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.
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.
James Orry, News Editor - Football Manager Live, PC
I've been having a bit of a spring clear out at VideoGamer.com 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.
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.
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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