Tom Orry, Editor - Just Cause 2, PC
We got a new PC in the office equipped with a nice Nvidia graphics card that isn't four years old (like the one in this PC) so I tested out a few games using Nvidia's 3D Vision tech. I'm not a huge fan of the 3D I've seen on consoles as the tech usually means a lower image resolution and a terrible frame rate - thankfully playing games in 3D on the PC fixes this. Crysis 2 looks pretty spiffy in 3D on PC, but it's Just Cause 2 that impressed me the most. Not only does that game look brilliant on a high-spec gaming rig, but it's the one title I've sampled where the visuals really pop out of the screen.
Neon Kelly, Deputy Editor - Battlefield: Bad Company 2, PC, PS3, Xbox 360
I've finally started to dabble with Bad Company 2's multiplayer - and I'm only a full year late to the party. I've been meaning to do this for ages, but somehow other games kept popping and demanding my TLC. As it happens, I only started playing so that I could test the broadband connection in my new flat. I jumped into a match, and suddenly I realised that an hour had passed, my dinner left half prepared.
As I mentioned on this week's podcast, I think the thing I like about Battlefield's multiplayer in general is the fact that that it has a far more thoughtful pace than the likes of CoD. Sure, it gets busy enough when the bullets start flying, but I find I have more time to develop a workable strategy - i.e. hiding in a building that hasn't been blown open yet. Still, I can get a positive k/d ratio in Bad Company 2 - and that's a rarity for me these days.
Martin Gaston, Previews Editor - Demon's Souls, PS3
This week I have been killing the named Black Phantoms that appear when you switch your World Tendency to Pure Black. That is all. Oh, and I got a Pure Moonlightstone which was pretty good.
Emily Gera, Staff Writer - Cthulhu Saves the World, PC
At a glance Cthulhu Saves the World is a game about an apocalyptic squid god who just wants to get on with his day. But it's basically a classic example of how to do retro-satire right. If you have any place in your heart left for 16-bit era gaming, can stomach random encounter combat, and have two quid to spare on Steam then it's worth a twirl. Imagine Time Gentlemen, Please then add in Lovecraftian references and you've got the basic idea, and if that's not enough to pique your interest then I will personally come over to your house and bin your PC because you don't deserve it anymore.
Jamin Smith, Staff Writer -Triple Triad, PC
Who remembers Triple Triad, then? The card game from Final Fantasy VIII; the best ever mini-game from any video game of all time ever (excluding Blitzball) . You do? Great! Because you can play it for free online with Triple Triad Advance.
What makes it advanced, though? New cards, new rules, clans, a card shop, and - crucially - online matches. I've only recently signed up, but I predict countless hours of my free time could be lost to this. I was hopelessly addicted when I played in Final Fantasy VIII, and went as far as collecting every card in the game - which as anybody who's done the same will know, takes a very long time indeed. That side of the game - searching for characters/enemies/UFOs (anybody know what I'm talking about here?) - is lost on this browser version, however, so I'm not sure if the appeal will last. We'll see. Give me a shout if you start playing.