Creating a cleanly designed interface system is one of the most important aspects of a successful shooter. Also, it needs copious amounts of bloom effects.

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• Brink's heads-up display is meticulously explained by a smooth-voiced female British guide. She's definitely a shoo-in for roles such as "female computer voice" and "electronic elevator announcer."

Continue after the break for an overview of the swords and sorcery combat in The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, a flashy display of drifting skills in Dirt 3, and the most dangerous weapon on Mars in Red Faction: Armageddon.


• The multitalented Geralt of Rivia dispatches enemies with steel, spells, and bombs in The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. Looks like someone's taken out a lifelong subscription of Man's Life Magazine.

• The sounds of South Central's "Demons" are reminiscent of a revving car engine in this Dirt 3 trailer. It's also reminiscent of eardrums melting in agony, because that's what mine actually did.

• After breaking YouTube sensation Freddie Wong's heart, the cuddly Mr. Toots heads to Mars to help out the colonists in Red Faction: Armageddon. If I wasn't completely desensitized by the Internet, I'd probably consider the notion of a rainbow-farting miniature unicorn with a mixture of horror and panic.