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Colin McRae Rally HHHHH

PlayStation When Colin McRae Rally was first released, this awesome game seemed to have everything bar a sensible price tag. Now however, thanks to the PlayStation Platinum series, anyone who missed it the first time can now have the greatest rally game on the PlayStation, and all for just pounds 19.99. There are loads and loads of brilliant tracks, with amazing backdrops that make this the most realistic driving to date.

Codemasters, out now, pounds 19.99

Akuji the Heartless HHH

PlayStation This game follows the story of a voodoo priest's second son, Akuji. Following his untimely death on his wedding day at the hands of his brother, Akuji is sent to hell. He must escape to save his bride- to-be from the evil clutches of his brother, and only you can help him. Based in a 3D-environment, spanning over 14 levels, Akuji is a test of intelligence and reactions. Although the graphics are not the best, this is well worth a look.

Eidos, out now, pounds 44.99

Star Wars Episode 1: Phantom Menace HHHHH

PC CD-ROM This title is a Tomb Raider-esque adventure, in which players can take control of characters like Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn, Queen Amidala, and Captain Panaka. The game follows many of the huge events from the film, as you battle through each level fighting off baddies, using the force as you go, all in superb 3D graphics. With loads of sub- plots and puzzles to tackle, this will keep you going for a long time.

Lucasarts, out now, pounds 39.99

Star Wars Episode 1: Racer HHHHH

PC CD-ROM The theme of the game is to race high-speed, futuristic vehicles on vast numbers of tracks (over 21 on 8 different worlds), against more than 20 opponents. The graphics are brilliantly detailed, and, with the right hardware, the immense speed of up to 600mph will blow your mind. When you add all this to the 8-player, local-area-network gaming, you'll realise why Star Wars Racer is so hot.

Lucasarts, out now, pounds 39.99