With E3 behind us, it’s now time to wait… and wait… and wait some more for some of the titles that were promised. But there are a few new games to keep us all going until the big hitters arrive. Personally, I cannot wait for Mass Effect 3, and everything else seems to fade into insignificance next to it – but I’ll take what I can get in the meantime.
One of the games with the biggest fan fare (and then the biggest critical backlash) was Duke Nukem Forever (PS3, Xbox360), which was in development hell for over a decade. Irreverent, rude, crude and – in some ways – hugely out of date, the new Duke proved to be as controversial as ever. And mixed reviews surely make for a perfect rental – time to decide for yourself?
Shooters have been a feature of the last month, with Infamous 2 coming to PS3 exclusively, the Red Faction franchise continuing in Red Faction: Armageddon, the game adaptation of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and scary action in F.E.A.R. 3. I don’t know about you but I’m exhausted already. If shooters aren’t your thing, older games have also returned, with Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition bringing new characters to do battle with, Alice returning with knife in hand in Alice: Madness Returns, and – of course – the unforgettable Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for the 3DS. Yes, we’ve played it before, but it’s always a happy sight to see Link back (and this time in 3D), even if it is for an old adventure.
Last, but in no way least, Child of Eden has been released – the much anticipated game that showed what motion controls could do in last year’s E3. Beautiful, mesmerising and very similar to Rez (if you don’t remember Rez, you really missed out), Child of Eden is putting the Kinect and PlayStation Move through their paces. You can also play it with a controller if you want, though you won’t look nearly as silly, *cough*, I mean interesting.
Alexa Muir, Merchandising Manager