The game drought is over. Why? Because even during the summer, when chuff-all is worth buying new, there are always six or seven games that launched before Christmas that you simply didn't have the time / money to play. That's why we've scoured the bargain bins of the interwebs and found you these great games - all for under £20, all a little bit like the games you already know and love.
Play: Crysis 2
Why it's for you: You like shooters with lots of aliens to murderise
Crysis 2 is a dressed-up sci-fi shooter. What sets it apart from Halo is the nanosuit - a nifty bit of kit that gives you sundry ways of doing battle. Sure, you can tear up the New York streets with superb guns, but you also have invisibility for stealth attacks, or super-speed so you can plunge from rooftops and smash all below.
Love: Gears Of War?
Dev: Platinum Games
Why it's for you: Superb cover shooting and mega boss battles
Shinji Mikami's jet-heeled blast-'em-up packs in some of the slickest moves ever as you slide, kick and shoot your way to glory through some absolutely mesmerising set-pieces.
Play: Metro 2033
Dev: 4A Games
Why it's for you: You prefer your dystopias on dry land
Surviving nuclear fallout by heading to the depths of the Russian metro system provides a unique setting for this creepy shooter. Just as in Rapture, there's a real sense of desperation here.
Love: Forza 4?
Play: Project Gotham 4
Dev: Bizarre Creations (RIP)
Why it's for you: Slick sim racing with an arcade finish
Before Bizarre sipped from the poison chalice that is Activision's James Bond license, they used to make the finest racer around. The Kudos system rewards flair, making this a show-off's dream.
Play: Dragon Age II
Why it's for you: Because the dwarf bothering never stops round here
Dragon Age II soared high upon release in 2011, but it quickly fell away as Skyrim marched in and magicked away the crowd. The original Dragon Age is the fan favourite (many complained DA2 dumbed down and is too linear), but this sequel is more accessible, so it's less of a jump from Skyrim to Dragon Age. There are dragons to slay, tough moral decisions, and you get to sex up an elf, which is nice.