A week later and Diablo III is now smoothly up and running, Max Payne 3 has proven to be yet another critical success for Rockstar, and the Game of Thrones RPG has crashed and burned. So, what's on the slate for this week, besides a metric ton of demon slaying? How 'bout some Tom Clancy and another attempt at the swords and sorcery fantasy that Game of Thrones failed to bring last week? Oh, and there's a Move title, so that's new.
(PS3, Xbox 360)
The Ghost Recon series is a long-running staple of the Tom Clancy brand name. Whereas the Rainbow Six series has generally dealt with counterterrorism in urban environments, Ghost Recon titles have a tendency to leave behind the urban sprawl for the great outdoors and eschew counterterrorism for covert battlefield operations.
The latest, Future Soldier, introduces near-future technology into the mix, speculating about a completely networked Ghost squadron, enhancing both their capacity for communication and their battlefield awareness, with additional information on the situation around them. Taking advantage of near-future weapons and supplies, as well as shifting the action from the first-person to the third-person, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier provides a markedly different experience than its predecessors. It will sneak into stores on Tuesday, May 22.
(PS3, Xbox 360)
Is it the latest action-adventure game from Capcom, featuring cinematic fights against tremendous fantasy beasties? Yes and no, as Dragon's Dogma is less a straight action-adventure title and more an action-RPG that happens to have smooth, satisfying combat against tremendous and aggressive monsters. It's a title that doesn't allow you to play with your friends, but does allow you to hire their characters to aid you. And it's a game in which being launched into the air to grapple a swooping griffin is a distinct possibility. Dragon's Dogma will be out this Tuesday, May 22.
One of the first announced Move games, Sorcery is a spell-slinging adventure that aims to tap the Harry Potter fan in us all with twelve different spells the player must use to combat enemies and complete quests for the good of the land, learning not only the basic spells, but how to improve them over the course of their journey. Having disappeared off the retail radar until just recently, Move owners will discover whether the extra development time has aided one of the more traditional games announced for the device when it hits shelves on Tuesday, May 22.
It's been a while since we received a Mario sport game, the last (not including the most recent Olympic mash-up with Sonic) being the Mario Sports Mix on the Wii back in February of last year. With a Wii re-release of Mario Power Tennis around the corner (next month, folks), Mario Tennis Open hits the 3DS with a combination of touch control options and Mii support that makes it a decidedly unique entry in the series. It also has a minigame that involves playing through at least parts of the NES Super Mario Bros. with the tennis ball claiming the duties of Mario, and there's both online and local multiplayer. Mario Tennis Open came out on Sunday, May 20.
(3DS, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360)
Another blockbuster movie, another movie tie-in game. Last week it was Battleship, this week it's the men you won't remember seeing. Though Agents J and K are nowhere in sight for this outing, newcomer Peter Delacoeur will be diving into cover and blasting aliens with classic weaponry from the movies (beginning, of course, with the Noisy Cricket). Will it bring anything revolutionary to the table? Probably not, but if the trailers are any indication, it may just have a sense of humor. All things considered, that may be enough. Men in Black: Alien Crisis comes out on Tuesday, May 22.
Hidden Gem of the Week:
RollerCoaster Tycoon came out during the heyday of SimCity-style world-builders, managing to carve out its own successful niche on the PC with a somewhat more focused experience than its city-building contemporaries offered. Whereas they were generally staid ordeals that aped SimCity's format, RollerCoaster Tycoon dove into the theme park world with gusto and whimsy. Most important, though, were the extremely malleable roller coasters.
Oh yes, there were other rides, but it was the roller coasters that one could create from scratch, in whatever way one so desired. They could even be made so that they were undoubtedly lethal, or simply didn't work at all, and, in later games, it became possible to ride them. Now, is there any more natural a fit for a 3D screen than a game in which one can ride roller coasters? I think not. RollerCoaster Tycoon 3D will hit store shelves on Tuesday, May 22.
Date: May 21, 2012
*The views expressed within this article are solely the opinion of the author and do not express the views held by Cheat Code Central.*