“Like the original Mafia title, Mafia II immerses players in the mob underworld of a fictitious late-1940s/early-1950s scenario. Players will easily become engaged in the game’s cinematic Hollywood movie experience with strong, believable characters in a living, breathing city. By fusing high octane gunplay with white knuckle driving and an engaging narrative, Mafia II looks to be the industry’s most compelling Mafia title to date,” says teamxbox.com. This game is for PS3 ($59.99), Xbox 360 ($59.99) and your PC ($49.99).
“The final installment in the Halo franchise from series creators Bungie LLC has finally arrived to rabid fanfare from gamers all around the world. Halo: Reach promises to immerse us in the vistas of the colony planet known as Reach and tell the story of its destruction at the hand of the covenant. The Halo series is known for frantic firefights, epic storytelling, orchestral soundtracks and a strong multiplayer component,” says “-Sparky-” from teamxbox.com. This game is for the Xbox 360 only ($59.99).
“NBA 2K11 is the latest installment in the best selling, and highest rated NBA videogame series. NBA 2K11 is the best way to plug into NBA culture. It’s the most fun, authentic NBA videogame experience and is for any sports fan with that competitive fire who wants to play the best NBA simulation on the market. It’s the NBA series that everyone is playing – from the most elite NBA athletes and superstars to the local court gym rats. NBA 2K10 delivered on its promise to TAKE OVER, and NBA 2K11 will on build on that momentum by dialing up all of its features – gameplay, AI, presentation, visuals, audio, online and more – to deliver the best basketball videogame experience EVER,” says teamxbox.com. This game is for the Xbox 360 ($59.99), PS3 ($59.99), PC ($19.99), PSP ($19.99) PS2 ($29.99) & Wii ($49.99).
F.3.A.R. (FEAR 3)
Estimated Release Date – 10/01/10
“Alma returns in F.E.A.R. 3 but this time her sons Point Man and Paxton Fettel introduce divergent co-op, giving players distinctly different abilities affecting their own play as well as the experience of their co-op partner. Gamers participate in single player or co-op modes as Point Man, a genetically enhanced super soldier originally introduced in F.E.A.R., or they can play cooperatively as his conniving brother Paxton Fettel, whose incredible telekinetic power has given him life beyond the grave,” says gamezone.com. This game is for the Xbox 360 ($59.99), PS3 ($59.99) and PC ($49.99).
CALL OF DUTY – BLACK OPS
Estimated Release Date – 11/09/10
“Black Ops takes place during the cold war, though it’s not about the cold war but about our own fictional story. The Vietnam sequences aren’t about the Vietnam war; you aren’t a regular soldier fighting in the Vietnam war, you’re in those regions specifically for an objective that has to do with our story. We’ve put a lot of focus into story; great storytelling and narrative, deep character development, complex story arcs so, rest assured, not wanting to spoil it by revealing plot details but it was a major focus for our studio with this project,” says Treyarch community manager Josh Olin. This game is for the Xbox 360 ($59.99, or $149.99 for Prestige Edition) PS3 ($59.99 for regular, $79.99 for Hardened Edition or $149.99 for Prestige Edition) PC ($59.99) or Wii ($49.99).
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