There’s a reason that enough time between June and September will be infamously referred to as the ‘summer drought’ among gamers. This era is usually notorious for lazy re-releases, cash-ins, and filler titles. Game companies constantly save their AAA materials for release during the frenzied shopping season of the final quarter of the year. What are starved gamers to accomplish? A skilled, discerning gamer can sift through the unplayable coal and find the virtual diamonds. Fortunately, you won’t have to go through all that trouble.
Despite the insufficient overall quality releases, you can find almost a handful of gems to tide gamers over always. Just what should games should you be looking forward to through the 2012 summer drought? It all depends upon your taste in systems and genres. Below you need to find something perfectly to defend against boredom when the sunlight is beating down. Just keep in mind that some of these dates are tentative- you never know when a game will be delayed or outright canceled.
The Last Story
Platform: Nintendo Wii
Release Date: 7/10/2012
Nintendo Wii owners have already been treated to the masterpiece RPG that is Xenoblade Chronicles this year. Coming up in July is just one more AAA RPG solely for the Nintendo Wii. For those not really acquainted with this fantastic title, The Last Story is from the brilliant mind of Hironobu Sakaguchi, creator of Final Fantasy- homage to which are available in the title itself.
The Last Story includes a massive open world paired with a real-time battle system. The visuals and art style rival or even outperform contemporaries on the HD consoles. If you want a breath-taking experience to essentially sink your tooth in over the summer months, it’s hard to beat the wealth of articles offered by The Last Story. The game also sports online gameplay of both the competitive and cooperative variety for 2-6 players. Gamers fought tough to obtain Xenoblade Chronicles and THE FINAL Story released in the USA under Task Rainfall. Don’t let this opportunity pass!
Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
Platform: Nintendo Wii, Ps3 3, Xbox 360
Release Date: 6/19/2012
Followers of the Lego collection have the long-awaited sequel to the wonderful Lego Batman to check forward to. For all those unfamiliar with them- these Lego reimagining’s of popular franchises are co-op oriented and humorous. They take everything you know about the titular series and existing it not merely in Lego design, but additionally with fun gameplay that’s easy to pick up and enjoy. If you’re a fan of regardless of the franchise is, (Star Wars, Harry Potter, Batman) you can expect a lot of inside jokes that would otherwise be lost on the player.
The 2008 original allowed gamers to see Lego Gotham Town through Batman, Robin, and a selection of popular villains- from Poison Ivy to the Riddler. The sequel claims to combine the initial premise with the introduction of DC heroes and villains from outside the Batman universe. Inside June fans of Lego and DC will undoubtedly be overjoyed when this hits the shelves!
The Amazing Spiderman
Platform: Nintendo Wii, Playstation 3 3, Xbox 360
Release Date: 6/26/2012
Not just a DC fan? No problem! Marvel has you protected! For the very first time since Spiderman: Web of Shadows, the web-slinger will be time for an open world video game! Spiderman has seen his share of RPGs and action in recent years, but what fans have already been clamoring for is really a return to swinging through NY and living the chaotic life of Peter Parker. If you want to keep the summer months drought blues away- simply grab a controller and don the mask of Spiderman.
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Wish Drop Distance
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Genre: Action RPG
Release Date: 7/31/2012
Portable games shouldn’t feel overlooked when they have this monumental title to look forward to! While you will see portable versions of Lego Batman 2 and The Amazing Spiderman, neither will be able to evaluate to the continuation of the award-earning Square Enix franchise. Stick to Sora and Riku through the blended worlds of Disney and Final Fantasy because they face yet another impending threat. With attractive 3D graphics and extremely satisfying combat, you shouldn’t be left disappointed.
Platform: Ps3 3, Xbox 360
Genre: Hack & Slash
Release Date: 5/22/2012
Capcom is giving an epic adventure to face during the hot summer months. Dragon’s Dogma is a title developed with the high octane combat a gamer could actually want. Giant bosses, open fields to explore broad, and what guarantees to become a great tale to tie everything together. The game’s battle system is meant never to only be fun on its own terms, but also to look extremely impressive. Will it be as good as the Capcom masterpiece, Monster Hunter Tri? You need to wait and discover!