PILOTWINGS RE­SORT (G) THE 3RD BIRTH­DAY (MA) SHIFT 2: UN­LEASHED (G) TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 12: THE MAS­TERS (G)

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3DS, $69.95

★★★ This light-hearted flight sim­u­la­tor lets play­ers soar in the skies above the is­land from Wii Sports Re­sort. Ve­hi­cles range from a jet­pack to a hang glider and fighter jet. Game­play is di­vided into two modes. Free Flight lets play­ers ex­plore and find se­crets, while Mis­sion Flight of­fers chal­lenges. While dull to be­gin with, the chal­lenges soon ramp up. The game­play is a bit samey, though, and needs a mul­ti­player mode. Out to­mor­row.

PSP, $69.95

★★★★ The lat­est game in the lon­grun­ning Par­a­site Eve se­ries, The 3rd Birth­day is a third­per­son shooter with a few neat twists. Play­ers can in­habit other hu­mans on the bat­tle­field in their quest to de­feat the mu­tants. Also in­te­gral is a sys­tem to up­grade weapons and abil­i­ties, en­sur­ing the gun­play stays in­ter­est­ing. With a time­trav­el­ling sto­ry­line and strong pre­sen­ta­tion, PSP own­ers should check this out. Out now.

PC, PS3/Xbox 360, $89.95/$109.95

★★★★ Pre­sent­ing the ac­tion from in­side the driver’s hel­met, Shift 2 is one of the most im­mer­sive rac­ing games yet. From sub­tle move­ments of the head when en­ter­ing corners to the jud­der­ing of crashes, it’s con­vinc­ing and in­tense. While ve­hi­cle han­dling doesn’t reach the lofty heights of Forza or Gran Turismo, Un­leashed rep­re­sents a good mix be­tween ar­cade and sim­u­la­tion, real world and fan­tasy mo­tor­sports. Out now.

Wii, PS3/Xbox 360, $89.95/$109.95

★★★ As the name sug­gests, PGA Tour 12 is geared around The Mas­ters, with the ca­reer mode fo­cus­ing on the player’s quest to qual­ify for and win the fa­mous tour­na­ment. The game also in­cludes a num­ber of leg­endary Mas­ters mo­ments that play­ers can re­live. A per­sonal cad­die is now fea­tured and will be es­pe­cially help­ful for new­com­ers in the golf sim­u­la­tion. A good game, but not a huge step for­ward.

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