EA’s latest shooter is looking to take the crown from Modern Warfare a week before that 400 lb. gorilla hits shelves from Activision and Infinity Ward!
Title: Battlefield 3
Platform(s): PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3 are two weird games to talk about, because for defenders in each corner, it seems less important how these two shooters play and more important how they sell. BF3 is coming hard at Infinity Ward’s latest on the heels of a very public defection of some of IW’s senior staff last year and huge numbers for Treyarch’s entry in the series last year. The narrative has become that Infinity Ward has been awesome at what they do, but it doesn’t take Infinity Ward to sell A Call of Duty game in the millions of copies. And on top of that, how much Infinity Ward are we actually getting with MW3.
Then, on the other side, you’ve got Battlefield 3, the first true sequel to the 2005’s Battlefield 2. They’re playing Modern Warfare’s game, but on a larger field: with vehicles, equipment, the whole shebang. It wasn’t too long ago that EA CEO John Riccitiello was laying out the company’s plan to dethrone Call of Duty: by simply making better games, even calling BF3 as the shot that sends their competitor down to the number two slot. But that might have just been beef talk, just a way to keep people looking at Battlefield as a contender (and it is, basically), because behind closed doors in the big corporate meetings, EA execs are singing a different tune.
What’s it all mean? Well, we’ve got two shooters, both of them made by incredibly talented teams looking to bury the other one, and if they keep trying to win the hearts and minds of gamers by churning out better product, then no matter who loses, the big winner is us.
Title: Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi
Platform(s): PS3, Xbox 360
These things, man. They look better and better every iteration, but I haven’t played one since… I think the Wii debut of the franchise. But you know what you’re getting with the franchise: over-the-shoulder fighter’s with a lot of explosive Dragon Ball action, along with a healthy helping of the series’ fiction. Add to that massive boss fights, destructible environments, and character customization, and Namco-Bandai/Spike Co. have another entry in their long-running franchise that’s certainly not going create any new converts but will definitely be just awesome for longtime fans of the series.
Title: Disney Universe
Platform(s): Mac, PC, Wii, PS3, Xbox 360
It sounds like Disney’s made their own cute platformer take on Costume Quest with this week’s release of Disney Universe (which immediately had me thinking they’d made a console MMO–except for the part where it’s on the multiplayer-unfriendly Wii as well as the 360, PS3, PC, and Mac). This cute little action-adventure game might be the antidote to capping baddies in the dome in BF3 and MW3, or just beating them to a pulp in Arkham City’s open-air Thunderdome.
If the concept isn’t quite clear enough, your little guy (or girl) switches between costumes from various Disney movies (I call dibs on the Tron suit–OG, note Legacy), giving you abilities that you can use in the environment to take on enemies and gather collectibles. It’s cute, and is probably a whole lot more fun if you have three other players in the room with you.
Title: Pokemon Rumble Blast
Hey, did you buy a 3DS like, right when it came out? Yes? Then you’re probably the type of gamer to know that this one’s already out. Pokemon is making its 3DS debut, and while it’s still a big question mark whether this will be the title to move units of the struggling console, it can’t help getting the more “Pokemans” out there in gamers’ hands on Nintendo’s newest system. From the looks of the videos on the game’s official site, you’ll be playing as “toy Pokemon,” meaning the level of obsessive Pokemon collecting and battling has taken on a new layer of crazy. It’s not enough that these Pokemon Masters have to battle those poor monsters, they have to battle toy versions of them in their off time, too?