By Chris Hammond
Staying in this weekend? Our pick of this month’s games will have geeks entertained for days on end!
Endless Space (PC)
If sci-fi strategy Sins of a Solar Empire represents value for money, then this similar title looks like providing so much more. The basic aim of Endless Space is to let you craft your own space empire. Using military might, tech advancements and diplomacy, you’ll need to steer your chosen race through hours of endless fighting and power struggles, as both you and numerous AI races rush to claim territory and power across a staggeringly large intergalactic map. It’s brutally difficult at times, but thanks to the intricate game mechanisms it’s also endlessly rewarding as you find smarter ways to overcome your enemies. The possibilities are as endless as the title’s name suggests so for hardcore strategy buffs with a liking for epic sci-fi this could be 2012’s perfect game.
Deadlight (XBOX 360)
Another month, another zombie apocalypse title. Are there not already too many of these on the market? You might have thought so prior to this side-scrolling platformer. Despite essentially being a gloomy modern take on Super Mario, this is a stylish, slick and surprisinglyplot heavy arcade outing. While much of your time will be spent leaping about avoiding the clawing hands of walking cadavers you’ll not be left without the option of a little limb chopping and pistol shooting. The gruff protagonist’s pursuit of his missing family also adds an emotional element which is only amplified by the gorgeously bleak backdrop of post-apocalyptic America.
Orcs Must Die 2 (PC)
The first Orcs Must Die was such a success that its sequel was inevitable, and although we didn’t have too long to wait for it, nothing about this zany tower defence game feels rushed. Unlike similar titles of the genre Orcs Must Die 2 throws you in at the deep end, giving you the chance to get down into the action from the start. Here your tongue-in-cheek hero cuts about laying traps and taking shots at the oncoming rush of pissed off green skinned bad guys. Colourful, frenetic and challenging even non-fantasy fans will find plenty to pass the hours here. Easily the most entertaining tower defence title on the market.