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P*N New This Week 25th April 2010

Welcome to Platform Nation’s weekly feature which tells you the games that you need to care about that are coming out in the next week.

My picks for this week are:

2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction (PC) & Super Street Fighter IV


OK, I apologise that I’ve only narrowed it down to 4 games this week but wow there are a lot of games due for release over the next 7 days. My 4 choices cover a broad spectrum of genre therefore you should find something you like among them but  if not then there are plenty of others to catch your attention. to see the full list, jump to the end of this article, but please come back up here to read about my 4 choices.

2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa is the official game of the FIFA World Cup by EA Sports, released on most platforms.

My View: Just like time and taxes you can always be sure that EA will release a game for The World Cup. The observant ones among you will notice the deliberate capital ‘T’ in front of world cup in that last sentence as I know and you know, that in the summer, the biggest world sporting cup kicks off and each country in the finals can dream about winning it.  FIFA10 was (is) a very good football game in its own right so I expect EA to have simply added a layer of statistics and World Cup spice to the FIFA engine and packaged it all up for all of us eager football fanatics. Whether its worth full retail for a months worth of relevant gameplay, that’s your own call.  I will be trying my damndest to get Northern Ireland to the finals again for the first time since 1986.

Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter starts right where the previous chapter left off, with Sam travelling to Sirius on the starship. Unfortunately Sam’s vehicle is accidentally hit by the “Croteam crate-bus” and plummets down to Earth’s surface.

My View: I played and enjoyed the mindless fun that is Serious Sam back when it was originally released all those years ago and remember being blown away with how good the game looked and the pace of the game and the number of enemies.  Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter sees the sequel re-released in glorious HD and I am looking forward to replaying through it when I want to leave my brain switched off.

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction (PC) is the fifth installment in the Splinter Cell video game series. See the Platform Nation review for more details.

My view: PC gamers get to experience what Xbox gamers have been playing for the past two weeks. It’s a return to form for Sam Fisher and if you have a powerful enough PC to do this game justice and you’ve not experienced it on an Xbox360 then why not join me in buying this for the PC?

Super Street Fighter IVis an updated version of Street Fighter IV . It was originally meant to be DLC but the decision was made to releases it as a retail game but with a lower than normal retail price.

My view: In my opinion if I had to pick a single game this week it would be this one. Street Fighter 2 was my early teenage years and Street Fighter 4 managed to surpass Street Fighter 2 for me. This ‘Super’ version promises more tweaked balanced play, new characters, better online lobbies and of course the level where you smash up a car returns.

Full list of releases this week:

  • Dead to Rights: Retribution (Xbox 360, PS3)
  • Fat Princess: Fistful of Cake  (PSP)
  • Horrible Histories: Ruthless Romans   (Wii)
  • Nier  (Xbox 360, PS3)
  • Super Street Fighter IV (Xbox 360, PS3)
  • FIFA World Cup 2010 (PSP, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii)
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction  (PC)
  • Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley  (PSP)
  • Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter  (PC)
  • Dante’s Inferno: Trials of St. Lucia   (PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Kick-Ass (PS3)
  • Black Mirror 2 (PC)

Why not leave a comment below telling us which game(s) you’ll be picking up this week?

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  • If not for the lack of money Nier looks intresting as does Dead to rights. Unfortunately new games at 40 50 or 60 dollars are out of the question

  • Yodathe3rd

    Super street fighter 4 all payed off it’s going to be awesome