While the first Portal was something of a testing ground for developer Valve, with its untested mechanics and wild new ideas, the follow-up is very much a complete experience.
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Like Microsoft's karaoke party game Lips, Yoostar 2 for Kinect brings friends and family together for a good laugh, and the occasional bout of excruciating embarrassment.
Entering into the modern military shooter genre is a tricky prospect, thanks to the dominance of Call of Duty. However, Homefront developer Kaos Studios has done so with an intriguing premise.
The master of addictive, charming puzzle games, developer PopCap is renowned for creating titles that players keep coming back to time and again.
Thanks to the sustained popularity of the digital distribution arena, the scrolling shoot-em-up genre continues to be opened up to the gaming public.
LittleBigPlanet 2 £44.99, PS3
THE ailing video games industry in Dundee has received a much needed boost with the promise of 150 jobs.
THE UK government has been urged to do more to help an "outstanding" Scottish video games industry take advantage of a "golden age of opportunity" in a global sector worth £33 billion a year.
Created by iconic British game developer David Braben, Kinectimals marks another strong addition to Microsoft's growing roster of Kinect exclusives.
DEAD Space 2 puts the fear factor back into gaming on PS3 this week, while Mindjack offers an out-of-body experience on Xbox 360 and Free Running brings the amazing pursuit of Parkour to Wii
The point-and-click genre has seen a resurgence in recent years; with revamped editions of classics such as Monkey Island and runaway franchises such as Back to the Future receiving similar treatment.
Coming straight from Rock Band developer Harmonix, Dance Central is a perfect showcase of what Microsoft's Kinect device is capable of.
COMPUTER games firm Nintendo said three-dimensional (3D) games on its new handheld console could harm the eyesight of children aged six or younger.
The Need For Speed series seems to change every year. One minute it's an illegal street racing title, the next it's a professional circuit racer.
James Bond 007: Blood Stone £39.99, PC/PS3/Xbox 360
Picking up exactly where Assassin's Creed II left off, Brotherhood is no mere add-on; instead it is a full-blown sequel that carries on the intricate plot before the third part of the trilogy arrives.
How do you make something as old-school as Pac-Man feel fresh and new? It's a fair point, and you'd be forgiven for thinking that it's impossible although, as with Pac-Man Championship Edition, developer Namco has once again proved its proficiency at updating its classics.
Like karaoke games Singstar and Lips, Def Jam Rapstar compiles music from the world's hottest rap acts and invites players to throw down their lyrical skills.
Super Meat Boy £7.99, Xbox Live Arcade, 800MS