Feature: We may be spending most of June getting excited about games which we won’t play for at least another six months. But there are a few launching this month we simply can’t wait to get our hands on…
5. Spec Ops: The Line
Format: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
EU release date: June 29th
When your game is inspired by another work of fiction as iconic as Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, that’s one sure fire way to get us interested – pronto. We’re still a little apprehensive as to how much of an impact the revered source material will really have on this third person shooter, but c’mon – Nolan North is in it! He’s sure to bring some vocal clout to all the tiring “ooh-rahs” and “ten-fours” his squad mates are bound to bark every other minute. And still, if it’s gets too much, you can always drown it out with all the incessant gunfire and explosions.
EU release date: June 19th
Dave Gilbert’s Wadjet Eye Games has established a pretty phenomenal reputation over the last six years as an excellent developer and publisher of traditional point-and-click adventures. The Blackwell series and Joshua Nuernberger’s cyberpunk noir, Gemini Rue, have been fantastic contributions to the most definitely not dying genre. We’re pretty confident that trend is set to continue with Resonance. It’s looking like a hugely ambitious point-and-click: four playable characters, intertwining stories, mysterious deaths, dangerous technology, cataclysmic events and the White House in ruins – all very intriguing things. Our verdict will be with you bright and early on June 19th.
3. Quantum Conundrum
Format: PC, (Xbox 360 and PS3 in Q3 2012)
EU release date: June 21st
Well, would you look at that? Just as I’m trying to think of one more game to round out this list, Square Enix go ahead and announce that Quantum Conundrum will be available on Steam from June 21st. The name Kim Swift should be reason enough to get your grey matter buzzing. As the co-creator of Portal, we expect she’s come up with more fantastic cerebral challenges to solve, as we switch between a number of different dimensions, altering the physical properties of the environment to progress.
2. Game of Thrones
Format: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
EU release date: June 8th
Even though we’re approaching the finale to the second season of the stunning TV series, we’ll be able to stick with George R.R. Martin’s captivating fantasy universe a little longer, thanks to Cyanide’s upcoming RPG. Martin’s involvement should ensure that any new characters are just as venomous as Cersei Lannister’s little toe, but can Cyanide re-create the scale of the oppressive world on par with the HBO show and our own imagination?. I suppose we could just play Ramin Diawadi’s rumbling opening theme on repeat if it’s lacking in this area, though. Reviews across the Atlantic have been fairly mixed so far, but it’s done little to quell our enthusiasm for all the intricate double-crossing, politicking and murdering we’ve come to expect in Westeros. You can expect our thoughts next Thursday.
1. Lollipop Chainsaw
Format: Xbox 360, PS3
EU release date: June 15th
And finally, the utterly ridiculous. Our hands-on impressions from PAX are where you’ll find comprehensive details as to why we’re looking forward to Grasshopper Manufacture’s bonkers zombie slaughter-fest. But here’s a quick summary. It’s brutal: there’s an impressive and violent hack-and-slash combat system at its core. It’s funny: we’re expecting laughs from the banter between Juliet and her boyfriend Nick, who’s managed to stay alive despite being just a head on a chain attached to her waist. And it’s totally surreal: keytar-wielding Baron Samedi look-a-likes in pink fur coats, acrobatic combos with pom-poms, and all this in a high school setting. We’ll let you know just how well this unfathomable concoction works later this month.
Be sure to keep an eye on BeefJack’s reviews this month to see if we were right to be excited!