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This week, we're kicking up a little dirt here at Video Games Plus with a new trailer for the motorcycle racing game "Trials Evolution." We've also got the first gameplay trailer of "Medal of Honor: Warfighter" and a review of "Xenoblade Chronicles" for the Nintendo Wii.
"Trials Evolution" Improves on Original Track Editor
One of the major draws of “Trials HD,” RedLynx’s unique physics-based motorcycle racing games, released in 2009, was the ability to build your own kick-ass race courses.
It looks like the track editor is back and better than ever in “Trials Evolution,” which was released this week for Xbox Live Arcade.
In a new trailer for “Trials Evolution,” gamers get hints of all of the nearly unlimited things you can design and edit. There are over 1,500 objects that can be used to create custom scenarios.
As in “Trials HD,” players are handed the same editor that the developer used to create the game's levels, but this time there are two variations – the Lite Editor and the Pro Editor, which allows full access to content creation.
“This thing is a monster and the limits are not known even to us!” said Antti Ilvessuo, Creative Director of RedLynx. “We're very excited to see what people will be able to create and share with the entire Trials community using this powerful tool.”
Tracks also can now be shared with an in-game interface, as players can browse through various categories (such as Most Popular tracks) or create a custom search. Leaderboards will also be tracked for user-created environments.
It looks like it’s time to rev your engines again for some more “Trials.”
First Gameplay Trailer for "Medal of Honor: Warfighter"
If the first gameplay trailer is any indication, the new “Medal of Honor” sequel looks a bit like it could be nicknamed “Battlefield 3.5” – not that we’re complaining.
The trailer for “Medal of Honor: Warfighter,” which is scheduled for release on October 23 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, is full of big guns and bigger explosions. Nothing is too surprising, though it all looks pretty spectacular.
The game is running the Frostbite 2.0 engine, which is the same technology as “Battlefield 3,” so the graphics look much improved from the 2010 reboot of "Medal of Honor."
The trailer also says that pre-ordering the game will get you a "40-hour tactical head start," though we’re not sure what that exactly entails. One thing is for certain, we’ll probably see another big battle between “Warfighter” and the so-far unannounced "Call of Duty" sequel this holiday season.
Review: Xenoblades Chronicles
In recent years, most Japanese-style role-playing games have felt as stuck in the ‘90s as boy bands and Bruce Willis, but “Xenoblade Chronicles,” for the Ninentendo Wii, is a successful attempt to give them a modern makeover.
The game's main protagonist is Shulk, a weapons researcher who must confront enemies, known as Mechon, by wielding the powerful Monado blade. It’s the only weapon that has any effect against the Mechon, and it enables Shulk to see the future.
The story manages to be satisfying even if it’s about yet another orphaned young hero who must save the world from a mysterious evil.
The combat is all real-time instead of the traditional turn-based type, and players can customize their characters with a variety of weapons and armor choices. And like most role-playing games, players can then gain experience and upgrade their characters.
Unlike the relatively linear nature of games like “Mass Effect” and “Dragon Age,” the vast open world of "Xenoblade Chronicles" is ripe for exploration. Players can change their focus from the main story and venture out looking for other challenges and side quests.
Hidden areas and unique monsters are scattered throughout the game’s massive world, which players can explore freely. Most of the game’s few limitations are due to the fact that it appears on the aging Wii system, which lacks high-definition graphics.
Move over, "Final Fantasy," you’ve got strong competition from “Xenoblade Chronicles.”
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