Ah, Mr Bond, I haven’t been expecting you

This Week’s Games

Blimey Charlie – this week is rammed with new releases, with the Wii alone on the receiving end of thirteen shiny new games.

Fallout 3 – out on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC – is the big one, and I’m wondering how many people are going to buy it and find themselves a bit baffled upon discovering that it isn’t a straight-laced shoot ’em up. It’s meant to be very, very, good though.

Then there’s James Bond 007: Quantum of Solace, which Activision has been very coy with. I don’t think I’ve even seen a single screenshot of the Wii and PlayStation 2 versions. I do know that it’ll feature scenes from the last Bond film, and each level can be finished in two ways – stealthily or by force. Then there’s Manhunt 2, running almost a year late, and MySims Kingdom on both Wii and DS.

My Japanese Coach could be of interest to a few, while new instalments of Crash, Avatar, Tak, SpongeBob and Bratz should keep the kids happy. At least until they realize that Super Mario Galaxy is leagues better.

Next week: Gears of War 2, Motorstorm 2, Professor Layton & The Curious Village, Tom Clancy’s End War and Guitar Hero: World Tour.

Matt Gander

Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.

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  • Got Fallout 3 earlier this week. So far I’ve been glued to it, played about halfway through… it’s epic, and utterly brilliant.

    It really is the original Fallout properly realised in 3D, with the Oblivion engine. Except less of the medieval/swords shit, and instead a proper dystopian post-apocalyptic 1950s-style future with guns and other fun Mad Max style weapons.

    The combat system’s really well done too – you can play it like Oblivion (run in with a baseball bat, etc) or sort of like a first person shooter (it’s entirely possible to play FPS-style, and that even works best for sniper rifles and such), but you can also use the VATS system which basically works exactly like the original Fallout – it pauses the game and lets you select a specific body part, then queue up hits depending on your action points, and watch as they’re played out in a suitably dramatic way. Using VATS removes the twitch element and makes it all about tactics/positioning and your character development. The various ways work quite well together, you end up mixing and matching to suit the situation anyway.

    I loved all the previous Fallout games, so I was probably already sold on this, but it really is very good.

  • Nice of you of having Bratz among your list. People can relate to Bratz. Whether you’re a rocker, a fashion icon wannabe, a professional, a bratty kid there is always at least one Bratz that you can relate into. This makes them even more familarm thus closer to the hearts of their fans.

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