14 Summer Games to Stay Inside for (Mania.com)
Date: Monday, June 07, 2010
After the surprisingly huge releases we had in May, one has to wonder what exactly June has in store. Well we are pleased to announce that America's Next Top Modelwill be coming to the DS and wii this month so we can all get a taste of fashion on the stylish new black wii or the larger screen DSi XL! Perhaps they'll demo the catwalk at E3 on the 3DS? All right, we're joking, that game is not on our list at all and opening the article with Top Model was a poor attempt at a joke. Here's the games we really want to talk about.
14. Call of Duty: The War Collection (360)
By now all of the COD fans who aren't just playing Modern Warfare probably have COD 2, 3, and World at War. But if by some slim chance you don't, here's a chance to own all three. Honestly, this bundle probably should've been released a while ago, but it'll be a good appetizer before Black Ops is released.
13. Rock Band Green Day (360/PS3)
So we've gone from Rock Band AC/DC, to the Beatles, and now to... Green Day? They're the youngest band to get their own music game so it's impressive that they have enough songs to make a video game. And it’s nice to see the group so enthusiastic about the release, all of them doing the motion captures themselves.
12. Dragon Ball Origins 2 (DS)
Dragonball. Gotta find that Dragonball. Don't stop until you got em' all... all right, it’s kind of pathetic that we remember the English opening to the anime. Anyhow... the sequel to the first game gives us some Red Ribbon Army goodness! But this time around, players can play with Goku and some fan favorites such as Krillin and Yamcha. And come on, we all want to play with Krillin right? R-Right?
11. Alpha Protocol (360/PS3/PC)
This would be higher on our list but we're not nearly as pumped for this game as we were when it was first announced. And the reviews for it aren't terribly promising. Still, a spy RPG does intrigue us, we just feel that we can wait for a price drop before we pick this one up.
10. Trinity Universe (PS3)
The PS3 seems to love the games where characters from different RPGs coming together. This time around, along with a handful of original characters, we have characters from the Disgaea and Atelier series. There are two different scenarios: Demon Lord and Goddess, each with two different main characters to play with. Already having been released in Japan last October, the game will be making its North American debut this month.
9. Deathsmiles (360)
What happens when gothic Lolita girls are given big guns and are thrown into a horizontal side-scrolling shooter? You know you've always wondered about it, dreamt about it at night and let the thought clog your mind during the day. All right... probably not, but the game still looks like fun and comes with a faceplate for the 360 and the soundtrack to the game. Score! And it’s not even full price either.
8. Singularity (360/PS3/PC)
If Back to the Future has taught us anything, it's that messing with the fabric of time is a bad idea. Of course this means that we keep doing it. Prince of Persia, Timeshift, even some levels in Mario Galaxy let you slow down time. Except in Singularity, time is used as a weapon and not just as a method to slow things down around you. In the story something happened that fractured time, which of course means that it's a good idea to... continue to abuse time?
7. Disgaea Infinite (PSP)
There aren't too many "visual novels" out in the U.S.--maybe there aren't any, or if there are we definitely missed something,but the PSP seems to be the perfect platform for the new Disgaea. It's like a manga and a video game wrapped into one tidy little package... with crazy Disgaea characters partaking in their normal antics. Think of it as a sort of "choose your own adventure" story, because you decide what your characters say and do, controlling everything that happens in the story.
6. Mega Man Zero Collection (DS)
Super fighting robot. Mega Man! All right, we'll stop singing childhood lyrics to shows we use to watch... maybe. The DS is getting better and better at packaging several awesome games onto one cartridge. First they did a couple of classic Sonic games, now they're moving on to the Mega Man Zero series. All four games on one cartridge, who could say no to that?
5. Transformers: War for Cybertron (360/PS3/wii/DS/PC)
We're not going to lie, we weren't Transformers children growing up. We were an odd mix of Thundercats and Jem, if that makes any sense. But we can admit that the Transformers games always look like a good time. This game serves as a sort of prequel to everything you know about the Transformers, showing a time before Optimus Prime was in charge and when Megatron wasn't evil--did such a time actually exist?
4. Naughty Bear (360/PS3)
This is one of those games that we just can't believe is being released. When we first saw it we thought it was a complete joke. Perhaps an over-elaborate April Fools prank from some game developer. So imagine our surprise when we saw trailers and articles in gaming magazines. So yes, there is indeed a game where fluffy teddy bears are going to beat the crap out of each other.
3. Lego Harry Potter (360/PS3/wii/PSP/DS/PC)
We're big fans of these games and it was only a matter of time before the popular wizard became a part of the LEGO franchise. And like all of the previous LEGO games, this one looks just as entertaining. The game will cover Harry's first four years at Hogwarts, and we can only assume that a sequel will be made after the last movie is released so that it'll cover the rest of the story. For the fans who really, really love Hogwarts there's a collector's edition with some behind the scenes footage of the game and LEGO magnets of all of the school crests.
2. Sin & Punishment (wii)
The wii is having a pretty good summer, first Mario Galaxy and now Sin & Punishment. A sequel to the Nintendo 64 classic, now available for download on the wii.The game gives players a fast paced, nonstop shooter. Whether you want to shoot from a distance or attack up close with a sword, the enemies keep coming at you and multipliers make you determined to keep up a streak of attacks to get a high score. The only thing we don't understand, and this is for many of Nintendo's newer releases, is why Nintendo wouldn't utilize the motion plus.
1. Metal Gear Solid Peacewalker (PSP)
The PSP seems to be the step-child that Sony tends to forget about but then suddenly, out of nowhere, they start to pay attention to it. Case in point: Metal Gear Solid Peacewalker. It's like Sony is showering the PSP with some long overdue gifts: more stealthy Snake action, more of that intense MGS storyline, and even four-player co-op. But it doesn't stop there. Not only is there a collector's edition, but there are two PSP bundles: one with a green PSP and the other with a camouflage PSP. We'd definitely go for the camouflage if we didn't have a PSP already.
We're not huge into the sports games, but for those of you who are be sure to check out Tiger Woods 11. This month should also be full of huge game announcements, since E3 is just around the corner. For those who may have been looking forward to the newest RPG on wii, Arc Rise Fantasia, the game has been pushed back to July. Speaking of games being pushed back, we were going to bring up Front Mission Evolved this month but it looks like it's being released in September. And Ninety-nine Nights II seems to be coming out in July, not June like we originally thought, but there's a demo on the 360 now. For those of us who are still playing Mass Effect 2, we can expect some new downloadable content this month. There is also some new content that will be available for Red Dead Redemption. Surprisingly, Toy Story 3 looks to have an entertaining game adaptation, but its still a movie game so we're not sure if we want to invest in it. And last, but not least, for the puzzle fanatics be sure to check out Puzzle Quest 2 on the DS.
Take a look back at the month that was May: 15 Games to Check Out for May. If you missed April's installment: 10 Games That Deliver for Spring. Also check out 15 Reasons Why March Will Be Epic for Games. As always, see what games have hit and missed this year with 20 Most Anticipated Games for 2010.
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