The only choice for fans of football – American style
Madden NFL 25. PS3 (reviewed), Xbox 360, PS4 (Nov), Xbox One (Nov). Publisher: EA Sports. Rating: 7/10
American football legend John Madden got his own video game back in 1988 – on the Commodore 64 – when he was 52. Now, a quarter of a century later, he's 77 and the game series bearing his name encompasses something like 30 different titles.
Few people in the UK have ever heard of Madden himself, who ended his 11-year coaching career with the Oakland Raiders in 1978 and has been commentating ever since, in any other context.
But Madden the game is an entirely different matter. It's the top title for anyone who wants to get to grips with the raw armoured muscle of American football – the defensive line, the passes, the tackles and the touchdowns – without breaking a sweat.
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Madden NFL 25 is the most potent example of the franchise to date. As you'd expect, it encompasses the best features of last year's Madden NFL 13 but with 30 new moves and a rock solid multiplayer mode that works flawlessly. The graphics are more highly detailed than ever before with lots going on besides what you see on the pitch. The commentating is a little irritating, sure, but that's all part of the American football experience.
Total War: Rome II. PC (reviewed). Publisher: Sega. Rating: 8/10
The Romans were a nasty bunch really. Yes, they had their technology, their world beating legions and their ability to incorporate the best aspects of conquered cultures into their own but they weren't what you would call fun.
That's why Total War: Rome II, the latest in the Total War series of military strategy games, gives you the option of playing as any one of seven other cultures. Cultures rather than countries because the concept of 'nations' had yet to be invented.
These are tribes, European savages, such as the warlike Iceni from Britain, the once powerful Macedon still struggling after Alexander the Great's death and Cathage of Hannibal crossing the Alps fame.
Your goal is to conquer the ancient world and you raise armies, research technology and fight vast epic battles to make it happen.
The game is turn based and you tell all your guys what you want them to do before ending your go.
There's a huge amount you can tweak and numerous different ways of ruling your burgeoning kingdom – and the graphics are just spectacular providing your PC is buffed enough to handle them.