Videogame Releases: Week of May 8th, 2011

This week, we get what should be three solid videogame titles. Perhaps even more impressive is that one of them is an original intellectual property. It’s not a sequel, a prequel, a licensed property or even a reimagining – it’s just plain new.

Brink (360, PC, PS3)

If you played ‘Mirror’s Edge’, you probably came out with the same conclusion as everyone else. The concept and the parkour parts were awesome, but the combat was atrocious.

‘Brink’ is a game developed by Splash Damage that hopes to pick up where ‘Mirror’s Edge’ left off. It uses similar free-running elements, but introduces multiplayer modes and character classes, and simplifies the parkour.

Splash Damage isn’t a household name, but the games the studio has worked on are. These include the multiplayer sections of games like ‘Return to Castle Wolfenstein’ and ‘Doom 3’. Splash Damage also made the highly praised ‘Enemy Territory: Quake Wars’. This makes ‘Brink’ an incredibly exciting title.

Lego Pirates of the Caribbean (3DS, 360, DS, PC, PS3, PSP, Wii)

If you own a videogame system, there’s a pretty good chance that ‘Lego Pirates of the Caribbean’ is available for it. Franchise games based around Legos seem to be the one unifying factor for all gamers.

If the ‘Pirates’ Lego game is anything like the rest, it’ll be plenty of fun for everyone, but still offer collectables and other challenges to entice hardcore gamers.

Virtua Tennis 4 (360, PS3, Wii)

Some games just plain don’t need describing. ‘Virtua Tennis 4’ is the fourth in the ‘Virtua Tennis’ series. It’s a tennis game featuring some of the best players in the business. One of the big things that sets this one apart from previous entries in the franchise is added support for both the PlayStation Move and Xbox Kinect.

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