Confidence of Crysis

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Crysis 2's arrival is the console highlight of the week. A raft of games in preparation for the Nintendo 3DS's North American release next Sunday also start hitting retail shelves.

Tuesday (March 22)

  • Crysis 2 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) - Crytek's futuristic shooter comes to the urban jungle of New York City. You'll use the Nanosuit's awesome powers to fight off the alien infestation in a first person shooter that packs a lot of high-polish visuals.
  • Lego Star Wars III (PS3, 360, Wii, DS, 3DS, PSP, PC) - Traveler's Tales brings the conclusion of Star Wars' first trilogy to the 3DS and all other platforms. Crecente preferred it in 2D mode.
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Also: Dissidia 012: Duodecim Final Fantasy (PSP); Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (PC); Mayhem (PS3, 360); Naruto Shippuden: Kizuna Drive (PSP); PlayStation Move Heroes (PS3), Raving Rabbids Party Collection (Wii); Tomb Raider Trilogy (PS3).

Nintendo 3DS titles releasing this coming week: Asphalt 3D; Combat of Giants Dinosaurs 3D, Madden Football 3D; Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars; Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D; Nintendogs + Cats; Pilotwings Resort; Samurai Warriors Chronicles; Steel Diver; Super Monkey Ball 3D; Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition.

The Nintendo 3DS releases in North America on March 27.

Wednesday (March 23)

  • Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime (PC, PSN, XBLA)
  • Swarm (XBLA)

Thursday (March 24)

  • Trackmania: Build to Race (Wii)

Looking Ahead

March 29: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters, NASCAR 2011: The Game, Shift 2: Unleashed, WWE All Stars. April 12: MotorStorm: Apocalypse. April 19: Conduit 2; Mortal Kombat, Portal 2, SOCOM 4. April 26: Driver: San Francisco

What are you getting? What do you want? What are you looking forward to? Sound it off below, and at #twig.

Source: Video Game Release Calendar; GameSpot

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DISCUSSION

You probably wouldn't know it from reading this site, but some people are actually excited about this small indie release that no one's heard of, Dissidia 012.

It's looking like a pretty solid 8/10 from the reviews I've seen. Some of the highlights that stood out to me are the fact that there's multiple new game modes, and a full quest editor where you can make your own quests complete with camera angles and your own dialogue. Apparently all the new characters are fun too. Lightning and Kain were awesome in Prologus. And if you're more into a Pokemon style collection type thing, you apparently unlock a stupid amount of things in this game, gaining rewards after pretty much every battle (and sometimes during battles).

There is a steep learning curve, but one thing that's neat is the RPG Mode, where much of the combat is automated. This leaves you to focus on the basics of overall combat and timing some of your dodges through a familiar menu input system. I enjoy both modes really.

The story is terrible though, but that's not a big surprise for people who played Dissidia, or most fighting games. And I guess all of the first Dissidia is unlocked after you beat the game, so you could probably sink 100+ hours into this thing easily if you liked it enough.