The release schedules for the coming months are dominated by men with guns shooting each other, before grunting some coarse lines in voices with enough bass to shake the very mountains (and repeating ad nauseum). If that’s not your cup of tea, or if you just fancy a change, here are some alternative titles to look forward to:

Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One (PS3)

The Ratchet and Clank series is one of the best reviewed on the PS3, consistently raking in the high marks. This year’s instalment looks set to be no exception, mixing four player co-operative gameplay in with the action and adventure that fans of anthropomorphic space animals and cute robot sidekicks know and love. And, there’s not a gruff army man or a grey crate in sight, which in today’s age of identikit angry men killing each other is something that everyone should be championing. Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One is out in November.

Rise of Nightmares (Xbox 360 Kinect)

A game aimed at a mature audience for Microsoft’s self-wiggling motion (‘you are the’) controller? Why, such a thing can’t possibly exist can it? Yes, apparently it can. Rise of Nightmares is a survival horror title, developed by the team behind the House of the Dead series of light gun games. You can expect blood, guts, gore, spikes, throttling, bizarre weaponry and a sick sense of humour, all of it controlled by your own fair hands. It’s certainly not one for the squeamish, or for anyone who reads the Daily Mail, but if you’re bored of the oh-so-cutesy Kinect titles already out there, this might just be for you.

Sonic Generations (Multi)

OK, it may well be a steaming heap of awfulness, wrapped up in a few decent levels that make you hate the bad bits even more, but there are no army helmets, modified guns or nuclear weapons in sight, so it’s going on the list. Hopefully, this will be a return to form for the blue speedster after a raft of titles so bad that typing their names makes my fingers bleed. That’s the dream anyway, and at the moment things are looking pretty good for Sonic Generations, with plenty of running, jumping and, hopefully, no fishing sections or rubbish minor characters to spoil the fun.

Silent Hill HD Collection (PS3)

It might not be a new game per se, but Silent Hill HD Collection deserves its place on this list for featuring two of the best survival horror titles ever created, Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3. The games are fully updated with new 720p visuals, new voiceovers and an enhanced soundtrack, whatever that means. If you’ve never played either of the games before, then this is the perfect chance to pick them up, and even if you have, high definition horror is probably going to be much more frightening than low definition horror, right?

El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron (Multi)


A breathtakingly pretty, cell shaded platform/brawler hybrid that looks like nothing else out there; imagine Prince of Persia as built by Japanese manga artists after they’d been sniffing their inks for too long. Individual, creatively challenging and far more interesting than ‘Macho Shooter 8: A Gun Too Far’, so you can expect El Shaddai to be roundly ignored by the game buying public when it’s released later this year. That’s a shame, because this is exactly the sort of title that the industry needs more of; oh well, here’s to ‘Macho Shooter 9′ then…