Wednesday, June 11, 2008

SuperPhillip's Top Ten Games of the Summer

Summertime hasn't officially arrived, but for the game industry it has. It's a time quality gaming droughts when compared to the hectic holiday season. Regardless, Summer 2008 doesn't feel like it's going to be too horrible this time around. The following is a list browsing over my picks for the top ten most interesting, creative, and just fun-looking games to be released on the Wii, 360, PS3, PC, DS, and PSP.

These are my titles that I'm most interested in this summer. Don't see a game that you think should be there? Well, unless you know my opinion, then I guess you don't. Of course, feel free to post your games for this summer in the comments section. Thanks much.

10. Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures
(PS3, 360, Wii, DS, PSP, PC)

Release Date: Out Now

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We start off with a film icon in Lego form. The addicting and fun-for-all gameplay of the Lego series enters uncharted territory with the Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures. Set during the original Indiana Jones trilogy, there's plenty of whip-cracking and puzzle-solving to make any Indy fan feel right at home.

9. Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit (PS3, 360)
Release Date: Out Now

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Dragon Ball Z is not a show I consider to be good or entertaining. The latest bunch of games, the Budokai series, however, have been very fun, and I've enjoyed them. Now the insane and over-the-top action of Dragon Ball Z hits HD with some very impressive and colorful cel-shaded action. Catch the demo up on Xbox Live and PSN now.

8. Secret Agent Clank (PSP)
Release Date: 6-17-2008

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I'm just going to use my description from the PSP topic:
"Developed by High Impact Games who handled the stellar but short Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters, follows Clank, and his alter-ego Secret Agent Clank, trying to clear the name of his best bud, Ratchet, who's facing a purposefully skewed trial. It's up to him to investigate exactly who set Ratchet up and why. It's your standard platforming fun-- which is a good thing. The Ratchet series has always been a benchmark for stellar platforming action, and Secret Agent Clank appears to be no different."

7. We Love Golf! (Wii)
Release Date: 7-15-2008

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We Love Golf is Capcom's newest property. Designed and developed by Camelot, known for their past efforts of Mario Golf, Hot Shots Golf, and Golden Sun, We Love Golf adds more depth to the foundation that Wii Golf laid down with power shots, trick shots, and an impressive cast of colorful courses and characters. There's even online play and new Capcom-themed outfits for characters for the Western release.

6. Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon (Wii)
Release Date: 7-8-2008

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Ever since the DS Chocobo Tales, Final Fantasy Fables has become Square-Enix's new franchise using the fabled Final Fantasy name. This title is a dungeon crawler at its heart with recognizable enemies, characters, and music from Final Fantasy I to Final Fantasy X. The change to the formula is the ability to use costumes to give your Chocobo new powers. This July, Wii owners have two quality third party titles to look forward to.

5. Saints Row 2 (PS3, 360)
Release Date: 8-26-2008

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The original Saints Row was an obvious copycat of the Grand Theft Auto series. The only difference between Saints Row and the many mimics that tried to fill GTA's big shoes is that it was actually really good and even did some things better than even GTA IV did. New features include the ability to hold people hostage and full co-op for the story mode. Very cool.

4. Final Fantasy IV (DS)
Release Date: 7-22-2008

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Square-Enix continues their desire to recreate every past Final Fantasy several times over with this DS remake. 3-D graphics, voice work, CG cutscenes, remixed music, new story elements, and an increased difficulty makes this one fantasy that players will want to have over and over again.

3. Soulcalibur IV (PS3, 360)
Release Date: 7-29-2008

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Soul Calibur, Soulcalibur, SoulCalibur... Which is it? I'm getting too confused on this issue. It's Mega Man, Megaman, and MegaMan all over again! Regardless, SC IV promises a new fighting system and a more balanced experience from past entries. New characters such as Darth Vader (for the PS3) and Yoda (for the 360) do battle with the big-boobed cast of SC IV. Note: PS3 owners can download Yoda, and 360 owners can download Vader for a price.

2. Ninja Gaiden II (360)
Release Date: Out Now

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Microsoft is banking a lot of money of Team Ninja's sequel to excellence that was Ninja Gaiden and Ninja Gaiden Black. This sequel offers much more visceral combat, fast action, and enough replay value to get your inner ninja on. I must say, I haven't read many previews as I want it all to be a surprise to me for when I first play it.

1. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)
Release Date: Out Now

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Number one on the list is an exclusive that PS3 owners have been clamoring for for the longest time. It's less than a month away, and it Hideo Kojima promises to tie up all loose ends. Hopefully the game doesn't create even more in the process. You can even take the game into first-person for the duration of the game to put the title into a whole new perspective. Absolutely cannot wait to pick this up this June.

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