Edwin Teale said all things seem possible in May, so why not stay inside and do the impossible with this month’s best games.
Mario Tennis Open (Nintendo; 3DS)
Gaming’s favorite dilettante, Mario, has been a race car driver, a soccer star, and, on rare occasions, a plumber. But in his new outing, he and his pals are playing tennis. Besides a single-player tournament, you can also play mixed doubles or smack the ball around with up to three friends online or via the 3DS’s built-in wifi. The game is available at Gamestop for 39.99.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Future Soldier (Ubisoft; Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC)
Set a few years from now, this military shooter has you joining an elite special-ops squad that uses such slightly futuristic weapons and technology as optical camouflage, robotic mini tanks, and fully customizable guns to track down the terrorists who killed your coworkers. Or, if you’re playing online, to take out your friends and relatives. Gamestop has the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions for $59.99 each, while the PC edition is $49.99.
Max Payne 3 (Rockstar; Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC)
Having suffered the indignity of seeing himself played in a movie by Marky Mark, bitter ex-cop Max Payne moves to Sao Paulo, Brazil to work in private security. Which turns out to be a bad idea since it means he still has to shoot bad guys while leaping through the air in slo-mo. Besides the regular versions — which are $59.99 on the Xbox 360 , PlayStation 3 , and PC — Gamestop also has a special edition, which comes with a 10-inch statue and a keychain, for $99.99 each on 360, PS3, and PC.
So, which of these characters will you play?