This week brings only a trio a new multiplayer titles, and while we can only have one winner, one runner-up, and one “loser,” your time and money would be well invested with any one of these three games.
|Pick of the Week: Command & Conquer 3: Kane’s Wrath
Real-Time Strategy | PC
Command & Conquer 3 was a return to form after Tiberium Sun, reminding us all why we fell in love with the series in the first place. Kane’s Wrath brings all sorts of new features to the table, including brand new customizable epic units, specialized sub-factions, and a metamap campaign. EA gets a lot of crap for being “that big, evil games publisher,” but people tend to forget that they’re capable of producing exceptional titles like this one.
|Runner-Up: Universe at War: Earth Assault
Real-Time Strategy | 360
If you only buy one RTS for the Xbox 360 this week, buy Universe at War: Earth Assault. The game arrived on the PC a few months back, but was held back by some annoying Windows Live features. On the 360, however, you have no choice to but to subscribe to Live if you want to play online, so complaining about it’s a moot point entirely! In all seriousness, the game sports three radically different factions and some impressive 4-player online modes, and is worth checking for any real-time strategy fans.
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Also available this week:
|Tales of Pirates
MMORPG | PC
This free-to-play MMO officially launches this week, even though it’s already been around for the better part of a year. Tales of Pirates does little to differentiate itself from the dozens of other free-to-play, Korean-derivative MMOs on the market, unless you count it’s woefully unoriginal pirates-by-way-of-Ragnarok-Online visual style.