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Published November 21st 2011
The sun may shine, the sky may be blue and the beach will call to those that enjoy the warmer months, but despite the appeal of the hot weather, interesting games are hitting the shelves.
To limit this article to the discussion of three video games was extremely hard. I have left out the likes of Battlefield 3, Batman: Arkham City, Uncharted 3, Saints Row 3 and the newest addition to the Zelda franchise. They are fantastic games, but the next few have the ability to conquer your summer.
The latest entry into EA's yearly football legacy is FIFA 12, the most realistic and playable soccer game ever created. Each pass, shot, dive and goal looks and feels perfect. The addicting nature takes hold from the first match, as players try to improve their skills both online and offline. The competitive nature of the online structure is impressive, and believe me, emotions run high. Offline modes such as 'Be a pro' and 'Career' can turn hours into minutes, while weekly challenges are available for those wanting to change history. One of the few games that is just as strong with or without addition players.
It was a hard decision between this title and Battlefield 3, though while perhaps not as realistic, MW3 is simply a blast to play. Many people purchase Call of Duty titles for the online multiplayer, which is extremely compatible with others. Friends, in teams, can run around shooting one another for days and still be craving more, such is the atmosphere. The environments display so much detail that locating an enemy can be a near impossible task. Well, if in doubt, throw a grenade. The single player campaign, which takes players across the globe, is confronting and unlike anything you would have witnessed before. The collapse of the Eiffel tower is one such event, while a young family being blown apart tests the resolve of seasoned professionals.
This isn't only a game to take over your summer months; it could well control your life. With more than 300 hours of game play, plus many more spent on looking through the massive world with curiosity, Skyrim is visually stunning. A fictional world has never looked so good, been so interactive and contained so many foul beasts and secrets. The story is epic, characters are memorable and there is truly something for any fan of the RPG genre. If the above titles don't completely deprive you of social interaction, Elder Scrolls V definitely will.
I would love to hear what other gamers think of these titles.