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 - Kane & Lynch: Dead Men, Xbox 360.
Nothing makes me want to play a game more than knowing it's been responsible for ending another game journo's career at the biggest games website in the world. Kane & Lynch has been making the headlines for all the wrong reasons recently but I couldn't resist giving it a go earlier in the week. All the trailers made it look like one of the most stylish games to be released this year, and it really is a cool game - it's jut not a game that's all that much fun to play. Hopefully a sequel is made that bolts a strong control scheme onto the stylish appearance, as that could really be a very good game indeed.
Wesley Yin-Poole, Deputy Editor - Tetris Splash, Xbox 360.
Tetris Splash is one of the greatest games I've ever played. There I've said it. And I mean it. Why? Because it's addictive, simple, fun, and breeds a competitiveness in me I haven't felt before. Four-player versus play on one console has become a popular option for lunchtime gaming at VideoGamer.com HQ. Then there's the online play, which is just stunning. But the most amazing thing? My sister, who doesn't play video games at all, is so good at Tetris Splash that we're wondering whether she might actually be an android. Now there's some sibling rivalry to get my teeth into.
James Orry, News Editor - Blacksite, Xbox 360.
Ugh, ugh, ugh, ugh, ugh, ugh, ugh, ugh, ugh, ugh, ugh, ugh, ugh, ugh, ugh. This is what it's like when playing Blacksite; mindless grunt after grunt to shoot down and not the battle against huge, hulking aliens I was promised. Having followed the game from an early stage and with Harvey 'Deus Ex' Smith on board I had some high hopes for Midway's new franchise. The game's demise has been well publicised, but I still find it hard to fathom how it went so wrong.
Nick Peres, Video Producer - Hexic HD, Xbox 360.
Hexic HD has been sitting on my Xbox 360 hard drive since launch but I have only just started to dabble with its colourful pieces and combos this week. I'm finding it a successful alternative from eating crap food for those late night cravings. So this week I can thank Hexic HD for keeping me in better shape but also for the lack of sleep I've had. With tired eyes those colourful pieces in the game are starting to look rather tasty. The game is simple but addictive, a bit like my personality. Completing mass combos is very rewarding and the soundtrack is strangely entrancing, actually to the point where you can just sit back and forget to make any moves. The need to take 1st place on my friends leaderboard is going to continue ruining my life.