Video game releases: 'Lego Pirates of the Caribbean,' 'Brink'
Sunday 08 May 2011
Lego Pirates of the Caribbean builds on the successes of
Lego Harry Potter,
Star Wars, and
Indiana Jones, while new action game
Brink takes inspiration from cult classics
Team Fortress 2 and
Lego Pirates of the Caribbean (360 3DS DS PC PS3 PSP Wii)
North America: May 10, Everyone 10+, $29-$49
Europe: May 12, 7+, €19-€59
UK: May 13, 7+, £34-£49
Collecting four Pirates of the Carribean films in one game, including late May's On Stranger Tides. Jack Sparrow's Lego-like form will be joined by more than 70 major and minor characters from the quadrilogy.
Brink (360 PC PS3)
North America: May 10, Teen, $59
Europe: May 13, 16+, €49-€69 / £35-£49
Japan: May 26, D (17), ¥6,474
Generating and maintaining a considerable buzz since early showings in 2009, Brink mixes frantic team-based shooting (
Team Fortress 2) with free-flowing parkour (
Virtua Tennis 4 (360 PS3 Wii)
North America: May 10, $39-$49
Europe: April 29, 3+, €50-€65 / £39-£49
Gonzalez, Wozniacki and del Potro are among the new stars joining established pros such as Nadal, Federer, Williams and Sharapova. A four season career mode is augmented by character creation and publicity management. Supports the optional use of Kinect, Move and WiiMotion Plus.
L.A. Noire (360 PS3)
North America: May 17, Mature, $59
Europe: May 20, 18+, £45 / €59
A sure blockbuster from the Rockstar stable (
Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption) and noted for its characters' lifelike appearances, L.A. Noire is lighter on gunplay in favor of emphasizing conversation, investigation and conspiration in a crime-riddled 1940s America.
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (PC)
Worldwide: May 17, Mature / 18+
Premium Edition, $49 / €49 / £35
Collector's Edition, $129 / €99 / £89
Expect an engrossing, detailed romp through medieval eastern Europe from this promising sequel. Graphically impressive, carefully crafted, and with combat balanced by brain-teasing moral choices, preview material indicates this could be one of 2011's finest.
MX vs ATV Alive (360 PS3)
North America: May 10, Everyone, $39
Europe: May 13, 12+, £29 / €40
The fifth in the MX vs ATV series plots a new course: a cheaper retail disc gets you the basics with a selection of racers, courses and rides. Players then use the in-game store to buy more of their favorite vehicles and tracks further down the line.
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