Not So Summer Drought

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Usually summer time is a bad time for gaming. After a rush of games that seems to happens around Easter, the next few months is few and far between in terms of big titles or just half decent games. This year however seems to be different as there are quite a few titles coming out in the summer. So this year you finally have an excuse to stay in the house instead of going out in the “beautiful” weather and spending time with your “friends”. So here are my choices on behalf of Mediawhore for what to look forward to this summer.

Bionic Commando

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Date Of Release: May 22nd 2009

Platforms: Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC

Bionic Commando isn’t a remake despite sharing it’s name with the original NES game but infact a sequel, seemingly more to last year’s XBLA hit Bionic Commando: Rearmed (a great game btw), which itself was a remake of the original NES game. Confusing indeed. Bionic Commando takes place years after the original game with you as Nathan Spencer teaming up with Super Joe from the NES game and Gibson from fellow Capcom series Mercs to take down a terrorist force, albeit with no Hitler. Nevertheless while the game is worryingly a tad generic when it comes to the core gameplay, the addition of the grapple hook makes more like Spiderman 2, except that you’ve got a heavy arsenal. Add in multiplayer and you have a potential action packed game for this May. Whether it’ll be good as Ex’s beloved Bionic Commando: Rearmed is another question.

Punch-Out!!

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Date Of Release: May 22nd 2009

Platforms: Nintendo Wii

Funny that two new sequels to old game series both come out on the same day. Punch-Out!! was quickly announced after a lackluster performance from Nintendo at E3 last year and looks like it could be just as good as the previous games in the series. There’s no Iron Mike around this time, but there are updated graphics, new characters and of course, the addition of Wii controls as well support for the Wii Fit board strangely. Whether the controls can be pulled remains to be seen but it still worth keeping any eye on Punch-Out!!, if anything because it’s one of those less casual games that are far and few between on the Wii.

Fuel

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Date Of Release: May 29th 2009

Platforms: Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC

Codemasters have had a pretty good run with their racing games lately. In 2006 they made the fun reboot Colin McRae: DiRT and then followed that up in 2008 with a reboot of the TOCA series, this time called Race Driver: GRID. Now however the race series new and it certainly sounds interesting. Taking place in an apocalyptic world ravaged by global warming, Fuel leaves players free to roam a wide area of America, promising over 5km of land at your disposal. Whether the game actually lives up to that promise is yet to be seen, but with a variety of different vehicles, varying weather conditions and the ability to choose your own route in races, Fuel is definitely a game to keep our eyes on, considering it’s the same people who made the two former games.

Red Faction: Guerrilla

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Date Of Release: June 5th 2009

Platforms: Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC

You already know I’m excited about this game, and if you don’t, then why haven’t you read my Demo Daze yet dammit.

Rock Band: Unplugged

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Date Of Release: June 9th 2009

Platforms: PSP

When the game was first announced, it all seemed very confusing. After all Rock Band is a series that require plastic instruments and this was a portable game that didn’t even have any portable attachments like the Guitar Hero: On Tour series. However once the first details were announced, it all made sense. Rock Band: Unplugged is basically the spiritual sequel to Harmonix’s first steps into the music rhythm genre, Amplitude and Frequency. There’s no David Bowie around this time unfortunately but we get a fully featured tour mode as well as 40 songs which come from RB1, RB2 and then 7 new songs which will later come to the Rock Band marketplace. It’s nice to see the underrated PSP get some support and it should be a good game given Harmonix’s track record. Also, the prospect of eventually getting the excellent “Would?” by Alice In Chains on the Rock Band marketplace should be enough to convince you.

Prototype

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Date Of Release: June 12th 2009

Platforms: Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC

I’ll be honest, I haven’t really kept my eye on this game, however the prospect is promising and people keep talking about it, so I’ll just put it here anyway.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game

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Date Of Release: June 19th 2009 (OH WAIT SONY TIMED EXCLUSIVE NOW IN EUROPE LOL)

Platforms: Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC, Playstation 2, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS

When the game first announced, no one was too interested. After all movie games don’t tend to do well. But then we saw footage of the game and it looks like a really fun game. Ghostbusting benefits from the elaborate engine featured in the game offering lots of destruction and the game itself has been penned by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, with even all of the Ghostbusters (yes Bill Murray too) back together for the first time since Ghostbusters 2. I might be pissed off after reading about Sony’s timed exclusive of the game in Europe but I’m still hoping that this particularly busting will make me feel good.

Batman: Arkham Asylum

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Date Of Release: Summer 2009

Platforms: Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC

The game may have been delayed to just a Summer release for now, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t stay excited for it. Taking place in one night of Arkham with all of the inmates out for trouble after being released by The Joker, it’s up to Batman to stop him, Harley and whoever else gets in his way.  Add in some nice looking combat and you’ve got what should hopefully be a good game on your hands. And of course, most of the original cast from the excellent Batman: TAS are back, so everyone can fap in delight to Mark Hamill’s smashing Joker voice all over again.

So there you have it. Your choice(s) might not be here, but these are MY choices after all.

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