Turn back time

Some old favourites have been given sur­pris­ing new life, writes Jen­nifer Dud­ley- Ni­chol­son

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Tech -

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.

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