P*N New This Week: 22nd August 2010

Welcome to Platform Nation’s weekly feature where we inform you, the reader, on all the game releases you should be looking out for.

Each week as well as bringing you news about which games are due to hit the shelves in the seven days ahead, the Platform Nation writer will choose their pick of the week.

My pick for this week is:

Mafia 2 (PC)

Mafia 2: From the developers of the award-winning Mafia comes Mafia II, a beautifully crafted look into the dark and unforgiving world of the Mafia where clothing, cars, music and advertising are meticulously created to replicate an American city in the ‘40s and ‘50s. Players will easily become engaged in the game’s cinematic, Hollywood-style experience with strong, believable characters in a living, breathing city that transports them to a time when rock-n-roll first strummed its guitar and chrome-plated hot rods roared down boulevards.

Powered by 2K Czech’s next-generation Illusion Engine built specifically for Mafia II, players will experience the true evolution of the game. Gunfights, hand-to-hand combat and vehicular exploration feature new depth and dimension that allow players to experience the world of Mafia II in a way that will keep them coming back for more.

My View: There is a reason that my pick of the week is the PC version of Mafia 2 as that is the optimised system for Mafia 2.  If you have a PC that you can crank the settings up to maximum, then do yourself a favour and buy it on the PC.  The demo is available on all systems and while you are waiting for it to download, why not jump over to read Platform Nations impression of the demo.  The game itself has a class act to follow in the original Mafia game but that was years ago.  With in proved graphics and lessons learned from similar games that have came to market since Mafia was first released, I have very high hopes for Mafia 2.

The full rundown. As well as my pick of the week the following games are due for release:

Xbox 360: Mafia 2, Shank, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,

PS3: Mafia 2, Shank,

Wii: NHL 2K11, Grease: The Official Video Game, Ivy the Kiwi?, Gunblade NY & LA Machineguns Arcade Hits Pack, Martian Panic,

DS: Crazy Pig, Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar, Grease: The Official Video Game,Ivy the Kiwi?,

PC: Elemental: War of Magic, Mafia 2, Worms Reloaded, Ship Simulator Extremes


All of these titles are available through the Platform Nation Amazon Storefront. Check it out.

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