The games of summer 09



Scribblenauts – DS
Release date: September 15

Let us illuminate you on why the very thought of Scribblenauts is badass. What you have is a puzzle/adventure game, in which every word you type will manifest that object (noun) in order to complete the puzzle. Think about that. Say you need to retrieve a star from the top of a tree. How do you get it down? Type “chainsaw” and you can saw it down. How about “beaver” and chew it down? Or “trampoline” and jump to it. And that’s the simplest example.

Not only that, but we’ve seen video of the sandbox play on the title screen. We’ve seen a kraken fight God. Yes, God. We saw God get killed by the Grim Reaper. We saw KEYBOARD CAT. Add to that a custom level editor enabling you to upload levels for others to nab and you have a create-a-game that’s easier and more accessible than LittleBigPlanet. How cool is that?


The Beatles: Rock Band – 360
Release date: September 9

Have you heard of a tiny British band called The Beatles? Some teeny-bopper band that grew to help change the zeitgeist of the music landscape with each additional album? Arguably one of the greatest bands ever? Yeah, they get their own Rock Band game which might just bridge a 40-year generation gap.

Muramasa: The Demon Blade – Wii
Release date: September 8

Developed by Vanillaware, the cats who made the gorgeous 2D RPG Odin Sphere, Muramasa will destroy your eyeballs because it looks that damn good. As a 2D action-RPG, you’ll fight a bunch of baddies and grin like a gosh-dern fool the entire time. It’s already out in Japan and we hear nothing but great things.

Halo 3: ODST – 360
Release date: September 22

Play as a number of Orbital Shock Drop Troopers in the follow-up/prequel to Halo 3, the biggest game like EVER. Actually, gameplay’s a bit different this time. You play in a kind of open world environment with a large map to navigate and Covenant to dodge. During your adventure, you trigger playable flashbacks with other members of your crew. Other features include the Horde mode-like co-op Firefight mode and every Halo 3 map ever for XBL. Add to that a Beta key to the multiplayer for the cryptic Halo: Reach and you have one HALO a package. Wakka wakka!


Bayonetta – 360, PS3, PC
Release date: September 1

As GR Senior PS3 Fanboy Mikel Reparaz says, “Bayonetta’s hacky-slashy-shooty-crazy action looked strikingly like what we’d already seen in Devil May Cry 4, but what keeps Bayonetta from just being Dante with a nicer ass are the moments when she goes from merely “over the top” to “balls-out ridiculous” (or maybe it’s “tits-and-ass-out ridiculous”). Sold!


Shadow Complex – Xbox Live Arcade
Release date: July?

Epic Games’ Metroidvania/Contra next-gen 2D shooter looks unbelievable. You start out looking for your girlfriend in the woods and then suddenly find yourself in an underground fortress with ridiculously over-the-top ultraweapons and supersuits aiding your adventure. Its seamless map looks about as big as Symphony of the Night and the game even rewards you with XP for exploration.

Jun 19, 2009

The many faces of Wolverine
A look back at every game with Marvel’s feral fighter

Batman’s best and worst games
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  • 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 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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