I haven’t written about upcoming 3D Vision ready games for a while now, but considering it is not always something game developers announce early in their game development stage, it is expected to get such information close to the title’s release. So here are a few games that will be 3D Vision ready or support 3D Vision with Excellent rating that are going to be available soon and that are worth checking out if you are wondering what your next game to play in stereo 3D mode should be…
Bulletstorm. I know this game has beet released already for about two weeks, but the thing is that at its release there were no newer drivers from Nvidia and a 3D Vision profile for it to enjoy the game in stereo 3D mode as it was originally intended. In the past week Nvidia has released two beta drivers 267.24 and 267.31 with the needed profile, so if you want to play it in stereo 3D you need to download and install one of them. The game is quite nice and feels really great when played in stereo 3D mode, especially when you are doing all the stunts with your character around the virtual world you play in.
Homefront. This is an FPS game that is soon expected to be released for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and to be more precise on March 15th in North America, March 17th in Australia, March 18th in Europe and April 29th 2011 in Japan. However only the PC version of the game will support 3D through 3D Vision, with the version for computer gamers also featuring more additional extras as compared to the console versions. So the developer apparently took the time to really make the PC version something that is worth playing and not a crappy console port, but that of course needs to be verified.
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. Brotherhood is the direct sequel of the previous Assassin’s Creed II and is the third game in the series, the console versions for PS3 and Xbox 360 are available since November last year, but the PC version is expected on March 18th in Europe and on March 22nd in North America. The reason for the delay of the PC version is due to optimizing the game for better stereoscopic 3D gameplay as well as some extra features, including multi-monitor support for AMD’s Eyefinity technology.
Crysis 2. This is a much anticipated title due to the popularity of the franchise and the fact that the developers of the game have worked on adding native stereoscopic 3D support in their game engine, allowing them to make the game 3D-ready on consoles as well as on the PC, so the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions will also support 3D. Now since the game uses an internal rendering technique for producing the 3D views – some call it “fake 3D”, but the end result is very decent and apparently does not lead to significant performance drop (crucial for console gamers), on the PC the 3D Vision is only used for the visualization. Still the game is worth checking out, there is already a Multiplayer demo available for a while that you can try in 3D if you still haven’t, before the actual game arrives later this month, more specifically on March 22nd in North America and March 25the in Europe.
Fable III. Another game already available in a version for Xbox 360 since October last year, but coming with a PC version on May 17th in North America, May 19th in Australia and May 20th in Europe. The reason for the delay of the PC versions – exclusive extras being added in the PC version, such as a special hardcore mode of gameplay as well as support for 3D Vision. Is the extra time dedicated for the PC version worth the wait, we’ll have to wait a bit more to see, but the game can definitely benefit for a goo stereo 3D mode support a lot, so keep your fingers crossed here.
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. This is a fantasy RPG game that is expected to be available on May 17th and it is the only one that will be PC only, meaning no console versions – it has been made for PC gamers. The information about stereoscopic 3D support is not widely commented yet, but there is an official confirmation that the game will support 3D Vision and hopefully the game will be even better than the first Witcher.
Now, you probably see that lately more and games more games are coming out first for consoles and the PC version gets some delay and is released after a few months with some extras. This may seem as a bad thing for some gamers, but I’d actually prefer it that way if the extra time is taken to make the PC version of the game able to take advantage of the extra graphics power a PC can provide, the game controls are optimized for PC gameplay and so on. I prefer a little delay, but to get a good PC game and not some rushed and crappy port from a console version, what about you?