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The games of July 2011

July 19


The Smurfs: Dance Party

Platform: Wii
EU: July 29

It’s Just Dance. With The Smurfs. Please don’t buy this.


Call of Juarez: The Cartel

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
EU: July 22


Call of Juarez is actually out this month after missing its originally intended June date. If you missed our entry last month, check it: The Cartel leaves the Wild West behind and moves it into modern Mexico for its  first-person shooting. We dug developer Techland’s last Call of Juarez game, which improved on the first game considerably, so we’re enthusiastic about another. The three main characters each have unique roles to play in the campaign, both in terms of story and ability, and are each playable in drop-in co-op. Bustin’ drug-dealers with shotguns is a lawless way of serving justice, but we’re curious to see if it delivers on the “grit” it’s promising. We assume that means profanity and blood and stuff.


Captain America: Super Soldier

Platform: Xbox 360
EU: July 15


Next Level Games has a spotty track record going into Captain America: Super Soldier. Punch Out for Wii? Awesome! Mario Strikers Charged? Cool! Transformers: Cybertron Adventures…Spider-Man Friend or Foe? Ehhhh. Not so much. These are the guys and gals working on Luigi’s Mansion 2, which actually looks surprisingly good, but we remain pessimistic about another SEGA-published Marvel adaptation. Iron Man and Thor are nothing short of trainwrecks, but this is a developer with some decent, even great games under its belt. Still, it’s an action game about a comic book hero based on a movie of questionable quality. We’re not expecting much, so hopefully we’ll be pleasantly surprised.


July 20


Bastion

Platform: Xbox Live Arcade
EU: July 20


We’re reluctant to call many games “unique” these days, but Bastion has so much going for it that’s  unlike anything else it’s the only appropriate descriptor. An isometric action adventure, it’s the narrative, or rather its narration, that gives the beautiful 2D RPG such a genuinely compelling pull. A grizzled old guy tells the tale that unfolds as you play, with the world materializing around you as your direction dictates the events of the story. The tougher the difficulty you play on, the better the loot you’ll score as you slaughter goofy enemies, giving you a greater incentive to see it through again. This is headlining the Summer of Arcade, and it looks like that’s well-earned.


July 26


Catherine

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3
EU: N/A


Ignoring that Catherine plays poorly—like, kind of terrible—this is another game that’s going to eat up our July. It’s so wild, goofy, and self-aware of its dumb comedy that we’re into it. Many games include romantic relationships and dabble in fidelity, but we can’t remember the last non-high-school-dating-sim that was actually about developing and maintaining a relationship. Choosing to stay faithful to your existing lady Catherine over the seductive mistress Katherine is actually a lot tougher than you might think. It’s a test of your morals, if nothing else, and it’s an odd experimental game we fully expect to fail miserably in the west.


El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3
EU: N/A


We’re going to go ahead and recommend you check out the El Shaddai demo right about now. It looks stunning, its combat is cool and, really, we can’t get enough of just how bizarre it is. Its religious themes, specifically revolving around angels (obviously, if you’re into religion), present some cool opportunities. We didn’t expect it to go 2D at times, nor were we prepared with how ball-crushingly difficult it can be, but we’re behind Ignition’s latest in a big, bad way. It’s got a lot of familiar ideas, but it really isn’t like anything we’ve seen, so we’re absolutely in when this hits at the end of the month.


Pac-Man and Galaga Dimensions

Platform: 3DS
EU: August 26


FPS Galaga? Another Pac-Man platformer? Tilt controls? Ugh. At least the Dimensions bundle comes with Galaga Legions, Pac-Man Championship Edition and classic modes. That’s a pretty solid bit of game, even if all the good stuff it’s all rehashed. We suspect we’d be better off with the HD XBLA versions, but we’re desperate for stuff to play on our 3D Game Boy, so we’re into the idea of replaying this stuff on the go. Why not? These are timeless classics we’ll still be buying 30 years from now anyway. Why not feed the fire? Let’s just ignore the new, yeah?


July 27


From Dust

Platform: Xbox Live Arcade, PSN, PC
EU: July 27


The second game of Xbox Live’s Summer of Arcade (it’s also coming to PS3 and PC) is another charmer. From Dust is a gorgeous God sim, giving us the ability to influence the world in ways that assist its inhabitants. Elements and science-y stuff plays a big role—so cooled lava becomes viable terrain, and sand requires water enough to vegetate the land without eroding it. The strategy could get complex, and this is one of many outstanding-sounding downloadable games we’re looking forward to this month.

Jul 1, 2011

54 comments

  • 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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