Tom Orry, Editor - Portal 2, Xbox 360

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Portal 2 is a funny game. The witty one-liners hit the mark every time and companion Wheatley is always amusing. It's hard to say anything about this superb sequel without spoiling something, with even the smallest moments being memorable events that you'll want to experience for the first time yourself, rather than second-hand via a friend's badly remembered anecdote. I'd love so called 'non-gamers' to give Portal 2 a try, but I fear the game's tricky portal firing puzzle mechanics later in the game may prove to be too much of a barrier to entry for many. I think Portal 2 has set a new bar for in-game dialogue that is going to be hard to better.

Neon Kelly, Deputy Editor - Borderlands, PC, PS3, Xbox 360

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There, I've finally finished it. I'd heard from endless sources that the end to Borderlands' main plotline was a bit crap, and guess what - it turns out they were right. I suspect everyone knows this already as you all wrapped up the game (and its DLC) ages ago, but for what it's worth I think the last area is actually rather interesting. The supposed climax is a major letdown, but to be honest it hardly bothered me: I sat through the credits and then just went back to roaming about, shooting people in the face with my absurdly powerful acid revolver. It would have been nice to get a better battle at the end, but a game like this barely needs an ending anyway. Maybe we'll get a more satisfying conclusion in Borderlands 2 (it must be on the cards for some point soon), but part of me wonders whether a shooter like this actually needs an ending at all...

Martin Gaston, Previews Editor - Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Xbox 360, PS3, PC

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood screenshot

Brotherhood is an absolute beast of a game. There's something about Ubisoft's gentle mix of wading through shiny collectible trinkets to go alongside its nonsensical overarching narrative about an evil species of popes or something (I honestly have no idea), but it's Rome that's the real star of the show. There's a quick travel system in place through a series of underground tunnels, but I tend just to run, jump, and leap everywhere because I love bounding over the sights on the way. If you ask me, the reason Rockstar decided not to enter Red Dead Redemption into this year's BAFTAS is because it knew Brotherhood was going to mop up - and rightly so.

I do find it fascinating that Ubisoft is having such success in annualising a franchise which requires a significant time investment. My Rome is now 60% renovated, but I've barely scratched the surface of the game - I'm just coming to the end of the third memory sequence, so there's plenty to battle through before I get to the supposedly baffling conclusion.

Jamin Smith, Staff Writer – Infamous 2, PS3

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Should I find the time to play Infamous 2 when it releases in June, I'll steer Cole down the path of the goody-two-shoes. I always feel morally obliged to play the hero in a game featuring a choice of ethics. So, when I played it earlier in the week, I made sure to make the most out of the opportunity to be evil. First I overloaded a generator, killing a whole bunch of civilians just to save time killing a few enemies. Then, out on the streets of New Marais, I revelled in throwing cars at pedestrians, filling passers-by with thousands of volts of electricity and generally going out of my way to beat the crap out of perfectly innocent people. By the time I surrendered my controller to the next journo, Cole's body was a canvas for menacing blue veins and angry tattoos, and the electricity surging out of him was red, instead of blue. He looked badass.

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p0rtalthinker@ Stegosaurus-Guy-II

Yeah a lot of people say that game is tedious just doing the same thing over and over again (which is essentially what you are doing), but I found it just so relaxing to be skirting on the rooftops stabbing dudes and flying across the landscape, being the first time I played an AC game and all. A lot of the climbing of the first game wasn't changed all that much between it and it's predecessor (besides of course improving and tweaking it), so I was happy to just finish the storyline of the first without feeling gimped and continue on. Hope you can do the same, as the ending to the first games pretty interesting (storywise; much better to play it then read about it in a wiki).
Posted 15:41 on 14 May 2011
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Nothing! :(

Edit: Oh a bit of Helix Wiiware... nothing special
Posted 21:35 on 13 May 2011
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CheekyLee@ EverTheOptimist

*Recommends Earth Defence Force 2017 to ETO.

More Borderlands, more Pokemon Black, and a soupcon of Toy Story 3 with my son. Also managed one quick go on the Gears 3 beta, which was pretty good. Basically, I seem to not get the gametime I require at the moment.
Posted 10:45 on 12 May 2011
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I tried getting into the first Assassin's Creed again after all the Revelations news, and it's much more fun than the first time I played it.

I read that the developers made the game without the use of a map in mind, then added it to make it more accessible. So I turned the GPS off and tried not to look at the map and it's so much more fun. You actually have to investigate stuff instead of just having to run from point A to B.
Posted 10:38 on 12 May 2011
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I'm back on Assassins Creed 2 and I will complete it. If I don't finally complete it by next Friday then it'll never happen.
Posted 10:31 on 12 May 2011
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More Mass effect 2 - About halfway finished with my second play through of a renegade space chick; having a blast so far. Hoping to finish this next week then move onto some other games.
Posted 18:34 on 11 May 2011
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Mafia II mostly - really enjoying this story driven open world. I'd like there to be a little more to do around the city but when picked up for £12 you should not really complain!

A little bit of NFS Hot Pursuit for an adrenaline rush...
Posted 10:23 on 11 May 2011
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NFS Shift 2 and Portal 2, but I'm also re-playing Crysis 2 on veteran difficulty.

Basically, games with '2' in the title.
Posted 13:30 on 09 May 2011
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dav2612@ dazzadavie

To be honest, I've absolutely no idea but somehow it has me hooked.

Perhaps it is just the change to the usual, I've played too many shooters and driving games this gen and I'm getting bored with them. The Sims is just something totally different to my usual gaming habits, it's utterly pointless in a sense but that doesn't matter and I'm really enjoying it.
Posted 11:40 on 09 May 2011
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dazzadavie@ dav2612

What is it about the The Sims thats has kept you so interested dude?
Posted 10:57 on 09 May 2011
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The Sims 3 - quite simply the only game I've played all week. I could sell all my others games and consoles and I'd probably not notice right now.
Posted 09:26 on 09 May 2011
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Mostly Test Drive Unlimited 2 this week, (and mostly poker in the DLC Casino yet again) but had a session with Clockpunk's Club where we ground out 10,000 xp to increase the club level, then paused when we saw we needed another 90,000 xp to increase the club level again.

That's only another 763 races so not sure why we stopped.

Picked up Just Cause 2 new on the cheap (£15) which works exactly like Red Faction: Guerrilla does, but with extra grapple and more green, which makes a considerable difference for some reason.

Also picked up, but haven't yet played again, Too Human for £5.99. I've been getting this urge to do some loot runs through it since giving the original to my daughter so it's now there for when it's needed, which is sort of comforting.

My 360 collection is now at over 110 games, half of what I had for the PS2, and continues to grow apace. I didn't think that would actually happen this generation but it's surprising how much fun there is out there. Wiki says I have roughly another 688 games to go to complete my 360 boxed game collection, but when one of them is 'You're in the Movies' I'm not going to be utterly completist about it.
Posted 23:36 on 08 May 2011
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Portal 2 - Easily the funniest game I think I've ever played. Some brilliant puzzles that can make you feel like a complete genius once finished. Once you hear Stephen Merchant as Wheatley you can't imagine anyone else filling the role, just fantastic casting. Just an excellent(running out of superlatives) game.

Got it for the PS3 so obviously haven't tried co-op yet, but have a feeling it could be a real laugh. Only bought it yesterday and was torn between it and AC:B, think I made the right choice. I will inevitably pick AC:B up though.
Posted 20:45 on 08 May 2011
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Ive just started playing Borderlands :) Reallt enjoying it so far, and it has the added bonus of being split screen co-op so i can play it with my wife as well :D

Also been playing Star Ocean: The Last Hope, just gets better, though the combat seems a bit one-dimensional until you hit a boss fight. Still everything else is excellent, even if Edge is your typically emo annoying cretin, the rest of the cast make up for his short-comings hehe. This will likely take a back seat to Borderlands though.

Lee was over the weekend before and we had a bit of a marathon MvC3 session too, really enjoyable. Funny how playing with people you know increases the enjoyment of a fighting game, it's not like the game itself changes!
Posted 20:13 on 08 May 2011
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Fifa 11: good game to just pick up and play, I've gotten saints into the championship just need to get that season rapped up.

Shift 2: I'm taking my time to master every track as I come to them.
Posted 18:24 on 08 May 2011

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