Titanfall Xbox One
Respawn’s shooter has changed greatly since launch, with a host of new maps and modes making it a difficult game to go back to after so long away. We soon find our way around the arenas, however, and slip back into a rampage of wall-running, double-jumping and dispatching AI grunts to bring the game’s biggest thrill – the hefty thunk of an airdropped mech smashing into terra firma – that little bit closer.
The news that Destiny’s first-year arsenal will soon be made obsolete has sent the bulk of our friends list scurrying off to other games, but we’re not going anywhere. Even without the lure of hot new loot, Destiny retains its magic; in fact there’s a certain thrill in the temporary removal of gun-lust, letting us enjoy the game for what it is without fretting about where our next leap in power is coming from.
Mafia II PC
With Mafia III moving the action from the eastern seaboard to the deep south there’ll be no repeat of a memorable early scene in Mafia II, when protagonist Vito Scalleta returned home from the war to a wintry Empire Bay. So we reinstall, fire up chapter select, trudge through the snow to Dean Martin burbling, “Baby, it’s cold outside”, and wonder whether the new game can possibly match up to this atmosphere.