We bring you the best videogames released this month
Silent Hill: Downpour
Silent Hill: Downpour is a celebration of gaming’s most notorious ghost town. It taps into the madness and surrealism that has made this series legendary. Developer Vatra Games has not shied away from making some stark changes to this American nightmare. Some fit well into the Silent Hill formula, while others are a little off the mark.
This revival of the famous flight simulation series drops the dreaded ‘S’ word from its title in an attempt to draw in those scared off by the rather somber reputation of its exacting forebears. Diehard simmers won’t like the changes, but Microsoft Flight is a success in its own right.
Inco is alone. He is the sole being to occupy a universe bathed in darkness. Spheres of spectacular contraptions circle his home planet; all of them are the last remnants of a society long extinct. Inco knows nothing of humankind’s fate. He simply watches the world spin by through the eyes of a telescope, powerless to escape the solitude.
Console : X360
One drawback of speedy arena shooter Nexuiz is trying to pronounce its name, which seems like it’s supposed to be something like ‘Nexus’. Developer Illfonic has done a great job of resurrecting the classic craziness of run-and-gun multiplayer first-person shooter games. Innovation may be in short supply, but pure speed and excitement are not. This $10 Xbox Live game soars.
Wargame: European Escalation
Console : PC
Developer: Eugen Systems
If the best wargames and best real-time strategy games were selectively bred over several generations, the result would be Wargame: European Escalation, an “easy to learn yet difficult to master” wargame that plays out in real time. In addition, it lets you zoom out the camera far beyond the normal confines of RTS games. Eugen Systems has managed to craft both a great wargame and an entertaining RTS in one exhilarating package.
I Am Alive
Your city is in ruins. Some people travel in wolfish packs, scrounging on the weak to feed their insatiable desires. Others huddle with their loved ones, thankful just to survive another day. How will you react in this bleak world? I Am Alive effectively conveys the broken state of society when devastation hits and no police force exists to keep order. There is no good or bad here, just alive or dead.
Mass Effect 3
Developer: Electronic Arts
Sacrifice. It’s Mass Effect 3’s major theme, and rightly so. After all, the reapers were coming — it was only a matter of time. And now, those sentient space vessels are here, and with them, a galaxy’s worth of destruction. Mass Effect 3 brings the sound and the fury, but these aren’t meaningless shows of laser fire and alien devastation. The series has earned its right to showcase such destruction by drawing us close to its characters and teaching us of its universe.
What if you lived in a world where robots were as prevalent as humans? What if the gap narrowed to the point where human and humanlike robot were indistinguishable to the naked eye? The soldiers in Binary Domain have dedicated themselves to preventing such a world. Binary Domain reveals intriguing elements that boost its appeal.
Street Fighter X Tekken
Capcom loves crossovers. With Street Fighter X Tekken, the stylish cast of Tekken fighters is next in line to go blow for blow with Ryu and company. But this is just one of the many surprises waiting in this complex fighter. With a host of new mechanics and modes, Street Fighter X Tekken has a lot to offer.
In simplest terms, Journey is a third-person, sporadically two-player adventure in which you travel through a desert towards a mountain. By the alchemy of developer thatgamecompany’s skill and vision, it is also unique, exciting, mysterious, and utterly lovely, with mesmerising landscapes and stirring music.