Winter wonderland

By MITCH KRPATA  |  January 4, 2010

Two epic brawlers close out the winter season. GOD OF WAR III (PlayStation 3) brings us the continuing adventures of Kratos, an even angrier Spartan than the guy in 300. When we left Kratos, he was climbing Mount Olympus in a bid to destroy the gods. God of War III will tell us what happens next, with sterling high-definition graphics, on March 31.

Also in March, the third entry in the lesser-known but equally exciting Yakuza series will make its once dubious American debut. When Kazuma Kiryu, the yakuza enforcer with fists of lead and a heart of gold, returns in YAKUZA 3 (PlayStation 3), he's running an orphanage on Okinawa — no, really — but he still finds himself having to bust some skulls and save the day. Don't worry about Kazuma — Yakuza 4 is already out in Japan.

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