Gamewatch: Portal 2, Mortal Kombat, Final Fantasy IV
By Matt Peckham
It should’ve launched with a bang, but it seems Valve’s crazy-AI physics-puzzler Portal 2 (PC, Mac, PS3, Xbox 360) could emerge later than expected. Valve teased an early release and set gamers to work crunching an ahead-of-schedule game launch, but the game may only beat its original release time by a few hours, emerging in the wee morning hours when no one’s around to care. Still, the early buzz on this one’s mostly positive, so there’s that. ETA: April 19
The once bloodiest fighting franchise celebrates its ninth release with Mortal Kombat (PS3, Xbox 360), a version designed to appeal to all stripes, casual to expert. Think one-on-one fighting along a 2D backplane, attack buttons mapped to limbs (like Tekken), new online modes, and given the Mature rating, plenty of gory finishing moves. ETA: April 19
Another year, another Final Fantasy IV (PSP) update. Instead of porting over the Nintendo DS 3D remake released a few years ago, this version cleans up the original 2D art so it jibes with the PSP’s widescreen 480 by 272 resolution. Square Enix subtitles this version “The Complete Collection” because it includes a visually enhanced version of Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, the sequel previously released for Japanese mobile phones in 2008. ETA: April 19
The rest due this week, by platform.
PC: Assassin’s Creed Ultimate Collection (1 & 2), Brother’s In Arms: Complete Collection, Elements of War
Xbox 360: Section 8: Prejudice (XBLA), Triple Pack: Xbox Live Arcade Compilation
PlayStation 3: Arcana Heart 3 (PSN), Prince of Persia Trilogy HD, SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy Seals
Wii: Conduit 2, My Little Baby (WiiWare), Remington Super Slam Hunting: Alaska
Nintendo DS: DodoGo! Robo (DSiWare), GO Series: Captain Sub (DSiWare), Trackmania Turbo: Build to Race
PlayStation Portable: Mad Blocker Alpha: Revenge of the Fluzzles (PSN)
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