New Releases – June 2012

*phew* Now that E3 is out of the way it’s time to look at what games we’re getting this month and…it’s not a lot. Welcome to the Summer Gaming Drought, folks!


Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown (XBLA, PSN)

The latest revision of the highly rated Virtua Fighter franchise hits the downloadable market, of all places! Apparently SEGA has had this port ready to go for years and just couldn’t find a profitable way to release it! Well here it is for the low low price of $15…although the customization parts will cost extra, I really can’t complain.

Lollipop Chainsaw (360, PS3)

SUDA51’s latest game involves a cheerleader with a chainsaw mowing down zombies. Yes, I am very interested in this.

Phantom Breaker (360)

Will it come out or will it not? The mystery continues! According to the publisher, this should be the real release date. However according to GameStop and Amazon it got pushed back to the fall. Regardless, the game is ready to go and I want it!
06/18    Pokemon Conquest (DS)

A Pokemon strategy game based in feudal Japan featuring real historical Japanese figures waging war with Pokemon. Seriously. It’s actually a Nobunaga’s Ambition game in Japan. Making things even crazier, they’re using the Samurai Warriors character designs and including some of the game’s original characters like Kunoichi and Nene. The more you think about it, the crazier it is. But yes, this does mean the Dynasty Warriors games command a lot more respect in Japan than they do in America!

Record of Agarest War 2 (PS3)

Ready for more kinda clunky semi-erotic multi-genrational marriage-based strategy? Interestingly, this one is  PS3 only.

Crimson Dragon (Kinect XBLA)

Imagine Panzer Dragoon, but with multiple dragons, dragon raising, and 3-player online co-op. Now imagine that it’s a Kinect exclusive XBox Live Arcade game. I have no clue what to make of this. I know the Kinect can do Panzer Dragoon-style rail shooters alright, but I wish I could use a controller. Yet on the flip side, this game looks gorgeous beyond words and the feature set makes it border on “dream come true”. Well, I’m buying it regardless! You don’t wave a freaking high quality rail shooter at me and expect me not to bite!

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