It’s Monday, which means its time dust off my crystal ball, wave my hand over it in a rather mystical fashion and take a look at what will be landing on the store’s shelves throughout this week. If you’re the owner of one of the HD consoles your choice is rather limited, but if you love your rallying then you’re in luck as Dirt 3 is released on Tuesday, yes UK gamers, Tuesday. Elsewhere the gaming industry caters for all tastes with a flight-combat sim, a fitness title, head-scratching puzzlers, an action RPG, and last but not least a fighter amongst some mystery-style experiences. What catches your eye this week?
DCS: A10C Warthog
Publisher: The Fighter Collection
Developer: Eagle Dynamics
Synopsis: DCS: A10C Warthog is a PC simulation of the U.S. premier Close Air Support attack aircraft. Warthog brings the most realistic PC simulation of a modern fixed wing combat aircraft in regards to flight dynamics, avionics, sensors, and weapon systems. You also have the option to play Warthog in “Game” mode for a casual game experience. Fly missions in the Caucasus region of the Black Sea against and with a wide array of air, land and sea forces with new and improved intelligence. Create your own missions and campaigns with the included Mission and Campaign Editors, and fly with and against friends online using the included online game browser.
Platforms: PC, PS3, 360
Developer: Codemasters Southam
Synopsis: Dirt 3 or DiRT 3 as Codemasters marketing department would prefer will boast more cars, more locations, more routes and more events than any other game in the series, including over 50 rally cars representing the very best from five decades of the sport. DiRT 3 delivers mud, sweat and gears world over: from the intense weather-beaten rally stages of Europe, Africa and the US, to executing performance driving showcases and career challenges where car control is pushed to spectacular limits.
Exerbeat Gym Class Workout
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Developer: Namco Bandai
Synopsis: ExerBeat offers an interactive fitness experience where players workout to the beat by utilizing the Wii Remote to perform more than 150 simple yet challenging exercises. With a wealth of activities, in-game personal trainers, customizable programs and data for calories burned, ExerBeat offers a robust virtual workout studio for the home.
With more than 150 fun fitness-oriented activities spanning a variety of categories such as dance, martial arts, body conditioning, and quirky mini-game type party games, there are plenty of choices for players of every age and skill level to get active.
Synopsis: Sixteen months after its original Japanese release and eight months after the US release Gladiator Begins makes its way to European stores. The title is an action game which incorporates various RPG elements. Players can increase their gladiator’s vitality, strength, and endurance with AP points earned by winning battles at the arena. The player first starts off by creating a custom gladiator, choosing either male or female, body size, skin colour, and facial details. The player’s gladiator will then begin his story working under his owner to pay off his slave debts by entering on multiple arenas. In the arena, the player can prepare their gladiator with the proper equipments and move sets and choose from the available matches to enter.
Spongebob Squigglepants 3D
Developer: WayForward Technologies
Synopsis: It’s mini-game time with SpongeBob Squigglepants 3D, players will laugh their SquigglePants off as they sail through more than 100 frantic “nanogames,” which feature never-before-seen art styles from the Nickelodeon vault. These super-fast-paced games capture the creative energy of SpongeBob SquarePants – and hit the funny bone at the same time.
Sudoku – The Puzzle Game Collection
Developer: Hudson Soft
Synopsis: Sudoku: The Puzzle Game Collection is a test of mental acuity, offering a choice of four puzzle game styles, including the numerical test that is Sudoku. Based on puzzles devised by world-famous puzzle maker Nikoli, the quartet is completed with versions of Hashi (Bridges) , Shikaku (Boxes) and Akari (Museum) – some of Japan’s most taxing puzzle styles.
Also on the shelves of your favourite retailer is Dragon Ball Z Shin Budoka in the PSP Essentials range, Family Farm, Hidden Mysteries Forbidden City and King Arthur Collections on PC and the DS getting a slice of the action with; Linda Hyde: Vampire Mansion and Mystery P.I. Portrait of a Thief.
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