Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

In a Dark Parallel

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

In a Dark Parallel

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Title: Wolfenstein Platform: PS3 Price: pounds 49.99 The Nazis were a nasty enough bunch without the added influence of supernatural forces, but that's exactly what you're up against in this latest Wolfenstein incarnation. It brings next-gen graphics and shooter gameplay to a series that will always find a soft spot in gamers' hearts as one of the original first-person-shooter franchises. And it offers exactly what you'd hope for and expect - intense action in an authentic WWII setting, coupled with a disturbing dark parallel dimension to explore. This other-worldly element not only works well from a storyline perspective, but also gives license to expand upon the traditional weapon set with some sci-fi crackers. The single-player mode will give you more than enough to exhaust your trigger finger, but once you break into the online multiplayer mode, the tradition of class-based, team objective gameplay is well upheld to make it one of the most engaging experiences right now.

Title: Rome: Total War Gold Edition Platform: Mac Price: pounds 19.99 They say in sport that form is temporary, but class is permanent - and that phrase holds equal weight in the world of videogames. Rome: Total War exudes class from every pore, and it's made all the more impressive in this bundle by the addition of Barbarian Invasion, the official expansion pack to the main game. This game has pretty much everything going for it, starting with a captivating period of history to relive, with the likes of Julius Caesar, Spartacus and Hannibal flexing their muscles. It's graphically stunning, packing in so much detail on such a grand scale, incredible battles and the perfect blend of tactical planning with intense combat action that seasoned strategy gamers will know is a difficult balance to strike. Still one of the best games in the genre, and the right side of pounds 20.

Title: East India Company Platform: PC Price: pounds 29.99 Keeping the historical flavour going, it's still good to see that deep-thinking gamers' titles continue to thrive despite the growing appetite for instant satisfaction gleaned from casual, all-action play. …

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