Pick & Play: June 24-30

Pick & Play: June 24-30



So, you want games, do you? This week is chock full of them and, while there aren't a ton of especially notable full releases, Xbox 360 gamers may want to have a gander at the DLC section for a little extra high fantasy. There's also a summer-blockbuster-turned-video-game, squad-based shooting, and esoteric JRPGs to satisfy a wide variety of gaming palettes. Let the games begin!

The Amazing Spider-Man
The Amazing Spider-Man
(3DS, DS, PC, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360)

He's not just any Spider-Man, he's the amazing one. Based on the summer blockbuster of the same name, The Amazing Spider-Man avoids either spoiling the film upon which it's based or suffering from a disjointed and incomprehensible plot (due to mimicking the movie while avoiding spoilers) by setting itself after the movie's conclusion.

Most importantly to gamers, however, is the title's nature as an open world action game, which developer Beenox had eschewed in its two previous Spider-Man efforts, Shattered Dimensions and Edge of Time. It further attempts to improve the core game by overhauling combat in a manner reminiscent of the almost rhythm-game-esque melees of the Batman: Arkham titles. Players can look forward to web-slinging around New York on Tuesday, June 26.



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Spec Ops: The Line
Spec Ops: The Line
(PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Spec Ops sprung from the same root as Tom Clancy titles, such as the Ghost Recon series, though it has never garnered the sort of popularity or critical acclaim of its more mainstream brethren. The latest title in the series, though, may offer a more in-depth alternative to the recently released Future Soldier, itself a somewhat pared down experience on a tactical level. The key is squad commands. While Spec Ops: The Line is a third-person shooter like Future Soldier, it offers the player more direct control of the squad under their command.

Set in Dubai, the game takes advantage of its setting's natural sandstorms to dynamically alter the terrain, forcing the player and their squad to adapt on the fly. This extends into the multiplayer, in which there are modes that focus specifically on this terrain alteration. Spec Ops: The Line hits shelves on Tuesday, June 26.



Record of Agarest War 2
Record of Agarest War 2
(PS3)

The Record of Agarest War games may be more famous for what's included within their collector's edition boxes than for the games themselves. Packed with decidedly sexualized accoutrements, the Agarest titles are themselves fairly tame. Some of the art may be provocative, but the plots themselves are more about fighting evil from generation to generation and the gameplay is traditional SRPG to its core.

Well, until this one, anyway. Now there are some PlayStation Move based minigames that may be a bit more suggestive than the average player may desire. More pertinent to the core game, though, the combat system has been tweaked with minor changes here or there. Visually, the graphics have more movement and, for the first time, use HD sprites instead of the standard ones from the previous entries. Record of Agarest War 2 hits on Tuesday, June 26.



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