Summer is in full bloom, and as the temperatures start to rise outside, the video-game industry is supplying some interesting indoor diversions, even if the pickings are a bit slim.
There are a pair of games that are bargaining on success at the box office to propel sales. Of course, there is a Harry Potter title: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II. It's available today, Tuesday, July 12, on the PS3, 360, Wii, NDS and PC. Part I was a critical disaster, but maybe Electronic Arts' development team learned from that.
SEGA has not done really well with Marvel titles in conjunction with movies, but tries again on Tuesday, July 19, with Captain America: Super Soldier on the 360, PS3, NDS, Wii and PSP. This is a third-person action game set during World War II.
Other titles releasing in July include:
NCAA Football 12
Tuesday, July 12
PS3 and 360
EA Sports says this title will take the franchise to new levels of depth and authenticity, and that includes a new enhanced in-game presentation, new traditions and school-specific crowd celebrations. The franchise has been one of the better sports titles in the past, and unless EA Sports has totally messed with that formula, this could be the same. For Bronco fans, this is your chance to take Boise State to the Blue before things get going in Georgia in about a month.
Tuesday, July 27
360, PS3 and PC
This is a bargain-priced title at $15 suggested retail but could be innovative and a hidden gem. The press release tells players they will be “commanding the world as a child in a sandbox.” Players will “help their people resist, expand and migrate so they can accomplish their quest to find a safe place in a land ravaged by the violent and catastrophic ways of Nature.” The player interacts with the world dynamically, and the screenshots look quite tasty.
And for the karaoke crowd.
Sing4: The Hits Edition (with a microphone)
Tuesday, July 19
Exclusive for Wii
The music genre has waned a bit in recent years, but there is a still a demand for party-style games and this offers another option in that regard.