The month may have gotten off to a bit of a slow start, but consoles and gaming PCs should warm up considerably as the month rolls toward September. There are some major franchises getting another go-round during the month, some of the more recent favorites, as well as some old familiar friends getting a reboot.
The preliminaries are over, and now it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty.
NCAA Football 12
Tuesday, July 12
PS3 and 360
Age of Empires Online
Tuesday, Aug. 16
When mentioning real-time strategy titles, AoE is certainly one of those titles that immediately come to mind. This time the title is going online for cooperative questing, all while building an empire from the ground up. What will make this title different is that the game will be heavy on micro-transactions — as in content will be available on the marketplace and players can buy that content to expand the parameters of their games.
Wednesday, Aug. 17
PC, 360, PS3
This is another world-building title but in the case of this Ubisoft title, the world will act dynamically to present new ways to interact with the environment. It is a sandbox-style game, with a society in dire straits and looking for help to ensure a bright future.
Street Fighter III: Third Strike—Online Edition
Tuesday, Aug. 23
PS3, PS2, 360
The Street Fighter series is back with 19 warriors of varying styles battling it out. Go online and compete in tournaments, while the game’s built-in Grade Judge System grades your skills. The game features a new technical fighting style and crisp new artwork. Online features network-based battles, and is the crowning touch of this title. Capcom showed it off in 2010, and the capabilities at the Captivate event in Hawaii was one of the crowning moments in the company’s showcase.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Tuesday, Aug. 23
PC, PS3, 360
Square Enix has taken over the reins from the publisher of the original game—Eidos (which is actually part of Square Enix now). The new game has links to one of the great shooters of the past generation of PC gaming— not only for its innovative FPS work, but for the story that seemed to twist and turn with each progressive mission.
According to the press release, Adam Jensen's future is out of his hands.
To save his life, the fundamental choice of whether or not to become augmented with cybernetics has been removed from Adam Jensen's life. Driven by the conviction of never having a choice taken from him again and using his newfound power, his need for answers will unravel the truth behind a conspiracy rooted in the foundation of the world around him as it incites a new revolution.
The first game was good, and if the development team built on that, then White Knight Chronicles II should be a must-play RPG exclusive on the PS3 console. WKC II continues the epic story of Leonard with a brand new 30-plus-hour single-player campaign that features a fully redesigned, dynamic new combat system. Online is available for up to six players, either taking on the missions cooperatively or free-roaming the world.
Duke Nukem Forever
August (date not yet set)
PC, Apple, 360, PS3
If there was one title that has been talked about, planned, delayed, put on hold, talked about and wished for, it may well have been the continuation of the Duke Nukem franchise. Well, get ready .... he’s baaaack. And not only does the Duke return, but alien hordes are back as well. That means things are going to die — a lot of things. According to the press release:
The King of All Shooters is back with over-the-top weapons, massive aliens and unprecedented levels of interactivity. This game puts pedal to the metal and tongue firmly in cheek, among other places. Shoot hoops, lift weights, read adult magazines, draw crude messages on whiteboards or ogle one of the many beautiful women that populate Duke’s life; that is if you can pull yourself away long enough from kicking ass and taking names. Duke Nukem was and will forever be immortalized in gaming history, and this is his legend.