Mario Mario Mario, ahh Mario. How long has the plumber with the moustache been plying his trade now? It is many a moon, but personally I have made very few trips into his world with Super Mario 3D World on the Wii U my first visit since Super Mario Galaxy. What have I made of his latest adventure I hear you ask, well hit the jump and you can find out. …
Welcome to The Reticule’s definitive roundup of gaming releases throughout December 2012. All release dates stated are for the EU, across all currently available platforms. Keep this page bookmarked for easy access, as we will link all previews and reviews when we post them on the site.
Still catching up with this months games? November’s release schedule can be found here.
Guardians of Middle Earth
A shadow grows over Middle-earth as the greatest armies of the Third Age prepare for the coming battle. Take up arms in the clash over Middle-earth with the most powerful heroes from the greatest fantasy epic of all time. Form memorable and unlikely alliances with and against friends as the wildly popular Multiplayer Online Battle Arena genre comes to Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network.
Battlefield 3: Aftermath
PC, Xbox 360
Set amongst the shattered districts, streets and surrounding villages of a post-earthquake Tehran, Battlefield 3™: Aftermath depicts a continuing struggle for supremacy and survival amongst the devastation. With operational capacity severely compromised the opposing forces must adapt and engage in vertical and horizontal urban combat amongst the dust and rubble with cracks and fissures in the terrain providing unexpected cover and paths to objectives. Additional support comes in the form of heavily modified troop transports and civilian vehicles specially adapted to deliver deadly force to the enemy.
Guardians of Middle Earth
Mass Effect 3 Trilogy
Shadow of the Game
Time of Fury
Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers
PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Agricultural Simulator 2013
Nickelodeon Dance 2
Wii, Xbox 360
Paper Mario: Sticker Star
The Paper Mario: Sticker Star game is a flat-out epic new adventure, starring the Mushroom Kingdom’s most famous hero in an elaborate papercraft world. With the land positively packed full of stickers, Mario™ will collect and use them to fight off baddies, uncover secrets, and more. Fans of the Paper Mario series will discover all new gameplay elements new to the franchise, while newer players will enjoy a craftastic new twist on their favorite Nintendo hero.
HAWKEN is a free-to-play, online, multiplayer, mech-based first-person shooter that puts you in the pilot seat of a giant robotic war machine. Customize and upgrade your mechs the way you want, then join your friends on the battlefield to rain destruction across HAWKEN‘s beautiful and immersive alien landscapes.
Iron Sky: Invasion
PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Outdoors Unleashed: Africa 3D
Mario’s back, Peach has been kidnapped, yadda yadda… you know the drill. If you want a one line review of the game, then there you have it. If you want more, then New Super Mario Bros. 2 is a largely soulless retread of a game you’ve already played several times, with the few innovations it does attempt appearing both ironic and superficial at the same time.
New Super Mario Bros. 2 is another 2D Mario game and a sequel to the DS and Wii games that all share the ‘New’ moniker. It’s telling that this hasn’t been updated, partially because ‘New New Super Mario Bros.’ would be grammatically awkward but also because all three games are near identical. The set up is the same as always — Bowser and his Koopalings have stole away with Peach, and Mario must pass through several themed worlds, conquering all the platforming challenges in his way to save her. …
I spoke to our part-time contributor Mark Reece earlier today ahead of his review of Mario Kart 7M and he had a few words to describe the game. “It is Mario Kart, what more needs to be said. Red Mist easily.” Look out for Mark’s review soon here on The Reticule.
So it would seem that the wait is finally over. Yes, after eight months of third party software – the quality of which has been extremely erratic – and some admittedly good remakes of classic N64 games from Nintendo, the 3DS finally seemingly has that killer-app that makes owning Nintendo’s newest foray into portable gaming so worthwhile. Indeed, it certainly goes without saying that any platform game starring Mario is by very definition going to well and truly exhibit itself a system-seller and, for the most part, Mario’s 3DS debut proves that the portly plumber’s still got it. …