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Video game releases: Max Payne 3, Mario

This week Game of Thrones prepares to invade consoles and PC, Max Payne 3 strides in guns ablaze, the long-awaited Diablo III entrances Mac and PC adventurers. Check out the upcoming video game releases.

tech reviews Updated: May 14, 2012 13:02 IST

Game of Thrones prepares to invade consoles and PC, Max Payne 3 strides in guns ablaze, the long-awaited Diablo III entrances Mac and PC adventurers, Sonic 4 returns and Mario gets ready for tennis.



Diablo III (Mac PC)

International: May 15


Age ratings: Mature 17+ (NA), 16+ (EU)



Twelve years in the making and hugely anticipated, players descend into the hellish depths and save the world from evil incarnate through monster slaying, weapon upgrading, and furious mouse clicking.


Price: $59 / €59 / £39 / R499



Max Payne 3 (360 PS3) May 15

North America: May 15, M17+


European regions: May 18, 18+


Japan: May 18, Z (18+)



Rockstar (of Grand Theft Auto fame) promises gripping gunplay and cinematic action as ex-cop Max Payne finds himself a gun-for-hire in dangerous Rio, with his transgressions to atone for and a wealthy businessman's wife gone missing.


Price: $59 / €59 / £39 / R699 / ¥7,770


Less on PC from May 29



Game of Thrones (360 PC PS3)

North America: May 15, M17+


European regions: June 7, 16+



The popularity of epic role-playing game Skyrim may owe something to Game of Thrones' fantasy setting, but the TV series now has its own RPG counterpart from French studio Cyanide.


Price: $59 / €59 / £39 / R499, less on PC



Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II (360 PC PS3 via download)

PC, PS3 in North America: May 15


360, PS3 in European regions: May 16


Age rating: Everyone, 3+, A (all ages)



Sonic and Tails scream back onto screens in this second episodic download, facing off against Metal Sonic - while owners of both episodes can play as Metal Sonic in Episode Metal.


Price: $15 / €13 / £10


iOS, Android, WP7 versions to follow



Mario Tennis Open (3DS)

North America: May 20, Everyone


European regions: May 24, 3+


Japan: May 25, A (all ages)



Expect to see Mario, Yoshi, Bowser, Peach and chums take to the court for tournament matches and mini-game fun as the 3DS receives its own installment of this long-running series.


Price: $39 / €45 / £39 / R499 / ¥4,800



Dragon's Dogma (360 PS3)

North America: May 22, M17+


European regions: May 25, 18+


Japan: May 24, D (17+)



Get ready to slay mythical beasts of all shapes and sizes in this impressive-looking slice of fantasy, with a little help from your friends thanks to a clever system that farms out hand-picked sidekicks to fellow players around the world.


Price: $59 / €59 / £39 / R499 / ¥7,990