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What's Hot in the World of Gaming

Gaming enthusiasts are a lucky lot! Whether you are a fan of Microsoft’s Xbox 360, Sony’s PlayStation 3 or Nintendo’s Wii, there are an incredible number of computer games around with new releases always round the corner.
The games just keep on getting better – let’s take a look at some of the latest offerings.

Gran Turismo 5
Gran Turismo 5 threatens to be the ultimate driving experience – at least if Sony can be believed.
Based on cutting-edge technology, the latest in the Gran Turismo series will feature a much more comprehensive set of cars and courses than the previous version, and will include innovations such as car damage, differing weather conditions and night driving. Possibly the most eagerly awaited aspect in Gran Turismo 5 will be the ability to create and share tracks.

Release Date: November 2010
Platform: PlayStation 3
Genre: Online Driving Simulator

F1 2010: Codemasters
If you think you are a better driver than any of the current crop of Formula 1 masters, F1 2010: Codemasters gives you the chance to prove it on your favourite game console. You can experience all the thrills and excitement of Formula 1 through this release, including all the tracks, drivers and teams featured in the current Formula 1 season. You can participate in the innovative Singapore night race and the all-new Korean circuit. The game can be enjoyed in single player mode or in 12-player online multiplayer mode.

Release Date: September 2010
Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC Download
Genre: Driving Simulator

Mafia 2
Mafia 2 is an exciting mob story that features uncompromising action in an often brutal but realistic game experience. Set in Empire City in 1945, the game tracks the progress of Vito Scarletta, the son of Italian immigrants to the USA. Together with his partner-in-crime Joe, the pair graduates from small scale crime, like black market sales of fuel coupons, through to murders and executions. The plot is full of twists that emphasise the consequences of a life of crime, building the pressure in the final chapter.

Release Date: August 2010
Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC
Genre: Action

Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
The forerunner to Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood was a critically acclaimed single player action game that featured the resourceful Ezio in his struggles against the Templar Order. The follow up sees Ezio, now a master assassin with the complete Brotherhood at his command, travel to Rome to battle to defeat the powerful, greedy and corrupt Templars. In a new multiplayer environment, players can choose their characters from a large range, each with their own special skills and weapons and compete against others in different game modes.

Release Date: November 2010
Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC
Genre: Action

Fable 3
The king from Fable 2 is dead, but you, as his second son, can take the throne from your elder brother and opt to rule the kingdom of Albion as a benevolent, kind ruler, or stamp your authority with cruelty and injustice.Albion has also been updated in this new release and appears to have undergone an industrial revolution. Subtle changes make the game more challenging and intricate, with an amazing depth to the environment and characters. ou have the choice as king to stay in your castle or go out exploring, but be warned, if you leave the castle for too long, there could be dire consequences.

Release Date: October 2010
Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC
Genre: Role-playing

Just when you thought that football on your game console couldn’t get any better, along comes FIFA 11 and proves you wrong.Each release of FIFA seems to have a special feature that improves the playing experience and FIFA 11 is no exception. This release has what Electronic Arts calls Personality+, which enables players to perform on the pitch more true to their actual attributes. A subtle change for sure, but it makes a real difference to the playability of the game. Player likeness has been improved, particularly for the major world stars and even the crowd noises sound better. Crowd shots however, still look like cardboard cut-outs, but that’s a minor criticism of a remarkable game.

Release Date: October 2010
Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, PC
Genre: Sports

Medal of Honour
Electronic Arts have managed to bring the release date for Medal of Honour in before their competition, the new version of Call of Duty. The new Medal of Honour continues the tradition of previous releases, but goes back to the 2001 Afghanistan war for its setting. Out of deference to others’ sensibilities, the enemy is now known as “opposing forces”, rather than “Taliban”. There are three main classes of player – rifleman, special ops or sniper – and the game can be played in multi- or single-player modes.

Release Date: October 2010
Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC
Genre: First person shooter

Call of Duty: Black Ops
The Call of Duty series is probably one of the best multi-player action games around and the latest in the series, Black Ops, keeps up the standard. As with previous versions, players can customise their online soldier with specific and individual attributes. You can be an explosives expert or a sniper, the choice is yours. If the thought of jumping straight into combat is too daunting, remember that there is a “combat training” mode where you can practice your skills first against customisable computer opponents.

Release Date: November 2010
Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, PC
Genre: Action

Kinect: Controller Free Gaming Experience
Although not a game, the Kinect concept, developed by Microsoft for the Xbox 360, is certainly hot in the gaming world. The controller is based on a webcam type attachment to the Xbox 360 and contains a camera, microphone and depth sensor which together provide 3D motion capture, voice recognition and face recognition. The device enables users to control the Xbox 360 by gestures, body movements and spoken commands, rather than by manipulating buttons, making it a true rival to the opposing Nintendo Wii Motion Plus and Remote and the PlayStation3 Move controllers. A compilation game package, Kinect Adventures, will also be released in November 2010.

Release Date: November 2010
Platform: Xbox 360
Genre: Hands-free controller


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