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Upcoming video games: Sound Shapes, Persona 4 Arena, Sleeping Dogs
AFP
August 06, 2012
First Published: 12:17 IST(6/8/2012)
Last Updated: 13:13 IST(6/8/2012)
Sound Shapes. Photo: AFP

Musical experiments in platformer Sound Shapes beckon on PlayStation Vita, with contributions from Beck, Deadmau5, and Jim Guthrie.



Sound Shapes
(PS3 PSVita via download)

North America:
August 7, E for Everyone

Europe:
August 15, 3+

Intriguing platformer that blends action and sound, with contributions from Deadmau5, Beck, Jim Guthrie and Superbrothers (of iOS, PC and Mac hit Sword & Sworcery); there's level creation and sharing between PS3 and Vita users.

Price:
$14.99 / €12.99 / £9.99

Persona 4 Arena (360 PS3)
North America: August 7, Teen
European regions: August 31, 16+
Japan: since July, B (12+)

Considered role playing series crosses genres for a bit of bish bash bosh as the makers of the BlazBlue fighting games convert characters from Persona 3 and Persona 4 into agile one-on-one martial experts.
Price: $59 / €49 / £39 / ¥7,990



Sleeping Dogs (360 PC PS3)
North America: August 14, M17+
European regions: August 17, 18+
Japan: September 27, Z (18+)

Roam around Hong Kong as an undercover cop infiltrating the brutal triads. Inspired by classic action flicks such as Infernal Affairs and Hard Boiled.
Price: $59 / €59 / £39 / R549 / ¥7,980
On PC: $49 / €49 / £29 / R399 / ¥7,980



Darksiders II (360 PC PS3)
North America: August 14, M17+
European regions: August 21, 18+

Plunge yourself into the chaos of the earth's final apocalypse as Death, one of the Four Horsemen, as voiced by the gravely Michael Wincott (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, The Crow), and vindicate fellow horseman War, star of the first game.
Price: $59 / €69 / £39 / R599
On PC: $49 / €49 / £35 / R399

New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS)
North America: August 19, E
European regions: August 17, 3+
Japan: July 28, A (all ages)

Coin-collecting frenzy New Super Mario Bros. 2 has been boasting of its long-term replay value. Mario's latest outing could prove a decent little money-spinner for Nintendo too.
Price: $39 / €39 / £29 / R499 / ¥4,800

Transformers: Fall of Cybertron (360 Mac PC PS3)
North America: August 21, Teen
European regions: August 24, 12+

Settle the score between Autobots and Decepticons during the final moments of home planet Cybertron in a conflict that sucks in transforming robots miniscule and megalithic.
Price: $59 / €59 / £39 / R599, less on PC


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