Street Fighter IV

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Tom Orry, Editor - Football Manager Live, PC
I was quite prepared to talk about playing the ultra violent X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but there's big news from the world of Football Manager Live that couldn't stay hidden. I sold my star striker Victor Obinna for £1.7m and my lightning fast winger Menseguez for £400k, leaving my squad in tatters and my players up in arms - I feared some of them would refuse to sign new contracts. They weren't aware of my plans behind the scenes, though, as I was in talks to sign superb 24-year-old striker Kalinic. This guy set me back a cool £2.2m, but he's been worth every penny, scoring 15 goals in 13 games. My players aren't moaning any more!

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Wesley Yin-Poole, Deputy Editor – Street Fighter IV, Xbox 360
When Capcom released the Championship Mode as a free download last week, I was of course itching to try it out. What it does, effectively, is sort players into mini-leagues based on points. Points are won by competing in mini, three round tournaments. If you win the first match, you proceed to the second round, then, if you win that, play in the final. It's well thought out – you can stop playing and come back to it later and the game will remember what round you're in. Best of all though, is it seems, and I can't be 100 per cent sure of this, that the update has improved the quality of the connections possible with other players. I've had some Championship Mode matches that have had the entire connection quality bar filled – this never happened before. That, for me, is the best thing about the update. Still, online's got nothing on local matches.

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Neon Kelly, Previews Editor - GTA IV: The Lost and Damned, Xbox 360
This week I’ve been having a tricky time of it, dealing with the dual complications of estate agents and Internet Service Providers. Appropriately enough, I’ve also returned to the world’s premier organised crime simulator – the superlative GTA IV. I’ve only just delved in to the first DLC pack, but I’m already digging the new bike physics. As Tom said in his review, TLAD seems a bit grittier and nastier than the misadventures of Niko Bellic, but that’s no bad thing. Plus you can fire a double-barrelled shotgun with one hand while riding a bloody big motorbike. Who doesn’t love to channel the spirit of Terminator 2?

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James Orry, News Editor - Football Manager Live, PC
It's been a really great week for the Danglers. Lemaire has finally hit some form in the All Evening Premier League and now sits as the top scorer with 18 goals in 24 games - not bad for a 19-year-old. This form has helped the team climb to forth in the division, with my watertight defence proving a match for some of the best teams not only in the league, but entire game world. The seniors also made it to the semi-finals of two cups, heartbreakingly losing 5-5 on away goals in one of them. The youths also continue to impress, securing the AE U21s league title thanks to a 3-1 victory over their nearest rivals. The even younger Danglers are also starting to come good: top five in the AE U18s and a very positive showing in a massive U17 tournament. To top this off, 18-year old Rodriquez is also showing signs of becoming my next youth superstar (he's improving across almost all attributes).

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Sebastian Ford, Video Producer – X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC
Basically, this game took me completely by surprise. I have developed a natural sense telling me almost all movie-based games are terrible, (exceptions include Spider-man 2, an excellent game in its own right!) but Wolverine really does do exactly what is says on the tin… or plastic green box. I can honestly admit I let loose several small yelps of glee when I first saw Wolverine physically rip someone in half, and again when the soldier's head was pushed up between some helicopter rotor blades. Not that I’m hugely into sadism myself, it’s just this is what Wolverine is supposed to be - a human / wild animal hybrid. It’s not been toned down at all for the younger movie-loving crowd, and it’s all the better for it. The only issue I've found so far is there’s a shred of repetition starting to appear. The bosses look dangerously similar and I find myself resorting to the quickest method of killing just to speed up the story progression. Still, I was smiling all the way through.

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This week i have been plaing:

.Halo war-which was better then i was thinking in my head,"enjoyed it alot"

.Race pro-One to get if youo big on you race sims.
Posted 10:56 on 05 May 2009
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Finishing off on Wolverine. I agree with Lee perfect adaptation. I just wish the game had a delayed release. 3 months more and the ironing out of the glitches would have been awesome. 48/50 achievements done already and I think it's going to be another clean sweep like Resi 5 before it.

Maybe I have finally succumb to the gamer points bug. Just hope they don't mess my perfect score up with rubbish DLC like RE5 did.

I would like to point out that CorruptOKilla obviously hasn't played Wolverine. As the life bar is indeed a life bar. However once you lose your life the message is you have been captured. Wolverine becomes weak when hit. When Magneto removed his adamantium he was severely weakened and almost died. We also know that if you remove his head he'll die. He is not immortal! Just has healing powers!
Posted 23:52 on 04 May 2009
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WAS REAL hard to master the contrls in brain lara 2007 but i did it. I love the way you can take catches, run out your opposition batsmen and all that stuff . THis really makes it the best cricket game right now.
Posted 13:00 on 04 May 2009
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wyp100@ FantasyMeister

Oh I see - sounds very much like the loot bug then - careful, that bug's deadlier than Swine Flu.
Posted 10:56 on 04 May 2009
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I've been playing Wolverine over the weekend! - I'm loving it!
With regards to the life bar - it's not to kill him - once it's depleted he is rendered unconcious and captured.
It's a totally unrealistic game and works really well for it and most importantly I'm enjoying it - loads!
Posted 08:23 on 04 May 2009
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WoW, almost Naxx 25 man geared.

SF4, attempting to win the final at championship mode, fecking blanka players ruin it for me.
Posted 20:26 on 03 May 2009
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FantasyMeister@ wyp100

Because I play the online version of PSU on the 360 (£6.99 a month) so get to flash my shinies at everyone in the multiplayer lobby areas, but really the only shinies I have are my photon arts, not many players out there have every single one.

I agree with the not bothering too much about it in offline games though, but nowadays they're getting crafty and linking your loot offline to specific achievements (e.g. Too Human, Two Worlds) so that still gives me motivation, but that dies when the achievement is achieved.
Posted 19:28 on 03 May 2009
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@ FantasyMeister

Sounds like you've got the loot bug. I used to have it with World of Warcraft, but I've never had it with offline games. There, the motivation was to, effectively, show off your new loot to other players. But with offline games such as PSU, you can't do that. I'm interested - what's the motivation for you?
Posted 19:19 on 03 May 2009
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FantasyMeister@ CheekyLee

PSU for me all week, although Far Cry 2 got a couple of hours look-in at one point then went straight onto the 'to play when I'm not playing PSU' pile, which is a bit large now.

Currently I'm hunting a slot unit for my armour, which involves doing the same mission over and over until it drops. 33 runs so far (each run takes 20 minutes) and no luck, but I'm going to keep going until I get it, cuz I'm hardcore. Or loopy. Or addicted and a bit of both.
Posted 15:41 on 03 May 2009
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CheekyLee@ Corrupt0Killa-TomBut

You are wrong and you should feel bad. Wolverine is an object lesson in how to make a game for such a character. A videogame needs the possibility of failure, which is why Woverine gets damaged. Who needs or even wants realism in a game like this? And, so what if the lunge is over-powered? There is such a thing as 'fun', and Wolverine provides that in bucketfuls.

This week, I have been swearing at Trauma Centre on DS, due to being able to fail an operation by not putting the bandage on properly at the end. I have also tried some Left 4 Dead survival mode, and giggled far too much throughout!
Posted 12:09 on 03 May 2009
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Burnout paradise, and loving it!
Posted 10:14 on 03 May 2009
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I have been playing FIFA 09 as of Ultimate team and some other games in my game collection. As of watching the Mortal Kombat film yetersday I got in the mood to play some MK3 for a change and get slaughtered by Montaro. Hes really hard to beat on Master mode, but getting all that way is a great accomplishment.

Either later today or tomorrow I'am going to start Resident Evil 5 from where I have lefted it. Defeated the chainsaw mini-boss for the first time so chapter 2 part 3? I'm not too sure.
Posted 10:11 on 03 May 2009
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Didnt got any new games busy with old ones completed kz2 single player again and more recently bought brain lara 2007(I am big fan of cricket) I am loving this game perhaps something to do till red faction and infamous are out
Posted 09:07 on 03 May 2009
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Sorry seb but i completely disagree any game that involves a life bar for wolverine instantly fails...why? because he cant die in the comics or the films. so what the point in making a game in which makes wolverine killable? And another thing when i was playing this game was the fact that the "Leap" was completely ridiculous, he jumps way to far and since when does he do flips in the air at that height? The enemies jump way to high to which seems that they have the ability "leap" too.

oh before i forget too, the feral sense or something like that, c'mon since when does a sense let you sniff out a couple of conveniently placed ledges along a cliff side.

a poor poor attempt at a wolverine game, completely disappointed.

the environments are good though.
Posted 08:06 on 03 May 2009

Game Stats

Release Date: 20/02/2009
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Genre: Beat 'em Up
No. Players: 1-2
Rating: BBFC 12
Site Rank: 857 68
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