Midway was showcasing a handful of games this year, and we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of their offerings. Though we're not sure how they will turn out at the end, things are looking good for them.
First off, we saw Wheelman, the GTA-style adventure starring Vin Diesel as the main character. The story is set in Barcelona, Spain and the environments look incredibly realistic and neat. If anything, too neat, since we all know cosmopolitan cities like Barcelona aren't immaculately clean. We didn't get to play the game, but we saw how smooth it was to drive the car around, crash into objects (breakable environments), etc. There are also some on-foot missions, but ultimately Vin's character will rely on the car to "get the job done." The impressive action scenes during gameplay and the massive open-ended possibilities have us all excited about this one. Hopefully it won't disappoint! Check out our preview for more info.
Midway's upcoming foray into the wrestling world was there as well. TNA Impact looks like very solid competition for the WWE Smackdown Vs. Raw series, though fans of these titles shouldn't have a problem picking up and enjoying both. We were lucky enough to get our hands on the game, and the experience was more than exciting. The visuals are amazingly realistic on the 360, and the controls are absolutely smooth and intuitive. The game will be available in September for Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, and Wii, so get ready!
After TNA Impact, we enjoyed a demo of a game most comic and fighter fans are waiting for: Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe. Only six characters were in the demo, but we know many more heroes and villains will be there when the game ships. After getting some play time with it, we're all excited about it! Each character will have its special hero/villain powers in addition to standard melee abilities proper of Mortal Kombat games. Love Superman? Get ready to burn the enemy with laser vision. Are you into The Flash? Attack the enemy with lightning-fast moves, come right back, and finish him off. You get the idea...
Last but not least, we checked out This is Vegas. Some may think it'll be a bit gimmicky, but the options are almost endless. There will be gambling, driving, and dancing involved, amongst other things. The game follows a plot but is non-linear at the same time. The ultimate goal is to save Vegas from becoming a family-friendly city full of malls and fast-food chains. That's right - It's time to save Sin City!
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