Springing into action: what’s new in video games

Rockstar Games releases whodunnit game “L.A. Noire” this spring.

A very wise man named Robin Williams once said “Spring is nature’s way of saying: ‘Let’s party.’” Nothing says partying more than sitting in front of your television and playing great new video games! Here are some upcoming releases that will be keeping you away from those boring spring flings.

Item: Nintendo 3DS
Gaming system: Nintendo
Release date: March 27

It is universally agreed-upon that the worst thing about 3-D are those stupid, stupid glasses. The magical elves at Nintendo have concocted a workaround with the upcoming 3DS portable system. The system features glasses-free 3-D and more horsepower than previous DS iterations. The launch lineup includes the pet simulator “Nintendogs & Cats.”

Item: “Duke Nukem Forever”
Gaming system: Xbox 360/PS3
Publisher: 2K Games
Release date: May 3

This game has been in development since 1997. That right’s — 14 years. It’s been so long, actually, that the gaming industry had given up on it. Well, the king of Clinton-era first-person shooters is back. “Duke Nukem Forever” promises to deliver more of the same over-the-top and satirical action for which the series is known.

Item: “L.A. Noire”
Gaming system: Xbox 360/PS3
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Release date: May 17

Rockstar is set to bring the world of Raymond Chandler to life with the company’s upcoming “L.A. Noire.” Set in the Los Angeles of the early 1950s, it focuses on hard-boiled detectives and the secret underbelly of mid-century Hollywood. It’s an open world title akin to “Grand Theft Auto” but with an emphasis on detective work rather than shooting hookers and blowing stuff up. You can probably do those things too, though.



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