Get in the ring

Get in the ring

The end of H1 heralds a massive number of releases as publishers attempt to meet their sales targets. That doesn’t necessarily mean a deluge of quality though, but there are a few games worth checking out.

Fight Night Round 4 (360 & PS3). Anyone that’s downloaded the demo of this game can’t fail to be impressed by both the graphics and the sweat physics. Seriously though, even if you don’t like boxing the technology behind this game is awesome.

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (PSP). This game has single handedly revived the fortunes of the PSP in Japan and Capcom are hoping that is proves a similarly popular pastime with the rest of the world. With only adhoc multi player, I doubt it’ll find the same appeal here.

Guitar Hero: Greatest Hits (360, PS3, Wii & PS2). I had this down as releasing last week, but Activision held it back a week. It’s just a shame our Guitar Hero drums stopped working this weekend. Hopefully, Activision are going to get us back up and running soon.

Tales of Vesperia (360). A 360 timed exclusive that was released in The States last winter and at one point didn’t look like it was coming to Europe. This is probably the best JRPG on 360, so fans should be grateful to Namco and pick it up.

Overlord 2 (360 & PS3). One of the 3 Overlord games to be released this week. This one is a follow up to 2007 original and it is getting pretty good reviews so I’d urge fans of the original to add it their collection.

Overlord: Dark Legend (Wii). A Wii specific prequel, which means that as a fan of the first game, I am compelled to check this out. The game makes use of the Wii’s pointing abilities to give you some Pikmin like action.

Overlord: Minions (DS). The DS gets its own take which is said to take advantage of the touch screen, but don’t they always say that.

Lego Battles (DS). Looks to be a mixture of RTS and Lego building aimed at kids. Listen to the Listen Up pod cast, if you want to hear people get excited about what they call a follow up to Warcraft 3.

Transformers – Revenge of the Fallen (360, PS3, Wii, PS2, DS, PSP). Games based on films are generally bad, but I hope this isn’t as bad as Michael Mann’s latest effort. I doubt the single player will be much to get excited about, but I’ve heard the multi player is genuinely worth checking out.

Dynasty Warriors 6: Empires (360 & PS3). More of the same. You know what you’re getting.

Another Code: R (Wii). Cing’s follow up to their DS launch game is another Wii game that is worth checking out. A narrative heavy adventure game if you like that sort of thing.

Superstars V8 Racing (360 & PS3). Codemasters are rather stealthily releasing this race game based on an obscure European series. I played the demo which is on XBox and it’s okay, but I couldn’t work out how to get an in cockpit view. I can’t play race games in exterior view.

Pain (PS3). I can’t imagine paying £20 for what I found to be a few minutes of novelty. Mind you, I expect you get all of the DLC, so its probably a cheaper way to buy the complete package.

Valhalla Knights 2 (PSP). A very average sequel to an average RPG that was released in North America in October last year.

Prinny: Can I Really be the Hero? (PSP). The unsung heroes of Disgaea get their own game. It’s as mad as the strategy games, but this time it’s a platformer and you have a 1000 lives to get to the end. I suspect it might be a bit tricky.

Pick of the Week

It’s a tough one as there are lots of games, but do any of them really stand out. For my money it’s a choice between Tales of Vesperia and Overlord 2. Either one would provide a lot of fun during July game drought. With that in mind, I’m going to give the nod to Tales.