ENEMY FRONT ★★★ 18 cert, CI Games, Xbox 360 (also PS3, PC)
“This is Warsaw calling all free nations . . . ” Enemy Front is oldfashioned in every way a war game can be, for better and worse – it resembles the early Call of Duty and Medal of Honour titles; its story and tone echo numerous films (with every cliché, from ruthless Nazis to beret-rocking resistance); and the graphics, frankly, look about a decade old. There are some minor glitches, such as screen freezes. And if the real-life Nazis were this bad at shooting and tactics, the conflict would’ve ended a lot sooner. So, while Enemy Front is undeniably dated in its gameplay and appearance, it still has something to offer: a conventional but sincere and stubbornly playable first-person shooter. There’s a decent story, told in extended flashbacks, about an American writer who joins the Allies in the good fight, travelling from scenic French countryside to burning, rusting, muddy and bloody Poland. enemyfront.com
3 cert, Sony, PS4
Unveiled at E3, Entwined is the first game out of Sony’s Pixelopus studio. And it’s one that will get you thinking. First, there’s the storyline: a bird and a fish who are in love but can’t be together. Your task is to guide their souls together over the course of nine lifetimes (no, really). The blurb promises a journey with “emotional flow”. Sadly, the game fails to deliver because, despite its ambitions, what you’re essentially doing is hitting targets and collecting objects. At the end of each level, you have to collect more objects, which allows you to “skywrite”, before moving on to the next lifetime. Entwined has its good points. The requirement to guide both characters simultaneously using the two analogue sticks puts your reflexes and coordination to the test. And it’s nicely designed. But once you’ve done marvelling at the game’s fresh approach, it gets a little tedious. Challenge mode provides a little more excitement, but ultimately, Entwined falls short.