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!
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.
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?
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).
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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