The 30 greatest video games that time forgot

From lost adventures to forgotten puzzlers, here are the classic titles that games history has cruelly overlooked. Read more

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It’s back, and it’s more dizzyingly complex than ever. @GdnGames preview the latest in the venerable Sim City series: called, simply, Sim City.

Here we meet lead character Michael, an ageing bank robber who fulfils that most fecund of crime-fiction archetypes: a crook who’s made good, retired to a fancy house, but now misses the excitement of the old days. In the demo Rockstar shows us, he starts out sunbathing by the pool like Ray Winstone in Sexy Beast, the city shimmering in the distance beyond his landscaped gardens. The player is able to get up and explore the bleached stucco mansion, passing the tennis court (you can play a match if you like), then bumping into Michael’s bored wife as she clambers into a sports car on the front drive. “If you want to know where I am, read your credit card statement,” she yells as tyres squeal. “I’m feeling lucky, I’ll check the hospitals!” he calls back. And slowly but surely, his previous career begins to beckon.

Keith Stuart gives the lowdown on Grand Theft Auto V, in this comprehensive preview.

One has to be careful of taking the beauty in Assassin’s Creed 3 for granted. This is a thought that occurred to me about 10 hours in as I piloted the franchise’s newest protagonist through a sun-dappled forest glade en route to completing my latest side mission.

Because Assassin’s Creed 3 is bursting with activities, my attention to detail had shrunken somewhat. I caution against a blinkered approach – stop and take in the view sometime.

From Nick Cowan’s review - full write-up here.

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This is one of those rare games that you can get for anyone – from kids to experienced players – and they won’t be disappointed. It’s a brilliantly crafted platformer with luscious 2D visuals and a great four-player mode, allowing everyone to play together on the same screen (as long as you have enough controllers). It’s a good present too, as the titles has enjoyed only cult success so far so your friend/partner/child/parent is unlikely to already have it.

Keith Stuart on Rayman Origins: his full guide to the Christmas gift ideas to please the gamer in your life is here.


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The biggest change to gameplay is the introduction of the gliders, adding new shortcuts and strategy to familiar courses. As your kart leaps off a ramp, a glider erupts from your pack, allowing you to cross otherwise-deadly gaps and (with a bit of mid-air manoeuvring) put just a bit more space between you and the banana-skin-chucking pack.

The first time you sprout wings and fly is a genuine “Woah!” moment, followed by lots of little “Ah!” ones as you figure out how to build this new skill into your lap strategy. Unlike previous attempts to build on the basic karts (see MK Wii’s motorbikes, not carried over to here), gliders are a substantial new feature with huge potential to enhance the racing skullduggery.

- Sarah Ditum reviews Mario Kart 7 for the 3DS.

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I don’t particularly mind the level of violence in computer games, partly because it’s absurd, and partly because I’m hopelessly desensitised. What I do object to is the dick-swinging machismo that infests games like this. If I had a penny for every time I’ve spent the opening moments of a game sitting in the back of a transport vehicle listening to a soldier called Vasquez repeatedly use the word “motherfucker”, I’d have enough money to buy the Sesame Street game instead. And even that probably starts with Sergeant Grover warning Private Elmo that “Shit is about to get real”.

Every soldier in every game I’ve ever played is a dick. A dick that sounds like a 14-year-old boy reading dialogue discarded from an old-school Schwarzenegger action movie for displaying too much swagger. They seem like a bunch of try-hard bell-ends, desperate to highlight their gruff masculinity. What, exactly, are they overcompensating for?

Charlie Brooker on why games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 are “inherently wussy”.

Call of Duty: Gallery

With Modern Warfare 3 – the latest title in the blockbusting Call of Duty series – out on Tuesday, here’s a trawl through the series’ history. From its origins in the Medal of Honor franchise to the potentially record-breaking MW3, Call of Duty has grown to be one of the most successful – and controversial – video game series ever