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The Sims 3: Generations (Expansion Pack) (PC & Mac)
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This expansion has less 'in your face' features than any others. Upon installing, I started a new family from scratch. After 5 or 6 hours of play time I am yet to notice a difference between this and the base game. That said, a friend of mine who has an established neighbourhood has enjoyed the subtle changes this brings to each life stage.
The pack adds no new neighbourhood, little in the way of new game mechanics, an average amount of new 'stuff', and some new interactions. Taking all that into account, it's a pricey expansion pack at the moment (about 25 pounds at the time of writing), and will should only appeal to completionists and die hard Sims fans (and, um, me I suppose).
Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Complete Edition (4)
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The finest strategy title on the PC, plus expansions... for a fiver... it's a steal. Even if you're not sure if you like the genre, well, it will cost you five english pounds to find out. For me, Civ 4 blends military conquest with diplomacy, religion, and history so finely, and without ever seeming daunting, that it ranks as one of the best games I've ever played.
Granted, twitchy FPS and RTS gamers will probably find it a little slow, and the graphics are just starting to look dated, but this game is the king of the mantra- just... one... more... turn...
Football Manager 2010
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Yes, this is essentially a football database, and the match graphics don't really do much to detract from that. That doesn't mean this isn't the most realistic football sim out there. There have been numerous additions aimed toward making the game more approachable for a newcomer to the genre, but I still feel that if you've not played any previous titles in the series you are faced with one hell of a learning curve. That said, if you are a fan of the series and/or football management sims in general, this game is more polished, more detailed, and of course more up to date.
To get the most out of the game you're going to need to spend a LOT of time playing it. A season can take about 20 hours to complete, depending on how much micro-management you want to indulge in. So, if you're looking for a casual footie sim, look somewhere else, try FIFA manager or something. This game is perfect for playing while you're listening to footy podcasts.
4 stars for me- a very in depth sim, but overwhelming for many.