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The games of summer 09

AUGUST

THE BIG PICK

Batman: Arkham Asylum - 360, PS3
Release date: August 25

 
We approach every new comic game tepidly. Licensed characters have a tumultuous history in vid games and Batman’s past has been somewhat disappointing over the last few years. True he was performing Heroic Brutalities in Mortal Kombat vs DC, but that wasn’t his own game. And when we didn’t get a Dark Knight game (which when you think about it, would not have lived up to that film at all), we saw a glimmer of hope in the gorgeous-looking Arkham Asylum.

 
Not only are the visuals purdy, but the gameplay accentuates Batman’s ninja-like stealth, his custom gadgets and his beat-the-crap-out-of-baddies sensibility. Plus, this is the first time we’re able to creep around the industrial prison housing the Bat’s greatest foes.

WHAT ELSE?

Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box – DS
Release date: August 25

When mysteries are afoot, Layton and his ever-trusty assistant Luke are on the puzzle-laden case. The sequel to Curious Village makes its US debut this summer and you can expect more beautiful cutscenes mixed with tricky brain teasers. And just like the first game, expect DLC with a new puzzle a week for 33 weeks. Yeah… seriously. Layton is the shit.

Dissidia: Final Fantasy – PSP
Release date: August 25

 
Also known as Fan Service: The Game, Dissidia is the Final Fantasy PSP brawler, where your favorite heroes and villains from the neverending franchise duke it out over who looks the moodiest. Topped the Japanese sales charts for weeks and allegedly has a story mode that is over 40 hours long. Dammmmmmmmn.

Wolfenstein – PC, 360, PS3
Release date: August 4

 
The WWII shooter plagued with Nazis and the macabre makes its return in Raven Software’s reimagining of the FPS that started it all. Expect explosions, monsters (not just of the Nazi kind) and a little bit of RPG-ness. Check out our coverage here.

DON'T FORGET

Madden 10 – Every system ever that hopes to turn a profit
Release date: August 11

 
Another year, another Madden. And like our earlier NCAA entry, another year for fans to get exactly what they want and keep pumping money into the industry. This year, the digital athletes look slightly better than last year.

58 comments

  • saintpatrick - June 26, 2009 3:20 a.m.

    i cant wait for holy invasion of privacy, badman! what did i do to deserve this (what a clumsy name, i say just name it HIOP) shadow complex ODST scribblenauts and arkham ahhh, just thinking of owning them gets me excited
  • SuperGoomba64 - June 24, 2009 2:58 p.m.

    All those good games coming out, And I only have a Wii and DS, Being a Nintendo Fan Sucks.:(
  • crimson_soulreaper305 - June 24, 2009 12:28 a.m.

    wait a minnit! i thought blazblue was on ps3 AND 360. i distinctly remember hearing it and i saw the preorder box for both systems at a gamestop. also, i can't wait for blazblue,dissidia,Prof.Layton, and ODST t come out. Re@captcha: schools skimps, lol. funny as always
  • Diamondis - June 23, 2009 1:07 p.m.

    Orbital Shock Drop Troopers? Why is the game called ODST then? ._. Why not OSDT?
  • thatonekid1995 - June 21, 2009 1:21 p.m.

    46th!!! lol not really somthing to be proud of... Halo ODST is a definite buy me being a pro 360 and con ps3 person Halo Rules!!! Ps3 sucks!!!!!!!!!!!111!!!!1!!1!!!!
  • winner2 - June 21, 2009 3:18 a.m.

    scribblenauts sounds like fun...lol a kraken fighting god.I cant wait to just write nuke and drop it on a city
  • Amnesiac - June 21, 2009 1:28 a.m.

    @WebSwinger: You no rike The Dark Knight?
  • x165 - June 20, 2009 9:59 p.m.

    hell yah Marvel vs. Capcom
  • TheWebSwinger - June 20, 2009 7:42 p.m.

    "a Dark Knight game (which when you think about it, would not have lived up to that film at all)" Oh, right, because the film was just all that. *sigh*
  • CAPST3R - June 20, 2009 5:50 p.m.

    where the hell's operation flashpoint 2? you know, I wouldn't mind but YOU PUT IN TMNT FOR CHRIST'S SAKE! WHAT THE HELL POSESSED YOU TO MISS THAT? IT'S AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER! idiots. humph. angry face off.
  • CAPST3R - June 20, 2009 5:45 p.m.

    HA! I looked at the words "the big pick" and my sight was blurred (something in my eye) and i thought it said "the big prick"! it might not sound funny, but it was. 'whistle'
  • Demonflare - June 20, 2009 4:01 p.m.

    Oh and what the hell is a huge snake doing in Resident Evil? Oh well I'm not gonna buy it. :) And j.k. I've desided not to buy any of these games!
  • Demonflare - June 20, 2009 3:56 p.m.

    Lame, lame, boring, lame... I will say any game that isn't for the Wii is on my game list, I guess...
  • StupidTownColonStupidStateColon - June 20, 2009 6:15 a.m.

    Marvel v. Capcom 2 comes out in June? I had the wrong date
  • Zeos - June 20, 2009 5:08 a.m.

    Must...have...Batman Arkham Asylum....
  • Amnesiac - June 20, 2009 4:57 a.m.

    Kinda surprised this wasn't mentioned, but Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 comes out on the DS on Sept. 29. Also, I can't get over how good Muramasa looks. Every time I see a screen of it, it's like someone is making sweet love to my eyes.
  • CH3BURASHKA - June 20, 2009 3:49 a.m.

    All games put together minus Scribblenauts < Scribblenauts. reCaptcha: anybody's churlish (???)
  • yoreAtowel - June 20, 2009 3:28 a.m.

    WAKA WAKA! lulz
  • garnsr - June 19, 2009 10:56 p.m.

    Looks like nothing I'm after until Beatles (on PS3, that is a pretty major omission. Maybe you're just taking Activision's lead and proclaiming that Sony platforms aren't worth worrying about.) I wish Shadow Complex were coming to PS3, but I guess I'll still have to buy it on 360 (I LOVE Metroidvania!) ReCaptcha: going britney Bad idea
  • BLACKICE - June 19, 2009 10:35 p.m.

    ODST will be the best game ever

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