Another week of mostly ignorable titles as we draw ever closer to Christmas. The PS3 offers a trio of interesting FPS games and casual-friendly sports titles continue to dominate the Wii’s software library.
|Pick of the Week: Unreal Tournament 3
Epic’s latest installment in their long-running, deathmatch-focused FPS series hits the PS3 this week. Besides being one of the few FPS titles available for Sony’s console, Unreal Tournament 3 is also the only one of them which supports bots. Good news for those of you that prefer your multiplayer action in the absence of other people. The same breakneck speed, larger-than-life weaponry, and varied gameplay modes that have endeared the franchise to PC gamers are still intact in this console port. And best of all, the PS3 version will also support fan-made mods. Basically, if you’re still reading this, own a PS3, and haven’t started fragging other players online yet, you clearly have a pretty twisted sense of priorities. Get playing!
| Runner-Up: The Orange Box
Everybody already knows The Orange Box is great, terrible box art aside, because we’ve all played it for the PC and 360. If you still haven’t spent some quality time with the single greatest gaming compilation in history – which includes Half Life 2, Episode 1, Episode 2, Team Fortress 2, and Portal – you literally have no excuse now that it’s on the PS3. And about those reported framerate hiccups that rendered the game “unplayable?” 1up assures us they’ve been corrected in the final code. Don’t worry, diehard detractors, we’re sure Gabe Newell still hates the console.
Hit the jump for the rest of the week’s multiplayer offerings.
Also available this week:
|BlackSite: Area 51
This Unreal 3 Engine-powered FPS based on the classic arcade game is arriving for the PS3 just shy of a month after its release for the PC and 360. Sadly, this is not a game that lived up to its potential. In fact, Harvey Smith, a game designer that worked on the title, described it as being “f***ed up” during a postmortem in Montreal. Looks like losing online co-op was the least of this game’s problems.
|Halo 3: Heroic Map Pack
Consider this the second runner-up for the week, if we had such a category. The first of what will undoubtedly be many Halo 3 map packs offers up three new maps: Standoff, which takes place in a symmetrical valley; Rat’s Next, described as “an indoor vehicle paradise;” and Foundry, a blank slate that’s perfect for whatever you can dream up in Forge. The three maps will set you back $10, but will ultimately become free next Spring, as we previously reported.
|NCAA March Madness 08
The yearly installment of EA’s popular college basketball sim ships this week for the 360, PS3, and PS2. If you’re in to paying full price for yearly incremental updates and roster changes, and are a fan of college basketball, you already know this is the game for you. If not, LOL SPRTS GAMES R 4 NUBS JUSGO OUTSDE N PLAY REEL BBALL ROFL EA IS EVIL!!!!113, etc.
|Super Swing Golf Season 2
Tecmo’s cartoony golf sequel promises to improve upon the shortcomings of the original. Unfortunately, like most games on the Wii, its multiplayer modes are skewed more towards those found in party games and minigame collections. Those looking for a meatier fantasy-themed golf game would be better served checking out a Hot Shots Golf title. As for you Wii owners, looks like Wii Sports continues to offer the defining multiplayer golf experience on the console.
|Winter Sports: The Ultimate Challenge
It’s sad to see so many Wii developers, when faced with the unique potential of the platform, opting to create cheap me-too minigame collections rather than attempting something more interesting. Think of Winter Sports as a more realistic, winter-themed version of Wii Sports. Yes, it offers exactly what you’d expect, including bobsled racing and ski jumping, just don’t expect it to hold your attention for more than weekend.