Games: Dave Mirra 2; Torment; F1 2001; Atlantis 3

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This, unsurprisingly, is the bigger and better sequel to Dave Mirra on the first PlayStation. Players are once again invited to test their BMX prowess across huge, wonderfully crafted environments. Whether or not this is the definitive extreme sports game is debatable, but it's definitely a sign of good things to come on the PS2.

Dave Mirra 2: Freestyle BMX
PlayStation 2
****
This, unsurprisingly, is the bigger and better sequel to Dave Mirra on the first PlayStation. Players are once again invited to test their BMX prowess across huge, wonderfully crafted environments. Whether or not this is the definitive extreme sports game is debatable, but it's definitely a sign of good things to come on the PS2.
(Acclaim, out now, £39.99)

Torment
PC CD-ROM
***
Interplay's classic epic RPG leads gamers around the fantasy realm of Sigil, a city filled with gates that, when opened, can lead anywhere in the universe. The game is a standard RPG title, packed with neat sprites, character development, puzzles and plot twists. And although Torment is rather dated, at least on Virgin's label it's a decent cheap thrill for inexperienced RPG fans.
(Virgin White Label, out now, £4.99)

F1 2001
PlayStation 2
****
EA's PlayStation 2 conversion of their wondrous new Formula 1 racing sim takes a slightly more arcade approach to life. The game maintains all the fantastic features of the PC version, but opts for faster and simpler (if less accurate) gameplay. Although it is clearly not as successful as its PC namesake, this game is still a top-notch driving title.
(EA, out now, £39.99)

Atlantis III
PC CD-ROM
****
This new adventure release takes players on a sacred quest to find Atlantis. As in Myst, players communicate with computer-controlled characters and explore gorgeous virtual realms, solving puzzles in the process. More of an interactive novel than a traditional computer game, Atlantis III requires immense concentration and skill, and is a truly rewarding experience.
(Cryo Interactive, out now, £29.99)

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