Turn back time
Some old favourites have been given surprising new life, writes Jennifer Dudley- Nicholson
1CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 3 The classic warfare series tackles a shocking new frontier in its latest edition: New York City. Players emerge from a submarine to see the skyline in flames and warships all around. The setting might be new but the firstperson fighting action is familiar and accompanied by a competitive multiplayer mode. Due November.
23UNCHARTED: GOLDEN ABYSS Not to steal attention from its big PlayStation 3 brother ( Uncharted 3 is due in November), but this PlayStation Vita game makes the transition from big to small screen look easy. It not only looks cinematic on a five-inch display, it uses the portable console’s new hardware. Players can tap on ledges to climb them, aim a sniper rifle by moving the console into position and climb ropes by stroking a rear touch panel. Out late this year on PSVita. TOM CLANCY’S GHOST RECON: FUTURE SOLDIER This tactical shooter – the fourth in the Ghost series – looked promising before E3. Then its motionsensitive controls were revealed, making it one of the first convincing tactical shooters for Xbox 360 Kinect. Players can pull guns apart with hand gestures and choose weapons with voice commands. Voice commands can also move soldiers into position. Due next March.
4FRUIT NINJA KINECT This surprise Xbox release for the cult iPhone hit will exercise more than just your fingers. Unveiled at E3, it uses Kinect’s motion-tracking feature to let players slice fruit in half by sweeping their arms through the air. The downloadable game features special fruits which, when sliced, slow down or speed up the flying fruit. Two players can be ninjas at once but must take care not to slice each other.
Due this winter.
56FORZA MOTORSPORT 4 The scenes could be confused with actual race footage. Light realistically shines from the hoods of the cars, which have been rendered to feature a million polygons each. They also handle more realistically, thanks to a new physics engine developed with tyre maker Pirelli. Due October. SUPER MARIO 3DS Mario’s upcoming adventure offers something new and pays homage to his roots. Designed for the 3DS, the camera angle is set low so you can see Mario jump from the background. The game reintroduces the Tanooki Suit – a flying raccoon costume – and some levels offer an overhead view for old-school appeal. Due before Christmas.
7DANCE CENTRAL 2 The game with the most energetic E3 display could be the year’s biggest party-starter. The Xbox 360 Kinect dancing sequel offers a killer feature in multi-player mode, letting two dancers battle it out. It features more than 40 new tracks and a more customisable tutorial mode. Due this spring.
8FAR CRY 3 The trailer for this brutal adventure is reminiscent of what the TV series Lost could have been: scary, suspenseful, tightly written with a purposeful plot ( even a satisfying ending). Its protagonist is dropped on to a jungle island where his girlfriend has been captured by mad militiamen. The subsequent battle for survival looks intense and is not for the squeamish.
Due next year.
9LEGEND OF ZELDA: SKYWARD SWORD While all eyes were on Nintendo’s new Wii, the company did not forget the original model. This Zelda tale, to be released 25 years after the series’ debut, relies heavily on the Wii’s Motion Plus controls. Players can swing a sword at the villains or tip the control side to side to guide a giant bird, with game hero Link atop it. Due before Christmas. FIFA 12 One of the most important moves in soccer is the tackle and this edition makes taking out opposition players more realistic. Adding something the developer calls a Player Impact Engine, the physics of falling players looks more realistic. The characters’ artificial intelligence also has been given a boost. Due this spring.