The games of August 2010


Metroid: Other M

Platform: Wii
EU release: September 3

Team Ninja, the developer responsible for the recent Ninja Gaiden games, takes on one of Nintendo’s most long-lived franchises by adding tons of cutscenes, frequent perspective shifts and in-your-face melee kills. Doesn’t sound like a Metroid game at all, does it? On the surface it sure does look like Other M will veer away from the norm, embedding Samus with a team of space police instead of turning her loose on a hazardous planet alone, but the devs insist the sense of isolation will still be present.

We’ve had some misgivings about this in the past, from the direction to the controls, but there’s still a chance this ends up becoming one of Wii’s strongest offerings in years, so we’re keeping our minds wide open. We’ll know the verdict later this month in our Super Review.

Dead Rising 2: Case Zero

Platform: XBLA
EU release: TBA

This is a really cool idea from Capcom. Instead of holding fans over until Dead Rising 2's release with a mere demo – some random chunk of mission from the beginning of the game – the publisher has decided to whet their zombie-slaying appetites with something much, much meatier. Case Zero is a DLC prologue set three years before the events of the sequel and featuring exclusive weapons and outfits that, along with your character's skill buildup, can then be ported over to the main game when it arrives on September 28 in the US and October 1 in Europe.

That's a whole month of extra play that will actually count towards the final experience… if you have an Xbox 360, anyway. This is a Microsoft exclusive.

Valkyria Chronicles II

Platform: PSP
EU release: September 3

We hate to say it, but we're a bit skeptical about the follow-up to 2008's Valkyria Chronicles, and not just because it's moving from PS3 to PSP. This time, battlefield tactics aren't the only focus – parts of Valkyria Chronicles II take place at a military academy, where the teenage recruits learn the ins and outs of war while also managing a full class load and a rigorous social schedule. We don't necessarily mind the high school vibe, especially if the developers are using Persona 4 as a template, but it seems like it might distract too much from the core SRPG gameplay we loved in the original. Hitler sums it up pretty well.

On the bright side, it looks like the beautiful hand-drawn art style remains intact, and the battle gameplay will also be largely unchanged (think third-person 3D Advance Wars). Plus, the class system from the first game has been expanded, with improvements to the original five classes as well as a brand-new armored soldier class. Sega, don't let us down!

Ace Combat: Joint Assault

Platform: PSP
EU release: September 3

For the first time, Ace Combat launches with a complete four-player co-op campaign, a much-needed shot in the arm for the always-excellent but definitely adrift franchise. This also marks the first time the series takes place in the real world, with recognizable landmarks instead of a fictitious planet that still looks more or less like Earth (San Francisco is even on the box – maybe you’ll be able to spot the GamesRadar office while doing a Mach 2 flyby?). Our only concern for this is the same we had with 2006’s Ace Combat X – that analog nub ain’t made for flyin’.

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  • mrbaro - August 8, 2010 5:22 a.m.

    You forgot Elemental: War of Magic on August 24th.
  • lovinmyps3 - August 3, 2010 8:21 p.m.

    Scott Pilgrim is a definite get. Mafia II is a maybe, depending on the scores.
  • GameManiac - August 3, 2010 4:07 p.m.

    Metroid: Other M is the only game that I'm interested in for this month. I'll have to pre-order it soon.
  • Psyphos - August 3, 2010 3:33 p.m.

    Monday Night Combat should only be $15, so I assume that's the only thing I'll play, maybe Dead Rising: Case Zero.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - August 3, 2010 1:05 p.m.

    Only guaranteed title: Scott Friggin' Pilgrim.
  • pin316 - August 3, 2010 12:20 p.m.

    awesome - i was hoping for a month or two with nothing that i'm excited about coming out - got such a backlog of games to play that i need some catch-up time before the October/November AAA-fest!
  • Octoboy - August 3, 2010 12:16 p.m.

    Well, I think Mafia II is a no-brainer.
  • philipshaw - August 3, 2010 11:43 a.m.

    I can't wait for Scott Pilgrim
  • stevengibson - August 3, 2010 10:10 a.m.

    Shank looks like what a brock samsom game would look
  • Hotdiddykong - August 3, 2010 7:25 a.m.

    Automatically buying shank,cause its badass, and other M, metroid prime was good but finally a game more close to super metroid then a halo clone, maybe dead rising 2's DLC, the others I might think about buying them
  • Silvermech - August 3, 2010 3:40 a.m.

    Damn! All the good games are going to consoles I don't have.
  • Robusken - August 3, 2010 3:34 a.m.

    Definitely getting Scott Pilgrim on release. VC II might be the random game I pick up this year.
  • crazyer - August 3, 2010 3:31 a.m.

    Scott pilgrim looks good but im still super excited for kingdom hearts birth by sleep next month
  • SCW - August 3, 2010 3:06 a.m.

    I hope that they dont screw up other M, otherwise it will go down as the biggest dissapointment for me in gaming ever. Topping even the rank of Perfect Dark Zero.
  • dphoenix192 - August 3, 2010 3:02 a.m.

    SO, I probably only be getting Ys 7, VC 2, Other M, and Dead Rising. I guess I'll be busy this month.
  • JohnnyMaverik - August 3, 2010 2:48 a.m.

    "This is a really cool idea from Capcom. Instead of holding fans over until Dead Rising 2's release with a mere demo" No actually it's a fking horrible idea simple because the main game is multiplatform, and this isn't, therefore Capcom = fail and should fking die now.
  • DriveShaft - August 3, 2010 2:18 a.m.

    Ill rent Mafia 2, but other then that its pretty slim pickings until october/november
  • boxmeizter - August 2, 2010 11:48 p.m.

    hmm,I am a little hyped for mafia 2 I must say
  • Ded - August 2, 2010 11:45 p.m.

    Nothing leaps out at me, but some interesting ones I wouldn't mind checking out.. Shank for instance. Ivy the Kiwi? Maybe that question mark is the rising inflection in a New Zealand accent? :D
  • Cyberninja - August 2, 2010 11:30 p.m.

    nothing i really want untill about sep which would be other m but i wont get it right away so i can have time to play KH:BBS