F1 2010 arrives this week, as does the fifth outing of Civilization – which one will be giving you bleary eyes over the next week?
What is it? A civilisation building game that encompasses military, cultural, scientific, and diplomatic means to conquer the world.
Should you care? If value for money is your clincher, this will keep you up until 3am on many nights. For veterans, there are some changes to the formula that make good sense.
Dead Rising 2
What is it? Zombie killing/humiliation game where you can combine items to make new, cooler, more hilarious items.
Should you care? There are a lot of games cashing in on the zombie craze. This one does it right.
What is it? Local developer Krome’s XBLA adaptation of the Blade Kitten comic book. Your mission is to look cute while a sword that floats around you does all the work.
Should you care? It’s looking like a fairly simple, slow paced action platformer.
Sonic Adventure (XBLA)
What is it? Digitally remastered, 720p version of the 3D Dreamcast game.
Should you care? If you want to try out one of the few non-terribad 3D Sonic games. Still, some prefer their Sonic 2D.
Final Fantasy XIV Collectors Edition
What is it? Another MMO in the Final Fantasy universe.
Should you care? The Collectors Ed gives you access a full week before every one else.
What is it? A Formula One racer using the EGO engine.
Should you care? It’s from the makers of Colin Mcrae: DIRT and Racedriver: GRID, so it’s going to be good. The question is whether you care about Formula One racing or not.
What is it? Action adventure game shamelessly stealing all manner of Biblical references. This is the PC version of the game, in all its delayed glory.
Should you care? It’s more God of War than Zelda, but there are elements of both. On the whole, a very well made game.
Wings of Prey
What is it? Combat flight simulator.
Should you care? It’s pretty hot graphically, by flight sim standards.
Commander – Conquest of the Americas
What is it? Take command of a European power looking to dominate the new world.
Should you care? Similar to East India Company, this combines elements of trading and strategy games.
Mount & Blade: Warband
What is it? Aussie release of the latest instalment of an indie game made by a husband & wife team, simulating medium-sized medieval battles. This new add-on provides multiplayer.
Should you care? Years ago, this indie game was looking pretty shabby, but it’s gotten steadily better over the years, and Warband is very playable.
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