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By: Lucas Archer

03/20 – Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City

Forget standstill third-person shooting and forget having only one partner. Forget everything you know about Resident Evil because Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City is turning the formula on its head.

Used to one partner? Try four. Operation Raccoon City will have you playing on one of two squads. The first is a team of Umbrella agents entering the infected area of Raccoon City to contain the T-virus outbreak. The other includes members of Echo Six, sent by the United States government to investigate the outbreak.

Members of each squad have his or her own specialty, like VECTOR’s stealth run and SPECTRE’s enhanced vision. Instead of just dying, bitten players may end up becoming zombies themselves, losing control of their character and attacking fellow squad mates.

Eradicate the witnesses and contain the infection on your Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC.

03/23 – Kid Icarus: Uprising

After an 11-year absence, Nintendo’s guardian angel Pit makes his triumphant return. Having only appeared in brief cameos, before his inclusion in the mascot mash-up Super Smash Bros. Brawl, this will be Pit’s first starting role in a game since the days of Game Boy.

Pit battles the reborn Medusa and her army of creatures from the underworld across land and air while also dealing with the presence of his doppelgänger Dark Pit.

Uprising is an action game combining elements of on-rail shooters with in-the-air and hack-and-slash/third person shooter combat on the ground. The fast-paced environment will have you dodging through waves of enemies and trying to escape lasers and missiles.

You can pick up Kid Icarus: Uprising now, exclusively for your Nintendo 3DS.

05/15 – Max Payne 3

Having been originally planned for release in 2009, the ‘father of bullet-time combat’ is making a comeback with Max Payne 3. Judging by the trailers Rockstar Games has released, the game bears little resemblance to its predecessors.

Surely, bullet-time makes its return, allowing you to see every bullet and its impact on the enemy. The game also brings back Payne’s habit of diving around the screen in said bullet-time. This time around, Rockstar blends the over-the-top combat animations with realistic physics, so Payne manoeuvres according to his surroundings.

Max Payne 3 will also feature more cinematic action with interactive cut-scenes and slo-mo hand-to-hand combat, following the trend of current generation games mimicking the Uncharted series.

Max Payne 3 dives onto store shelves for your Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC.

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