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Matt Martin

European Editor

Matt Martin joined GamesIndustry in 2006 and was made editor of the site in 2008. With over ten years experience in journalism, he has written for multiple trade, consumer, contract and business-to-business publications in the games, retail and technology sectors.

UK Charts: Return of the Jedi

Lego Star Wars still on top.

Sales of Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy may have dropped by 49 per cent, but the cute sci-fi makeover continues to hold the number one spot in the Chart Track All Formats Chart for the second week.

UK Charts: Lego blocks number one spot

Star Wars fights its way to the top of the heap.

TT Games and LucasArts have fought their way to the premier position in the UK all-formats charts, as Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy becomes the highest-selling title this week.

UK Charts: Xbox 360 dominates top five

Dead Rising on top, Saints Row, Test Drive in close pursuit.

Capcom's bloody adventure title Dead Rising has bludgeoned its way to the top of the Chart Track all-formats charts this week, becoming the fastest-selling Xbox 360 title to date.

Yakuza sequel confirmed

Full length movie on the way too

Sega has confirmed a sequel to Ryu ga Gotoku, known as Yakuza in the West, by launching a big ol' website.

Assassin's Creed for 360, PC

Like you weren't expecting it?

It might be the least surprising announcement of the day, but it's still never-the-less exciting. Assassin's Creed is coming to Xbox 360 and PC.

EA to release retro PSP comp

Jungle Strike, Syndicate, more.

Those of you who don't have enough retro compilations on your PSP will be glad to hear EA is releasing a collection of olden days games for Sony's handheld.

PSP add-on prices revealed

For Japan, anyway.

Sony Computer Entertainment Japan has revealed that the PSP camera and GPS peripherals will retail for ¥5000 Yen and ¥6000 respectively. That's ¤33 and ¤40 to you.

50m Live downloads logged

And 2bn MS points spent.

Downloads via Microsoft’s Xbox Live Marketplace have surpassed the 50 million mark, doubling the 25 million figure reached only three months ago.

Fall of Liberty for 360, PS3, PC

New FPS from Call of Duty team.

Spark Unlimited, the team responsible for Call of Duty: Finest Hour, is working on a new first-person shooter called Fall of Liberty, to be published by Codemasters.

Ridge Racer PS3 details emerge

14 player online races promised.

Ridge Racer 7 will support 14 player online races and allow you to customise vehicles for the first time when it makes its debut on PlayStation 3.

Fight Night punches onto PS3

With new first-person mode.

It may not be a sucker-punch surprise, but EA has confirmed that Fight Night Round 3 will land blows on PlayStation 3 this winter.

Ubi dismisses Rayman rumours

It's out on all formats this year.

Ubisoft has confirmed to Eurogamer that Rayman Raving Rabbids will be appearing on multiple formats by the end of the year, despite claims to the contrary by our old friend Internet Reports.

Dirge of Cerberus out in Nov

Complete with healthy extras.

It’s been a long time coming, but European gamers will finally be able to get their hands on Dirge of Cerberus - Final Fantasy VII this November.

UK Charts: Top ten in gridlock

Only two new entries this week.

The Chart Track all-formats chart is suffering from the traditional summer lull this week, as only one new entry breaks the top ten - while there's no change for the top six titles.

Protestors take on Take-Two

Watch them in action.

As the controversy over forthcoming Rockstar title Bully continues, footage of a group of anti-bullying campaigners protesting outside Take-Two's Manhattan offices has appeared online.

Cannon Fodder returns for PSP

Time to party like it's 1993.

Once again Codemasters is dusting off its back catalogue of fondly-remembered titles, with Cannon Fodder set to make a comeback on PSP.

More BC titles for Xbox 360

Plus: new update for SFII.

Microsoft has updated the list of Xbox titles you can play on your 360, bringing the number of backwards compatible games up to nudge the 300 barrier.

Rengoku II this October

Based on the 7 deadly sins.

The insanely titled PSP action game Rengoku II: The Stairway to H.E.A.V.E.N. is due in Europe this October.

DS gets Lost in Blue 2

Carpentry and wickerwork - yes!

The sequel to Konami's DS adventure game Lost in Blue is due to wash ashore early next year.

Suikoden V next month

In time for 10th anniversary.

The fifth incarnation - or should that be incantation - of the Suikoden series is due in Europe for PlayStation 2 next month.

Bad Company for PC and PSP?

Euro press release hints at it.

Only a day after EA and Digital Illusions confirmed Battlefield: Bad Company would be storming next-gen consoles in 2007, rumours suggest the PC and PSP will also receive their very own versions of the hit first-person shooter.

CoH demo breaks rank

Missions ripped from US mag hit net.

A single player beta demo of Relic's upcoming WWII real-time strategy title is currently doing the rounds on the internet.

Codemasters to operate on Hospital Tycoon

Promises "part soap opera and part comedy".

God sim obsessive Deep Red Games is snapping on its rubber gloves in anticipation of probing PC gamers next spring with the release of Hospital Tycoon.

SOCOM 3: U.S. Navy SEALs

Honking and clapping their way to victory.

Your orders are in from command. "Use the TCA to have BRAVO mount the SOC-R near NAV point KILO."

Dreamfall: The Longest Journey

Preaching to the converted.

Videogames can be brash affairs, with their guns and cars and tits and stuff. Pop culture entertainment and big name brands bound together with startling technical wizardry and graphics-as-porn. Forty quid gets you 15 hours of in-your-face fun. Have some of that, you monkeys!

Splinter Cell Essentials

Far from it, actually.

In the space of three home console releases, Tom Clancy's lone Special Forces agent has advanced the mechanics of a genre, coated it in incredible visuals and set a benchmark by which all stealth games are measured. Splinter Cell should never be mediocre; it should never be simply 'okay', it should never be anything less than fantastic. That's the bar it set itself, and that's the measure by which we judge all future iterations of the series. In that respect, Splinter Cell Essentials might come in the right packaging but it's not a Splinter Cell game.

Battlefield 2: Modern Combat

Soldier-up when it's time to go to war...

Modern Combat nails the tension and thrill of war like a sniper nails a headshot. It's smooth and it happens so quickly it can leave you shocked - if you're not paying close attention you'll end up with your limbs spread across the war zone. If the on-screen action makes your palms clammy and your heart beat a little faster, the game must be doing the right thing. Whether man-to-man with automatics blazing, frantically darting for an inch of cover and hoping a combination of skills and blind luck will save your arse, or tank-to-tank, the pause between shell loading causing your buttocks to tighten as you take aim a shot you hope will rip your enemies apart. Modern Combat is a tense and dangerous war game from the very start.

The Plan

The best-laid plans of mice and men often go tits up.

Espionage careers are glamorous, dangerous and thrilling pursuits. Just ask Bond, Bourne, Fisher, Hunt or any of the teams from Hustle, 24 or Spooks. It's a life of cocktail dresses and poison lipstick, deep cover and hoodwinking disguises, hi-tech gadgets and quick reflexes.

Final Fight: Streetwise

Cardboard city.

This remake of the arcade classic is about as streetwise as a politician in a baseball cap. And not a Roc-a-wear one either, but an elasticated cap he got free when he filled up with a full tank of petrol. "Yo kids! Vote for me, I listen to Slim Shifty and Dr. Ray!"