In the days of yesteryear many regarded the summer season (May-June) as the doldrums of gaming. Typically the season saw a trickling release of games for any platform, especially titles that are considered AAA. Back in 2003, it was rare for a game such as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic to be released in the summer, but oh how times have changed. The summer season is fast becoming a prime destination for titles that are trying to avoid the holiday avalanche of releases. Titles like last years Red Dead Redemption illustrates how a triple A title can be released in the summer and still can be a success. The industry has finally realized that gamers game all year round, not just between the months of October and April. With that in mind, here are a few of the games that we are looking forward to this summer.
El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron (7/26 360&PS3)
The most unlikely game on the list is El Shaddai: Ascension of Metatron. Far from a game that will garner a big budget marketing campaign, it boasts a serious gaming pedigree as members of the development team have worked on past titles including Okami and Devil May Cry. Pedigree aside, what really gravitates us to this game is the story. Based on the Book of Enoch, it tells the story of Enoch who was sent back to Earth from heaven by God to defeat seven fallen angels to prevent a great flood from destroying mankind. The action unfolds within a multitude of levels that represent the different worlds that the angels have created within the Tower of Babel. The game features 3rd person action and 2.5d platforming aspects. If this interests you, check out the game’s demo on XBLA & PSN.
Duke Nukem Forever (6/14 360&PS3)
Hail to the king baby! For over ten years we have been waiting . Waiting for a remnant of a by gone era of gaming. Duke Nukem Forever is finally coming back, but his he ready? Killing pigs, going to strip clubs, and profanity laced catch phrases harken back to a period when male machismo in popular culture was personified by the likes of John McClane and his action hero brethren. Will the 90s bravado match up with the gameplay expectations of 2011 or will Duke Nukem Forever be a frustrating trip down memory lane? We shall see.
Resistance 3 (9/6 PS3)
Its August 1957, 4 years after Resistence 2, and the United States of America is lost. You return as Sentinel Joseph Capelli as man who has given up fighting the Chimeran menace and has been reduced to hiding with other survivors of the invasion. When the opportunity arrives to deliver a blow to the occupying Chimeran force, Capelli leaves his family to journey the harrowing road from Oklahoma to New York City. Along the way, he encounters the remnants of humanity left in the aftermath of the brutal Chimeran invasion. Resistance 3 marks the end of story of humanity’s fight against the Chimeran invaders. We are eager to see if humanity prevails, or if it is crushed under the heel of its new Chimeran overlords.
Gears of War 3 (9/20 360)
Just making a summer release date, Microsoft and Epic brings us the conclusion to the Gears of War saga. Gears of War 3 begins eighteen months after the fall of Jacinto, the Gears have moved to the island of Vectes and are living aboard a converted aircraft carrier called the Raven’s Nest. The COG has disbanded and the imulsion that powered Sera’s cities has infected and mutated members of the Locust, causing them to become Lambent. The Lambent are evolving into a new enemy that threatens both the Locust and humanity.The Stranded also live on the island along with other survivors from E-Day. With its great story and even more robust multiplayer features, Gears 3 with be responsible for many lost hours of sleep after it is released.
There are simply just too many great game coming out this summer to list here. What games are you looking forward to?