April showers brings games


By CHONG JINN XIUNG bytz@thestar.com.my

THERE is something for everyone in this month’s game release schedule regardless if you are a casual player who just wants to swing lightsabres or battle walkers in a zombie-infested world.

Here are four games that are bound to keep you entertained this month.

Kinect Star Wars

EVER wanted to be a Jedi knight and battle evil from the comforts of your own living room? Now you can if you own an Xbox 360 with Kinect.

This Xbox 360 exclusive adventure will take you on tour of duty primarily set during the Clone Wars so you can expect to fight a lot of battle droids, pilot a speeder bike and cross lightsabres with Sith lords.

However it’s not all about swinging a lightsabres — you can also kick up dirt in pod racing, wreck havoc as a Rancor beast or take part in a Galatic Dance Off where players dance to the beat of Star Wars-themed pop songs.

Kinect Star Wars is available in a limited hardware bundle comprising a 320GB Xbox 360 console with a R2-D2 theme, a metallic C-3PO controller, a white Kinect Sensor and a copy of the game.

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (Enhanced Edition)

The highly regarded Witcher series is finally making its debut on the Xbox 360, giving console players a chance to try their hand at this masterfully made action-RPG.

You play as Geralt of Rivia again, one of the last “witchers” and go through new missions with enhanced graphics and additional content in the final chapters of the game.

Naturally the game will feature a reworked control scheme to fit its new home on the Xbox 360, but don’t worry as Geralt can still fight well when you are using an Xbox 360 controller. Developers CD Projekt Red also mentioned there will be more cutscenes in the game that are designed to expand upon the game’s rich and deep story.

The Witcher 2 will be out on April 17 for the Xbox 360.

Prototype 2

The city of New York is in a state of quarantine a year following the events of the first Prototype game and things have not improved.

This time you will be revisiting the game as James Heller, a soldier infected with the Blacklight virus, who blames the death of his family on Alex Mercer — the anti-hero of the first game and main antagonist of the new game.

Heller’s infection grants him similar super powers to Mercer, though he will play differently and has a new set of powers such as the ability to sprout tendrils from his arms. These tendrils can be used to smash objects, string up enemies and even dismember them.

Devious players can sneak up on enemy soldiers, inject them with the Blacklight virus and turn them into a ticking time bomb to blow up objects and enemies.

You can cause mayhem in the city that never sleeps on April 24 on the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

The Walking Dead

Zombies are everywhere these days and it is no surprise that one of the most popular zombie series now is making the transition to videogame form. I’m talking about The Walking Dead videogame, made by adventure game specialists Telltale Games.

The game is broken up into an episodic format with the first episode to hit this month for the PC, Mac, PSN and Xbox Live Arcade.

The Walking Dead game marries the 2D art style from the comics with rich 3D environments giving it a unique visual style.

The game is certainly more methodical than most other zombie games as you need to make use of inventory items and solve problems in the game environments.

Just like the comics and TV series, there will be more emphasis on character development instead of action. That’s not to say that it won’t have its scary moments and share of horrifying deaths. Watch your backs as The Walking Dead creeps into stores later this month.

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