Star Ocean: The Last Hope

Star Ocean: The Last Hope Features for Xbox 360

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MadWorld screenshot
MadWorld screenshot

Tom Orry, Editor – MadWorld, Wii
At one point while I was playing through SEGA's Wii bloodbath MadWorld, Wez walked by to take a look at what was going on. "What the hell is that?" he asked, after being somewhat taken aback by the on-screen carnage. "I'm spiking ninjas with this spike," I replied. "The more I can spike on here, the more points I'll get," I added while flinging a trio of wriggling bodies into a large central pit of fire. There's no denying that MadWorld is a fun game. If it weren't for the often terrible camera we'd probably be looking at one of the best Wii games of 2009.

EA Sports Football Academy screenshot

Wesley Yin-Poole, Deputy Editor - EA Sports Football Academy, Nintendo DS
I have a confession to make. I was a little worried that I was outright wrong with my 8/10 review score for EA's handheld Football Manager/Top Trumps/Brain Training hybrid. It won't be everyone's cup of tea. It doesn't offer anywhere near enough depth or strategy for it to be Football Manager on DS. The football trivia mini-games won't keep anyone's attention for long either. For a lot of people, Sports Academy will be a pointless piece of electronic entertainment that serves no other purpose than to shine a light on EA's milking of its FIFA license. For me though, it's pure gold, tapping into so many things I loved when I was a kid: sticker collecting and Top Trumps style games, and things I love as an adult: football and football trivia. Perhaps I'm being silly, perhaps I'm being dumb, but Football Academy cast a spell on me I'm having trouble breaking.

Football Manager Live screenshot

James Orry, News Editor - Football Manager Live, PC
I've been having a bit of a spring clear out at Lane. Star striker David Bellion is gone - sold for £750,000 - as is my midfield general Vince Grella. I've decided my explosive French wonder-kid Lemaire will now be the first choice front-man and I'm hoping to spend big on an Essien-like character to bolster my midfield. On the pitch things are improving, with the first team finally starting to show a bit of fight, able to grind out results even when they're not on top. The youth team is also going well and I'm now beginning to scout around for a few new faces to replace those making their way into the seniors. The All Evening Championship has also started and my target has to be a place in the Premier League once again.

Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - The Director's Cut screenshot

Neon Kelly, Previews Editor - Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars, Wii
Coming back to Broken Sword has been like coming back to an old friend. It's one thing for a game to be good on its initial release, but when an adventure manages to hold its spark and appeal after no less than THIRTEEN years of technological progression… well, what can you say? Shadow of the Templars is a stone-cold classic, a masterclass in how point-and-clickers should be done. Yes, there are a few rough edges on this Director's Cut - but that still doesn’t stop it from being one of the finest Wii games to come out this year. It's laugh-out-loud funny, has clever puzzles and it weaves one of the best stories you'll ever find in a video game. If you even vaguely like adventure games, I implore you to take a look.

WWE Legends of WrestleMania screenshot

Sebastian Ford, Video Producer – WWE Legends of WrestleMania, Xbox 360 & PS3
I haven’t played a wrestling game since I was about thirteen, honestly it’s no joke. So, nine years on, I find myself behind the wheel of Legends. My immediate first choice was Hulk Hogan vs. The Rock. I’m not sure if they ever grappled for real, but it would have be an awesome match; a match that could quite possibly only be enhanced by throwing in Chuck Norris as a wieldable weapon. I had forgotten how clumsy it can feel to control, movement feels very restricted and it takes a while to pull off anything in the way of interesting moves. Still, it wasn’t long before The Rock was tearing off his pads for an almighty People’s Elbow. God that takes me back.

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jakeistheman's Avatar


cod waw zombies and killzone 2 for me
Posted 18:08 on 22 March 2009
xboxlive's Avatar


aaint had much time to play on the xbox this week but the game i been playing are listed below:
Found it to be ok but not the best-lucky i had it on rent as i dont think this game would be worth buying.
Posted 16:36 on 22 March 2009
Ogre's Avatar


Madworld does look ace... So, the new Broken Sword is good then...? Tempting, tempting...
Posted 10:29 on 22 March 2009
Woffls's Avatar


I have been playing brilliant iPhone games (Rasta Monkey), and not so brilliant iPhone games (The Quest).

I have also been playing a little bit of Street Fighter IV... ranked matches managed to put me up against players with 1800bp against my 0bp... not fun...
Posted 00:05 on 22 March 2009
Wido's Avatar


Been playing God Of War on the PS2, and all I can say is this. HOW ON BLOODY EARTH DID I MISS THIS GAME WHEN I DID HAVE A PS2 BEFORE!

Still going through Resident Evil 5 which I'm taking my time on, I can't rush a beautiful game like Resident Evil 5.
Posted 20:38 on 21 March 2009
Bloodstorm's Avatar


Street Fighter 4, Killzone 2.

Having a blast with them.
Posted 19:44 on 21 March 2009
Ghost5's Avatar


GTA Chinatown Wars
Pokemon Platinum

All good games in my opinion
Posted 17:41 on 21 March 2009
thpcplayer's Avatar


JUst bought tha wrestlemmania thing.
THis week was split into two halfs first till friday i played
race pro- 9 points
socom- 8 would be good
resi 5- 10 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
chinatown wars- 9.6 till now
havent completed it. Next week will be wheelman.
Posted 15:18 on 21 March 2009

Game Stats

Technical Specs
Release Date: 05/06/2009
Developer: tri-Ace
Publisher: Square-Enix Co
Genre: RPG
No. Players: One
Rating: PEGI 12+
Site Rank: 2,870 20
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