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Legends of Zelda HHHHH

Nintendo 64 Christmas may have come and gone but this a reason why you can carry on being jolly - the long awaited, and quite superb, Legend of Zelda. There are no other words for it: this game is simply stunning. The graphics are incredible, even for the N64, with some fantastic backdrops, and the gameplay is vast, with puzzles and monsters galore for you to defeat. If you missed out on the previous versions, you definitely don't want to miss out on this. In home computer gaming terms Legend of Zelda is the best thing since sliced bread, and then some.

Nintendo, out now, pounds 49.99

Brian Lara Cricket HHH

PlayStation If you weren't happy about England's display in the Ashes, and you think you can do better, here's your chance - Codemasters have released Brian Lara Cricket, on the Playstation. After debuting some time ago on the Megadrive, the game has moved to the Playstation. As you would expect the graphics have been improved immensely, and the gameplay is much more realistic. However, loading times and slow paced action can be irritating if you don't have a lot of patience. It may not be as playable as the original, but if you like cricket, you'll love this.

Codemasters, out now, pounds 39.99

Gangsters HHHH

PC CD ROM Have you ever felt like taking up a life of crime? Ever thought you could be the Don Corleone of your home town? Now you can, as Eidos unleash Gangsters: Organised Crime. The game is in roughly the same style as SimCity, but instead of creating a city, you have to take one over by whatever means necessary. The graphics are very cool, and the gameplay's great. You may find that it takes a while to get to grips with the action, but the tutorials can help there. This game's superb so look out for it, if ya know what's good for ya.

Eidos, out now, pounds 39.99

Rival Schools HHHH

PlayStation Beat-'em-up fans were in for a treat over Christmas as Virgin released yet more funky fighting action in the form of Rival Schools United By Fate. Ignoring the cheesy name, this is a very enjoyable game. There are great graphics, loads of easy-to-do special moves (including some amazing tag-team manoeuvres), as well as some very wacky looking characters. The only flaw is the slightly slow response times when you press the buttons. Although it is no match for Tekken 3, Rival Schools is still a very cool game.

VIE, out now, pounds 44.99

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