PILOTWINGS RESORT (G) THE 3RD BIRTHDAY (MA) SHIFT 2: UNLEASHED (G) TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 12: THE MASTERS (G)
★★★ This light-hearted flight simulator lets players soar in the skies above the island from Wii Sports Resort. Vehicles range from a jetpack to a hang glider and fighter jet. Gameplay is divided into two modes. Free Flight lets players explore and find secrets, while Mission Flight offers challenges. While dull to begin with, the challenges soon ramp up. The gameplay is a bit samey, though, and needs a multiplayer mode. Out tomorrow.
★★★★ The latest game in the longrunning Parasite Eve series, The 3rd Birthday is a thirdperson shooter with a few neat twists. Players can inhabit other humans on the battlefield in their quest to defeat the mutants. Also integral is a system to upgrade weapons and abilities, ensuring the gunplay stays interesting. With a timetravelling storyline and strong presentation, PSP owners should check this out. Out now.
PC, PS3/Xbox 360, $89.95/$109.95
★★★★ Presenting the action from inside the driver’s helmet, Shift 2 is one of the most immersive racing games yet. From subtle movements of the head when entering corners to the juddering of crashes, it’s convincing and intense. While vehicle handling doesn’t reach the lofty heights of Forza or Gran Turismo, Unleashed represents a good mix between arcade and simulation, real world and fantasy motorsports. Out now.
Wii, PS3/Xbox 360, $89.95/$109.95
★★★ As the name suggests, PGA Tour 12 is geared around The Masters, with the career mode focusing on the player’s quest to qualify for and win the famous tournament. The game also includes a number of legendary Masters moments that players can relive. A personal caddie is now featured and will be especially helpful for newcomers in the golf simulation. A good game, but not a huge step forward.