This week's gaming is dominated by the absolutely massive release of Call of Duty: Black Ops and the release of Microsoft's Kinect, and whilst there are some impressive smaller titles such as Sonic Colours, Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley and Cooking Mama World: Babysitting Mama unfortunately our heads are clouded by the amount of fun that we are having with Kinect!
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Windows
It would be impossible to miss the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops, if you are into your first person shooters then you will undoubtedly already own this probably overrated game, however it will win countless GOTY awards, and profound critical acclaim, you already know if you want it or not.
Kinect is the newest hardware in the peripheral race, while Playstation Move is simply a glorified Wii remote Microsoft's Kinect uses your body as the controller. While only just getting on its legs Kinect has a few titles that show off the hardware's potential, you'll have mountains of fun with games like Dance Central, and even get a proper workout from Your Shape Fitness Evolved, plus there's plenty of games to get the kids involved.
Xbox 360 (Kinect)
Dance Central is my own personal killer app of Microsoft's Kinect, not only does it encourage non-gamers to give the hardware a chance, but put any pro-gamer in front of it and it is impossible for them to not have fun. Whether you can dance or not you'll have the time of your life with Dance Central, now if only the routines were not as difficult..
Your Shape Fitness Evolved
Xbox 360 (Kinect)
Your Shape Fitness Evolved is the fitness game to end all fitness DVDs, including all the proper sort of workouts that you would expect of a get-fit-program, Fitness Evolved is the step above WiiFit. Although it cannot track your weight, Fitness Evolved can cater the program that you want whether you wish to simply slim down, or tone off your pregnancy weight. If you think you could deal with a bit of exercise this game is for you. Don't forget, you are getting achievements for exercising!
Kinect has shaped up to be a pretty impressive release, although some of the games do not use the hardware as good as it possibly could. It is without a doubt the best peripheral we've played on for years, and the potential for fantastic games is limitless, unlike the Nintendo Wii and Playstation Move which are somewhat limited by their boundaries of controllers.
But alas it won't get interesting until next week which sees the release of Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows Part 1 which features Kinect support. So you know what we're buying, what are you buying this week?