Tom Orry, Editor - Portal 2, Xbox 360
I finally did it. I finished Portal 2. Quite how this game seems to have given me months worth of entertainment, I'm not sure, but what a game it is. I was mildly disappointed by a part of the end sequence, but overall I can't see another game topping Valve's effort - although I've now moved on to Batman: Arkham City. Stephen Merchant is brilliant as Wheatley - hopefully Valve will figure out a way to bring the funny but dim AI core back of it makes another sequel.
Neon Kelly, Deputy Editor - Geometry Wars 2: Retro Evolved, Xbox 360
Five minutes. That's all it took for me to fall off the Geometry Wars wagon. Understand that I hadn't touched the game for at least six months. I'm sitting at home with the flatmates, and there's a brief pause between episodes of Deadwood, which we're watching on the Xbox. Five minutes to kill before we return to Al Swearingen and his kidney stones. I've got just enough time for one quick stab at Pacifism, maybe two. That couldn't hurt, could it?
Two games became three, four, five. My housemates returned, and then I had to show them the other modes - just so they could see. So I could hear that tune again. And then they wanted to have a go for themselves.
We eventually got back to Deadwood. Eventually. But the damage has been done: the shapes are slipping around in the back of my skull, and I can hear the music even in a silent room. When it comes to Geometry Wars, one taste is never enough.
Martin Gaston, Previews Editor -Sonic Generations, Xbox 360
Just the demo, I'm afraid - nothing special. Pearson and I did an Extended Play on this one a few days ago. I'm cautiously optimistic, because I've been burned before, but it must be said I did quite enjoy Sonic Colours on the DS. Still, I've been playing the Generations demo every now and then to see if I can't beat my times. I do prefer Classic Sonic, but I'm definitely enjoying it. I'm going to be keeping my eyes peeled for the reviews.
Also: my Batman Arkham City percentage is now at 90 per cent. Just got Riddler's Revenge to finish off now.
Emily Gera, Staff Writer - Alan Wake, Xbox 360
Don't get me wrong, I think the copy-paste approach to Twin Peaks' setting is a fantastic move. But my theory is anybody with a passing knowledge of Garth Marenghi's Darkplace is incapable of enjoying Alan Wake's copy-paste approach to Sainsbury-branded horror novels. If it's an homage to Stephen King, it's managed to stretch King to his beigest level of bland and - without sounding elitist - all other opinions on this just confuse me. Ah well, time to go pick up some more batteries.