TWIG: Survival, Pirates, Sora and Riku are BFFs.

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Resonance

July 25, 2012

PC

Out now! This PC download is waiting for your money and your time. It is full of science, and science is good for your health… except for the fact that this science is to stop everyone in the game from dying—but that’s why science is good for your health. It lets us continue to live!

IGN:
When a brilliant particle physicist dies unexpectedly, the race is on to secure his terrible new technology before it falls into the wrong hands. The lives of four playable characters become entangled as they fight against the clock to find the dead scientist’s secret vault.

The suspicions they harbor, the memories they guard, the connections they share – all will converge as these four ordinary people work together to prevent a potentially cataclysmic disaster.

Release Date: July 25, 2012

Genre: Adventure

Publisher: Wadjet Eye Games

Developer: Wadjet Eye Games

 

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Hitman: Sniper Challenge

August 1, 2012

PC, PS3, X360

This is a standalone challenge in the Hitman-averse, on the heels of Absolution… which I’m looking forward to, yet I’m not. It’s a whole thing that I don’t want to get into here. Act as agent 47, fantastically portrayed by Timothy Olyphant in one of my favorite movies –shut up, and digitally kill some folks.

IGN:

Hitman: Sniper Challenge is a standalone sniper experience that gives players a quick hit of the exhilarating Hitman franchise. Players can don the suit of Agent 47 as he takes on an exclusive assassination assignment. From a balcony overlooking a rooftop gathering, players will be tasked with taking out Richard Strong, Jr., CEO of Stallion Armaments, along with his entire staff of bodyguards. Skilled players will capitalize on score multipliers, hidden secrets, unlock equipment upgrades and marvel at the many creative ways one can discretely dispose of a body while they work to fulfill their contract in the most efficient way possible.

Release Date: August 1, 2012

M for Mature:

Genre: Action

Publisher: Square Enix

Developer: Io Interactive

 

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Deadlight

August 1, 2012

XBLA

I’m tired of survival/zombie games, so my immediate reaction is to not like this. After taking a step back and looking at it from a fresh point of view, it looks fairly entertaining and would be worth the purchase if you are a fan of the genre. Will I play it? Sure, if a friend buys it and begs me to try it. The graphics are decent and it looks spooky, which a good survival game should be.

IGN:
Surviving is much more than a daily routine in the original cinematic puzzle platformer Deadlight, where players cross the American west coast in an apocalyptic world where there is no reason to exist but no alternatives for those who cling to hope.

Release Date: August 1, 2012

RP-T+ for Rating Pending, Targeting a Rating of Teen or Above:

Genre: Action

Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios

Developer: Tequila Works

 

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Risen 2: Dark Waters

July 31, 2012

PC, PS3, X360

More pirates. This is acceptable. Looks beautiful, and while this is a sea-based environment the different islands and areas you explore are unique and full of eye candy.

IGN:
With an expanded setting, a fresh story and characters as well as an all-new technical foundation, Risen 2 expands on the success of this popular RPG franchise. Set several years after the end of Risen, the game drops players into a cataclysmic world where raging titans have devastated the planet and pushed humanity to the brink of existence. Subsequently, monstrous creatures have risen from the watery depths of the sea and their attacks have brought all seafaring to a grinding halt. The hero, now a member of the Inquisition, is sent out to find out how to stop the chaos caused by these creatures from the deep. His quest begins with rumors that the pirates who frequent the southern islands are the only ones who know a way to get rid of the creatures once and for all and end their reign of terror.

With an all-new pirate-based theme, Risen 2: Dark Waters aims to combine the most loved classic RPG gameplay mechanics of the original Risen with a fresh theme and setting on a huge variety of themed island locales. Risen 2: Dark Waters maintains the most immersive features of the original Risen, with multiple approaches to every challenge allowing players to shape the game world based on their own decisions. These choices will serve to unlock new paths, features and additional skills for the character.

Release Date: July 31, 2012

M for Mature: Blood, Strong Language, Use of Alcohol, Violence

Genre: RPG

Publisher: Deep Silver

Developers: Piranha Bytes,Pluto 13

 

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Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance

July 31, 2012

Nintendo 3DS

Let me tell you a story, geeklings. This is about a girl and her PS2, and a boyfriend that loved a store called Game X-Change. It was a beautiful store; it smelled of moldy plastic cartridges and customer BO and was wall to wall with games. It had glass counters with rarities and handheld games, easy to steal, and even some figurines that were overpriced and dusty. There was a British man there that we loved, and he liked us because we never asked him to say American things just because of his accent. We liked all of the guys who worked there, truly, and they liked us because we spent lots of money there. One evening the boyfriend came home with a game called Kingdom Hearts, which I mentioned a month or so before because I read on the internet that it was kind of girly, but it was made up of Disney lore and Japanese things and these two things I wanted to see combined. (This was about 6 months before KH2 came out.)

I loved it! But I didn’t like the character pairing on the internet. I am not a big fan of fanfiction, so I stayed away from anything Kingdom Hearts related on the internet. When the sequel came out I waited a long time to get it, and he picked up a good used copy from said game store. Unfortunately, the store closed during a big re-structuring of this shopping plaza behind it and the building was torn down. I am still said that it had to go away.

Now, will KH 3D be any good? Hell if I know. It probably will, in the sense that KH games are entertaining and the puzzles aren’t too difficult to solve. I have one for the DS and it’s really fun when I can get into it, but I’ve fallen out of love with the DS so it lays abandoned in a drawer, needing to be charged. I like the characters, despite the fandom that each and every one of them is horny for each other in some way, and if you have a 3DS and like the series this is probably worth getting.

IGN:
King Mickey and Yen Sid prepare for an impending threat by putting Sora and Riku through the Mark of Mastery exam. Sora and Riku are sent into the Sleeping Worlds, where they will face enemies and allies that have never been seen before. If they can successfully complete the task they are given, they will be deemed true Keyblade Masters.

Release Date: July 31, 2012

E10+ for Everyone 10 and older: Fantasy Violence

Genre: Action

Publisher: Square Enix

Developer: Square Enix

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