Ten... console games you may have missed
Playing for keeps
Here's another shooter that tries to do things differently, successfully merging elements of TPS and RTS in a space-age western adventure. Players build constructions RTS-style, which are paid for using 'Rift Energy' earned from successful shoot outs and TPS rampages.
While its single player campaign leaves much to be desired, multiplayer is an absolute gem and clearly where developer Lightbox focused most its efforts. Up to 32 gamers can take part in the usual array of Capture the Flag, Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch modes, which are backed up with various features and statistics options.
There is also a co-op mode where players join forces to defend a base against waves of enemies. Again, there's nothing overly unique about any of Starhawk's offerings, but the combination is a gripping experience and multiplayer junkies will be in their element.
Platforms PS3 only
More info Sony
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition
The Witcher 2 slashed its way onto PCs in 2011, but only made its way onto the Xbox 360 in April and has since been the cause of much hand cramp in my sordid abode. Scenes of sex and violence – as well as themes of racial abuse, political depth and moral choice – all come together for the "mature" experience. And what an experience it is.
Players take control of Geralt of Rivia, one of the world's only remaining witchers – mutant-humans enhanced with skills to battle beasts from a young age. The combat system is majestic and battles are always a challenge. The quests are well thought out and the script is engaging. It isn't as much of a challenge as the unforgiving Dark Souls, but on harder skill levels, things do get pretty hairy.
The Witcher 2 for Xbox doesn't quite match the graphical prowess of its PC release, but few games look this impressive on the 360 and, if you're without such high-end gaming hardware, you won't be disappointed by settling for the console edition. ®
Platforms Xbox 360, PC
More info CD Projekt
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