Resident Evil 5 screenshot
Resident Evil 5 screenshot

Tom Orry, Editor - Resident Evil 5, Xbox 360
It seems the internet is up in arms over Resident Evil 5 because it plays like Resident Evil 4. Having played and loved Resi 4, and still of the opinion that it's one of the best games ever made, Resi 5 plays like I expected and hasn't disappointed in the slightest. The new control scheme that allows you to strafe is there if you want it (although you still can't move and shoot), and it looks brilliant. I've seen people comparing Resi 5 to Dead Space, holding up Dead Space as the superior game because it lets you move and shoot, but they're different games. For me, being forced to stop adds tension to the game. It is a restriction that is forced on you for no other reason, but games have relied on restrictions for years. Resi 5 is still one of my most anticipated games of the year, even if you can't move and shoot.

Warhammer 40:000: Dawn of War II screenshot

Wesley Yin-Poole, Deputy Editor - Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War II, PC
The internet has spoken. Like a Space Marine's chainfist cutting clean through a terrifying Tyranid, DoW2 has sliced Relic's loyal fan base straight down the middle, with little room for compromise. The critics say Relic has oversimplified the RTS genre, providing a sort of mish-mash multiplayer experience that falls somewhere between the original DoW and the studio's other superb RTS, Company of Heroes. Fans say it's truly innovative, a brave move on Relic's part, that strips away the unnecessary and boils the RTS experience down to its core tenets - action, micro-management and tactics. So, who's right? The answer is, in a rather boring way, that both camps have a point. The most important thing, though, is that it's brilliant fun, as I've discovered while playing the multiplayer beta this week. But it's different fun. Is Dawn of War II an RTS? Let the debate rage...

Silent Hill: Homecoming screenshot

Neon Kelly, Previews Editor - Silent Hill: Homecoming, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC
There's only so much that I'm allowed to say about the fifth game in Konami's survival horror series; the game has been out in the States for quite a while, but due to European Review embargos I'm not allowed to discuss Homecoming in detail. What I can say is that this game makes me feel extremely uncomfortable. At the age of 16 I was forced to play the original in 30 minute bursts; now, almost a decade later, I may have to resort to the same tactics. It's dark, it's weird and the monsters are out to get me.... Playing through this may take me a while.

Football Manager Live screenshot

James Orry, News Editor - Football Manager Live, PC
This week I set a new record on FM Live. My youth team - all 17 or younger - won a match 11-0. I'm not an overly excitable person, but this master class of a performance had me punching the air in celebration - over and over and over... and over again. The victory came against the ingeniously named CFC FC and also earned the Juicy Danglers another record - that of the most goals scored in a game by a single player. 17-year-old Kenyan front-man Mark Sirengo bagged six of the eleven goals. The week has taken a bad turn though, with my squads - senior and youth - taking a serious hit through injuries, only acting to worsen my troubles from last week. I'm also on the look out for a new centre back after my veteran Robert Kovac announced this will be his last season as a pro - the only problem is that my club's finances aren't exactly in a healthy state right now.

Killzone 2 screenshot

Sebastian Ford, Video Producer - Killzone 2, PS3
There was no way this game was going to slip under my radar here at the office. The internet hype alone made my head turn when the review build arrived on our doorstep. As you could imagine, the task of capturing gameplay footage for our various Killzone 2 features fell on me, and I managed to play through the first six levels, from start to finish, in the process. You simply cannot deny that the game is beautiful. Something I particularly noticed, while actively hunting for a kill and reload sequence on each weapon, is that the grenade launcher is quite possibly my favourite. In fact it's strange seeing my own gameplay clips up here on the site, taking in the background scenery that originally had completely passed me by.

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Fuzzynutz

I was playing Pacific Rift on the PS3, Then me boys perswayded me to get out the mega drive so we have been playing road rash 1 and 2 golden axe two crude dudes and streets of rage its been great.
Posted 17:17 on 02 February 2009
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South_East_Jedi

Finished off Dead Space, got online with CoD 4 again, bit of GH: WT and alot of GRID.
Posted 14:21 on 02 February 2009
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Wido

Arsenal ladies good team to go for. I so happen to support Arsenal mens of course. If she gets there FM Faye White shall train her well. :)
Posted 22:47 on 31 January 2009
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Is she a l337 gam3r?

Pretty sure if she put her mind to it she could kick her daddy's butt at any game, but she's concentrating on her football (wants to play for Arsenal Ladies) and so whilst I want her to be a geek/nerd like her dad I more delighted that she's happy doing what she loves. She's a l337 daughter and I wouldn't change anything about her for the world.

Sorry Wido, my Runescape char name is secret! I always play my RPGs lone-wolf as much as possible. Sad, but true.

Glad to see that the staffies seem across-the-board passionate about the games they're playing this week. I'd hate to have to play games I didn't like for a living so it's neat when they all seem to be enjoying themselves.
Posted 18:38 on 31 January 2009
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Sins of a Solar Empire has been getting some loving of late, just playing a small/medium game of 8stars and a 100planets...I'm winning :)
Posted 15:34 on 31 January 2009
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I have been playing football with my daughter. She beat me:

Arsenal 1-0 Galaxy
Man Utd 2-1 Argentina

Then we stopped playing FIFA 08 and went to the playing fields where she did 51 keepie-uppies compared to my 4, nutmegged me and became untackleable.

And that, amazingly, is the only game I've played throughout my entire week. But I think, FIFA aside, playing football with my daughter is now my bestest gaem evarr. Even better was I was half of her dev team, so I'm very proud of my creation and yet at the same time humbled by its complexity.

Won't see her again for a couple of weeks so I reckon I'll be back on Runescape by the end of this evening.


Agreed with Ben very good indeed FM.

Runescape hey I must admit I go on it now and again so whats your RS name and shall add you.

Update to my bit up-above Tomb Raider: Underworld = Great game and easily matches Drakes Fortune, on Costal Thailland and I'm really am getting excited the puzzles are great as well. Recommend on all consoles :)
Posted 15:10 on 31 January 2009
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bencrosaby

FM, that's a very nice thing to say about your daughter. :) Is she a l337 gam3r?

Been playing a majority of things. Mainly Guitar Hero, CoD5 and Advance Wars 2. :D
Posted 15:03 on 31 January 2009
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FantasyMeister@ xboxlive

I have been playing football with my daughter. She beat me:

Arsenal 1-0 Galaxy
Man Utd 2-1 Argentina

Then we stopped playing FIFA 08 and went to the playing fields where she did 51 keepie-uppies compared to my 4, nutmegged me and became untackleable.

And that, amazingly, is the only game I've played throughout my entire week. But I think, FIFA aside, playing football with my daughter is now my bestest gaem evarr. Even better was I was half of her dev team, so I'm very proud of my creation and yet at the same time humbled by its complexity.

Won't see her again for a couple of weeks so I reckon I'll be back on Runescape by the end of this evening.
Posted 14:27 on 31 January 2009
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i been playing the list below:
.Call Of Duty WaW-Finished the single player the other week and just been playing online alot in the nights.
.Res 5 Demo-Been trying to like the demo but i just dont feel like a nex gen game :( sorry but i need to see arms legs/body parts flying off.
Posted 13:49 on 31 January 2009
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Wido

Been playing Tomb Raider: Underworld on the PS3. Fable 2 on the 360 and also some COD4 & 5 on the PS3 as well.

Looking forward to Killzone 2 & Street Fighter IV
Posted 13:37 on 31 January 2009
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thpcplayer

I've been playing saints row 2. It is a fine game but it has a few glitches. Also, I've been playing fear. It is a superb mixture of fps and survival horror. I am waiting for fear2. I am also playing gtr2 and a little bit of san andreas and gta iv
Posted 13:31 on 31 January 2009

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