Duke Nukem, finally

Giving away inFAMOUS for free wasn’t just a way for Sony to say sorry for the PSN fiasco, but also a way to get a few more people interested in the franchise before the sequel comes out. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy inFAMOUS 2 though, as with the majority of Sony’s PlayStation 3-exclusives it’s very slick and polished.

Another game matching that description is Red Faction: Armageddon. The demo had one of the smoothest frame-rates imaginable – it moves like greased lightening and looks good while doing it. Unlike the last Red Faction, which was an open world affair, this one goes back to the roots of the PlayStation 2 original.

And how’s this for an epic event? Duke Nukem Forever is finally being released this week. Not many people seem to realise though that to play the PC version you need to re-install Windows 98. Obviously, that’s a joke but it has been in development for so long that Windows 98 was the newest OS at the time. Gearbox has been busy finishing it off after 3D Realms closed in 2009. There are no reviews on Metacritic yet but those that have played it suggest it’s short but sweet. As well as the standard version there’s a Balls of Steel collector’s edition with a bust, hard back book, poker chips and loads of other useless stuff.

Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters is another that hasn’t been reviewed yet. I can’t imagine it being completely terrible – Warner Bros. were showing it off at the recent comic expo in London. User reviews on Metacritic are encouraging but one gamer mentioned that he managed to finish it in one night. That said, you can beat a lot of games in one sitting if you have enough coffee on stand by.

Rounding the week off is THQ’s Kung Fu Panda 2. The Xbox 360 version has Kinect support. I’m surprised Microsoft didn’t boast about that during their E3 conference.

Next week: Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Child of Eden, Williams Pinball Classics, Dungeon Siege III, Alice: Madness Returns and Naruto: Shippuden 3D – The New Era.