The games of July 2011

July is a bit dry in terms of new-stuff quantity, but we’re really looking forward to the majority of its releases. We have a healthy amount of oddball gems, sequels and re-releases to look forward to. It’s as much a month to experiment on weird stuff as it is to catch up on stuff you may have missed a year (or five) ago. What’s particularly exciting is that we’re seeing a solid number of awesome-looking downloadable games. If you’d rather not spend $60 on bananas-bullshit like Catherine (which we’re way into, by the way), put that money toward a few XBLA games instead. You’ve got slimmer pickin’s than usual, but them pickin’s look good.

July 5

Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3
EU: July 7

Earth Defense Force: 2017 was the underdog of this generation, broken, buggy and clunky though it may have been. Split-screen co-op created chaos like you’d never seen before. For real, having two spider-/robot-/ant-slaughtering soldiers bring a skyline to the ground with machine-gun rocket-launchers (that’s one weapon, by the way) was bliss. Insect Armageddon takes this cooperative absurdity online. This marks the Japanese series’ first entry as done by an American team. Vicious Cycle, the team behind Dead Head Fred and the Matt Hazard games, promises to stay true to the Japanese-isms of the series, though, as well as keeping up with the monstrous number of unlockable weapons we expect. 300 guns? Good God, we’ll play this thing forever.

Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition

Platform: PC
EU: July 7

Just a reminder since we brought this up last month. Arcade Edition hit consoles then, but if you’re a PC player looking to get (back) into Super Street Fighter IV, this could be the way to go. It’s at a discounted price for the biggest Street Fighter IV yet, although we took some issues with this otherwise excellent release in our console review.

Resistance: Dual Pack

Platform: PS3
EU: July 22

So, you bought Battle: LA, and then made up for that mistake by digging into the included demo for Resistance 3. Now you’re mega-jazzed about the alien apocalypse and the doom it’ll bring to New York City. Problem is, you don’t have single damn clue what the hell is going on in the Resistance story. Well, Insomniac suspected as much, so they bundled the first two Resistances (Resisti?) into one box for a discounted $40 price. Solid. Go into ‘em knowing they have their issues, but there’s definitely stuff to enjoy in these games—you and some pals will probably get good mileage from the sweet co-op in Resistance 2.

Uncharted: Dual Pack

Platform: PS3
EU: July 22

Hey, this is starting to sound familiar. The Uncharted: Dual Pack includes, shocker, the first two Uncharted games to get us amped for Drake’s Deception this fall. Drake’s Fortune and Among Thieves are still among the best PS3 games available, so this is a rad bundle if you missed ‘em. The Uncharted 2 multiplayer’s still going strong as well, and it has online co-op as well. We’re going to go ahead and assume this’ll be 40 bucks as well.

Ratchet & Clank: Dual Pack

Platform: PS3
EU: July 22

This one has Tools of Destruction and A Crack in Time, if you’re wondering which titles will get your juices flowin’ for All 4 One. Both rock, definitely buy this thing if you missed them, etc. OK, Sony. We get it. Games.

July 12

Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3
EU: July 13

The lack of online co-op may kill the buzz for some on this one, but the thoughtless twin-stick massacring of thousands of Orks could be up your and a couch-co-op pal’s alley. Kill Team mostly a playable advertisement for Space Marine, which hits at the end of summer/start of fall, to the point that completing just one 30-minute mission nets you a gnarly sword in Relic’s third-person shooter/slasher. We talked to the devs at E3 (THQ’s since killed them…not literally, silly, but the studio’s closed) and they were quite open about the fact that this is only a few hours long. They expect an average playthrough will take three hours, with second-time speed runs clocking in around an hour. Short games turn some people off, but if you feel the need to score points for mass murder, look no further. This’ll be ten bucks.

NCAA Football 12

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3
EU: Nope

NCAA usually feels like a test bed for what will or will not work for Madden while also trailing behind in terms of certain features. For what feels like the first in a long time, NCAA Football 12 is finally a football game of its own. EA’s been promoting the presentation as its main selling feature, which has been something that’s been seriously lacking in past games. College football is a huge deal, and skipping out on the bravado of its showmanship has been a criminal oversight. Expanding its customization options, online Dynasty, and personal progression through weighted career goals will go a long way into making NCAA Football something we can actually care about instead of a game we actively avoid.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii, DS
EU: July 15

Unless Deathly Hallows Part 2 is a totally different game than Part 1, which was received critically somewhere between an unmitigated disaster and meteorically mediocre, we’re going to go ahead and tell you right now: Skip this, save yourself, play something else. The generic over-the-shoulder shooter was soulless, frustrating, and tedious. It worked, and that was about its only merit. If you need to be a part of Harry Potter vs. Voldemort, you’re better off shaving your head and punching a kid wearing glasses. It’ll suck less for both of you.

July 13

Ms. Splosion Man

Platform: Xbox Live Arcade
EU: July 13

Twisted Pixel held a multiplayer beta for Ms. Splosion Man, the similar-looking sequel to the terrific Splosion Man. As one of XBLA’s finest developers, we’re giving the developer the benefit of the doubt on this one—it sure looks like we’ll be sploding our way through wacky, puzzly areas, and its added emphasis on co-op is extra alluring. We’ll also get ghost replays, newer mechanics that send us sploding farther and higher, and a mode called “2 Girls, 1 Controller” that we’re honestly a little afraid of. It’s a colorful, crazy, gorgeous game that’s sure to kick our asses at least as bad as its predecessor did. That’s fine. We like when ladies beat us up.


  • ObliqueZombie - July 12, 2011 4:35 p.m.

    Okay, so I came back to check, and how come Kill Team isn't out today?! YOU LIARS! YOU GOT MY HOPES UP!
  • Crypto140 - July 7, 2011 1:48 p.m.

    Call of Juarez: The Cartel looks good. I have never hear of it until now though, so I dont know if it is worth my money. When are we getting Payday: The Heist?
  • Ivegotmyawesomepantson - July 6, 2011 3:32 a.m.

    It's going to be a long month until From Dust comes out.
  • TeslaVonMagnus - July 5, 2011 5:32 a.m.

    Can it be November now? Come to me Halo Anniversary and Assassin's Creed: Revelations!!
  • eliguy83 - July 5, 2011 12:46 a.m.

    Believe me, I have cousins with 5- and 6-year-olds who will snap up Dancing with the Smurfs or whatever it's called. It'll make the devs enough money to have lunch while they perfect the follow-up :P While I was initially really intrigued with Catherine (and still am), I don't think I'm going to immediately spend my money on it. I'll probably get El Shaddai, if anything, although there's lots of PSN games I need to catch up on. (Outland, anyone??)
  • GameManiac - July 4, 2011 10:17 p.m.

    I actually considered Pac-Man and Galaga Dimensions for that 3D Galaga mode (or whatever it's called). I decided to pass on it. Quite often, games I consider don't meet my expectations, and I only consider them because they partially interest me.
  • gizmowizard - July 4, 2011 3:10 a.m.

    Looks like a good line up looking forward to it
  • grayguwapo - July 4, 2011 3:06 a.m.

    Hmmm... I guess the only thing I really like coming out is Catherine... of course Uncharted is awesome but I've already got both so no deal there for me... Pretty strong month for those that don't own any or some of the dual packs but quite weak for those who do... c'mon October and November, let's get to it!!!
  • Plan10FromOuterSpace - July 3, 2011 7:22 p.m.

    urgh what a terrible month for games, literally nothing on this list that jumps out at me...I hate how, as soon as college is over for the summer the games market dries up, guess ill just have to enjoy the sun or something
  • ObliqueZombie - July 3, 2011 3:53 p.m.

    Huh. I guess I'll be getting Warhammer 40k: Kill Team by myself. Seriously, does NO ONE know what Warhammer 40k is? Only one of the deepest, goriest, badass, fleshed out, intriguing franchises. And it's older than all you dern kids, what with yer Japanese gaming 'n' such. And free unlockables for the first ever iteration of a Space Marine, with the cleverly titled-game "Warhammer 40k: Space Marine?" I'm in.
  • Reinha6 - July 3, 2011 3:15 p.m.

    It's ALL about the Smurfs!
  • Defguru7777 - July 3, 2011 2:49 a.m.

    If you really want to sound optimistic about Captain America, you should remember the X-Men Origins: Wolverine game. Remember how good that was for such a bad movie? ...but I think Captain America the game will suck, though... :(
  • maximum - July 3, 2011 1:50 a.m.

    Oh my gosh From Dust comes out on my birthday!I know what I'm getting!
  • bigwill1221 - July 3, 2011 12:36 a.m.

    wtf at the Catherine crap talk
  • Limbo - July 2, 2011 9:21 p.m.

    From Dust looks interesting. Everything else here doesn't really float my boat.
  • shawksta - July 2, 2011 1:48 p.m.

    @Mboy1100 of course, third parties arnt supporting them as much and Nintendo's still working on their games. they cant release AAA games every month
  • shawksta - July 2, 2011 1:38 p.m.

    Ms. Splosion man, i loved the original and seeing how this gets new gameplay mechanics to make it better and that wierd mode, its definitly worth waiting. Pacman championship, Galaga dimensions and much more? Hell yeah! you sounded a bit ignorant, HD may be cool but a portable version with 3DS mechanics? thats the way! lets just hope it doesnt get a bogus score for no reason
  • Ultima - July 2, 2011 12:44 p.m.

    Im very excited about From Dust, more than any game for aaaages
  • philipshaw - July 2, 2011 12:35 p.m.

    Catherine is the only game that I'm getting and I have to import it
  • Peguin - July 2, 2011 10:23 a.m.

    Bastion and from dust look great. Bit weak on the AAA games though

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