Weekend Cinema

After a couple of side entries in the series, Ubisoft has decided to end Ezio’s story and begin the next chapter of Desmond’s story. There have been many rumors about the location of the next game in the series, and recently it was revealed to be the American Revolution. From the looks of things, a number of core gameplay elements may be different than we remember.

To celebrate the release of Xenoblade Chronicles on the Wii next week, we’re presenting you with this U.S. announcement trailer for it. Whether this only whets your appetite for this already celebrated RPG or is your first glimpse into some of the gameplay, anticipation is high for its April 6th release. (Oh, and check out our review on Monday.)

Announced at E3 last year, Heroes of Ruin is the new action RPG from Square Enix for the 3DS. Featuring unprecedented online connectivity for a Nintendo handheld, it will allow for drop-in/drop-out multiplayer and plenty of character customization. Check out this video to see just how much you can customize your heroes.

Paradox Interactive and Arrowhead Studios, the creators of Magicka, have unveiled their newest project: an arena battler called The Showdown Effect. We’d tell you that it plays similarly to Super Smash Bros. and focuses on customization of modes and parameters, but… at this point, you should know nothing we say is going to be as ludicrous as what Arrowhead puts in a trailer. Check it out.

This weekend, we’re giving you a look at the split-screen mode of upcoming downloadable team arena game Awesomenauts. The game, which we previewed last summer, supports three people playing together on one console as a team against another three-player team out in the aether. (It also supports full online play for those who want their screens, and couches, all to themselves.)