Video game releases: 'Portal 2' and 'Mortal Kombat' expose alternate dimensions

For some,
Portal 2's space-warping puzzles, online co-operative play, and elaborate marketing make it a must-play title;
Mortal Kombat's method of persuasion is just as immediate and hard-hitting. Meanwhile,
SOCOM: Special Forces and
Operation Flashpoint: Red River are heading for conflict with a same-day release in Europe; in North America
Red River targets a later date.

Mortal Kombat (360 PS3)
North America: April 19, Mature, $59 / $99 KE / $149 TE
Europe: April 21, 18+, €69 / €89 KE / €149 UE
UK: April 21, 18+, £45 / £69 KE
Australia: Banned

Twenty-six warriors from multiple dimensions assemble for Mortal Kombat's reboot, determined to uphold  the series' reputation for gore and violence. The Kollector's Edition includes a statue, art book, and extra content codes; the Tournament Edition (aka Ultimate Edition) is contained within a working arcade-style controller.
http://www.themortalkombat.com

Portal 2 (360 Mac PC PS3)
North America: April 19, E10+, $49-$59
Europe: April 21, 12+, €49-€69 / £35-£49
Japan: April 19, A (all), ¥6,090-¥7,140

Levels of expectation and excitement ride high for Portal 2's mind-bending puzzles and clever humor; hype is considered justified by virtue of the first Portal's success. Made by the company behind Left 4 Dead and Half-Life 2, the PS3 version includes a download code for the full PC game; PC, Mac and PS3 owners will be able to play together.
http://www.thinkwithportals.com

SOCOM 4 aka SOCOM: Special Forces (PS3)
North America: April 19, Mature, $59
Europe: April 20, 16+, €69
UK: April 22, 16+, £49
Japan: April 21, ¥5,980

Zipper Interactive applies lessons learned from the 256-player MAG to the 32-player squad-based online multiplayer for this, its seventh game in the Navy Seals action series. The open beta, downloadable from the PlayStation Store, runs until April 19.
http://www.socom.com

Tales of Monkey Island (PC)
Europe: April 21, €39 (Premium), €45 (Collectors Ed.)
UK: April 8, 12+, £29 (Premium) £49 (Collectors Ed.)

Guybrush Threepwood returns in a bid to outwit pirate nemesis LeChuck. Tales' five episodes have been available as digital downloads since 2009 - these special editions present them on disc with bonus items such as the CE's drinks coaster, map, and coin.
http://www.telltalegames.com/monkeyisland

Operation Flashpoint: Red River (360 PC PS3)
UK: April 21, £49 (360 PS3) £35 (PC)
Europe: April 21, €69 (360 PS3) €49 (PC)
North America: June 7, $59 (360 PS3) $49

It's back to real-world settings for the OFP franchise, this time dropping teams of four into a near-future Tajikistan. With revolutionaries inciting a civil war, both Chinese and American forces move in. Distinctively for a console-based military shooter, cooperative multiplayer is focal.
http://www.flashpointgame.com

Section 8: Prejudice (360, others to follow)
Xbox 360: April 20 via Xbox Live Arcade, 1200 MS Points ($15 / €14 / £10)
PC: May 4, price TBA
PlayStation 3: "summer 2011" (before September)

Looking even better than 2009's under-appreciated Section 8, Prejudice offers a direct route towards heavily armored, jet-pack fueled futuristic combat. There are tanks and mechs to commandeer, and side-quests ("Dynamic Combat Missions") can activate during online matches for added variation.
http://warisprejudice.com

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