10 Most Popular PC Games

PC gamers in the UK still appear to want to manage football teams more than anything else this week. Not only is Football Manager 2009 still clinging to its number 1 spot like a limpet that can excrete epoxy, but Football Manager Live has also gradually crept up the chart to take the number 5 place. Meanwhile, Grand Theft Auto IV has slipped down to third place, and CSI: New York has fallen down a single place to number 7. See the full top 10 below:

1. Football Manager 2009

3D Match Engine
TV View
Assistant Manager Feedback
Improved Media
Press Conferences
Transfer System
Transfer Rumours
Board Confidence
Preferred Moves
Female Manager
Realistic Finances
Updated Competitions
Widescreen Support
All the above are the highlight new features for the games. There will be more features revealed over the coming months through a series of blogs and the return of the Football Manager podcast

2. World of Warcraft: Wrath of Lich King

The fearsome death knight, World of Warcraft’s first Hero class, is not your average adventurer seeking to prove his or her worth on Azeroth’s fields of battle. No longer servants of the Lich King, they begin their new calling as experienced, formidable adversaries, heavily armed and armored and possessing an arsenal of deadly and forbidden magic learned in the Lich King’s thrall.

3. Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto IV is structured similarly to previous games in the series. The core gameplay consists of giving the player a large, open environment in which to move around. On foot, the player’s character is capable of walking, running, swimming, climbing and jumping, as well as using weapons and basic hand-to-hand combat. Players can steal and drive a variety of vehicles, including automobiles, boats, helicopters, and motorcycles. Grand Theft Auto IV takes advantage of Natural Motion’s Euphoria engine, which combines artificial intelligence, bio-mechanics and physics to make NPC behaviour and movement adaptive and more realistic.

4. Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3

Red Alert 3 retains the core RTS mechanics of the Command & Conquer series. Warring factions harvest resources using vulnerable collectors and then use those resources to construct military bases and forces on-site. Structures form a shallow but wide tech tree with a variety of units and elusive superweapons. Weapon types are specialized to the point where a rifleman can withstand direct hits from an anti-tank cannon. Red Alert 3's major refinements are the addition of the Empire of the Rising Sun to the factions of the sub-series, similar to what Tiberium Wars did with the Scrin faction, a co-operative campaign, and expanded naval warfare.

5. Football Manager LIVE

Football Manager Live differs significantly from previous Football Manager titles, whilst keeping the same match engine and many of their fundamental concepts.
Users are assigned to a “game world” of up to 1000 players and create their club and fill their squad with real players, similar to fantasy football. Players are signed via a proxy bidding system with the player signing with the highest-bidding club.[3] Whilst Football Manager Live utilises a very similar database to that of Football Manager 2009, like it’s offline counterpart, ageing players retire and younger players generated in their place within each gameworld, creating an increasingly fictional environment as seasons progress.

6. The Sims 2: Double Deluxe

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he gameplay of The Sims 2: Double Deluxe is the same as The Sims 2. The main concept of the game is to produce a life for your selected family, making it either ‘A long successful life or a rain of misfortune’. Just like The Sims 2 you control the Sim and can make them do similar things in real life.

7. CSI : NY

CSI: NY (Crime Scene Investigation: New York) is an American police procedural television series, which premiered on September 22, 2004. The series was the second spin-off, indirectly, from the popular CBS show, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and directly from CSI: Miami, during an episode of which several of the CSI: NY characters made their first appearance. The show airs Wednesdays at 10PM ET/PT on CBS.
The show trails the investigations of a team of New York City Police Department forensic scientists as they unveil the circumstances behind mysterious and unusual deaths and other crimes.
CSI: NY was produced in partnership with the Canadian media company Alliance Atlantis. The company dissolved after the third season in 2007. All production now is done under the purview of CBS Paramount Television.
The show is currently airing its fifth season which started September 24, 2008, in the United States.[1] The fifth season of the show started on FIVE for viewers in the United Kingdom from the 10th January 2009. The show’s 100th episode aired on November 19, 2008.

8. Call of Duty: World at War

Call of Duty: World at War is a first-person shooter video game developed by Treyarch and published by Activision for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, and Xbox 360. It is the fifth installment in the Call of Duty series excluding expansion packs. The game’s setting returns to World War II, after the previous title Modern Warfare’s modern settings. It focuses on the Pacific Theater and Eastern Front of World War II in the Microsoft Windows, PS3, Wii and Xbox 360 version. The title, game details and estimated release date were announced on June 23, 2008 and the game was released worldwide between November 11, 2008 and November 14, 2008. A Windows Mobile version was also made available by Glu Mobile and different storyline versions for the PS2 and Nintendo DS were made, but remain in the World War II setting. The game uses an enhanced version of the Modern Warfare’s game engine with increased development in audio effects.

9. Spore Creature Creator

The Spore Creature Creator is software that allows players to create their own creatures with a standalone version of the Creature Editor from Spore; the software was one of the first aspects of the game to receive focused development, and underwent ten rewrites since the start of development.[2] It was rated E by the ESRB in early March 2008, indicating that the editor would be released separately well before the game’s release as a utility program. Electronic Arts told MTV Asia that “EA Screen will provide visitors a chance to interact with EA’s game producers hailing from the studios, and unveil the hugely anticipated SPORE Creature Creator demo version to gamers for the first time in Asia.”[3] Electronic Arts VP Mark Buechner stated on the Spore Facebook page that the editor would be released in June or July 2008, saying, “We are looking at releasing it two to three months before the launch of the full game.”

10. Fallout 3

Fallout 3 is an action role-playing game released by Bethesda Game Studios,[5][10] and is the third major game in the Fallout series. The game was released in North America on October 28, 2008, in Europe and Australia on October 30, 2008, and in the United Kingdom and Ireland on October 31, 2008.[4] The video game is available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 video game consoles as well as the Windows operating system.
Fallout 3 takes place in the year 2277, 36 years after the setting of Fallout 2 and 200 years after the nuclear war that devastated the game’s world in an alternate post-World War II timeline.[11] The game places the player in the role of an inhabitant of Vault 101, a survival shelter designed to protect a small number of humans from the nuclear fallout. When the player’s father disappears under mysterious circumstances, the player is forced to escape from the Vault and journey into the ruins of Washington D.C. to track him down. Along the way the player is assisted by a number of other human survivors and must battle myriad enemies that now inhabit the wasteland. The game has an attribute and combat system typical of an action role-playing game but also incorporates elements of first-person shooter and survival horror games.

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