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3. Assassin’s Creed (Ubisoft – PC/Xbox 360/PS3 – Action/Adventure): The gaming community is prone to overwhelming bouts of enthusiasm, and this was in evidence when Assassin’s Creed appeared at E3 in 2006. Set during Third Crusade era Middle East, you play as a member of a secret assassin’s sect known as Altaïr, whose objective it is to kill the historical figures who are orchestrating the Crusades. The real highlight, however, is the use of ‘Parkour’, which was popularised in France and showcased in Channel 4’s Jump London documentary, as an integral part of the gameplay.

4. Bioshock (Irrational Games – PC/Xbox 360 – FPS/RPG): Another game using the Unreal 3 Engine, Bioshock is best known as the game most likely to be a bit like the seminal Ion Storm classics Deus Ex and System Shock. Set in an underwater city called Rapture, the world of Bioshock was thrown into turmoil after a revolutionary scientific discovery. Once a capitalist “paradise”, Rapture is now a decaying mess full of all sorts of unpleasant elements. The main draw of the game, however, is the so called “emergent gameplay” and the designers claim to have created “NPC A.I” that can be manipulated by the player to aid them. Whether it can live up to this billing is an entirely different matter.

5. Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar – Xbox 360/PS3 – Free Roaming Action): What can one say about a series as notorious as Grand Theft Auto? It’s unfortunate that a series rightfully praised for its gaming excellence should be hijacked as it has. All the same, Rockstar aren’t complaining and gamers aren’t either. Details are very thin on the ground, with little more than rumour and conjecture available, but if you’ve ever played a GTA game then you’ll know what to expect.

Also Look Out For: Virtua Tennis 3, Kane & Lynch: Dead Men, Mercenaries 2, The Darkness, Alan Wake, Alone in the Dark, Haze and Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2.

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