Tom Orry, Editor - Racing games, multiple platforms
I've had a complete overload of racing games in the last week or so. First up was the excellent DIRT 2, then came the impressive PSP game MotorStorm: Arctic Edge and thrilling sim racer Need For Speed: Shift. And then, late in the week I got my hands on Gran Turismo for the PSP. It's been a tough week but someone's got to do it. I love racing games, but ever since I put hundreds of hours into GT3 on the PS2 I've struggled to get excited about the series. I can't give too much away on my thoughts about the highly anticipated PSP game, but I will say I've been playing it a lot. Make of that what you will and look for a review on Tuesday.
Wesley Yin-Poole, Deputy Editor - Halo 3: ODST, Xbox 360
That's right. Not only have I played Halo 3: ODST, the hotly anticipated follow-up to 2007's Halo 3, but I've finished it. On Heroic. But I can't tell you what I think. Oh no. If I were to write even a single word relating to 'wot I fink', men dressed in black will kidnap me in my sleep, string me up in some nightmarish torture device and slowly poke me with red hot pins. In the eyes. So I won't. You'll have to wait until 5am on Sunday September 20 to discover the truth behind ODST. Set your alarms VideoGamers! 5am!
James Orry, News Editor - Halo 3, Xbox 360
In preparation for the Halo 3 - VideoGamer Staff vs Forum night which took place on Thursday, I'd been putting in more practice than I'd ever done previously - one hour on Wednesday. Feeling fully prepared for battle I dusted off my Curious Orange gamertag and readied for an all out assault on a bunch of amateur gamers. After a warm-up match, which I took easy so not to humiliate the opposition, it was game on and I began to send all manner of ammunition into the crying faces of the forumites. Then disaster struck; my internet connection went tits-up and my game was crippled with lag. From that point on the forum took charge and whitewashed team VideoGamer - not a night to remember. I wasn't so much a Curious Orange as I was a Furious Orange.
Neon Kelly, Previews Editor - Halo 3, Xbox 360
Well, I know this feature is called "VideoGamer Plays," but this week a better title might be "VideoGamer Plays... Badly" - in my case, at any rate. There's no getting away from the fact that you guys gave us a solid kicking on Thursday night, but I certainly had a damn good time. Despite being fairly dreadful for most of the evening (my kill spread was -12 on one match), I don't think I did too badly given that I'd barely played Halo 3 before the start of this week. I'll take solace in my one achievement - somehow scrounging a victory in the lone Juggernaut match we played. On the other hand, I'll try not to dwell on the hundreds of times I was shot, lasered, blown up or simply run over by heavy machinery. Hats off to the forumites... you trounced us fair and square.
Sebastian Ford, Video Producer - Halo 3, Xbox 360
"I notice I haven't got a medal next to my gamertag?" I asked politely during our Halo 3 community night on Thursday. "Yeah, that means you suck..." came the witty response. Far from calling myself a veteran of Halo 3, I was hoping beyond all reason that I would not continually find myself at the bottom of every result table after each match. For some strange reason fortune favoured me, and throughout the course of the Staff vs. Forum tournament my skills improved, with an ever increasing number of forumites perishing by my hand. That being said, we were still trounced - big time. Wez easily showed the most flare from the staff team, with the likes of Woffls, Rogue Soul and Robz48 doing the business for the forum team. Well played gents, well played.
For more on what we've been up to this week check out the brand-new VideoGamer.com Podcast.