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Sunday, September 03, 2006

This Month in Games

Ah, September. Geeky prospects steadily increase as the hours of daylight lessen. There are quite literally several good games to play this month. Let's have a brief look at some of them.

Just Cause, developed by Avalanche Studios, makes me feel all wobbly inside. The player is set loose on a beautiful, massive, volcanic island complete with America-hating government and very exploitable civil unrest. Add to this the ability to drive any vehicle, the prospect of skydiving with a re-useable parachute and a skybox that extends far above the clouds and you have a game a far cry from any other.

Company of Heroes is released on the 29th and developed by Relic. This game is going to be very popular. Relic's last development, Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War, showed the team's talents for creating tactile, varied and balanced RTS games. With CoH Relic would appear to have outdone themselves; its Axis Vs. Allies with all the bravado you would expect, with accurately modelled structural and human destruction resulting in a constantly morphing battlefield. The player's intelligent use of cover, suppressive fire and combined assaults ought to determine victory.

On September 12th, developer TT Games brings us Lego Star Wars 2. The original trilogy gets a knowingly satirical chunky lego makeover.The first in the series was a hilarious, stupefyingly cute game, made for the experience of cooperative play. LSW2 delivers more of everything that made the first so good, adding in vehicular combat and puzzle solving sections.

If you are going to buy just one of these games then don't. Find an easily accessible source of somebody else's cash and use it to furnish your gaming needs.

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