E3: Peering into the future of gaming

ANGUS DEACON
Last updated 05:00 23/06/2012
Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED? Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes expands the widely popular series to the entire DC Universe.

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Curious about the E3 conference in Los Angeles? Here's the latest on the next big things:

Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes– available on most platforms
(RRP: from $69.99)
Rated PG

The original Lego Batman sold 11-million units worldwide, proving that Lego and videogames make for a winning combination. Batman and Robin, in their miniature plastic form, make a return in this highly anticipated sequel and are now joined by other famous DC super heroes, including Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern. It promises plenty of creative, amusing entertainment and is perfect for all ages.

London 2012: The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games – available on PS3 and XBox360
(RRP: from $89.99)
Rated G

While our athletes do us proud overseas, we can partake in the Olympics from the comfort of our living room. This video game features more than 30 different events including swimming, cycling, hurdles, beach volleyball and shooting. Both console versions allow for motion control functionality across numerous events, either using the Move controllers or Kinect accordingly. The option for multi-player, including an entertaining party mode, could make for a fun activity after watching the opening ceremony.

Sorcery – available on PS3 only
(RRP: from $69.99)
Rated PG

The PlayStation Move craze has certainly waned over the past few months, but Sony's motion control peripherals might get another workout with this new fantasy title. In a similar vein to Harry Potter, players will lead a young wizard through a world of dark magic, casting spells and fighting off evil forces. Here though, your Move controller acts as your wand, allowing you to conjure up powerful attacks with the flick of your wrist.

The Amazing Spider-Man – available on most platforms
(RRP: from $69.99)
Rated M

With the movie about to land here on July 4, many might be rolling their eyes at yet another poorly conceived movie to game tie-in. But anyone who remembers Spider-Man 2 on the PS2 knows that the franchise can churn out an excellent videogame. Thankfully, the Amazing Spider-Man looks on track, offering up a huge virtual Manhattan for wannabe web-slingers to explore and fight crime. The game also takes place after the events of the movie, expanding the storyline and action for fans both young and old.

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Anarchy Reigns – available on PS3 and XBox360
(RRP: from $119.99)
Rated R16

This lesser-known Japanese beat-'em-up from Sega promises over-the-top violence in a post-apocalyptic future filled with cyborg warriors. The game is similar to the likes of Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat or Soul Calibur. But Anarchy Reigns adds an interesting layer of open-world online gameplay, where a number of players can all duke it out simultaneously. The last man, woman (or machine) left standing is declared the victor.

 

Spec Ops: The Line – available on PC, PS3 and XBox360
(RRP: from $89.99)
Rated R18

Announced way back in 2009, this long awaited third-person shooter delivers realistic urban warfare in the streets of Dubai to eager gamers. Inspired by Joseph Conrad's novella Heart of Darkness (which in turn inspired the film Apocalypse Now), Spec Ops features an emotionally charged plot, complete with authentic military combat to produce an epic action shooter. With a compelling single-player campaign, as well as online multi-player, this game will keep older players busy for weeks.

- The Dominion Post

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