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Maybe I'm just grumpy because there's another fresh 5 inches of snow on the ground, and the temperature for late March isn't going to get above freezing until later this week, but I don't care about Gears of War: Judgment. To be fair, I haven't really cared that much about GoW for a while now, and to be honest I never could get into its cover-based, roadie-run gameplay. I understand this is People Can Fly's take on the Gears formula, and it's fair to point out that PCF have a decent track record of injecting a sense of humor into games that ache to take themselves too seriously, but Judgment just isn't doing it for me.

No, the game I'd play this week, if I had a Wii U that is, would be Lego City Undercover. TT Games' first effort to take a highly successful formula for building Lego games and apply their own story to it. So far, Lego has been extremely successful at taking big franchises -- Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, Batman/DC, Pirates of the Caribbean, Lord of the Rings -- and creating a game that blends appropriate measures of fan service, approachability, humor and kid-friendliness. Hopefully they can carry that success forward.

So, Undercover gets my nod for game of the week.

And, if none of that appeals to you, then keep your eye out for news coming out of PAX East this weekend. The GWJ crew will have firm representation, though honestly this year you're more likely to find us in the games area tracking down fellow GWJers than in the main hall sniffing out the latest scoops. If you're going to be in Boston this weekend, be sure to stop by the Tamo bar at the Seaport Hotel Friday @ 7:30pm for a meet and greet. I'll be there (once my 6:30 panel is over) along with Shawn Andrich, Julian Murdoch and Cory Banks.

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