The games of July 2012

July 18

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD

Platform: Xbox Live Arcade

EU: July 18

Following years of fans demanding a classic-style Tony Hawk affair, especially after the ill-received plastic board packages of Ride and Shred, Activision finally ceded and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD is the result. Pulling together select stages from the first two classic entries, Pro Skater HD updates those familiar locales with glorious new visuals while leaving the gameplay and controls pretty well alone. It's not an exact replica of that beloved formula, as Robomodo has made many tweaks to smooth out the feel and flow of the game (while adding new challenges and online play), but from what we've played, it should do an ample job of matching those glowing memories of yore.

July 24

Adidas miCoach

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3

EU: July 13 

Jettisoned from THQ amidst ongoing financial difficulties, Adidas miCoach has found a home with 505 Games and will launch this month for Xbox 360 and PS3. Using Kinect and PlayStation Move on their respective platforms, the fitness game aims to stand out in the overstuffed genre by focusing on various sports and the stars that play them. Lessons from the likes of Dwight Howard and Ana Ivanovic are included in the game, with more than 400 total exercises in the set, plus you can link up your progress with the existing miCoach online community to let the game become a part of your wider workout routine.

Prototype 2

Platform: PC

EU: July 27

It's a drag that the PC version of Prototype 2 is launching three months following the original console release, but at least it's coming in at $10 cheaper than those versions ($50) did at first. Also, it happens to be a pretty entertaining open-world action game, as evidenced by our 4-star review. We praised the intense violence and pleasurable freeform navigation of the city, and ultimately remarked, "If you’re looking for an epic, hugely varied adventure, look elsewhere, but if you want a game that lets you run amok in creative, bloody ways, Prototype 2 is pretty incredible."

To-Fu Collection

Platform: Nintendo DS

EU: June 29

Much as it's startling to see a Nintendo DS game on the release schedule that isn't tied into some film or blockbuster property, To-Fu Collection isn't a wholly original release – the latter part of the title should tip that off. It's actually a set of popular iPhone and iPad games, the first of which we covered last year, which let you pull and fling a wad of sticky tofu across hazard-laden stages. It was a pretty amusing concept for a couple of bucks on the App Store, and we can see how it'll work just fine with a stylus, but for $20? That may prove harder to swallow than plain tofu.

July 25


Platform: Xbox Live Arcade (Kinect)

EU: July 25

Last year's Summer of Arcade promotion brought us the great Fruit Ninja Kinect, heretofore the best cheap Kinect title available on XBLA, so we're hoping the prominent placement of Wreckateer in this year's campaign is a positive omen. Indeed, it's the game that looks like it owes an inspirational debt to Angry Birds, as you'll use your arms to work the catapult and then even command the payload in midair as you aim to smash through targets. The somewhat wonky demo during Microsoft's E3 press conference didn't wholly convince us of its charms, but with luck, this fling-centric affair will prove an amusing Kinect standout later this month.


  • Corsair89 - July 2, 2012 1:04 p.m.

    Give me Kingdom Hearts and (in America) The Last Story!
  • Cyberninja - July 2, 2012 1:13 p.m.

    You guys, should just give Kingdom Hearts game of the month now and save yourselves the trouble.
  • samsneeze - July 2, 2012 1:48 p.m.

    Implying Kingdom Hearts has ever really been so good as to do something like that.
  • shawksta - July 2, 2012 2:46 p.m.

    Give it a chance, the enemies are fresh and not Rehashes for once, and its mixing the best parts of BBS and Kingdom Hearts 1. 358/2 Days and Re:Coded were trying something different, while BBS kept it classy while doing something in its own. DDD has been noted as just as good as a Console Quality and can be the better KH games.
  • samsneeze - July 2, 2012 4:41 p.m.

    Given that I've already played the demo, and still didn't really like it. No, I won't give it a chance. There's nothing in the game (going from the demo and the previews that make it particularly interesting.
  • Cyberninja - July 2, 2012 3:17 p.m.

    3 things about that 1. In my opinion it is, which doesn't count 2. No Kingdom Hearts game has ever gotten less than 7 on this site and this looks to be better then 2 which got a 9/4.5 stars. 3. do you see any game on this list that will clearly be better in rating or in general this month? you can't say Quantum Conundrum because it was already considered for game of the month in June because that's when the pc version came out.
  • samsneeze - July 2, 2012 4:38 p.m.

    2. One opinion to rule them all? That's just silly. 3. I don't know, how about Spelunky and The Secret World. Both seem a lot more promising than another Kingdom Hearts.
  • Cyberninja - July 2, 2012 5:10 p.m.

    2. Well some people dislike other gaming sites and don't respect their opinions so I feel it would be pointless to try to use something other then GR on GR, but I am not saying other opinions don't matter. 3. Spelunky has been available for a while now as a free download so I think it's promise is known by now(not saying its bad or anything). In the case of Secret World I say it has the most potential in the long term and I guess we will know today or tommorrow when the review goes up. You know what I said was a joke right? also your above comments, show you don't care for KH in the first place and are ignoring what the game does different and not giving it a chance which makes this conversation completely pointless.
  • Redeater - July 2, 2012 1:58 p.m.

    Can you imagine what a pain in the ass selecting a runner-up would be?
  • Cyberninja - July 2, 2012 3:22 p.m.

    I honestly think it would be easy because most games are a port this month or already released in Europe, with a few of them coming tomorrow meaning a review should be done.
  • samsneeze - July 2, 2012 1:52 p.m.

    I think I'll be picking up NCAA 12 later this month, seeing how absolutely dry things are.
  • Redeater - July 2, 2012 1:56 p.m. long until 2013 again?
  • BladedFalcon - July 2, 2012 2:06 p.m.

    This is good, with not much to look forward to, (Mostly just FF: Teathrhythm, and not much else.) I can jsut focus on finishing ICO, playing Dragon's Dogma, Pokemon Conquest and maybe even Pokemon white in all this period. And maybe I'll get Spec Ops the Line on the way, once it actually arrives down here.
  • shawksta - July 2, 2012 2:42 p.m.

    Kingdom Hearts DDD is definitly a buy, the Demo's freaking amazing, the Enemies are Fresh, and they did whatshisface from TWEWY's Voice FANTASTICLY. And the Mix of BBS and Kingdom Hearts 1? CONFIRMED FOR BEST KINGDOM HEARTS FOR A LONG TIME! Considering Rhythm Thief, im a sucker for Unique Rhythm games and Mystery. TheaRhythm is also on my Consider list.
  • freetouch - July 2, 2012 4:50 p.m.

    I dunno man, something about the screen being just too small to really see what the hell is going on kinda irks me. KH needs to be on the big screen.
  • Zeos - July 2, 2012 3:57 p.m.

    Finally a couple must-own 3DS games. (Thetarythym and Kingdom Hearts)
  • Baron164 - July 2, 2012 4:32 p.m.

    I'll probably pick up quantum conundrum and that'll be it for this month.
  • laurenhiya21 - July 2, 2012 4:36 p.m.

    I've been waiting for Teathrhythm and Rhythm Theif to come out for a while now :> Hope they turn out well :>
  • ThatGamerDude - July 2, 2012 10:15 p.m.

    All I'm looking forward to this month is Kingdom Hearts: 3D and that's it. Hopefully the coming months will interest me more.
  • CitizenWolfie - July 3, 2012 1:26 a.m.

    Wow nothing there at all that I'm into. I was interested in THPS:HD but I'd prefer to play it with the PS3 controller. Does anyone know when Deadlight is due to be released?

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