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Just Cause 2: Limited Edition
This game was a really nice surprise when I started playing it. I had played the demo for quite a while before deciding to buy it (it's well worth a download), I'd never played the first Just Cause but this game became quite addictive for a short while.
The map itself is absolutely huge, it includes a full-city, a number of army and air bases, plus loads of unique little villages each with their own destroyable items. JC2 offers a wide range of cars, bikes, planes and helicopters to make getting around that little easier. There's a small amount of weapons, but the focus tends to be on the grappling-hook provided at the start of the game. I've never seen a weapon like it in any other game, you can tie people/cars to planes and helicopters, swing around from tree-to-tree or simply use it like any other weapon.
There is a storyline, but players can go in and out of it really quickly if they prefer exploring.
The game is supported by Steam and there are lots of achievements to unlock. The game can get tiresome for a while but is really easy to pick up and play.
The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
4 New from
Despite this being a continuation of the Elder Scrolls series, this feels like a brand new game and is easy to get into. People shouldn't be put off by the lack of guns and the focus on magic, Skyrim offers a decent number of spells, swords and bows for players to hack and slash their way through caves, castles and the vast open grounds of Skyrim. There are a huge number of skills to upgrade throughout the game, some will be more useful than others depending on the way you want to play the game.
The difficulty settings are well balanced, so even the newest of PC games can get straight into the action and the settings can be changed at any time throughout the game to make it harder or easier. Controls are the standard WASD, but seemingly don't support the Razer Naga mouse and it picked up the Xbox controller straight away (annoying).
The game is supported by Steam, which hosts 1000's of different mods and downloads. Players can add homes, weapons or even entire villages to their Skyrim map, which makes the game that little bit more bigger and more exciting.
3 New from
A must have in any hardcore gamer's collection. Amazingly, the original Far Cry is still going strong, despite being released in 2004. It's quite a basic game with a few guns, but there's tons to explore and destroy! Even in 2012, this game doesn't feel dated and it would certainly be in my top 10 PC games. Highly recommended if you like to kill, explore and destroy.