Tom Orry, Editor - Start the Party, PS3

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Most of this week I've been playing Disney: Epic Mickey on the Wii, but seeing as I'm not allowed to talk about that until next week that leaves me with Start the Party - the PlayStation Move launch title from Sony. I didn't give this a hugely favourable review on release, and I stand by that, but it's still good fun for a few hours now and again. There's just not enough content here to keep you coming back time and time again, and many of the most entertaining mini-games are simply tiny little snippets that occur during party play and aren't selectable from the menu.

Neon Kelly, Deputy Editor - Call of Duty: Black Ops, PC, PS3, Xbox 360

Call of Duty: Black Ops screenshot

Fine, so I've finally caught up with the rest of the world and played Black Ops. Seeing as I'm the last person on the planet (apart from Tom Orry) to give it a pop, my opinions are probably a bit redundant, but here it goes anyway: the single-player has a quite a few good sparkly moments, but falls short of MW2. For me, the time-hopping thing is a nice idea that doesn't quite work, as the plot lacks the inter-dependency thing that worked so well last year. Remember the nuke launch, the space bit, and then the choppers falling out of the sky in the next level? That was amazing. Still, I'm really enjoying BLOPS' multiplayer. The wager matches are great, I like the maps a lot, and it generally seems a bit more welcoming than MW2, where I struggled to make any headway. Fine, so most of my kills come from randomly sneaking up on people - but at least I can pretend I'm taking part.

Martin Gaston, Staff Writer - Trainyard, iPhone

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Pikachu... chu chu train?

Waggle is dead: it's locomotion controls where gaming's future lies. I'm not sure if sitting on a train, wondering why the stupid trains never run on time, while I'm playing a game where I absolutely cannot get the trains to work properly is me participating in a damning microcosm of society or not - besides, I'm too busy playing Trainyard to care. While my stumpy fat fingers make actually drawing the track on the screen a continuing source of frustration, and my lifeless brain ensures the ingenious puzzles are near-impossible, actually watching the little choo-choos drive around to their destination is utterly captivating. Did I mention it's better than Game Dev Story? Yes, I went there.

Jamin Smith, Staff Writer – Red Dead Redemption, Xbox 360 and PS3

Red Dead Redemption screenshot

I've been displaying agoraphobic tendencies when playing games recently. When Red Dead Redemption first came out, I played it for half an hour, realised how overwhelmingly big it was, and banished it to the depths of my games cabinet. With GOTY conversations starting to take up more and more time in the office, however, I've decided I need to overcome this irrational fear. After all, it seems Red Dead could find itself pretty high up many lists at the end of the year. I'm about 8 hours in now, and can totally see why a double figure score was lavished on the game. The sprawling landscapes, the red skies, the sunrises, the horses, the herds of cattle, the tumbleweed, the swinging doors on a saloon – it all combines to create a world that is utterly convincing. Of all the open world titles that I've played, the world of Red Dead feels the most cohesive; the most absorbing. I'm starting to build a good mental picture of my own GOTY year list, and I'm pretty sure this will be pretty near the top.

Tom Pearson, Video Producer - Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Xbox 360 and PS3

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood screenshot

Why is it that the starting villa is named so that most non-Italians can't pronounce it without sounding like they're identifying pasta dishes? They may as well have called it ravioli or something. But in all seriousness this game is awesome. I'm a huge fan of the original (although somewhat repetitive) but unfortunately I haven't played the second one. Luckily they bring you up to speed within the first 10 minutes; something about apples, stabbing and Templars. I've also had a crack at multiplayer. Extremely enjoyable to say the least, but most importantly, it's different. I'm just chilling out on a bench with my courtesan buddies when up turns my target. A quick slice with my fan-knife contraption secures my lead as the number one assassin. But what's this? My chum I was previously sitting with has just plunged a dagger through my shoulder. Ooooooooh the deception, how is this fair?! Great, now I'm dead, you can't kill people when you're dead, this is so rubbi.... Oh yay, respawn.

Emily Gera, Staff Writer - Deadly Premonition, Xbox 360

Deadly Premonition screenshot

Yeah, I have no idea what's going on. A girl's been murdered and there are messages hidden in my coffee cup - At least I think that's what's happening. And it's got ghosts that walk backwards. Deadly Premonition is the equivalent of listening to David Lynch describe Twin Peaks after a nine hour drinking session: It's a bit sloppy but it's still basically Twin Peaks so I'll keep listening.

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dudester's Avatar


Food costs money yet you choose to eat your controller :D
Posted 14:28 on 22 November 2010
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I picked up Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood on Saturday, didn't get much playtime so going to make up for that shortly. LOVE the virtual training sections though, reminds me a lot of the ones in Mirror's Edge or, dare I say it, the original training sections from Metal Gear Solid on the PSOne all those years ago.

I'd just add that if you haven't played Assassin's Creed 1 or 2 you're going to be wondering what the hell is going on half the time.

Hot Pursuit was sitting right next to Brotherhood in the store, and I was sorely tempted to pick it up at the same time, but then remembered that food costs money too. Maybe next week.
Posted 11:39 on 22 November 2010
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Just been playing COD BLack OPS online,for the last few days.
Posted 10:44 on 22 November 2010
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I made a start on NFS: HP and COD Black Ops.
Also working my way through the Fallout 3 DLC packs.
And WTF (PS minis) has made some lunch breaks at work fly past.
Posted 09:42 on 22 November 2010
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Deadly Premonition - Think I'm almost at the conclusion - very good developments!!

Assassins Creed: Brotherhood - I'm a little disappointed, if I'm honest. The mechanics still feel rather clumsy, especially once alert guards start throwing rocks huuuuuuge distances with excellent accuracy... a good game, but not great.

Looking forward to getting the disc full of Red Dead Redemption addons - Undead Nightmare looks fantastic.
Posted 17:55 on 21 November 2010
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C'mon Jamin! Use of the word 'pretty' twice in one sentence? And you call yourself a games journalist?

Haha ;)
Posted 17:22 on 21 November 2010
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Been playing through Fable 3 mostly all day today. Finished the game but there is still quite a few things to do, so I shall go back through later to get some of it done.

I played some Hot Pursuit over my friends house. I must admit. I will take my comments back from the demo impression it gave me. Hot Pursuit and Assassins Creed: Brotherhood are my next two games to get whilst to obtain some MSP.
Posted 16:54 on 21 November 2010
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You've only just found trainyard? I've been playing it for weeks! So addictive! :D
Posted 14:21 on 21 November 2010
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been playing bit of blops and enslaved thats about it really.
btw all i can say about martins plays pic is NICE!!!
Posted 14:21 on 21 November 2010
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Cosplay pic = +1. No excuse needed, EVER.

I see a lot of NFS Hot Pursuit in my future, as this has been my most played title so far this week. There won't be an awful lot of time for anything else, though, as GT5 is on the horizon and about to swallow my available time whole...
Posted 14:08 on 21 November 2010
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Pika chu chu... train? That's THE BEST excuse possible for using that picture. Not at all tenuous.

I've played no video games this week at all. Unless watching the Street Fighter IV PC benchmark counts.
Posted 13:47 on 21 November 2010
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Gaston, how are you justifying using a photo of cosplay favourite Jessica Nigri alongside your VG plays? Honestly, you scamp.
Posted 13:27 on 21 November 2010
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So much homework that I've been playing the well known "Catch-up" game..

Though, this whole week has, I think, rested on about an hour and a half combined of F1 2010 and Modern Warfare 2. That was on Monday :(

At least I get qualifications from playing games! Oh, wait...
Posted 12:12 on 21 November 2010
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Aside from work, I've had my partner's parents here for a few days so there has been very little (well in fact absolutely no) gaming at all for me.

Before this terrible time there was NFS Shift, DiRT, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, F1 2010, Undead Nightmare and a few rounds of Battlefield BC 2 at which I got slaughtered, repeatedly...

The parents leave tomorrow afternoon which not only means I can fart freely when I want, but also means I can squeeze a fair bit more gaming into my past-time diet...
Posted 12:03 on 21 November 2010
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Fifa World Cup 2010: I was able to get my way to the final online only to be taken apart by Brazil. So close by yet so god dam far.

Lara Craft and the Guardian of Light: I was able to nab a copy thanks to Videgamers twitter. I wasn't expecting much but I must say it not a bad little game. It looks great and play really well, I was never a big fan of Tomb Raider but I have played a few. Even though this is an isometric view it feels a lot like Tomb Raider one and if any one likes Tomb Raider that seems to be the one to love. Cheers VG!

Need for Speed Hot Pursuit: Love it! my Gold account ran out Friday but I was able to find a 48 hour card in my Battlefield box. So I tried this online last night after a few hours on offline play. Lots of Yanks playing but was great fun.
I sucked at being a copper, coming first one out of about 6 games and DNF the rest. Same has to be said about being a racer too but the one race I won I was so far ahead of the racers and cops, I had time to do a 180 in my Aston and cross the finish line in reverse. A little cocky by hay.
Posted 11:25 on 21 November 2010

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