Action games run supreme this week in new releases, as NetherRealm's Mortal Kombat for the PlayStation Vita and Lionhead Studios' hack-and-slash Fable Heroes lead all-new offerings.
Out in front this week is Mortal Kombat for the PS Vita. Created specifically for Sony's new portable, the game sports a new Challenge Tower mode with 150 missions. Additionally, the game makes use of the PS Vita's touch screen by enabling players to swipe a finger across the screen to perform a fatality.
Also out this week is Lionhead Studios' Fable Heroes on Xbox Live. The hack-and-slash action game supports four players through competitive and cooperative modes playable locally or across Xbox Live. Players will fight familiar foes of Albion together, while competing with friends to collect the most gold coins along the way.
Gamers seeking a new massively multiplayer online role-playing title can look to Bluehole Studios' Tera for the PC. The title is a fantasy-themed MMORPG that emphasizes real-time, dynamic combat. In it, players will be able to choose from six different races, who must "work together for the common good."
Another new console game being released this week is Rebellion Games' World War II shooter Sniper Elite V2 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. A sequel to 2005's Sniper Elite, the new game casts players as US soldier Karl Fairburn, a military man with a proclivity for sniper rifles. Described by developers as a "thinking man's shooter," the game punishes players for running and gunning, and instead focuses on stealth maneuvers.
Rounding out the week is Romino Games' downloadable title Awesomenauts for the Xbox 360 and PS3. A multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game, the title is billed as the first to bring the genre to the two-dimensional plane for consoles. In the game, players duke it out in three-vs.-three matches with six characters, including the pimp Froggy G and the monkey astronaut Yuri.
For further details, visit GameSpot's New Releases page. The full list of downloadable games on the PlayStation Store, Xbox Live Marketplace, and Wii Shop Channel will be revealed later this week. Release dates are based on retailer listings and are subject to change.
TUESDAY, MAY 1:
Mortal Kombat--PS Vita--Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Sniper Elite V2--X360, PS3, PC--505 Games
Tera--PC--En Masse Entertainment
WEDNESDAY, MAY 2:
Fable Heroes--X360--Microsoft Game Studios
THURSDAY, MAY 3: