June is here, and the CBR Games Roundup is back to usher in this month’s video game releases. Some of the year’s bigger titles are hitting this month, and a couple of them may even be “Game of the Year” contenders. As always, please keep in mind that the list is not inclusive of every release for a given month, release dates are always subject to change, and some games release on certain platforms before others. Now let’s take a look at this month’s releases.
Red Faction: Guerrilla (PS3/Xbox 360) -June 2 (Website)
The third installment in the “Red Faction” series takes place 50 years after the events of the original. The story follows Alec Mason, a rebel fighting against the oppressive Earth Defense Force. “RF: Guerrilla” brings an unprecedented level of environmental destruction with it, as Volition has revamped its Geo-Mod engine to infuse all of the structures in the game with real-world physics. Knocking out a couple of support beams in a building will cause creaking, groaning, and eventually full collapse. The game will feature 16-player online multiplayer, and also has an offline multiplayer mode called Wrecking Crew, where players will compete to cause as much destruction as possible within a given turn.
For more information on the game, check out CBR’s interview with Volition’s James Hague.
The Sims 3 (PC) -June 2 (Website)
Everyone’s favorite life simulation game is back, and the whole neighborhood is involved. “The Sims 3” will allow players to take their Sim out and about the neighborhood, where daily life goes on around them. Sims will grow up, have kids, grow old and die. The character creator is amazingly deep, and a new trait system has been added to simplify creating a personality for your Sim. Players can also create movies with their Sims and share them online.
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 (PS2/PS3/PSP/Xbox 360/Wii) -June 8 (Website)
“PGA Tour 10” will bring the US and British Opens to the storied golf franchise for the first time. This year’s version will also be using the Weather Channel and the Wii Forecast Channel to constantly update weather conditions in the game. Players can compete in daily and weekly tournaments online, and earn cash to spend in the game. There’s also a feature where you can match scores with the pros as they play through their weekly tournaments.
The Wii version of “Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10” will support the new Wii Motion Plus accessory, and there will be a version of the game bundled with it.
Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings (DS/PS2/PSP/Wii) -June 9 (Website)
The adventures of Indiana Jones continue in this latest offering from LucasArts. The story takes place a year after the events of “The Last Crusade” and will see Dr. Jones in pursuit of the Staff of Moses. Gameplay will involve combat, platforming and puzzle solving, and both the Wii and DS versions will take advantage of the Wiimote and stylus controls, respectively. The game features a co-op mode, as well as multiplayer modes that feature tank and biplane combat.
Prototype (PC/PS3/Xbox 360) -June 9 (Website)
From the developers of “Hulk: Ultimate Destruction” comes an open world game where players take on the role of Alex Mercer, a man who gains superhuman powers after being infected with a virus. Alex has superhuman strength and reflexes, he can shapeshift, and he can absorb memories from people he kills. As the virus spreads through the city, Alex tries to piece together what happened to him and get revenge on the people who are responsible. Players will be able to traverse the entire city, using Alex’s powers to turn themselves into a weapon, disguise themselves to slip past enemies, and absorb information.
WildStorm is currently publishing a “Prototype” comic book miniseries, written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti. You can read CBR’s interview with the creative team.
Guitar Hero: Smash Hits (PS2/PS3/Wii/Xbox 360) -June 16 (Website)
“Smash Hits” takes 48 songs from “Guitar Hero I-III,” “GH: Aerosmith” and “GH: Rocks the ’80s” and compiles them in one package. The songs will be playable with the standalone guitar, or the entire band. In addition, the double-bass pedal drum mode that debuted in “GH: Metallica” will also be incorporated into “GH: Smash Hits.”
Ghostbusters: The Video Game (DS/PS2/PS3/PSP/Wii/Xbox 360) -June 16 (Website)
From Harold Ramis and Dan Ackroyd, writers of the “Ghostbusters” movies, comes the third chapter in the saga. Packing a brand-new storyline and voiced by the most of the original cast, “Ghostbusters: The Video Game” is a sequel to the first two movies. Players will take on the role of a new recruit as the Ghostbusters deal with an invasion of New York. The console versions of the game will follow the same basic storyline, with some differences in style in gameplay. The DS version will allow players to take on the role of one of the original Ghostbusters, and will also be the only version that will allow players to drive the Ecto-1.
Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (PSP) -June 23 (Website)
Almost a year after debuting in Japan (and selling millions of copies), the third Monster Hunter game for the PSP arrives stateside. Players can team up with three friends online and hunt down monsters, and a new AI partner will be available to help players during single-player mode. The game boasts over 500 hours of creature-killing gameplay. A demo of the game is currently available for download on the PlayStation Network.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (PC/PS2/PS3/PSP/Xbox 360/Wii) -June 23 (Website)
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” allows players to take on the role of either an Autobot or Decepticon in campaign mode, which is based on the storyline of the upcoming movie. The game will also feature multiplayer modes, including Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, Control Points and One Shall Stand, in which players have to take out the leader of the opposing team (either Optimus Prime or Megatron). Unlike the first game, both Autobots and Decepticons will be able to play together on mixed teams. Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime), Frank Welker (Megatron), Shia LeBeouf, Megan Fox and several other cast members will be lending their voices to the game.
The Conduit (Wii) -June 23 (Website)
High Voltage’s hotly anticipated first-person shooter finally arrives for the Wii this month. The game has generated a lot of buzz for its great visuals, inclusion of online multiplayer, and incorporation of the Wii Speak peripheral. The game’s story follows Michael Ford, agent of the secret government organization The Trust, who gets caught in the middle of an alien invasion of Washington, D.C. Players will be able to customize the controls to their liking, as well as change how the HUD appears onscreen. On the multiplayer side, High Voltage has streamlined the process of getting friends into the game, and “The Conduit” will import friends from those already on a player’s console.
Overlord II (PC/PS3/XBox 360)–June 23 (Website)
This sequel will have players taking on the role of the first Overlord’s son, the Overlad. As in the first game, the Overlord controls a variety of minions that have different abilities. The games story sees the new Overlord pitted against a Roman-like empire that is trying to eliminate magic from the land. All of the minion groups from the original game will be back, and they’ll be sporting new abilities, like being able to take over enemy weapons and ride mounts.
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor (DS) -June 23 (Website)
“SMT: Devil Survivor” brings the action RPG gameplay of the SMT series to the DS. The city of Tokyo is under quarantine after a demon outbreak, and a group of high school students has to team up to save the day. SMT fans will be very familiar with the gameplay, which involves allying with demons and using them to battle enemies.
Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (PSN/XBLA) -June 29
After years of fans clamoring for it, one of the most beloved 2D fighters of all time is finally coming to current gen consoles. All 56 fighters from the Marvel and Capcom universes will be unlocked from the start of the game, and include everyone from Ryu to War Machine. Online multiplayer will be included, and the game will have three different graphical settings as well as support for custom soundtracks. A demo of “MvC2” is currently available on the PlayStation Network.
Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood (PC/PS3/Xbox 360) –June 30 (Website)
It’s time to return to the Wild West. Set as a prequel to the original “Call of Juarez” game, “Bound in Blood” is set during the Civil War era and follows brothers Ray and Thomas McCall. Players can choose which brother to play, based on their preference for close or ranged combat. In addition to the campaign, the game has full-featured multiplayer, including a unique mode that lets players relive classic Western events like the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. There’s also a bounty system in multiplayer that raises the price on a player’s head based on the amount of enemies they’ve killed.
Release Date Changes
“Fuel” is now scheduled to release on June 2, 2009 (previously scheduled for May 26).
That brings us to the end of the Roundup for the month of June. If we skipped your most anticipated game of the month, head on over to the boards and let us know! And remember to keep checking CBR News for exclusive interviews with publishers and developers. Until next month, good gaming!