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This Week’s Games

We’re starting to get to the last of the big Christmas releases now. There’s definitely been less games released this winter, but that’s not such a bad thing. Assassin’s Creed 2 certainly isn’t a rushed out sequel, and reviews suggest that it’s a massive improvement over the first one. Left 4 Dead 2 on the other hand is being released only a year after its processor – which has angered many fans – but reviews have been solid including a 9 from Eurogamer.

F1 2009 skids onto Wii and PSP this week. If you’re thinking that that’s an odd combination of host consoles then you’re right. It’s because Codemasters only acquired the license earlier this year, and the Wii and PSP are the quickest and easiest to develop for. Our resident motor sport aficionado Jake has been playing the Wii version, and says it’s really good.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii is Nintendo’s big Christmas Wii release. It seems like they’ve designed it for both the casuals and hardcore – it’s a new 2D adventure, but if you get stuck you can skip levels and move on. LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues is out on everything but PlayStation 2. PlayStation 2 owners – if there’s any left – shouldn’t feel left out though because Jak & Daxter: The Lost Frontier is out on their console this week, as well as PSP.

Then there’s Konami’s Saw game. Reviews have been mediocre, suggesting that’s its good if you’re a fan but not so good if you’ve been weaned on the likes of Resident Evil and Silent Hill. The achievements look really easy to get though – most are for attacking enemies with certain weapons. Whack! Whack! Whack!

Next week: Lego Rock Band, Planet 51: The Game, Blood Bowl, Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles and the lovely looking Muramasa: The Demon Blade.

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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