Games: Civilisation 3, Amazing Virtual Sea-Monkeys, Pro Evolution Soccer, RE: Code Vernoica X

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The awe-inspiring turn-based strategy title is back, and looking bigger and better than ever before. The player's goal is to create either the most developed and complete civilisation, or the most successful aggressor. The mild, superb tweaking in gameplay and graphics make the game harder to complete, easier to get to grips with, and a lot more fun overall.

Civilisation 3
PC-CDROM
****
The awe-inspiring turn-based strategy title is back, and looking bigger and better than ever before. The player's goal is to create either the most developed and complete civilisation, or the most successful aggressor. The mild, superb tweaking in gameplay and graphics make the game harder to complete, easier to get to grips with, and a lot more fun overall.
(Infogrames, out now, £29.99)

Amazing Virtual Sea-Monkeys


PC-CDROM
*
This is yet another crazy creation from Creature Labs, the madmen behind the Creatures titles. The gameplay is relatively simple – players drop tiny eggs into a virtual fish-tank, watch them hatch into baby sea-monkeys, which must then be nurtured. Unfortunately, this simple gameplay becomes very dull very quickly, and is coupled with dull graphics.
(Creature Labs, out now, £19.99)

Pro Evolution Soccer
PlayStation 2
*****
The highly awaited PS 2 version of Konami's blockbuster football title has finally arrived, and lives up to its billing. The gaming options remain unchanged, but the awesome graphics and near-perfect gameplay, controls and match physics makes Pro Evolution Soccer a real match-winner – it's just a shame the commentary is so pitiful.
(Konami, out now, £39.99)

RE: Code Vernoica X
PlayStation 2
*****
The next chapter in the Resident Evil series finds Claire Redfield fighting for her life as she searches for her lost brother, Chris. Similar to its predecessors, the game is another gore-filled third-person-shooter packed with gorgeous graphics, chilling effects and tricky puzzles. Although it's lacking in ingenuity, the no-nonsense gun-toting approach makes Code Veronica X is a game junkie's dream.
(Codemasters, out now, £39.99)

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