FIFA Street is an upcoming street soccer game from EA Sports. This game is the fourth in the series, but it is titled simply FIFA Street as it signifies a reboot of the franchise. Like the previous installments, FIFA Street offers multiple game modes involving small teams of up to 6 players, as well as one-on-one games. Unlike its predecessors, however, it features a more realistic visual style and uses the same engine as FIFA 12.
According to EA, FIFA Street 4 offers twice as many tricks as FIFA 12 does, and introduces a new Street Ball Control system. The game features a large number of world’s best soccer players, and 35 diverse locations to play in. Speaking of players and locations, preordering the game will get you some additional ones.
- Release date
Mar 20, 2012 (US)
Mar 23, 2012 (EU)
Ninja Gaiden 3 is an upcoming sequel to the Ninja Gaiden series which follows the protagonist, Ryu Hayabusa, as he hacks and slashes his way through hordes of enemies. It takes place after the events of Ninja Gaiden II and is said to explore Ryu’s human side and reveal the person behind the mask.
Ninja Gaiden games are known for being notoriously difficult, but NG3 features a new Hero mode which allows more casual players to sail through the game thanks to automatic blocking and evading. Hardcore gamers needn’t worry, however – there’s still the “Master Ninja” mode for those who enjoy a challenge.
Another interesting addition to NG3 is the online multiplayer. It includes both competitive (4 vs 4 Team Deathmatch and Battle Royale) as well as co-op modes.
PS3, X360, PC
- Release date
Mar 20, 2012 (US)
Mar 23, 2012 (EU)
May 18, 2012
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City is an upcoming squad-based shooter game developed by Capcom and Slant Six Games. It takes place in the same time period as Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis do, and, like the name suggests, is set in Raccoon City.
The player steps into the shoes of an Umbrella Security Service officer, tasked with destroying any evidence of Umbrella Corporation’s illegal research. The game is said to allow the player to diverge from Resident Evil canon, such as killing Leon or Clair.
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City pits the player against survivors of the T-Virus outbreak, zombies and other mutated enemies, and the U.S. Special Ops who aim to expose Umbrella’s crimes. Besides the single-player campaign, the game also offers several competitive multiplayer modes.
Street Fighter X Tekken is a new installment in Capcom’s crossover series, bringing together the universes of two popular fighting games. SFxT features characters from both Capcom’s Street Fighter and Namco’s Tekken franchises, as well as additional Playstation-exclusive fighters, like Cole from inFamous.
Street Fighter X Tekken is essentially a 2 vs. 2 tag-team fighter that plays similarly to other SF games. It features elements from the previous Street Fighter titles, such as Super Combos and EX Attacks, and uses the familiar 6-button control scheme. Tekken characters, however, can perform combos using Tekken’s 4 button layout.
SFxT introduces a new “Gem System” which lets you equip up to 5 Gems and use them in battles. Activating a Gem grants you various power-ups, such as increased attack, speed, defense, and so on. Preorder the game at participating retailers to get bonus Gem Packs.
Update #2: use coupon code “LASTMINUTE” to get a $10 discount on games and accessories when buying for $79 and more. In addition, Gamestop is offering a $100 gift card on Xbox 360 4GB console with Kinect purchases.
Update: two new coupons are available! Use code “HOLIDAY10” and get a 10% discount on orders of $75 and more (expires on Dec 20). Use coupon “ACC20” to get 20% off in-stock accessories (valid until Dec 25).
Gamestop released three coupons that you should make use of when shopping at their website – if you still have any money left after those crazy Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, that is. All these codes expire on December 14th:
- “MERRY“: this coupon code will get you a $15 discount on orders of $90 or more. Excludes consoles, DLCs, and gift cards.
- “HAPPY“: use this code to get $20 off in-stock purchases of $150 and more at gamestop.com. Once again, consoles and gift cards don’t count.
- “20ACC“: this code will give you a 20% discount on in-stock accessories (except certain PC accessories, point and time cards, and bundles).
Enter these in the Promotional Code field at gamestop.com, and save some money on games.
- Release date
May 15, 2012 (US)
May 18, 2012 (EU)
Jun 1, 2012
Max Payne 3 is the first game in the series to be developed by Rockstar. It takes place 8 years after the second one, with the titular protagonist working for a wealthy family in São Paulo, Brazil. According to game producer Sam Houser, Max is “more world-weary and cynical than ever”, and has apparently developed a drinking problem. It seems he has also lost his trademark black coat, and now sports a bald head and a rugged beard. (Scroll down to the trailer for Max’s new look).
Despite the new developer, Max Payne 3 retains some of the classic gameplay features seen in the previous installments, such as bullet time mode, shoot-dodging, and dual-wielding. The graphic novel storytelling sequences are changed, however, and now use in-game footage. Max Payne 3 also includes a multiplayer mode for the first time in the franchise.
Asura’s Wrath is an action game developed by Capcom and CyberConnect2 for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles. As you might have guessed from the studios involved in the production, the game features tons of fast-paced action and insane, over-the-top battles. (Scroll down to the trailer to see just how crazy they are).
The protagonist of the game is Asura: a god who is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, betrayed by his allies, and stripped of his powers. As if that wasn’t enough, the Seven Deities also took his daughter and used her power for their own ends. Understandably enraged, Asura sets out to get revenge and rescue his daughter.
According to the devs, Asura’s Wrath is a mix of Asian mythology and science fiction. Combined with powerful Unreal Engine 3 graphics, it might make for a pretty interesting game world. The visual style is certainly impressive – hopefully, the actual gameplay is up to par as well.
One of the most touted features of the game is the ability to control Asura during cinematic scenes, which means player input might be required to make a successful hit or evade an attack. Using QTEs during cutscenes is far from innovative; however, in Asura’s Wrath players will be able to interrupt some dialogues as well, similarly to Mass Effect 2.