Given the number of perfectly good Bejeweled clones lurking in the iTunes Store, it's impressive to find one, like Smiles, that goes its own way by changing just one rule.
Comparing Civilization V with contemporary strategy games is entirely pointless.
Metroid: Other M is the game some Metroid fans complained the first-person Metroid Prime wasn't when it came out nearly eight years ago: a 3-D Metroid that plays a lot like the 2-D installments of the series.
My all-time favourite flying game is a World War 1 simulation called Knights of the Sky.
Apple has slowly warmed up to the iPhone and iPod Touch's accidental transformations into portable gaming juggernauts, but Game Centre makes the embrace official.
It is, perhaps, the ultimate compliment.
Shank For: PS3 via Playstation Network and Xbox 360 Live Arcade From: Klei Entertainment/EAPrice: $US15 ($NZ20.50) Everything about Shank has been done before and will be done again, but maybe no game has put it all together and made it look this easy to do so.
Were Blacklight: Tango Down a full-priced first-person shooter, its combination of generic atmosphere and tacked-on single-player offerings would make it almost superlatively insignificant.
Full disclosure: I love Lara Croft. It's no secret, but worth putting out there all the same.
You seriously have to pity those poor people at Electronic Arts.
After 2007's Puzzle Quest surprised just about everybody by taking Bejeweled and using it as a means of battle in a story-driven role-playing game, a handful of weird offshoots tried and mostly failed to take the idea to new avenues.
The problem with most video game Westerns is that you don't need to appreciate the Old West to appreciate them.
Command & Conquer 3 was a throwback to the series' glory days; its expansion, Kane's Wrath, introduced specialised subgroups to the game's factions.