2011 A Year of Promise for Videogames

As far as I am concerned, the big news for videogames is the 3DS. Sure a lot of big franchises see themselves augmented with new instalments: Mass Effect, Bioshock, Dragon Age and Uncharted. All well and good but I’ve been sucked in by the 3DS. Anyway, here are some games that I am most definitely going to purchase.

Ghost Trick

You play Sissel, a private detective who wakes up in a junkyard next to his body. He is now as a roaming spirit with no memories. A nearby ghost inhabiting a desk lamp teaches him that he has two abilities: he can move between objects and interact with them and he can go back in time to four minutes before the death of any nearby person. Using these skills, you must solve your own murder, preventing several others along the way. The game shares the same writer for the Phoenix Wright games, Shu Takumi, so there are going to be a variety of bizarre characters and situation that should be a hell of a lot of fun.

9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors

The story is in the game’s title: 9 people are kidnapped and placed on a cruise ship that will sink in 9 hours, the only way to escape is to get through 9 doors. Unfortunately, these 9 people have been given collars and split up into small groups so they have to work together and solve puzzles and pass through the doors together or they will set off explosives that have been implanted inside them. Part Battle Royale part Professor Layton. I’m in.

BioShock Infinite

Rapture was the main draw for Bioshock with its distinctive underwater art-deco locations. Same thing here, the location is Columbia, a flying city with a candy colour-scheme. You play Booker DeWitt, a Pinkerton agent employed to retrieve a woman named Elizabeth from the city. She’s the lady in the trailer. Anyway, the visual style is fantastic and I look forward to dealing with American nativists with super powers.

Professor Layton Vs Ace Attorney

Layton and Wright combine their intellects in a case involving witchcraft in the puzzle collaboration from Level 5 and Capcom.. The story is penned by Ace Attorney chief writer/director Shu Takumi.

Ni No Kuni – The Mage of Darkess

The story takes place in a town in America named Hotroit in the year 1955. You play Oliver, a boy living with his mother Ally. There a series of events strike; you suffer a tragedy, find out your doll is an imprisoned fairy and discover a magic grimoire. And you get sent to the world of Ninokuni where you can save the reality you exist in.
A magical RPG that comes with its own magic book that teaches you how to cast the spells with the DS stylus/ A collaboration between Level 5 (Professor Layton) and Studio Ghibli. Early reviews have given it flawless status. Just look at the trailer. I can honestly say I have been looking forward to this ever since downloading the trailer back in 2009. It is also being ported to the PS3.

The 3DS

A release date of the 25th March (two days before America) . The UK price point is around £249 at stores like GAME. Amazon are offering it for £217 (at the time of writing). Yes, it is around the price of a PlayStation 3. However there are enough games at launch to justify an early purchase. I mean just look at them:

Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
Nintendogs + Cats (for your sister)
Ridge Racer 3D
Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle
BlazBlue Continuum Shift 2
Starfox 3D
Mario Kart 3Ds
Zelda Ocarina of Time

Okay, half of these titles are recycled but I haven’t played them and this handheld console has graphics like a GameCube, displays in 3D without the need for glasses and has an online store ready to go in May. I also believe that the DS is the most innovative console ever, so a 3D one will be even better.

Bad news is that it is region locked. A first for handheld consoles and a shame. The good news is that the 3DS is backwards compatible. Hell, Metal Gear Solid 3 and Resident Evil Mercenaries as well.

Here’s a gameplay trailer for Kid Icarus:

And that’s about all I’m interested in getting apart from Vanquish, Castlevania and Fable III (because I’m waiting for the price to drop before purchasing…)

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