Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Almost as controversial as DmC, thanks to the developer's decision to lead with MGS2's widely resented Raiden and, basically, turn him into the combo-counter's equivalent of a glam rock guitar solo. Metal Gear's wonted stealth is still visible through the splashes of gore, but you'll definitely spend more time slow-mo dissecting people to extract their gizzards than dodging view cones.
Aliens: Colonial Marines
We like what we've seen of Colonial Marines single player - the sets might be creatively disguised corridors (and often, just corridors full stop), but they're alive with film memorabilia in a way that should have Aliens fans pausing to check out the furniture as often as they reload. The gunplay isn't especially adventurous in light of Gearbox's previous work, but it's seismic, no-nonsense, gut-punching stuff. The Left 4 Dead inspired multiplayer, however, needs a fair bit of work. Xenomorphs are clumsy and unsatisfying to control, and the maps are short on exciting variables.
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2
Matt's not holding his breath for this one. "Much like the original Sniper game - which sold very well but was absolute bobbins - Ghost Warrior 2 looks like a bit of a shambles. We were initially impressed by the visuals of the game, but aren't so sure now we've actually played it. Unless the final game ends up being an entirely different product, we'd recommend giving this one a very wide berth."
Dead Space 3
It's got exhilarating boss battles, imagination-searing views and a robust co-operative campaign supported by new weapon customisation options, but the familiarity of the scares and firefights leaves us wondering whether this is a bridge too far for Dead Space. The handling's fine, however, the promise of further Unitologist intrigue entices, and there's the usual attention to environmental intricacy - differences between one of the new game's abandoned starships/graveyards and the iconic USG Ishimura are pleasantly rendered.
Lost Planet 3
Log went into his last Lost Planet 3 hands-on expecting nothing more than a trudge to the next objective mixed with some mech-on-insect punch-ups, and came away with tales of wall-mounted arseholes and an unsuspected psychological subtext. The major count against Lost Planet 3 is the pedigree of its developer, Spark Unlimited, but what we've seen suggests a decent, bombastic action game at least. Essential? We'll get back to you.