What with it being Easter this weekend ("Hello Thomas, it's your mother. Are you coming home for Easter?" "Why?"), several of this week's new games are out today rather than tomorrow, and indeed we won't be here tomorrow or on Monday.
Good news and good news, then, and for those of you looking for something to play this weekend, there's a decent-ish selection, rich with fittingly religious metaphor if you really go after it - instead of going to church, for example, you can visit Sin City in Rainbow Six Vegas 2.
Less sacrilegious than shooting people to death in a casino on Easter Sunday (along with just about everything else in the world) is playing SEGA Superstars Tennis, which isn't a bad idea if you have made for yourself a false idol and its name is Sonic. Or AiAi. Or Ulala.
Or any of any number (well, 16) characters drawn from the ranks of SEGA's best-known games, really. Superstars Tennis can't really trouble Virtua Tennis 3 for gameplay quality, but a good few of the mini-games are innovative and enjoyable and the tennis itself improves considerably with other people or against the toughest AI.
Those games aside - and neither is phenomenal, to be fair - PC gamers who've never tucked into the spiky multi-course meal that is the Dawn of War series will struggle to uncover a better opportunity than the new Complete Collection, including new and slightly shonky add-on Soulstorm, while DS owners who plan to congregate together this weekend might enjoy Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles - an action-RPG designed for multiplayer. Check out our reviews from the gamepages linked below for more details.
- CSI: Hard Evidence (Wii)
- Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles - Ring of Fates (DS)
- Maths Play (DS)
- Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer (DS)
- Off Road (PS2, PC, PSP)
- Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters (PS2)
- SEGA Superstars Tennis (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, DS)
- Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2 (PS3, Xbox 360)
- Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - The Complete Collection (PC)
- Zoo Tycoon 2 (DS)