New Video Game Releases – 6/21

The big games are sequels this week.  That’s becoming less and less of a surprise – as there are more and more video games people love, of course they want to see more.  The challenge is to make sure that you have enough original content coming out at the same time, so the entirety of what is being produced doesn’t feel derivative.  It is a challenging problem.

F.E.A.R 3  – A first person shooter available on PS3, Xbox 360 and for Windows PCs.  The game was originally scheduled for March of 2011  and then was pushed back twice, bringing it to this June release date.  This edition has online and offline co-op in addition to the standard single player mode.  The co-op comes with 4 different modes bringing different challenges with them, for example one is a survival build your barricade style and another is a mad dash run and gun.  The plot is set four months after the end of the last game, showing that your victory was not quite as decisive as you might have liked it to be – you’ve still got work to do to save the city of Farpoint.

Dungeon Siege III - Also available for PS3, Xbox 360 and Windows PCs, Dungeon Siege IIIis an ‘action’ role-playing game.  I’m not sure what the clarification on adding action there means, as I think most RPGs involve some level of action.  Then again, I guess there are likely RPGs that are all about personal interactions.  This one, however, is the first Dungeon Siege game to be published by Square Enix since they acquired the brand.  There are hack and slash as well as dungeon crawl elements in addition to online support for up to four players at a time.  The plot fo the game returns to the Kingdom of Ehb and the 10th Legion.  The Legion has fallen and the kingdom has broken into smaller pieces under the control of Jeyne Kassynder.

Shadows of the Damned- Available for Xbox 360 and PS3, this is a third person shooter survival horror game.  An Orphean story, the main character Garcia Hotspur must go to hell and battle demons and all sorts of other evils in order to save his love.  Here’s hoping he doesn’t look back if it comes to that.  Garcia is accompanied by Johnson who is a skull headed demon who can transform into several different weapons, a motorcycle and even a torch. 

Cars 2: The Video Game-  Playable on the PS3, the PSP, the Xbox 360, the Wii, the DS, PCs and Mac, is the video game tie in to your likely box office champ this weekend.  2 players can race and can choose from more than 20 different characters.  Players can train their characters to become world class spies.  As part of their international espionage training, players can participate in simulated hazardous missions using high-tech gadgets to evade and slow down adversaries.  All in all it sounds like a leveling up sort of Mario Kart using Pixar characters.

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