Wednesday, May 25, 2011

VIDEO GAMING 2011: WHAT'S NEXT?



Last Friday, Rockstar Games’ latest adventure L.A. Noire took over lives and soured relationships everywhere. Other high profile releases currently sucking up time around the world include first person shooter Brink, blood-splattering blast-from-the-past Mortal Kombat and PC RPG The Witcher 2. Then of course there’s cult-favourites-without-a-set-date-yet like Diablo 3, Metal Gear Solid: Rising, Star Wars: The Old Republic and Max Payne 3 to look forward to. But what’s on the immediate horizon? What’s next? After you've tired of Portal 2, Bulletstorm and Crysis 2.

Infamous 2
Release date: June 7 - North America, June 8 - PAL, June 10 - UK and Germany



Empire City courier Cole MacGrath's back in the saddle. This time, he's heading over to New Orleans-inspired New Marais, to build on the abilities he learnt in the original game. Cue the mutant-festering Militia and their random, barbecue-ready hordes. Expect new powers, new enemies, beefed up graphics and even more open worldliness. If the screenshots, opening battle and trailer are anything to go by, this one's going to be a electric.



Alice: Madness Returns
Release Date: June 14 - North America, June 16 - Europe



Eleven years after James ‘American’ McGee’s original cult PC and Mac adventure, dark, barely-holding-on-to-her-sanity Alice is back. And this time, PS3 and Xbox 360 owners are invited down the rabbit hole to Wonderland as well. Don't say we didn't warn you! But wait... On April 20, Electronic Arts confirmed that new copies of Alice: Madness Returns on Xbox 360 and PS3 will include a one-time-only download code for the original game (previously only available on PC and Mac). Or you could just buy American McGee’s Alice on Xbox Live/the PlayStation Network.



Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Release date: August 23 – North America, August 25 – Australia, August 26 – Europe



Set in 2027, 25 years before the original, Deus Ex: Human Revolutions is an epic-looking, dirt-dishing first person RPG prequel of the highest order. You're still thrown into the same dystopian-looking cyberpunk future. Only this time, body augmentations are just entering the mainstream. They're still primitive. Pre-nanotech. And in some cases, full-blown limb replacements. With a heavy emphasis on humanity's insatiable reach, playing as protagonist Adam Jensen, Human Revolutions is all about the beginning of the conspiracies. Every good conspiracy's gotta start somewhere, right?



Gears of War 3
Release date: September 2011



One of the biggest releases of 2011 is just around the corner. Well, almost. Head designer Cliffy B first unveiled the “conclusion to the trilogy” with a stirring teaser trailer on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon in 2010. And here we are, almost mid-way through 2011, still waiting. But next weekend, we’ll be one step closer. Because the ‘official trailer’ premieres this May 28 during the Champions League Final the UK and Game 6 of the NBA Playoffs Stateside. Can’t wait? Well here’s a snippet.



Batman: Arkham City

Release date: October 18 – North America, October 21 – Europe, October 19 – Australia




Hot on the black leather boot heels of 2009 cult smash Batman: Arkham Asylum comes Batman: Arkham City, due out this October! Just like the original, Arkham City combines elements of deft stealth and all-out, audacious utility belt action. And according to Mark Hamill, it's the final time he'll voice the Joker. Other confirmed characters include Catwoman, Penguin, Harley Quinn, Riddler, Calendar Man, Hugo Strange and Mr. Freeze. Can't wait for this one!



Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
Release date: November 2011



No money-spinning video game action hero ever dies. Just ask Lara Croft. The male version of Miss Croft, Nathan Drake, is back this November for the third installment in Sony's legendary Uncharted series. Developers Naughty Dog will no doubt be looking to build on the series' renowned animation with inventive motion capturing and rendering, maintaining the games' iconic, movie-like feel. This time, Drake's fortune may just lie in the desert.

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