing odst im addicted to it
Posted 17:43 on 03 October 2009
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thompo555

U2 beta, shift demo BrĂ¼tal legends demo and some IL2
Posted 16:10 on 03 October 2009
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jakeistheman

trying to find time to download the uncharted 2 beta/demo,socom,and cod4.
Posted 15:58 on 03 October 2009
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Wido

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, totally rocks. Fluid combat which its known for when mastered the techniques of blocking :laugh:

UC2 beta/demo. Never gets old but I could see it losing its appeal.

NFS: Shift. Excellent racing game to be fair.
Posted 12:52 on 03 October 2009
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Mr_Ninjutsu

Uncharted 2: Amongst Thieves Beta/Demo
Brutal Legend (ace story, mediocre gameplay)
Posted 12:26 on 03 October 2009
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rbevanx@ wyp100

Might have been the Dreamcast tribute you did not long ago tbh.
I have also finally got fed up of Batman but I have Little Big Planet, Dead Space and Fight Night 4 to catch up with.

I play on the Mega Drive, Saturn and Mega CD now and again mind.
Posted 12:22 on 03 October 2009
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Stegosaurus-Guy-II

Playing through the Fallout 3 DLC right now, as the PS3 version just got it.

I just brought Bioshock, should arrive soon. I'm not expecting much but I'd like to see why it won so many GotY awards.
Posted 12:12 on 03 October 2009
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wyp100@ rbevanx

Really? What's prompted busting the Mega Drive out?
Posted 12:11 on 03 October 2009
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rbevanx

Been playing on the mega drive. Sonic and Streets of Rage.
Posted 12:10 on 03 October 2009

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Developer: Ubisoft
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