Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway was destined to become a casualty of war from the very beginning. Released a few months before Activision’s much-hyped Call of Duty: World at War to an audience that was largely fed up with WWII action games, it was never going to be the huge success Ubisoft was hoping for.
Thing is, it’s actually a better game than its Activision rival. Although the online component is slightly under par, the single-player campaign more than makes up for it. The poignant story takes place under gorgeous sunlit scenery that contrasts with the desolation around you. With smoke, dirt and blood soaring copiously through the air, it's easy to become completely engrossed — and chilled — by the experience. The plot is far superior to Call of Duty: World at War: it plays out like a mature action thriller, with a genuine attempt to convey the psychological hardships of war (indeed, a tie-in novel was published by the game’s historical director). The assorted missions on offer also attempt to serve up something different, with the green-tinged hospital shoot-out being one of the many highlights.