This week’s roundup balances the seriously brutal with the seriously sweet. In one corner of the ring we have an elite team of super soldiers tasked with taking down a faction of terrorists; John Gore and his zombie-killing skill set; and a guild of wardens that includes knights, druids, mages and assassins.
And in the other corner … we have Santa’s toyshop, plus some Smurfs. Whose side will you be on? Click “more” to choose your team.
In this new installment there’s been a nuclear disaster that’s about to get a whole lot worse for all of humanity unless your team of elite soldiers can save the world’s leaders from a group of terrorists.
Combat 4: Zero Hour puts a unique spin on things by allowing the user to play both the heroic soldier and the villain, Edward Page. Try your best to out-maneuver and out-shoot each other all over the globe, including in Antarctica.
Powered by Havok Engine, the game features 20,000-plus weapon arrangements, plus realistic animations in its ragdoll effects, dynamic objects, vehicle motion and other aspects.
Santa needs some help, and as mayor of the North Pole, you’re going to have to bail him out. So get ready to build toys, wrap presents, direct elves and get the toyshop back in tip-top shape.
As part of the game, you get to build a holiday village, growing it from a tiny operation into a sprawling metropolis of merriment throughout more than 30 levels with 25-plus achievements. Customize the North Pole with decorations, harvest materials needed to make toys and grow your population of elves.
And if Trade Nations: North Pole players fill the Present Meter with enough presents, Z2Live will donate $15,000 to the nonprofit Child’s Play, which makes life more enjoyable for children in hospitals.
You and Papa Smurf have teamed up to thwart the evil Gargamel’s plan to destroy the Smurfs’ village and way of life. To be victorious, you’ll have to explore the village, master skills, gather resources and make tools to retaliate against Gargamel’s spells and save Smurfs who are in trouble.
But you’ll also have to become a good member of Smurf society, which means customizing your clothing and accessories, getting to know your way around the village, and learning trades like construction and alchemy.
Longtime Smurf fans will especially appreciate the aesthetics, which features characters drawn in the traditional Smurf style, but with brighter colors, fine lines and more fluid action of this generation.
John Gore is trying to make his way to the forest where enemy Metusalem has brought to life a number of dangerous foes, including a gaggle of murderous chefs, lumberjacks, penguins, moose, rabbits and the Cossack General’s army of the undead. And to get there, John Gore will have to make his way through perilous lakes, cemeteries and barren plains.
It could take a while before you get bored with this one (if ever), since there are more than 300 challenges, 20 different playable characters, 60 different enemies and seven bosses to keep things interesting.
Collect loot along the way to buy upgrades and beneficial items from the merchant’s wagon, which you’ll definitely need if you’re going to beat the dozens and dozens of zombies that appear on screen all at once.