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Out This Week - 06/05/11

Diver! Sniper! Templar! Hunts!

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Welcome to May! This is the month of new Rockstar crime-fighter L.A. Noire, Polish Playboy-fronting RPG The Witcher 2 and Brink - your Eurogamer Expo Game of the Show last year.

There's also FEAR 3, DiRT 3, swashbuckling LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean and Dead or Alive: Dimensions' jiggling 3D fighters.

But not this week.

Out this week is a collection of more specialised fare - aquatic action title Steel Diver for the 3DS, angry animal shooter Dangerous Hunts 2011 and a buffed PS3 port of people shooter Sniper: Ghost Warrior.

There's also swords and shields adventure The First Templar to consider.

Even the Wii gets some love courtesy of anime fighting game Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus. There's a PSP version, too.

This Week in Shops!

  • Steel Diver
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Formats: 3DS

What is it? An underwater strategy sim that began life as a 3DS tech demo. Guide a submersible through tight caverns and gawp at the scenery. What does Eurogamer think? Jeffrey Matulef surfaced with a 6/10 at the end of Eurogamer's Steel Diver review. "It's hard to shake the feeling that it was rushed out of port and its deliberate pace won't be for everyone," he wrote. "But those looking for something different might find Nintendo's nautical adventure a promising maiden voyage."

Fathom it out.

The First Templar

  • Developer: Haemimont Games
  • Publisher: Kalypso Media
  • Formats: PC, Xbox 360

What is it? A Medieval action-adventure from the makers of Tropico 3, which was good. You're a bearded, hooded, European, sword fighter and you're after the Templar's secrets. No it's not Assassin's Creed. There's a busty side-kick for co-op as well as RPG progression. What does Eurogamer think? Eurogamer has yet to pass verdict.

Requiescat in patchy?

Sniper: Ghost Warrior

  • Developer: City Interactive
  • Publisher: City Interactive
  • Formats: PS3, previously available on PC, Xbox 360

What is it? A beefed up PS3 version of a terrible game that sold really well. There are extra weapons, missions and levels. What does Eurogamer think? Dan Whitehead assaulted the original Sniper: Ghost Warrior with a 2/10. "By favouring tired run-and-gun scenarios over actual sniping gameplay, you're left with a technically inept entry in the most over-populated gaming genre around," he wrote. "Show some mercy, put one in the back of its head, and leave it for the vultures."

Scoping with stress.

What Else?

  • Dance Dance Revolution - Hottest Party 4 (Wii)
  • Dangerous Hunts 2011 (PS3, Wii, Xbox 360)
  • Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus (PSP, Wii)
  • Mount&Blade: With Fire & Sword
  • Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury (XBLA)
  • Moon Diver (XBLA)
  • Section 8: Prejudice (PC)

Chart Predictions!

Each week one of the team steps up to predict the UK all-formats chart. The following predicts the outcome for the week beginning Friday 6th May (to be reported on Monday 9th May).

Robert Purchese, Senior Staff Writer,

"We're back to business after all those bank holidays. There's even some voting to do this week, and that's really serious. But there aren't any new games to shout about, which means Portal 2 will be handed a third number-one finish. Not that that's a bad thing. Zumba Fitness will romp up to second, followed by an Escalation pack-fuelled Call of Duty: Black Ops resurgence in third. Mortal Kombat will be fourth and Operation Flashpoint: Red River fifth. And so it has been written."

  1. Portal 2
  2. Zumba Fitness
  3. Call of Duty: Black Ops
  4. Mortal Kombat
  5. Operation Flashpoint: Red River

Eurogamer's Editor at Large Tom Bramwell attempted to predict the future last week. We've put together a fancy table to show how well he didn't do.

Position The Truth The Prediction Result
1 Portal 2 Virtua Tennis 4 NO!
2 Mortal Kombat Portal 2 NO!
3 Zumba Fitness FIFA 11 NO!
4 Operation Flashpoint: Red River Call of Duty: Black Ops NO!
5 Call of Duty: Black Ops Zumba Fitness DENIED!

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