The games of May 2011

May 24

Dirt 3

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3

Dirt 2 is still one of the prettiest, fastest, bestest racing games to hit consoles this generation, and Dirt 3 has a lot of work to do if it’s going to meet our high expectations... and one of Dirt 3’s main draws is snow? Yep. It’d be really easy to make fun of this if our inner rally-racing nerd wasn’t speechlessly giddy about the notion of tearing up a powdered trail, slipping on ice, and smashing into snow banks. Gymkhana racing debuts here as well, which, when combined with snow, has that inner rally-racing nerd weak in the knees – the hardcore, time-based race variant requires plenty of skill for hardcore perfectionists. To say we’re excited about another Dirt game would be an understatement. This is, in all likelihood, going to destroy our summer free time.

Dead or Alive: Dimensions

Platform: 3DS
EU: May 20

After a few years on hiatus, Team Ninja’s bringing back Dead or Alive. Yes, we know DOA hit the PSP in the form of a game you’re meant to masturbate to, but this is the real deal, the good stuff...y’know, people pulverizing each other. (But, as if you thought it wouldn’t, DOA has a photo mode for snapping sexy photos of nearly-naked fighters.) The coolest feature here is the StreetPass implementation. Dead or Alive: Dimensions builds an A.I. fighter based on how you perform during matches and offloads it on to other player’s systems. DOA is looking to give Street Fighter IV a run for its money – it also includes online multiplayer and a boost to 60 frames per second when 3D is disabled. It will take a lot to topple its biggest competition, but Dimensions at least has the upper hand in terms of game mode quantity.

Nascar 2011

Platform: Wii
EU: Nobody in the UK cares about Nascar

Above: Activision has released zero footage or screens of the Wii version, so enjoy this look at the graphically superior 360/PS3 version

Nascar, huh? We’re expecting plenty of turning left, now featuring mediocre graphics and inappropriate motion controls.  Oh, that’s not fair. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 version of Nascar 2011 was received much higher than we expected it might be. Why it’s releasing on Wii more than a month after its counterparts is anybody’s guess, but assuming it retains the core driving that reinforced its initial release, this could be a strong racing game on Wii for the die-hard pro racing fans. The biggest downside is a typical Wii fumble: No online multiplayer.

Kung Fu Panda 2

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS
EU: June 10

The first Kung Fu Panda game was a surprisingly decent action game (although let’s be real – most of us played it for the easy Gamerscore), and Kung Fu Panda 2 is actually a surprisingly ambitious follow-up. The Xbox 360 version of the kids’ movie tie-in employs Kinect, enabling players to punch crocodiles in the balls like they’ve never punched croc balls before, and you can use your uDraw Tablet to customize levels on the Wii.  Fancy. As for the PS3 version, well, it sure looks like a Kung Fu Panda 2 video game adaptation. Fancy? Here’s hopin’.

May 31

Hunted: The Demon’s Forge

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
EU: June 3


You like Gears of War, do ya? Splendid. Then Hunted: The Demon’s is right up your alley, provided you’re into elves and skeletons and all that other fantasy shenaniganry.  The over-the-shoulder action game trades chainsaw-bayonets for straight-up swords and sorcery, but bows and arrows should fill the void of the missing machine guns. Each of the main characters – a human barbarian and a lady-elf archer – have distinct weapons and abilities, and co-op partners can swap between ‘em mid-mission to mix things up. Its dark story centers on slavery, so, uh, expect it to be a bit of a grim ride.

BlazBlue Continuum Shift II

Platform: PSP, 3DS

Torn on which version of the sequel to one of the most visually arresting, incomprehensible fighters around? Here’s the skinny: One of them is in 3D, and the other one is on the PSP. Really, the core content of BlazBlue Continuum Shift II is the same. The main advantage for 3DS is that the move inputs are displayed on the bottom screen. It’s a retooled, rebalanced version of a terrific fighting game, and from the sounds of things, you can’t really go wrong with either version if you’re in the market for some nonsensical, beautiful fisticuffing.

May 2, 2011


  • HaVoK308 - May 7, 2011 8:08 p.m.

    Brink and Hunted: The Demon's Forge are buys for me. Gamefly the rest.
  • FlagrantPilgrim - May 4, 2011 10:59 a.m.

    LA Noire. All of contestants can go fuck themselves.
  • MrWrighty987 - May 4, 2011 7:58 a.m.

    I'll be Picking up LA Noire and i think Brink, i'm not sure about Brink but i'll give it a try. Also, No More Heroes PS3 should have a release date as 20th May but when i checked with a local game shop it was 20th May TBC. Which is fitting when most places don't even have box art for it.
  • RedhawkAce - May 3, 2011 9:27 p.m.

    Everyones going on about L.A. Noire but the one that seemed pretty interesting to me was Man versus Wild it looked pretty fun in a weird sad kind of a way. I want it now and for $30 heck I just might.
  • SunnyvaleTrash - May 3, 2011 5:28 p.m.

    I am suddenly very interested in Brink. I don't really play any online shooters, but it seems like a good title to get started with. The CoD games just never did it for me. I really want LA Noire to be great. Waiting on reviews before picking it up.
  • kompressorlogik - May 3, 2011 5:04 p.m.

    Must buy: LA Noire, Dirt 3 Highest Hopes: Brink
  • ChiChiRocket - May 3, 2011 3:47 p.m.

    LA Noire is a no-brainer. I'm still on the fence about Continuum Shift II though. I already have CS on PS3- do I really want to buy the game again just so I can have a portable version? Ha, listen to me, this from a guy who pre-ordered Ocarina of Time 3D months ago.
  • Darkhawk - May 3, 2011 2:10 p.m.

    That Bangai-O music has some serious Turrican going on in there.
  • falcon4196 - May 3, 2011 1:32 p.m.

    Can't wait until L.A. Noire. I love this kind of game and they just don't get developed by mainstream companies anymore. I'm really hoping that it does well and that this is the launch of a new series.
  • NightCrawler_358 - May 3, 2011 11:30 a.m.

    These are some good launches, but I'll porbably only buy Brink, maybe Fable 3. To me, L.A. Noire just looks like the Scarface and godfather games, mixed with GTA, which is not a bad thing for alot of people, just not my cup of tea.
  • Mboy1100 - May 3, 2011 11:24 a.m.

    Also what upsets me is the fact that the same game for wii and Xbox will have more, and better content on the Xbox..COME ON!!! We payed good money for Black ops and we have like way less content,and the new maps are not available to us!
  • Mboy1100 - May 3, 2011 11:21 a.m.

    I hope Nintendo notices that no one likes their games anymore...maybe its because of this pattern..." babies,horses,babies,miscellaneous crap game,babies horses,baby horses,actual good game but its mario so its kind of not a big deal,shooter *FAIL*,babies,Zelda,horses,wii gets thrown out window."
  • philipshaw - May 3, 2011 10:31 a.m.

    I can't wait for LA Noire
  • BadLadJon - May 3, 2011 8:04 a.m.

    Duke Nukem Forever? oh yeah.. delayed...
  • FinderKeeper - May 3, 2011 7:20 a.m.

    "Nobody in the UK cares about NASCAR" And nobody in the US cares about PDC World Championship Darts... :-p
  • bmrskate - May 3, 2011 6:27 a.m.

    I am sold on Bangai-O and Dirt 3....Summer is looking GOOD! Bring on the heat!
  • Spybreak8 - May 3, 2011 5:32 a.m.

    LA Noire and Dirt 3 oh man, I'll be watching those reviews very eagerly!
  • sgloomy - May 3, 2011 4:17 a.m.

    I'll definitely get L.A. Noire, still debating getting LEGO PotC. I've never gotten a lego game but this one looks fun. maybe...
  • XD00175 - May 3, 2011 3:39 a.m.

    Some nice titles in here. Just started on the Mass Effect and Fable series, though, so I can't really handle another game and enjoy it to it's fullest extent at the time.
  • shawksta - May 3, 2011 3:13 a.m.

    Lets hope so, LA Noir might throw allot of Rockstar fans who only care about shooting people's brains out, Im quite fond of Mysteries, whether it be Ace attorney(my most fav), Layton,Trauma Team's Noami Kimishima Segments,or CSI Ill be there if its characters and story interest us rather than the usual crap. Im hoping for a great story that has allot of Plot twists to keep us interested Just like the ace attorney series, it looks promising. I want it to be popular for its mysteries and not because its made my rockstar though because than it would throw off Ace attorney is so many levels and get people pissed.

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