Upcoming video game releases: 'Far Cry 3,' 'GTA: Vice City' mobile edition

Upcoming video game releases: 'Far Cry 3,' 'GTA: Vice City' mobile edition

The Walking Dead - retail edition (360 PS3)
North America: December 4
A five episode adventure set in The Walking Dead's zombified world, featuring crossover characters from the graphic novel and TV series, with new protagonist Lee Everett and young Clementine making their way to safety, making friends, enemies, and plenty of sacrifices upon the way.
Price: $29

Far Cry 3 (360 PC PS3)
North America: December 4, M17+
European regions: November 29 (UK: Nov 30), 18+ (AUS: MA15+)

Island paradise turns into holiday hell when Jason Brody and his buds are captured by cruel pirates, necessitating Brody's transformation from spoiled tourist into resourceful, gun-toting survivalist. Pay attention to this one, because the inventive, imaginative Far Cry 3 is riding a wave of critical praise from IGN (9/10), Edge (8/10), Eurogamer (10/10), IncGamers (9/10), PC Gamer (89%), Gameblog (9/10) and GameStar (88%).
Price: $59 / €69 / £39 / $AUD 89; less on PC

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (iOS Android)
Download: December 5

Return to 1980s Miami in Vice City, taking charge of Tommy Vercetti's rise up the mafia ladder, accruing wealth and weaponry along the way. Once a PlayStation 2 and Xbox classic, Vice City is now crammed onto mobile devices much like GTA III before it.
Price: $4.99

Primordia (PC)
December 5 via download

Take on the form of robot Horatio Nullbuilt and set out on a point & click adventure to recover Horatio's precious power source, a quest that takes them out of isolation and into the city of Metropol. Primordia cites genre classic Beneath a Steel Sky as a primary influence, and its developer is well regarded for previous titles.
Price: $9.99

Hawken (PC)
International download: December 12

Two and a half years in the making and looking extremely slick for the debut effort by a small, independent studio, Hawken offers online players fast and furious mechanized combat in future cityscapes, and scooped numerous awards at this year's E3, Gamescom and PAX shows.
Price: Free to play, optional transactions.

Toki Tori 2 (WiiU)
December 20

The sequel to charming and enduring platform game Toki Tori, first released 2001, stars a little yellow chick on a quest to retrieve his egg-shaped brothers and sisters, and is also among the first releases via the WiiU's download store -- it's coming to PC in due course.