New Releases – July 2011

The summer lull continues in July with very few releases this month. For a minute it looked like this would be the month of perpetually delayed games, but Otomedius found itself pushed back once again. Ah well. Despite the scarcity of releases there are still a few titles of interest:

Week 1

Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon (360, PS3)

This month does start with a bang at least as EDF: Insect Armageddon came out the first of this month with an unusual Saturday release. Insect Armageddon is made by Western developer Vicious Cycle and provides a very different take on EDF. Is it good? Yeah, but don’t go in expecting EDF2017.

Week 2

PlayStation Move Ape Escape (PS3 Move)

Finally! Something for the Playstation Move! Formerly called “Ape Escape Fury! Fury!”, this awkwardly renamed spin-off is a first person on-rails monkey catching experience. Don’t let that deter you though as it still looks very fun! Unfortunately it seems the US release is download only, which is quite unfortunate. Hopefully that means it will come at a reduced price as well.

Ninjamurai (PSP Minis)

A 2D side scrolling ninja game that looks pretty darn fun

Week 3

Nothing. Welcome to Summer!

Week 4

Just Dance Summer Party (Wii)
The Smurfs: Dance Party (Wii)

…and now the universe tries to make me cry. Yes these are not on the list because they’re good but because they’re so horrifying. Just Dance Summer Party and The Smurfs: Dance Party both release on the same day. Summer Party is a collection of Just Dance 2’s DLC songs put on a disc while The Smurfs is literally Just Dance with Smurfs. No, seriously. It’s made by Ubisoft and has the exact same gameplay and interface. Yes, they really can just shit them out that easy.

Week 5

Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions (3DS)

A double pack of 3DS-based arcade inspired games. Pac-Man Dimensions uses the tilt sensor as you roll Pac-Man through various stages. Meanwhile Galaga Dimensions is a first person rail shooter that uses the 3DS’s camera to aim with (think Face Raiders). All I know is that these had better be budget releases. Id so though, I’m in.

Catherine (360, PS3)

Catherine has been making quite a few waves. Said to be an odd sort of sexual horror game from Atlus, I can’t help but be intrigued.

El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron (360, PS3)

This…is just odd. In terms of gameplay, El Shaddai is basically just a very very simple hack n’ slash. However the visuals are very very surreal and the story is based on The Book of Enoch, part of the Biblical Apocrypha (i.e. stuff that was in some very old versions of the bible that are no longer considered canon). That is, at the very least, eyebrow raising. From what I’ve been able to gather, the actual Book of Enoch tells of a group of angels who betrayed God due to falling in love with human women and helped corrupt man. In the game, Enoch must enter the worlds of these fallen angels and pass judgement on them…I think that part was made up by Namco. Making things even more…awkward…is the fact that Enoch takes orders from the most well known fallen angel of them all…before he fell (gee, I wonder what the end game plot twist is). You can actually download a demo off of XBox Live and try the game for yourself. While I wouldn’t normally recommend this based on the gameplay, the nature of the game’s story does make me wonder if it can stay on shelves for very long (then again, Shin Megami Tensei has gotten away with it multiple times).

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