Gore blimey! It's all monsters and nudity in Dante's video hell
Dante's Inferno, X360/PS3
We're all too familiar with videogames based on the latest blockbuster books and movies but Dante's Inferno must set some sort of record, riffing on the 14th-century Italian poem about a literal descent into hell.
As it turns out, DI blatantly steals most of its inspiration from a much more recent source, the superb God of War hack'n'slash series on PlayStation2. Thanks to some visually staggering vistas of tormented souls and revolting monsters, DI carves a little of its own gory identity.
But the crassness of its frequent nudity and the lack of invention in the closing levels conspire to leave Dante's Inferno a shadow of its muse. Still, it whets the appetite for the new God of War, coming next month.
Plants vs Zombies, iPhone
A brilliant twist on the tower defence genre, P vs Z was deservedly a smash on PC/Mac last year. Now iPhone owners can get a taste and all for the recession-busting price of just €2.40.
Sadly, many of bonus gameplay modes have been stripped out and we're left with just the core. Defend your house from a shuffling zombie invasion by planting aggressive shrubs on your lawn.
Delightful graphics, chucklesome audio and perfect touch controls will drive you to complete the 50 levels in a trice. Without the extra modes, replay value is scant. Still, for €2.40, you can't complain too much.
Stalker: Call of Pripyat, PC
The third in the series weaving an eerie tale around post-nuclear Chernobyl, Call of Pripyat builds on the menacing atmosphere of the first two games.
As a mercenary stalking the inhospitable wastelands, taking care to stay alive is as important as completing the quests.
One minute there's tense silence; the next it's wild shooting as you're set upon by mutants.
Patient gamers will be rewarded with a deeply involving storyline, even if the shooter aspects feel a tad clumsy.