Up this week are three titles, each going for a knockout punch of sorts in their own little ways. One's based on a boxing title (duh), trying something different, the second wraps up a nice little franchise so its creators and its creation can go onto bigger and better things, plus the third, a gem that got the chance to shine. So here's it's second chance via fancier duds.
It's more than just a fight, it's the story behind the fight that appears to be the mantra for Fight Night Champion. In addition to the return of the Legacy mode, which is littered with face to face and fist to fist (as well as fist to face) encounters with a who's who from the world of boxing, everyone from Ali to Frazier to Tyson to Pacquiao, there's also the brand new storyline drive Champion mode. In a nutshell, you're a so-called two-bit fighter named Andre Bishop who aspires to be the king of the ring - dealing with a hottie manger, corrupt promoters, and a stint in jail it would seem. How in-depth it proves to be remains to be seen, let alone if actual fighters are intermixed, which would result in some kind of interactive fan-fiction. At the very least, it looks better than ever and the controls have supposedly been refined. PS3, Xbox 360, PC
All good things must come to an end, as they say. Flux marks the sixth and final installment of the Bit.Tip series on the Wii, and its back to its roots for Commander Video (the pixelated dude that you're basically supposed to be... I think). Again, it's kinda like a modern take on Pong. But, a number of elements from the other four games make their way such as checkpoints, all make the game a tad bit easier. Wii
Perhaps you've heard of this one, the game from the creator or Rayman, that dude that put Ubi Soft on the map, and which many believe represents the pinnacle for a company that has since become yet another mindless peddler of blockbusters (the dude in question seems to have also seemingly lost his fire, perhaps due to his baby being a game store counter dude). Well if you missed Beyond Good & Evil the first time... again, LOTS of folks did... here's your chance! It's basically the same as before, but with a contemporary polish; enhanced graphics and sound, plus the trophies and achievements kids crave these days. Also it couldn't hurt to brush up on the material due to the sequel that was canned years ago, but is now back on track! Xbox 360, PS3