Video game releases: 'Dead Island,' 'Resistance 3,' 'Space Marine,' 'Driver'

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Big guns and bigger aliens in
Resistance 3, Warhammer's
Space Marine tries to out-grunt
Gears of War,
Driver: San Francisco promises the most exciting coma ever, there's the long-awaited
Dead Island - and that's not even the half of it for the busy week starting September 4.

Dead Island (360 PC PS3)
North America: September 6, rated M17+, $49-$59
European region: September 9, rated 18+, €49-€59 / £39-£49
Japan: October 10, Z (18+), ¥8,190

Step into the shoes of four outbreak survivors as zombies threaten to overrun a tropical resort. Weapons degrade, resources are scarce, and characters tire as up to four players hack through the hordes.

Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine (360 PC PS3)
North America: Sept 6, M17+, $49-$59
Europe: Sept 9, 15+, €49-€59 / £39-£49
Japan: Oct 27, Z (18+), ¥7,140

It might look like Gears of War but it plays completely differently - Space Marines don't hide behind cover like sissies, they wade in to get well acquainted with their enemies' innards. And they have jetpacks.

Driver: San Francisco (360 PS3 OnLive)
Also on Wii. PC and Mac to follow.
North America: Sept 6, Teen, $59
Europe: Sept 2, 12+, €59 / £49

Undercover cop in a coma dreams of catching crime boss Jericho, aided by coma powers that allow him to shift from one car to any other. Single-player and multi-player demos are available for 360 and PS3.

Resistance 3 (PS3)
North America: Sept 6, M17+, $59
Europe: Sept 7 (UK: Sept 9), 18+, €59 / £49
Japan: Sept 8, D (17+) ¥5,980

Haggard war veteran Joseph Capelli leaves Oklahoma for New York, bearing a welcome package for the earth's alien overlords. First-person shooter meets post-apocalyptic road movie, with online multiplayer plus support for 3D TV and PlayStation Move.

BloodRayne: Betrayal (360 PS3 via download)
Rated Teen / 12+
Xbox 360: Sept 7, Microsoft Points
PlayStation 3: Sept 6, $15 / €13 / £10

Rayne's vampire hunting re-booted with its focus firmly on meaty sidescrolling combat. From the studio behind solid Nintendo titles Contra 4 (83% Metacritic), A Boy And His Blob (80%) and Shantae: Risky's Revenge (85%).

Star Fox 64 3D (3DS)
North America: Sept 6, E10+, $39
Europe: Sept 9, 7+, €45 / £39
Japan: Already available, A (Everyone), ¥4,800

As one might expect, a remake of the 1997 N64 classic Star Fox 64 (aka Lylat Wars), with a 3DS mode that adds gyro control and local multiplayer for four (only one cartridge required).

Rise of Nightmares (360 Kinect)
North America: Sept 6, M17+, $49
Europe: Sept 9, 18+, € / £49
Japan: Sept 8, Z (18+), ¥7,329

Horror-themed adult game for the usually family-friendly Kinect controller. Alcoholic tourist loses his wife on an Eastern European trip and sets off to rescue her from the hands of a mad scientist.

Crimson Alliance (360 via download)
September 7 worldwide, Teen / 16+
800 MSP ($10/€9/£7) with one character
1200 MSP ($15/€13/£10) for all three

An exciting action-oriented roleplaying game for up to three players. The folks behind this dungeon crawling hack 'n' slash have worked on content for Left 4 Dead, Halo: Reach, and Call of Duty: Black Ops.

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