March 30, 2007 - Spring is finally here! Rabbits are breeding, flowers are sprouting and lambs are probably leaping over fences, avoiding angry farmers with shotguns. Ooh those lambs. While the coming of spring traditionally means a complete lack of decent games on shelves, that couldn't be further from the truth this week.
As if you hadn't already spent enough time whacking orcs in the face with a blunt object, Bethesda continues its assault on your free time with Elder Scrolls IV: The Shivering Isles on PC today. We rather liked the mushroom-filled expansion pack for Oblivion and our American colleagues agreed, awarding the game a mighty 8.5. "The Shivering Isles is an entirely worthy addition to Bethesda's stellar fourth entry in The Elder Scrolls series," they boomed. So pull out your elf ears and get ready to jump back into the province of Cyrodiil.
Actually, it's a good day all round for PC owners, as EA primes its special games cannon and blasts Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars into stores. This brand new C&C is well worth the wait and earned itself an impressive 8.5 from IGN US as well - indicating, perhaps, all their other number keys had popped off the keyboard. Although they concluded that it's "still basically the same RTS we've been playing for years", that's no bad thing when it comes to C&C. We must admit we were slightly terrified by this comment in the graphics score though: "These are some brilliant visuals full of life, laughter and burning bodies". The mind truly boggles.
Meanwhile, proving that we do actually play some games at IGN UK, Rob reviewed Codemasters's rootin'-tootin', plane-shooting flight game Heatseeker on Wii, giving it a respectable 7.6. As the first 'proper' game on Wii for a while - that is, not just another mini-game collection - we felt that the "intensive missions and gruelling dogfights work particularly well, making for one of the more exhilarating games in Wii's catalogue - bested only by Excite Truck". So there you go.
Strangely, like super-charged, jet-powered buses, two plane games arrive at once today. Dogfighting against Heatseeker for your hard-earned cash is SEGA's After Burner: Black Falcon on PSP - a throwback to the halcyon days of 80s arcade gaming, After Burner features plenty of over-the-top explosive action and some parachuting scientists, of all things. Clearly those scientists tipped the scoring scales because it nudged above Heatseeker and was awarded a healthy 7.9. IGN US's Greg Miller noted After Burner is "challenging, quick, tight and exciting. It's everything you'd want in an arcade title".
If it's arcade action you're after, then it's hard to go wrong with Metal Slug Anthology on Wii. Earning a decent 7.2, the quality of the games on offer managed to shine through, despite some shoddy Wii control implementation. We conlcuded that "Metal Slug Anthology is a solid compilation of seven awesome arcade titles".
Elsewhere this week you can line-up some disappointment with Gunpey on DS (6.1) or PSP (4.2), meet the stars of Disney's newest film in Meet the Robinsons (7.0), shoot Nazis in Medal of Honor Vanguard on Wii (7.0) or shoot Nazis from a plane in Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII (5.7), also on Wii.
That's it for now, so we're bidding you farewell until next week when we imagine there'll be a load more games vying for your fickle attention.
Thanks to IGN.com for sharing the news with us!