What we've been playing this week.
Tom Orry, Editor - Flock!, Xbox LIVE Arcade, PSN and PC
I was going to bore you all again with more tales from Football Manager Live, but I've also been playing a fair bit of Flock! this week. It's not nearly as good as it could have been due to some increasingly annoying design problems, but I really like the idea of a herding game. There's just something quite satisfying about rounding up loads of stray farm animals and then forcing them into an alien space ship - for reasons unknown. Presumably the aliens want to study these animals, but I can't help but get flashbacks to Bad Taste, one of the films Peter Jackson made before he was famous. I'm not so sure a video game version of that film would have had the same cute-factor appeal though…
James Orry, News Editor - Football Manager Live, PC
So, somehow I'm in the All Evening Premier League. I lost my play-off final, but in an effort to ensure the top divisions featured the most active managers I got promoted anyway. My team hasn't looked back since. In a run that's seen the Danglers go unbeaten in 19 matches I've risen to a high of 84 in the gameworld world rankings. Sadly this run is all pre-season and I'm yet to play my first match of the Premier League. This tardiness is largely down to injuries (3-4 days out of action) for my two wingers, and a team without wingers is quite frankly useless. Look out next week for a miserable tale of seven matches played and zero points to show for it, with half the team having declared their intention to leave. It's good to think positively for a change.
Neon Kelly, Previews Editor - Resident Evil 5, PS3, Xbox 360
I know people have been complaining about the controls for Resi 5, but I was still rather taken aback by how clunky it feels at first. The strange thing is that it's almost identical to the last game, but what felt fresh in 2005 now seems as unwieldy as playing tennis while wearing flippers and a pair of oven gloves. Probably. At any rate, I can't say I enjoyed the first hour that much. I was about to switch it off and revert to something else, but then some kind subtle shift took place. Or at least, I'm guessing it did, because I suddenly found myself still playing the darn thing (and having loads of fun) some 90 minutes later. I guess it's just a learning curve… So, if you were a bit put off by the demo for this, my advice to you is to give it another pop. I've seen what happens later on in the game, and I can assure you that there are some pretty incredible scenes.
Sebastian Ford, Video Producer – The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Xbox 360, PS3, PC
So I finally got round to having a go at the Champion’s Arena in the Imperial City, and managed to become Grand Champion in one sitting. The matches were depressingly easy, so much so I was tempted to knock up the difficulty level just to make it feel a little bit more worthwhile. You do get a reasonably powerful piece of enchanted armour for the task, and the weekly monster matches that follow earn you a very pretty penny, so ultimately it was a very worthwhile task. The Thieves Guild is next on the list, but I still have a massive backlog of side missions to get through. Damn my no-stone-unturned compulsions!
For more on what we've been up to this week check out the brand-new VideoGamer.com Podcast.
Let us know what you've been playing in the comments section below.