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It is a weekend. Here are some games you should play.

We’re fast approaching silly season, with big releases like Medal Of Hono{u}r coming out next week, Call Of Duty: Black Ops a bit later on, FIFA 11 just released, Enslaved out today, I believe, and Fallout: New Vegas out in a couple of weeks.

Past the summer lull, this is the quiet before the storm. You should use this time wisely, as a) it’s probably the last period of the year in which you can both play games and not be forced to go outside, and b) it’s probably the only time of the year you’ll be able to actually put some hours into your games before the temptation to play another one takes over. Unlike in just a few weeks when the sheer wealth of availability means your time with each title is fleeting.

So what should you spend your time – this golden, special time – playing over the weekend? I have some recommendations, but of course it’s completely up to you.

If you’re one of the millions who picked up FIFA 11 then you’re probably going to spend the whole weekend chipping away at a league you’re playing through, making a name for yourself in the career mode or swearing at your opponents online. I’m not about to stop you. Go wild – FIFA is a good series to sink into for long periods of time and it’s a nice, light snack before the main banquet begins. And no, I have no idea what I’m talking about with that metaphor.

Enslaved: Odyssey To The West is an ideal weekend game – it’s both good and not that long, meaning you can easily play all the way through it in just a few sittings. That’s not to say it’s over too soon though, as it’s more than enjoyable and pretty much the perfect length. Plus you’ll get to see the ending and therefore spend most of next week discussing it online instead of doing any work.

If you’re anything like me then you like killing hundreds of chickens every time you sit down in front of the telly. As such I have to recommend Deathspank (and its sequel, Thongs Of Virtue) as a great brain-off, smash-things game. Just try not to get too annoyed at how bad the voice acting is if you have a hangover. Not that I did the other week…

Or you could take a step back a few months and clear your way through the games you might have missed. Nobody bought Alpha Protocol, so most of you clearly don’t own it. I think that’s a minor travesty as it’s a very good game. Granted, it suffers from Obsidian-itis, but that doesn’t stop you from having a great spying time. That conversation mechanic is bliss.

So yeah, that’s four (and a half) recommendations for you. Solely because I couldn’t be bothered thinking of any more. Enjoy your weekend, and thank me later.




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