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PC Tank Racer (Grolier Interactive) £34.99

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PC Silver

(lnfogrames) £39.99

In the pantheon of role playing video games, two titles are omnipotent The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time for the Nintendo 64 and Final Fantasy VII on PlayStation. Now, with Silver, lnfogrames are aiming to make it a triumvirate.

lnfogrames certainly fancy their game as a heavyweight contender. They loudly and rightly trumpet that it has been in development for an incredible three years, that there are 200 fully-rendered locations, and that the game includes 50 individual personalities and 50,000 words of dialogue. Silver has a great deal in common with its Japanese competitors the cartoon graphics, the sense of the epic, and the whimsical plot.

lnfogrames may be in heavy denial when they compare their saga with the tale of Romeo and Juliet or Orpheus and Eurydice, but the plot is engrossing nonetheless. You play David, the proverbial knight in shining armour, whose task is to save 100 women from an evil magician who wants to sacrifice them to a demonic deity. You are aided in your task by a mammoth 60 varieties of weapon, as well as five companions, who you can assume control of.

The very simple and intuitive control system is mouse- based you click on the character you want to control and then click on where you want them to go. More


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complex controls can be accessed by clicking open a pie menu. The combat system sets this game apart from FFVII. In that title, combat was turn-based, but Silver follows a real-time model. Hold down Ctrl, move the mouse around, and watch David slash his blade about in a corresponding manner.

So, have Zelda and FFVII finally met their match with a Western take on a genre the Japanese have traditionally excelled at? Well, Edge, the all-formats gaming magazine, got their hands on an early copy and were decidedly lukewarm in their opinions. Silver might have to settle for the bronze. (Peter Ross)

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Viva Football

(Virgin Interactive) £39.99

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NHL Face Off 99 (989 Sports) £34.99

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N64 Mario Party (Nintendo) £39.99

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