On The Button: Latest games reviewed

Rebecca Armstrong gets to grips with the latest game releases
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Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence

Format: PS2

Developer: Konami

Price: £34.99

Don't be fooled into thinking that a whole new MGS game has appeared: Subsistence is more of a greatest-hits collection. Solid Snake, our special-ops friend, appears at his best in this enhanced mix-and-match mêlée, and there's also a bunch of old-school MGS titles too. If you're a fan, then it's little more than a moneyspinner. But if you're newcomer, this bundle is well worth tackling.

Totem Ball

Format: Xbox 360,

Developer: Microsoft

Price: free to download but requires Live Vision camera (£34.99)

This is the first movement-based game for the Xbox 360, made possible by the recent launch of the Xbox Live Vision camera. While over at Sony this type of title is old hat, it's all new to Xboxers and the fact that the game comes free via the Live Arcade service is pretty cool too. Totem Ball involves using arm movements to manoeuvre a ball around a bright, obstacle-filled landscape. Tricky to master and tiring on the arms though it is, this is a cute title that marks a new era of Xbox 360 titles.

Flight Simulator X

Format: PC,

Developer: Microsoft

Price: £59.99

This flight sim series is nearly 25 years old and still going strong. Flight Simulator X is the first new version in three years and it is impressively souped up graphically and in terms of game-play. Players can take off from thousands of airports and fly over almost every square inch of the planet.

Destroy All Humans! 2

Format: PS2, Xbox,

Developer: THQ

Price: £39.99

Following on from the original Mars Attacks-style Destroy All Humans comes this great follow-up. It starts off with Crypto-138 - the alien anti-hero - running the free world as president of the US. When the Russian government finds out what's going on, the KGB is sent to destroy Crypto and put an end to the Cold War. Control-wise, Destroy All Humans! 2 is much the same as its predecessor and the spiky satire continues apace. What's good is that the game is longer, funnier and quirkier than before, and definitely worth exploring.

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