Tom Orry, Editor - LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, Xbox 360, PS3
I'm still working through the excellent Portal 2, but this week I diverted my attentions to the fun, albeit slightly flawed LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean. I've played almost all the LEGO games over the years and for me the formula is starting to get a bit stale. I love the charm and humour that developer Traveller's Tales manages to inject into its games, but the combat and platforming need a shake up, and the storytelling needs to be better. I'd also like a genuine reason to need a friend playing by your side, as currently the only benefit is the odd two-player puzzle becoming slightly less awkward.
Neon Kelly, Deputy Editor - L.A. Noire, PS3, Xbox 360
After what seemed like an endless wait, I've spent the past week trawling the raw underbelly of 1947 Los Angeles. I've met countless unsavoury characters, seen terrible things, and scrabbled about for the truth like a lost child in the dark. Check back here on Monday to hear the final review; I can promise that the verdict will be completely and utterly spoiler-free. Until then I better keep my mouth shut, otherwise I'll end up sleeping the big sleep... or worse still, sliced in half and left on exhibit in a dark East Croydon alley. Review embargos are serious business, you know.
Martin Gaston, Previews Editor - Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Xbox 360, PS3, PC
I've only played about an hour of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood this week. What did I do? Bought a couple of shops; sent a few of my dudes out on some missions; and assassinated a couple of random guys.
Next week I might talk about upgrading my armour or something.
Emily Gera, Staff Writer - Civilization V, PC
Yeah, I'm still going on about this. I've made the exciting move from single-player to multiplayer now, and have taken to exterminating both Ghandi and the French as played by Scottish teenagers. After pouring about 30 hours into it so far I think it's safe to say the combat in Civ V is better than any of the previous games. I just miss the slower strategic elements of creating gold farms like you would in the old Civ IV days. Ah well. If you're about on Steam give me a shout and we'll have a game.