Written by Chris Price
14 Sunday 14th August 2011


iD’s latest release is another first-person shooter (wait! come back!) using the new id Tech 5 engine, and if preview hands-on are to be belived, it’s going to be awesome. A post-apoclayptic dust-bowl world, where life is cheap, and thrills are cheaper. Battle mutant scum for bounty, or compete and race in four-wheeled dust-buggy brawls. RPG elements hint at a more immediate Fallout 3 style title, heavy on sarcasm and gritty macabre violence, with a racing mode pitched refreshing as important the gun-toting. More for Noel Gallagher to complain about then.

Out October 7, 2011 on PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360

Batman : Arkham City

With The Dark Knight Rises being expertly time to exacerbate bat-lovin’ ahead of the sequel to the rather fun Arkham Asylum, fans are clamouring to get their fix of the Dark Saviour for 2011. Following in the footsteps of the game that broke the mold for comic tie-ins (by being rather good), the combination of brutal close quarter fighting, with simple direct stealth gameplay is too big an opportunity to fail. The Penguin, Mr. Freeze and The Riddler are all on board, as the inhabitants of the Asylum take over the city. Expect nerd-gasms across the world – “finally, we have a game to be proud of!”

Out October 21, 2011 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC

Street Fighter X Tekken

Just like crossing the streams of a proton gun, there are some things that aren’t advisable, but could potentially be fantastic. The cast of the two archetypal fighters of two generations clash. Early reports suggest that the Tekken fighters are suffering balancing issues in their transition from 3D to 2D. But surely aware of the eyes of a worldwide one-on-one fighter community upon them, Yoshiri Ono (the man who produced Street Fighter 4) is not one to let the fans down. Going on his current CV, we might not only see the unification of two huge franchises, but potentially the creation of a new generation of fighters.

Out March 2, 2012 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC

Mass Effect 3

Shamefully, I’ve not played either of the Mass Effect releases to date... but everyone in the world except me seems to have – all equally keen to berate me at every available opportunity for having not knuckled down. It’s space action with consequences and narrative, all effected by the main characters  – and in a world with no decent Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica games, it’s hovered up the faithful. Mass Effect 3 will see consequences of your previous games pulled in to impact the third, changing your experiences – there will also be more emphasis on FPS play to add a touch more commerciality to the role playing space elements. It’s hard not to be swept up in the passions of the converted, so I’m keen to learn more. But we’re going to have to wait till next year.

Out March 6, 2012 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC

Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor

Finally, the world’s most ridiculous robot mech simulator returns after a decade in hibernation. To those unaware, Steel Battalion came out on the Xbox, bundled with a HUGE twin stick control unit, and retailed at about £250. It also dabbled in a perverse form of gaming retribution – if you failed to jab the flashing ‘Eject’ button on your control unit as your mech was about to fail, you would be officially classed as ‘dead’ and all your save games would be wiped. Anyways, Steel Battalion was actually a genuine contender for Mechwarrior’s aging trophy – Armored Core has failed to convey the brutishness of the mech so far, and with such onus on its heritage, hopefully Capcom are going to go in all guns blazing with this Kinect-supported monster. 

Let us know what you think is going to be a big hitter in the next few months below. 

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  • Guest: bigben
    Wed 17 - Aug - 2011, 11:32
    what a wanker