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E3 2011: Majesco 3DS Roundup First Impressions

Feature; Jun. 11, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick
Subtypes: Opinion, Preview
Robert gets a look at three different 3DS titles coming from Majesco
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Majesco has a number of 3DS titles in development, and we've got a look at three of them for you: Face Racers: Photo Finish; Pet Zombies; and Nano Assault.

Face Racers: Photo Finish

Face Racers: Photo Finish

Face Racers: Photo Finish is a kart racing game, plain and simple. The feature that sets this game apart from other kart racers is that it uses photos of the players' faces for use in-game. There have been a few arcade titles in the past that have used this kind of technology, most notably Mario Kart Arcade. These photos are used for some power-ups, showing you who just attacked you, as well as in-game billboards, and in a 3-D representation for your racer's head.

Face Racers sports standard karts, monster trucks and muscle cars. There are three difficulty levels and 20 tracks, where all tracks can be mirrored to "double" the number of playable tracks. Face Racers is Wifi-compatible and will support four players.

Overall, Face Racers just felt like another kart racing game. It may prove to be a bigger hit with smaller children, though, because it will allow them to take their photos and be "in the game."

Nano Assault

Nano Assault

Nano Assault is a 3-D flight shooter on rails. In the game, you pilot a ship to destory a virus that threatens civilization itself. You'll fly through narrow arteries and other environments within the body. Nano Assault plays much like Panzer Dragoon games, albeit it's a game with a much smaller scope.

Nano Assault features 32 levels and 10 bosses. An in-game Nanopedia will assist you in your travels. Overall, the game played well and seems like it could be a fun mobile title. The visuals didn't blow me away, but for a mobile platform, they were good. The controls seemed pretty good, aside from a little delay that got me killed a couple of times. Could be one to get, depending on the final product.

Pet Zombies

Pet Zombies

Finally, we have Pet Zombies. If you've ever played a pet game such as Nintendogs, then you have the general idea of what Pet Zombies is about. Instead of bringing up furry, cuddly dogs or cats, you're taking care of a pet zombie. It's a bit of an odd idea, but the tongue-in-cheek aspect comes across pretty well and is a bit fun.

You can nurture or torture your zombie, thus creating it to be a doting creature of undead or allowing it to become moody and temperamental. The zombie's environment will reflect its state, so you'll have a much more depressing scene if you choose to deprive your zombie of the love it craves from its living master.

Pet Zombies is a pet game with a funny twist. In one minigame you can launch your zombie using a giant slingshot, a la Angry Birds, and collect items as your zombie flies through the air. It's a fun little quirky game, but I'm not sure if it'll have a lot of replayability. Then again, I can't imagine pet games really having strong replayability anyway.

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