May 7: wallet threat level pre-May 15

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This week offers three new games to help you kill time until May 15.

1) Starhawk is out for the PS3 this week. I predict another feather in Sony’s multiplayer cap. This mix of real time strategy, air and ground vehicle-based action, on-foot shootering, single-player campaign, and online multiplayer could be in the same league as Playstation exclusives like Mag and Killzone 3. I’ll have more to say about it once it’s gone live.

2) Turn-based strategy fans get Warlock: Master of the Arcane, hopefully with the day zero patch. I really like what I’ve seen in the pre-release version. It’s not quite Conquest of Elysium 3 in terms of gameplay, but not for lack of trying. And it’s certainly got the production value for those of you who couldn’t stomach Conquest’s spritely artwork.

3) Hey, look, you can play Minecraft on your Xbox 360! Which is pretty much the same Minecraft you already know and love. This console version is a lot friendlier to new players than the PC version. There is no guesswork with the crafting, thanks to extensive tooltips for inventory items and a helpful menu system in place of alt-tabbing to a wiki. While I certainly admire the game, I still can’t shake off a pervasive sense of pointlessness as I play. Where do I check my high score?