One of the most popular fighting game franchises in the world is getting a new installment on April 21st this year. Titled simply Mortal Kombat, it is going to be a reboot of the series, retelling the events of the first three MK games.
In a future after the Armageddon, Raiden is about to be dealt a finishing blow by Shao Kahn, but manages to send a warning to his earlier self before he’s killed. Thus, Mortal Kombat 2011 will take place in an alternate timeline where Raiden is trying to understand his visions and prevent the events that would lead to the destruction of the universe.
The new MK is a 2.5D fighting game with 3D graphics and a single 2D fighting plane. It is also the most violent Mortal Kombat title yet. The developers are bringing back proper fatalities, as well as adding brutal X-ray moves. The game will feature at least 26 playable characters (see the list here) and three single-player modes (Training, Story Mode and Tournament). It is also going to have a Challenge Tower with 300 different missions and mini-games.
GAME.co.uk has recently launched a promotion called PERK UP, which stands for “Preorder / Everyday low prices / Rewards / Killer Deals”. You can now save money on some great games, consoles and accessories when buying from this popular video game retailer. Remember, you get free UK delivery on everything, and if you live in any other part of Europe, you can buy games from them and have them delivered for £2.95 per order:
Let’s look at some of the deals offered. First of all, you can now get the GAME Reward Card (UK-only) for one penny. With this card you will be earning triple points on select video game preorders, for as long as PERK UP campaign is going on. These points are basically store credit, and you can use them later to pay for your next purchase.
Dungeon Siege III is an upcoming action RPG game set for release in June 2011. It is the first Dungeon Siege game to be developed by Obsidian Entertainment (the makers of Neverwinter Nights 2 and Fallout: New Vegas). As such, it’s going to be quite different from its predecessors.
While the game will still take place in the Kingdom of Ehb (the same setting as the original DS), the gameplay, leveling, and dialogue systems have undergone numerous changes. We’ll talk about them in a minute, but for now, let’s see what kind of goodies you can get if you reserve a copy of this game before the launch date.
Gamestop has released a number of coupons that will allow you to save some money on video games or get free shipping with your order. Most of these promotional codes will only be valid until 15th March, so make sure to use them in the next week. There are some restrictions on each coupon which are explained below.
Update: Gamestop just released 2 new coupon codes! 10FREE will give you $10 off and free shipping on orders priced $79.99 or more. 20PRE will give you a 20% discount on pre-owned games and accessories. In addition, they are offering some nice deals on Nintendo 3DS Bundle pre-orders. These deals are valid through March 2011. Old coupons can be found below.
- Release date
May 17, 2011
The Witcher, a bestselling PC RPG from the Polish company CD Projekt RED, is getting a sequel in May 2011. Titled The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, this game will once again put you in the shoes of the badass monster slayer, Geralt, and continue the story where the original left off. It will be possible to import your game saves, so the choices you made in the first part will be reflected in The Witcher 2.
The sequel will feature numerous improvements, such as better graphics, a more dynamic combat system, more armor types, and almost no loading screens. It is going to be fully localized in 5 different languages (Polish, German, Russian, English, and French). The plot of Assasins of Kings will be less linear and offer more different endings than the first game.
PC, PS3, X360
- Release date
Apr 19, 2011 (US)
Apr 21, 2011 (EU)
Portal 2 is an upcoming sequel to Valve’s wildly popular game Portal, which came out back in 2007. According to the developers, it is going to be at least twice as long as the original. Portal 2 will also include new gameplay elements (such as the Repulsion Gel) and more complex puzzles.
Besides the single player campaign, the game will offer a multiplayer co-op mode which will allow players to take control of two cute robots and use teamwork to progress through the dangerous levels.
Portal 2 plot
In the updated ending of the original game, Chell (the protagonist) gets dragged away by an unseen robot and loses consciousness. The story of Portal 2 will pick up several hundred years later, with Chell waking up from a stasis and finding herself in a now-decrepit Aperture Science facility. Of course, our favorite insane AI – GLaDOS – is still alive, and eager to do science again. As for the aforementioned co-op mode, it will have its own unique plot and setting.
- Release date
Mar 15, 2011
Shogun 2 is an upcoming title in the Total War strategy game series developed by The Creative Assembly and published by Sega. The developers are going back to the roots of the franchise and remaking their first game with better graphics, smarter AI (said to be based on the principles of Sun Tzu’s “Art of War”) and vastly improved gameplay.
Shogun 2 will take you to the 16th century Japan which is devastated after a 10 year long civil war. You will have to take control of one warring clans and unite the country under your rule. There will be 9 playable clans in total, each with its own strengths and weaknesses.
The clan leaders (daimyo) are going to play an important role on the battlefield and have unique abilities. Also new in Shogun 2 are powerful hero units which add yet another layer of strategy to the game. These won’t be invincible one man armies, but they will have special skills, such as dealing bonus damage against cavalry or boosting the morale of your troops.