Welcome to VideoGamer.com Plays, our weekly feature where we give you the inside track on what's been whirring in our disc drives this week. We'll be honest (so if we've been playing Superman on the N64 we'll tell you). But if we've been hammering the latest billion-selling blockbuster we'll let you know about that too.
Tom Orry, Editor -Turok, Xbox 360.
It's not often that I'm too bothered about a game not being very good, but Turok really takes the biscuit because it's a game that should have been highly entertaining. It's got plenty of guns, Unreal Engine 3 powered visuals, rampaging dinosaurs and some great long grass to play in. The whole thing just falls apart at the seams though. If it's not the twitchy controls, the annoying knockdowns, the miss-timed knife attacks or the extreme drabness that's bothering you, it's the awful checkpoint placements. It's hard to believe that a game could be released so obviously flawed, when someone at some point must have pointed these glaring faults out. They're not even major things to fix and could have made this 5/10 disaster into a very competent 7 or 8. Turok is beyond a disappointment.
James Orry, News Editor - Dr Kageyama's Maths Training, DS.
I know it's not a cool thing to admit, but I enjoyed maths at school, probably because I was good at it but also because of the constant challenge the subject provided. So when Nintendo announced Maths Training for Nintendo DS I was understandably quite excited. We were testing out the game's multiplayer element during the week, and its simple multiplication problems actually got me buzzing. They weren't difficult, but the competition element of completing all the problems before Tom and Wez made it highly enjoyable. I finished my number grid some 30 seconds before Tom and... erm, it's best not to say how far ahead of Wez I was. For some reason neither Tom nor Wez was up for a second game.
Nick Peres, Video Producer - Day of Defeat Source, PC.
I love this Mod. I have done since the original was released, and like many of my friends I've been a particular addict for modding it further for that more authentic feel. From the outset DoD has always been a great game to dip into every now and then when you're looking for a quick fight, but it's also got such a great selection of maps and regular users. It's one of those few games at the moment which actually sparks some serious gaming in me, especially when played with some friends on your team. I want it to look and sound as authentic as possible, and thanks to its fantastic fan base it can, whether that means downloading and using proper M1 Garand ping clip sounds, or a more muddy 82nd airborne jumpsuit skin for the allies, it's all there. I personally still believe this is the most fun multi-player WW2 themed shooter out there, so what you waiting for, pick up your spade, put your helmet on and call me Rutger Hauer.
Simon Hunter, Associate Video Producer - Hide and Seek, Real life.
It certainly has been a dry spell for games after the amazing Xmas line-up - I've been so bored I have actually looked beyond my monitor to entertainment. And so this week I rediscovered hide and seek. You hear a lot about tension in games these days - think BioShock, that kind of thing - but I assure you there is nothing more tense than sneaking around a huge, dark house looking for a hyperactive child, who screams at you when you find him (Nick). My complete inability to contain any form of laughter made me utterly crap at being the hider - as soon as I heard my name shouted even once, my girl-like giggle would give away my position. The fact that Tom was stood on the staircase, under which I was hiding, kicking dust into my motionless face didn't help either. This game is fantastic and has life-like visuals - check back for our full review in the near future.