Weekly video game releases: Nintendo 3DS, 'The Sims Medieval,' 'Crysis 2'
Wednesday 16 March 2011
The Nintendo 3DS launches in North America and Europe,
The Sims series goes back in time to the medieval period, and
Crysis 2 attempts to equal its predecessor.
Crysis 2 (360 PC PS3)
North America, March 22, $59
Europe, March 24, €49 (PC), 16+, €69 (360 PS3)
UK, March 25, £35 (PC), 16+, £49 (360 PS3)
Nano Edition $149 / €149 / £120
The first Crysis had a significant impact on PC gaming, the futuristic shooter maxing out top hardware of the day with its graphical prowess. Crysis 2 goes multi-format, with versions designed to work on 360 and PS3 as well as medium to high-end PCs.
Assassin's Creed Brotherhood (PC)
North America, March 22, Mature, $49
Europe, March 24, 18+, €49
UK, March 25, 15, £39
The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game, third in the core Assassin's Creed series, makes its way to PC and includes extra missions from The Da Vinci Disappearance from the get-go. A copy-protection system means that owners will need to be online each time they start the game.
The Sims Medieval (Mac PC)
North America, March 22, Teen, $49.99
Europe, March 24, 12+, €45 (Limited Edition €59, Collector's Edition €69)
UK, March 25, 12+, £39 (£39, £45)
While the 3DS gets The Sims 3, Mac and PC owners can try their hand at life simulation in the medieval era, complete with quests for Hero Sims fraught with dangers - witch trials, time in the stocks, and deadly duels along the way.
Europe, March 25 €250 / £220 or less
North America, March 27, $249
Japan, February, ¥25,000
Nintendo's 3DS handheld launches in Europe and North America a month after its Japanese debut. There's a wider range of titles rolling out in support, among them The Sims 3, Pilotwings Resort, Super Street Fighter IV, Pro Evolution Soccer, and three flavors of Nintendogs + Cats.
Shift 2: Unleashed (PS3)
North America, March 29, Everyone 10+, $59 (360 PS3), $49 (PC)
Europe, March 31, 3+, €69 (360 PS3), €55 (PC)
UK, April 1, 3+, £49 (360 PS3), £29 (PC)
Looking to take a chunk out of Forza 3 and Gran Turismo 5 before DiRT 3 arrives late May, Shift 2 takes the compulsive friend challenges of sister title Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit into the world of high-performance motorsports.
WWE All-Stars (360 PS2 PS3 PSP Wii)
North America, March 29, $29 - $59
Europe, April 1, €29 - €65 / £29 - £45
Pro wrestlers past and present populate a thirty-strong roster, with The Rock, Hulk Hogan, John Cena, Big Show, Triple H and Andre the Giant among them. All-Stars' bright presentation contrasts with EA Sports MMA, UFC Undisputed, and WWE Smackdown vs Raw.
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