Future Soldier

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Most of the biggest news in the gaming world doesn’t hit until next week’s big E3 conference in Los Angeles, but in the meantime Video Games Plus has a few morsels prepared to hold you over. This week, we’ve got word on a new special anniversary edition of “Street Fighter,” upgrades to the next edition of EA Sports’ NHL franchise, and a review of “Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier.”

D-Will to Demo New NBA Game at E3

NBA point guard Deron Williams will be in the Majesco Entertainment booth at E3, where he will be showing off his ball-handling skills while playing the upcoming “NBA Baller Beats.”

According to the game's developer, Majesco, the Kinect-only “NBA Baller Beats” is the first-ever full-body motion-based NBA video game. The game requires players to use a real basketball and will come packaged with a full-sized NBA-licensed Spalding replica game ball.

“NHL 13” DETAILS REVEALED

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are nearly over, but we’re already thinking about next season -- the next virtual season, that is. Blame it on EA Sports, which has revealed some interesting details about its new “NHL 13.”

In an effort to mimic the explosiveness of NHL skating, EA Sports has turned to a new “physics-driven skating” engine, which the company calls True Performance Skating, and over 1,000 new animations. Hockey I.Q. is a new artificial-intelligence system that makes players fully aware of every other player on the ice, resulting in quicker, smarter and more true-to-life decision-making.

Two new modes are also on tap. GM Connected puts the franchise’s most popular offline mode, “Be a GM,” online. And NHL Moments Live allows players to relive or rewrite classic moments in NHL history. “NHL 13” will be available in North America on September 11.

Street Fighter Turns 25 With Collector’s Set

Capcom plans to turn the Year of the Dragon into the Year of the Dragon Punch with a definitive collector’s set for the 25th anniversary of the iconic game Street Fighter.

Scheduled for release on September 18, the collection for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 will include four games (with all the character and costume download codes): Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, Street Fighter III 3rd Strike Online Edition, Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition, and Street Fighter X Tekken.

But what’s a collector’s set without bonus items, and this one comes with plenty, including a Blu-ray documentary, a statue of Ryu, an 11-disc soundtrack, an art book and a replica of Ryu’s karate belt. The set will sell for $149.99.

Capcom is also organizing a series of tournaments around the world and setting up a new Street Fighter 25th Anniversary website, which should be up soonish.

Review: Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

There’s still a perception in the mainstream culture at large that gamers who play shooters online are like brainless zombies who stare slack-jawed into a TV and mindlessly tap away on their controllers to gun down opponents. Haters would probably think differently if they played a game like “Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier," for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

If the organization and teamwork in online modes in “Call of Duty” are akin to pickup basketball at the YMCA -- the newest in the “Ghost Recon” series might be the shooter equivalent of playing in an NBA game.

If you don’t play together and utilize strategic thinking and communication skills, you’re going to lose. Of course, it also helps to learn to use the game's seemingly unlimited cache of snazzy guns, gadgets and drones that can be upgraded and perfected. The single-player campaign offers a few new tricks up its sleeves, but suffers in comparison to other military shooters. If you’re serious about killing strangers online with friends, however, “Future Soldier” should be the game of your future.

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