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A good vintage: Gaming roundup 2008

Thanks to innovation, imagination and a stream of killer sequels, the past 12 months have been packed with top titles. Rebecca Armstrong reports on the way we played in 2008

The best games of 2008?

Again, it's time to argue about the games that stood out this year.



Games Review: Prince of Persia

PS3, Xbox 360, PC Ubisoft, £29.99 - £49.99

Games Review: Little Big Planet

PS3, Sony, £44.99

Game of the week - Siren Blood Curse (PS3), £19.99

In the mood for some seasonal scares this Halloween? Well, what could be spookier than a survival horror title? A Japanese survival horror title, that's what. 'Siren Blood Curse', which hits the shops with impeccable timing this Friday, has all the elements of a terrifying ride, from a deserted village with a bloody history, to an army of angry zombies. For real edge-of-your-seat stuff, check out the level which takes place in an abandoned hospital – I dare you to come out from behind the sofa to do so.

Games Review: Fracture

PS3, Xbox 360, Activision, £49.99

Games Review: Castle Crashers

Xbox Live Arcade, Microsoft 1200 MSP/£10.20

Games Review: Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty

PlayStation Network, Sony, £9.99

War Games

Directed by John Badham & Martin Brest

The legacy of John La Rose: Respect for the dubfather

The pioneering publisher and activist John La Rose died last year, but his legacy to black British writing lives on. Kevin LeGendre celebrates a life devoted to political struggle and the arts

Royal Mail to abandon final salary pension for new staff

Leaders of 190,000 Royal Mail workers registered "shock and anger" yesterday over a decision by the state-owned company to close its final-salary pension scheme to new recruits to fill a massive £6.6bn black hole in its retirement fund.

Borders 19 Northampton 29: Borders grounded by Cohen's quick double

Northampton boosted their hopes of a place in the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup with a solid bonus-point win over the Borders in a match switched from storm-lashed Netherdale to Murrayfield at very short notice. The Saints now face Biarritz at Franklin's Gardens on Sunday to decide who will progress as winners of Pool Six.

Racing: Kauto Star chases perfection but blunders could be dangerous flaw

As a token of humility, the weavers of ancient Persia would deliberately stitch a tiny flaw into their carpets. Their work was so perfect that they might otherwise be charged with impersonating divinity. In the case of Kauto Star, admittedly, a couple of gaping holes were crudely ripped from the very middle of the carpet, but two atrocious jumping errors were barely sufficient to dispel the celestial flavour of his performance at Kempton yesterday.

Collector's Corner: Raise a glass to the power of Scotch whisky

If you've got the bottle, collecting whisky could result in some spirited returns, says Gwyn Jones
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