This week Call of Duty: Black Ops comes marauding into the release schedule like a digital Biff Tannen, swinging fists at anything and everything in the periphery as all other games on the market scuttle for cover, lest they be crushed by the sheer commercial power of the Call of Duty franchise.
Only a handful of contenders remain: and it’s hardly surprising that none of them are first person shooters.
Call of Duty: Black Ops (360/PS3/PC/Wii/DS) What is it? A masterful set of crocheting mini-games… what the hell do you think it is! It’s Call of Duty! Should you care? Even if you don’t care, you should still care. This is the biggest game release this year in terms of sheer commercial weight. We also think it looks rather spiffing.
Dragon Age: Ultimate Edition (360/PS3/PC) What is it? Your standard RPG, late in the day, smorgasbord of standard game plus DLC combo. Should you care? Might be a good chance to get in late to the Dragon Age party?
Fist Of The North Star (360/PS3) What is it? A Dynasty Warriors style spin-off based on the legendary anime. Should you care? Strictly for Dynasty Warriors tragics, if there are any of you left.
Move: The Fight (PS3) What is it? Motion controlled fist ’em up featuring Danny Green. Should you care? Pretty laboured, but fun if you’re looking for something new on Move.
Sonic Colours (Wii/DS) What is it? Dare we invest ourselves in the Sonic cycle once more? Should you care? Actually this may be one of the best Sonic games in recent years – honestly!
The Sims 3 (Wii) What is it? Console version of the world domineering Sims franchise. Should you care? No.
Tom Clancy’s HAWX 2 (Wii/PC) What is it? Sequel to decent flight sim shoehorned into the Clancy universe. Should you care? Ubisoft has been keeping quiet about this one, which is a bad sign.