Summer is coming along and with it come familiar summer pastimes: baseball, a day at the beach, lemonade, and video games. I know there’s nothing specifically summery about video games, but for gamers every season is game season. Summer tends to be a bit of a sparse period(comparatively) for the release of video games, but there are few gems to be found. Here are what I believe are the five most anticipated games of summer 2010.
1) Duke Nukem: Critical Mass(PSP, Nintendo DS). Yes, you heard right, DUKE NUKEM! Duke Nukem Advance for the Game Boy Advance was the last Duke Nukem appearance in a game aside from cell phone games. For those unfamiliar the Duke Nukem series, Duke is a gun-toting badass that goes around shooting almost everything in site, from aliens to half-naked women to mutants, for the sheer fun of, well shooting everything in site. Previous Duke games had very little in the way of storyline, and the PSP version will share that characteristic. It will be a first-person shooter while the DS version will be a side-scroller. Both games will have multiplayer, but the PSP version will have competitive multiplayer while the DS version has a co-op system(see article). This game comes out July 1st and will cost $29.99 for both the PSP and Nintendo DS.
2) Epic Mickey(Nintendo Wii). Arguably the most famous cartoon character in the world, Mickey Mouse, will star in this platformer that arrives on the Wii September 16th(according to Wikipedia. Some game sites still list the release date as TBA or on a later date). The genius behind this game is none other than legendary Warren Spector(of Thief and Deus Ex fame). This game looks to take Mickey back to some of his heroic early days, instead of his cutesy recent history. With Spector running the show, I have no doubt that this game will be good, but it will be interesting to see the sort of reception it receives. Will it post Marioesque-type sales, or will it be more in the realm of E.T. for the Atari 2600? Only time will tell, but this game is generating a lot of excitement. It will retail for $49.99.
3) Dead Rising 2(PS3, Xbox 360). Zombies, zombies, and more zombies are waiting to be slaughtered in this super-bloody sequel to the popular Dead Rising. Use chainsaws, flamethrowers, or whatever is close at hand to dismember and disembowel an endless army zombies in a gladiatorial-style competition. Certain advancements have been done in the gameplay to increase the information about Pokemon go accounts for sale. It will attract new players to enjoy multi-playing of different video games.
The graphics are great, and the gameplay should rock if it’s anything like the first game. Dead Rising 2 comes out on August 31st and will cost $59.99.
4) Metroid: Other M(Nintendo Wii). Deadly and beautiful heroine Samus makes her return to the Wii in this shooter on June 27th. Next to Mario and Zelda, the Metroid franchise is probably the most popular Nintendo franchise. In this offering, players will be able to switch from 2-D to 3-D, which sounds interesting and somewhat unique. The story will purportedly reveal the history of the legendary bounty hunter(see article). A lot will be expected from this game, as past Metroid titles like Metroid Prime have raised the bar for action shooters. This game will cost $49.99.
5) Madden NFL 2011(PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PS2, PSP). Football’s most famous video game franchise will release its yearly edition on August 10th. Madden games always sport excellent graphics, extremely in-depth play design and coaching options, and fun gameplay. Players are supposed to get smarter in this year’s release, with offensive players knowing where the first down marker is, and defenders focusing on knocking the ball out of the air on passes(see article). This game also features excellent online play. Pricing will be $59.99 for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, $49.99 for the Nintendo Wii version, and $39.99 for the PS2 and PSP versions.
In case you’re wondering why, say “Super Mario Galaxy 2” is not in this list, it isn’t because it is not highly anticipated, it’s simply because it is being released in spring not summer. That being said, these five games all have a high anticipation factor and promise to be some of the most exciting of the season.