Games out this week.

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Splinter Cell Chaos Theory (PS2, Xbox, Gamecube, PC)
Ageing special agent Sam Fisher is back for a third instalment in the stealth/action series and brings with him a gripping plot, totally immersive gameplay, outstanding graphics and a fantastic co-op mode. Ultimately, Chaos Theory leaves the player stunned, excited and thoroughly satisfied.

Stolen (PS2, Xbox, PC)
This is a Zen-like stealth game, with ingenious mini-games and a decent lifespan thanks to plentiful extra objectives and collectibles. But guards are annoyingly unpredictable and ruthlessly determined, while the textures are bland at best. Stolen is an ambitious take on the genre but one that's too flawed to fulfil its sizeable promise.

Close Combat First to Fight (Xbox, PC)
A flag-waving US marine training sim turned commercial shoot-'em-up, First to Fight ticks all the right boxes - great visuals, lovely levels, solid AI and fine multiplayer games - but just seems to lack any zing to make it stand out from the rather large crowd.

Red Ninja End of Honor (PS2, Xbox)
Ninja seductress Kurenai is out to avenge her father's death in this remarkably savage stealth/action adventure - and she's not afraid to use her feminine wiles and razor-wire Tetsugen to great effect. The graphics in the opening level are a bit of a let down but ultimately Red Ninja is a beautiful game that is as brutally violent as it is imaginative.

Viewtiful Joe 2 (PS2, Gamecube)
Joe returns for some more technicolour, cel-shaded beat-'em-up action. Over-the-top dialogue and masterfully designed gameplay make this a brilliant sequel that lacks surprises but builds on the original game with finesse and finely-judged additions.
Some nice games out this week. I think Splinter Cell's new game is gonna be the best. Gotta love it man.
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