Pick & Play: June 24-30

Pick & Play: June 24-30

Unchained Blades
Unchained Blades

Coming out of left field, Unchained Blades is a first-person dungeon crawler for the PSP (coming to the 3DS digitally at an unannounced date this summer) that features anime-esque character art, a monster recruitment system, and some of the developers from the Lunar and Grandia series at its helm. The pedigree alone makes this a title worth checking out, while those who enjoyed series such as Etrian Odyssey will likely find that is scratches a familiar itch. Unchained Blades is out this Tuesday, June 26.

The Rest:

  • Bomb Monkey (3DS eShop; Thursday, June 28)
  • Crimson Dragon (XBLA; Wednesday, June 27)
  • Disney's The Little Mermaid II (PSOne Classic; Tuesday, June 26)
  • Escape the Virus: Swarm Survival (DSiWare; Thursday, June 28)
  • Jewel Master: Cradle of Rome 2 (3DS, DS; Tuesday, June 26)
  • Just Dance Greatest Hits (Wii, Xbox 360; Tuesday, June 26)
  • London 2012 – The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games (PC, PS3, Xbox 360; Tuesday, June 26)
  • Mini Ninjas Adventures (XBLA; Wednesday, June 27)
  • Project Zero 2: Wii Edition (Wii; Friday, June 29)
  • The Race for the White House (PC; Thursday, June 28)
  • Resident Evil: Chronicles HD Collection (PS3; Tuesday, June 26)
  • Sledge Hammer (Xbox 360; Tuesday, June 26)
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (PC; Tuesday, June 26) DLC Slated for release this week:
  • Battlefield 3: Close Quarters (PC, XBLM; Tuesday, June 26)
  • Dungeons & Dragons Online: Menace of the Underdark (PC; Monday, June 25)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Dawnguard (XBLM; Tuesday, June 26)
  • Mass Effect 3: The Extended Cut (PC, PSN, XBLM; Tuesday, June 26)

    Hidden Gem of the Week:

    Penny Arcade’s On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3
    Penny Arcade’s On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3
    (PC, XBLA)

    There was a time when the curators of Penny Arcade felt that making games simply wasn't for them. This malaise followed on the heels of bringing the first two titles in the "On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness" series to Penny Arcade fans across the globe. The passage from idea into actual, digital product was a wearing one, which Holkins in particular found draining and frustrating.

    But they're back, working with Zeboyd Games (Breath of Death VII/Cthulhu Saves the World) to continue the tale of Gabe and Tycho, paranormal investigators extraordinaire, alongside their retinue of allies. Callbacks are made in the form of classic enemies and reimagined areas, courtesy of Zeboyd's distinctive 16-bit JRPG stylings, though the combat system is something new for them, with a timer element à la Grandia. Adventure in a world of Penny Arcade's twisted imagining on Monday, June 25.

    Shelby Reiches
    Contributing Writer
    Date: June 25, 2012

    *The views expressed within this article are solely the opinion of the author and do not express the views held by Cheat Code Central. This week's is also purely a work of fiction*

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