Gaming’s just gotten that much bigger

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Warner Bros Games have got a huge bag of big product to appease even the most jaded gamer. Three titles that are already being bandied about left, right and centre on the net are ‘Batman: Arkham City’, ‘F.E.A.R. 3’, and ‘Lord Of The Rings: War In The North’. Each game features the sharpest of graphic animation and take home entertainment to an entirely new level. Cream was invited to a preview of each and left with anticipation for finished product to land in our hot little hands, come June and Spring this year (‘F.E.A.R. 3’ out June 22; ‘Batman: Arkham City’ and ‘LOTR: War In The North’ out in Spring).

 

 

The Bat is back, bigger and more challenged than ever

Following the immensely popular ‘Batman: Arkham Asylum’, ‘Arkham City’ builds upon its predecessor’s intense, heavily layered and atmospheric settings. Peppered with all manner of thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds, players have to be prepared for a surprise appearance of just about any one of DC Comics’ nastiest characters: Catwoman, The Joker, Two-Face, The Riddler, Calendar Man, et al. Scenarios include high-impact street brawls, forensic investigations, one-on-one villain encounters, as well as unexpected glimpses into Batman’s tortured mind. Concepts of time and space are warped a little too; for example, when The Joker teases Batman with a challenge, he does so via several television screens which give the player a trippy intertextual experience. The caped crusader has plenty of new toys to fight with, too, including a Cryptographic Sequencer V2 and smoke pellets. Indeed design group, Rocksteady Studios, have done a great job in keeping the series alive and innovative. For more information visit www.batmanarkhamcity.com. Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC.

 

Putting the scare back in you

The ‘F.E.A.R.’ franchise has injected a certain sense of the paranormal into the horror game genre, nicely aligned with our current fascination with all things spooky. ‘F.E.A.R. 3’s frenetic combat experience empowers players with robust features such as active 360-degree cover, evolved slow-mo modes, scoring systems to incentivise personal gameplay style, and best-in-class mech combat. Gamers face an army of soldiers and paranormal enemies who simply don’t follow the rules of reality. Platforms: Xbox, PlayStation 3, Windows PC.

 

Squeezing a lot more out of LOTR

Where many video games promote fierce combat between two players, ‘Lord Of The Rings: War In The North’ encourages fellowship of up to three. It’s unique interdependent co-op play allows each player to take on the guise of a main good guy from Middle Earth, but has the lot of you encountering all manner of creepy new creatures. Exploring also previously unseen lands and storylines (as well as those familiar from past films), gamers get to experience extensive character customisation and development, even being able to upgrade their weapons. The main aim of this game is to play together or perish. So this time, when you say you consider yourself a ‘good team-player’, you better mean it. Platforms: Xbox, PlayStation 3, Windows PC.

For more information visit www.warnerbros.com.