[Weekly Watch] April 17, 2011

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This week marks the release of some of the most eagerly awaited games this year, including Portal 2, sequel to the Valve’s innovative first person shooter/puzzle game, and Mortal Kombat, which is the ninth game in the series and makes a return to the blood and gore that fans have come to love from the series. On the other end of the spectrum, there’s still some interesting games for the indie fans, such as Aksys Games’ Arcana Heart 3, which is already a cult hit amongst many fighting game fans in the US.

Tuesday, April 19:


Arcana Heart 3 (PS3)

  • Features 23 characters and 23 Arcana types to equip, which gives players almost endless possibilities
  • Includes basic story mode, score attack mode, training mode, and simple mode for newer players
  • Netcode will be similar to the BlazBlue series, which has always had the least lag of all the fighting games available, and will feature lobbies, ranked matches, ladders, and online replays
  • Official Site

Conduit 2 (Wii)

  • Sequel to previous Wii first person shooter
  • Can duck and hide behind environment, aim for weak points with 18 different weapons
  • Play local multiplayer for up to four or online multiplayer for up to 12
  • Official Site

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Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection (PSP)

  • RPG compilation featuring both Final Fantasy IV and Final Fantasy IV: The After Year, along with new segment Interlude, filling the void between the two games
  • High resolution sprites, new sound track and CG opening
  • First Final Fantasy to use the Active Time Battle system, rather than turn based systems
  • Official Site

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Mortal Kombat (360, PS3)

  • Ninth game in series and a return to the game’s blood and gore roots
  • Returns to timeline of the first three games, with Raiden working to prevent future catastrophes
  • Sports a stronger competitive gaming and story focus
  • Rendered in 3D and fights take place on a 2D plane
  • Official Site

Portal 2 (360, Mac, PC, PS3)

  • Includes more first person action with puzzles and platforming, utilizing the portal gun from 2007’s innovative Portal
  • Create portals to travel to areas your character would otherwise be unable to travel to
  • Features even more, newer tools and technology to challenge players
  • Includes a brand new co-cop mode, played either split screen or online, which will feature its own set of levels
  • Official Site

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Prince of Persia Classic Trilogy HD (PS3)

  • Includes PS2 Prince of Persia titles The Sands of Time, Warrior Within, and The Two Thrones
  • Supports HD and 3D
  • Control time in various ways, including rewinding and slowing, by using the Daggar of Time
  • Carries a huge emphasis on defeating enemies with acrobatic abilities
  • Official Site

SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs (PS3)

  • Single player mode included alongside online multiplayer, which supports up to 32 players
  • New command mode allows players to issue commands to teammates and get a more encompassing view of the battlefield
  • Supports Move and 3D
  • Official Site

Posted on April 16, 2011, in Weekly Watch and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Mortal Kombat looks good, but Midway always finds a way to mess everything up. The tag system sounds a bit rushed. Any idea what the new features in the fighting system are? A cancel system is being implemented, right?

    • I haven’t really followed the Mortal Kombat series as much as other fighting games in the past. From the early videos we’ve seen, though, it’s looking good! There’s even some of combos and pretty high level play already!

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