London 2012: The Official Video Game
Playing Olympics' genre games has always been a button bashing affair that I've enjoyed blistering my thumb over since the age of single digits. However, Sega's official 2012 title doesn't simply allow the player who bashes buttons the fastest to win, even though it'll certainly be an advantage in most scenarios.
As is the norm with such games, London 2012 offers the ability to compete across all your favourite events from erm… shotput to diving? Alas, single player is all a bit too easy and joins the list of Olympic games that fail to bring back the C64 glory days of Daly Thompson's Decathlon.
In fact, it's only worth picking up if you fancy challenging mates for a place on the sofa podium. But that's exactly what these games were invented for and if you've been hit by Olympic fever, it might be worth a punt.
Platforms PS3, Xbox 360, PC
More info Sega
Ridge Racer: Unbounded
I've read some damning reviews of Unbounded and admittedly, I don't not the biggest racing games fan, yet much to my surprise Ridge Racer always remains near the top of my games pile at home, despite its shortcomings.
Unbounded is all about the drift and the quicker this is mastered, then the more in control you have over your vehicle. The game brings with it a serious sense of scuttle and cars take hair-raising corners with such velocity you can almost feel the G force. Plus the AI is much more of a challenge than the other desperate-for-speed games on my shelf.
There are a number of race modes, including time attack, drift attack and the inspirational course creator – although simple, this lets users to build their own challenging tracks and compete over them online. Schweet. Plenty to keep those tyres warm, then.
Platforms PS3, Xbox 360, PC
More info Namco Bandai
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I hate to be that guy, but £2k is phenomenally expensive, even for a brand new extremely high spec gaming PC if you build it yourself.
£600 will do for a good gaming PC. I realise that's still a lot of money, but I'm posting in the interests of accuracy, not sanity. My current machine was about £1300 in total, but it'll last me 4-5 years unless I get the itch to be a bit childish and go spunk more cash on it.
Are you guys allergic to giving a game less than 70%? This is another reason why I can't take you seriously on gaming (the Halo reviews aside...). You basically called several games on this list crap, then gave them 70%. And El Reg is hardly alone in doing this,
This is why I prefer the scoring of people like Angry Joe. Dude isn't afraid to mark your game down. If a game is average, it gets 50%, if it's great it gets 70%, and it has to be ball-bustingly brilliant to get 90% or above. Otherwise you can't differentiate between the scoring on the games, and you end up with a bunch of games with the same score that vary wildly in quality.
TL;DR - knock it off. Stop being afraid to give games crap scores if they're crap.
well at least playing games into your 30's has given you some experience on consoles.
Me too... then I got married had two kids and started again :)
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