Videogame Release Date: November 1, 2011
Platform: PlayStation 3
Rating: Targeting a Rating of Teen or Above
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: Naughty Dog Software
Fortune hunter Nathan Drake is catapulted headlong into an adventure that takes him on a daring trek into the heart of the Arabian Desert in a search for the fabled “Atlantis of the Sands. This journey pits him and his mentor Victor Sullivan against the occult treachery of a shadowy clandestine organization and its ruthless leader. When the terrible secrets of this lost city are unearthed, Drake’s quest descends into a desperate bid for survival that strains the limits of his endurance and forces him to confront his deepest fears.
Videogame Release Date: August 24, 2011
Platform: PlayStation 3, XBox 360, Windows Vista / XP
Rating: Rating Pending (Based on the trailer, I would expect T or M)
Publisher: Warner Brothers
- Together, players and their friends will experience an epic, story-based adventure through vast Middle-earth to experience storylines and characters going beyond what has been seen in the feature films and previous games.
- The Lord of the Rings: War in the North is the first The Lord of the Rings game to embrace realistic combat as Tolkien depicted it, authentically derived from The Lord of the Rings lore and delivering on action RPG principles.
- Social play is redefined through groundbreaking online, interdependent co-op gameplay which enables three different gamers to play as a complementary group where individual skills enhance the success of each individual and the team as a whole.
- Players choose from three playable races: Human, Elf or Dwarf. Extensive customization allows for meaningful and rewarding RPG gameplay including established loot and reward systems.
- Special missions consist of defensive positioning and group raids for up to 3 players, built especially for co-op challenges and not tied to the story.
After three years of development, the free-to-play MMO ‘Next Island’ is available for play. Catering to all levels of MMO players, from social, casual, and hard-core gamers, the system offers what they hope will be the most user-friendly starting experience that is possible. Solve puzzles to unlock mysteries of Next Island, and learn what became of the missing Elysians. www.nextisland.com
Available across all consoles, Nintendo 3DS, and two versions for the Nintendo DS, ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ game aims to saturate itself across all markets available, yet apparently leave PC gamers in the dust.
Several versions exist for the Nintendo platform, with ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon Stealth Force Edition’ for the Wii and 3DS, and ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon Autobots’ and ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon Decepticons’ for the DS.
Release: Holiday 2011
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Legend of Zelda series of games, a new trailer was released at 2011’s E3 for the greatly anticipated (by me) release of the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. The game has “full motion controls enabled by Wii MotionPlusâ„¢ technology.”
Another trailer is viewable at the Nintendo Site.
Release Date: No official date, but speculation about closed beta has led to predictions of a Fall 2011 release.
The long awaited MMORPG from Bioware and Lucas Arts, Star Wars: The Old Republic, had a cinematic intro trailer unveiled at E3. The setting is thousands of years before the appearance of Darth Vader, when the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire divides the galaxy. Similar to City of Heroes/City of Villains, you can choose to be Jedi or Sith.
From EA and Spicy Horse, Alice: Madness Returns updates their story of Alice in Wonderland with a twisted and mentally ill Alice, 11 years after the original game, American McGee’s Alice.
Based solely on this trailer the images are dark and disturbing, and this game is definitely not for kids seeking out Disney fun and images. It’s also far more gruesome than Tim Burton’s movie, with blood, gore and violence aplenty. That said, for the appropriate player, the graphics are fantastic and true to the American McGee image of Alice in Wonderland.
Release date: June 14, 2011
Platform: Playstation3, XBox 360 and PC
Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release date: Xbox 360 ~ available now; PS3 ~ available on September 1, 2011
Rated: Everyone, 10+
Interesting fact: The newest project from renowned game designer Tetsuya Mizuguchi, it features a customized soundtrack that is scored by Mizuguchi’s band The Genki Rockets. The music was made specifically for the game and adapts as your experience progresses.
From Ubisoft and Q?, we have Child of Eden, a visually stunning game rail shooter game. More detailed game info from Gamespot.com on June 14, 2011:
It takes place centuries into the future, when mankind has ventured deep into space, and the internet has become a vault for human knowledge known as Eden. Deep within this system are the memories of the first child born in space, called Lumi; the trouble is that she’s under attack from a virus, so it’s your job to fend off the invasion. If you successfully “purify” the parasites, you awaken more of Lumi’s memories, and images of this young girl are used to great emotional effect as you come closer to waking her from her slumber.
Child of Eden is an on-rails shooter infused with some simple rhythm action elements. An onscreen cursor is used to attack enemies; blue for lock-on and pink for rapid-fire. The idea is to use the blue lock-on fire mode to highlight up to eight enemies at a time (known as an octa-lock) and then use the rapid-fire mode to shoot down enemy projectiles, as well as certain enemies (who are always coloured pink). Extra points are awarded for firing an octa-lock in time with the music, with “good” and “perfect” messages appearing onscreen to let you know when you’re doing it correctly. Finally, euphoria (a screen-clearing bomb, essentially) can be used to clear the screen of enemies if things become too hectic.