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As value packs go, this five-game bumper may supply the most delight per pound of any release ever. The wonderful Half-Life 2, at four years old, is showing its age graphically, but remains a defining first person shooting experience as you escape a sinister and heavily patrolled City 17. What it lacks in Halo-style glamour is made up for by beautifully engineered kinetic puzzles and crumbling urban environments. The story continues in Half-Life 2 Episodes 1 & 2, which deliver even further ingenuity with exquisite use of the gravity gun and open spaces, while in Portal, a device opens gates between which you teleport to solve its perfectly formed and black-humoured problems. With Team Fortress Team Fortress is a team and class based online multiplayer computer game modification based on id Software's Quake. Team Fortress was designed and written by Australians Robin Walker, John Cook, and Ian Caughley in 1996.  2's highly tactical multiplayer mayhem, The Orange Box is a good deal of epic and mystifying mys·ti·fy  
tr.v. mys·ti·fied, mys·ti·fy·ing, mys·ti·fies
1. To confuse or puzzle mentally. See Synonyms at puzzle.

2. To make obscure or mysterious.
 proportions.

· Electronic Arts, £35-£50

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WWE Witwe (German: Widow)
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WWE World Wide Education
WWE Well Woman Exam
 SmackDown! Vs Raw 2008
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The Nintendo DS (sometimes abbreviated NDS or DS) is a handheld game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo, which was released in 2004 in Canada, U.S., and Japan.
, Wii, Xbox 360

For fans of the peculiar muscle ballet of American wrestling, the latest in an endless line of simulations of this demi-sport will be reason for considerable happiness. For those not inculcated into the ways of Vince McMahon and his heavily muscled colleagues, the baffling baf·fle  
tr.v. baf·fled, baf·fling, baf·fles
1. To frustrate or check (a person) as by confusing or perplexing; stymie.

2. To impede the force or movement of.

n.
1.
 success of wrestling games will have no light cast on it by this shambling sham·ble  
intr.v. sham·bled, sham·bling, sham·bles
To walk in an awkward, lazy, or unsteady manner, shuffling the feet.

n.
A shuffling gait.
 mess of a title. Combining sluggish moves and shabby character models with interminable theatrics the·at·rics  
n.
1. (used with a sing. verb) The art of the theater.

2. (used with a pl. verb) Theatrical effects or mannerisms; histrionics.
 as each wrestler enters the ring, Smackdown Vs Raw creates an appallingly dull but long-lived set of bouts, from which most right-thinking gamers would want to escape. The plethora of fight modes, combinations of wrestling styles and options for engaging friends in drawn-out duels just extends the tedium. Lacking any innovation, this is sausage-machine development at its most exploitative.

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, £30-£50

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Nintendo Wii

The Wii's arrival gave console-owning first person shooter fans a brief moment of anticipation that they would finally have a control method to rival the PC's hallowed mouse and keyboard combination. Anyone unfortunate enough to have played Scarface or the abysmal Wii version of Call Of Duty will rapidly have been disabused of that notion. But Metroid Prime 3 proves that, while no rival to mouse control, aiming with the Wii-remote and moving with the nunchuk controller is an intuitive, rewarding way of controlling heroine Samus Aran as well as interacting with doors and scenery. The elegance of its interface adds an extra layer of joy to the Metroid standards of multifunction weapons and visors used to scan your surroundings in search of plot points and clues. While no towering classic by comparison with Halo 3, this is easily the finest of its kind on Wii and is a lot more accessible than its predecessors.

· Nintendo, £40
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