It's hard to image there was ever a time when we couldn't assume our grimmest war-face, fire up our consoles and do battle with a global army of enemy combatants from the comfort of our armchairs. We're certainly come a long way from sitting hunched over our Commodores, battling as much for keyboard space with our siblings as we were on-screen! But where did it all start?
With the arrival of the Gods and Kings expansion digital download for the fifth instalment, the game has found religion (while going all MI6 on us). Create your own religion and feed off your population's faith, spreading your influence across the world. Meanwhile, slip a spy into an rival city to turn its citizens' mood in your favour or steal technology.
On December 20th, the Lucas-approved, Bioware-developed online role-player Star Wars: The Old Republic launches, offering the first serious challenge to World of Warcraft's dominance. But where did massively multiplayer online role-playing games (or MMORPGs) come from?
This week's new GAME releases see you time shifting, demon slaying, spell casting, bone crunching and shape shifting.
This week big games let you become a hero; defying danger and death (quite literally in one case!), surviving a nuclear wasteland, exploring the galaxy, saving the princess, or even becoming one! Which will you go for?
In the years following the turn of the millennium, it seemed like the honeymoon period for fighting games was finally over. But Tekken, SoulCalibur, Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat have all come back for another round...
More details were revealed at this year's E3 about the innovative Wii U package - that revised GamePad, those, err, 'asymmetric gameplay' opportunities - but really all we wanted to know was were its games looking any good?
Full of adventure, full of surprises, full of danger; this week's new releases feature ruined and dangerous landscapes ready to explore, plus a few more light hearted living room activities too
The motion-based controls of Kinect Star Wars shows just how far the franchise has come since the 8-bit action of The Empire Strikes Back on the Atari 2600 and Intellivision back in 1982. Which got us thinking - over the past 30 years, Star Wars has appeared not only in a great number of games, but in all kinds of game. From side-scrolling adventures, to first-person shooters to flight simulators, there's almost no genre that has not visited that galaxy far, far away...
Fans of the authentic Total War series will love King Arthur 2's gameplay; you play the titular hero fighting to save Britannia from the foul clutches of evil. This means a mass of real-time strategy battles featuring huge amounts of hardcore Arthur-on-Anglo-Saxon action [fnarr ?Ed], hammering away at the enemy to take control of the battle field; plus the ability to make turn-based tactical, decisions using the spangly 3D Campaign Map.