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New Video Game Releases: Week 13, 2011

This week's latest releases do not disappoint. Role-playing gamers will have plenty of titles to choose from, including The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky, The 3rd Birthday, and Mass Effect 2. Most of these titles are sequels or spin-offs from established RPG franchises, making it an added bonus if you're currently following their respective series. Gear up for some realistic racing in Shift 2: Unleashed or take a trip down to Hawaii for some hidden object fun in Vacation Quest: The Hawaiian Islands. Finally, take your love for wrestling on a whole new level and play as your favorite wrestlers in WWE All-Stars.

1. The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky

It took four years but finally the next installment in The Legend of Heroes role-playing game franchise is finally here. Trails in the Sky is the first of a series of three where you train and fight for peace in a beautifully rendered 3D world and environment. Here's more about The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky by the game developer:

"In the peaceful town of Rolent of the Liberl Kingdom, a young girl named Estelle and her friend Joshua, who had been taken in by her family years earlier, prepare to take their first steps to join the legendary guild of the Bracers. Bracers are considered the peacekeepers and protectors of order that owe allegiance to no country or government. In Liberl their guild has flourished since a brief war some 10 years prior after an invasion from the Erebonian Empire to the north, and their efforts have made peace a lasting prospect. In the course of their journey to become full-fledged Bracers, Estelle and Joshua begin to see the peace threatened by a dark side of the ruling government that plots to overthrow the Liberl queen, Alicia. Together they travel the world on their quest to become Bracers and slowly unravel the truth behind the mastermind who seeks to bring war back to their borders.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky is the first of a new trilogy in the established The Legend of Heroes RPG series. A highly detailed 3D world, beautiful original soundtrack, and unique strategic battle system showcase production values a generation beyond the previous iteration.

Click here to get The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky from Amazon.

2. The 3rd Birthday

Remember the heroine from the Parasite Eve series, Aya Brea? Well, this time you'll be taking on her character in this thrilling role-playing adventure game that promises hot and fiery gameplay. A quick peek at the cover art of the game is testament enough to that. Here's more about The 3rd Birthday by the game developer:

"Hideous creatures descend on Manhattan. Ground reports from the squad tasked with containing the pandemonium refer to these life forms as "the Twisted." An investigatory team known as the CTI is formed within the year. The Overdive system emerges as a means of opposition, but only one viable candidate exists - Aya Brea. A gift as she awakens from a lost past on this, the occasion of her third birth.

Features:

  • Immersive third-person shooter with RPG elements
  • Strategic combat with the Overdive system
  • Rich and suspenseful story
  • Immersive, high-resolution visuals"
Click here to get The 3rd Birthday from Amazon.