Digital life: Game on
Lego Indiana Jones 2, X360/PS3/Wii
Even an unabashed admirer of Lego's merger with franchises such as Star Wars, etc, would have to admit Lego Indy's first outing was the weakest of the lot. Happily, LIJ2 goes a long way to addressing the flaws while packing a ton of new entertainment.
Targeted at young fans while throwing a knowing wink to older players irresistibly drawn to its anarchic humour, Indy 2 follows the series template of a knockabout 3D action-adventure.
Clever twists allow two players to roam around the levels via a split-screen and introduce a deep construction mode in which you can build your scenes with bricks.
Don't be put off by the fact much of this is based on Spielberg's lame efforts with Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and just rejoice in the madness of the Lego interpretation.
Shaun White Snowboarding: World Stage, Wii
A sequel to last year's ho-hum outing for the snowboarding king, World Stage adds precious little we haven't already seen. But if you're prepared to jump on to the Wii Balance Board controller, then things get a little more interesting.
You can use the Wiimote by itself to lean your boarder, jump and pull tricks but if you own the Balance Board from Wii Fit then the whole experience becomes a lot closer to the real thing.
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, PSP
Making its way from the DS to the PSP, Chinatown Wars is something of a novelty. Instead of the full 3D of previous GTA games on PSP, it adopts the top-down low-res view found on DS. But the trademark GTA humour and madcap mission design remain fully intact, ensuring Chinatown Wars is a deserving member of the multimillion-selling series.
Lighter in tone and not nearly as explicitly violent, the gameplay still rests chiefly on copious driving and shooting. Even though these two pillars aren't nearly as enjoyably strong as in its forebears, Chinatown Wars still proves a compelling experience.