Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale was first released in Japanese in 2007, but was then translated to English in 2010. The game follows a girl called Recette who’s father has run off to get money for his debts (or to run from them). Either way he never came back and you are made to open an item shop in the adventure capital of France with the fairy
loan-shark loan advisor Tear.
Uplink, made by Introversion Software in 2001, is a game in which you hack into other computers and terminals. The graphics are minimalistic and styled like terminals, as the Internet has been ruined and a new Internet has been created, one dominated by hackers, banks and companies called Uplink, ARC and Andromeda. Uplink is the company you work for; at the start of the game they supply you with a Gateway and some money. The Gateway is what you use for hacking and the money allows you to buy software to do more complicated missions and reduce your chance of being caught (since what you’re doing is illegal). It also lets you upgrade your Gateway to store more software, work faster and include security such as bombs. If you get caught, you lose the game.
by Ronan Forman
Pokémon Black and White are the newest additions to the Pokémon franchise, set in the region of Unova. The Pokémon have had a complete overhaul and 156 new Pokémon have been created. The main character in the game this time round is 16, a change from the usual 10 year old child, with gender of your choosing, and a mission to catch every Pokémon and beat all the Gym leaders (bosses). Joining you on your quest are two friends called Cheren and Bianca. At the start of the game you have a choice of 3 Pokémon: Oshawott, Tepig or Snivy, and don’t think about picking the one best for the first Gym because it changes Pokémon to have an advantage. Cheren will proceed to pick the one most effective against your choice and Bianca will choose the remaining. Annoyingly in this game the two will choose to fight you at every plot point.