Summer has officially started, let’s take a look at that games will be keeping us busy this next month!
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
When the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time first made its way onto the gaming scene over 12 years ago, it sent a shockwave through the gaming community. From Z-targeting to lens flares, the game set the standard for all future action adventure games, and continues to be hailed as one of the greatest games of all time. This time around the legend is back, only in 3D! Ocarina 3D is a ground-up remake with improved graphics that pop off the screen thanks to the system’s 3D capabilities. The game also includes subtle improvements such as the addition of three differently colored lines on the walls of the Water Temple, which help lead the player to the locations where Link can play Zelda’s lullaby to raise or lower the water level. Ocarina 3D will also include Master Quest, a Boss Challenge Mode, and Visions.
Duke Nukem Forever
Duke Nukem Forever is the long-gestating newest chapter in the classic Duke Nukem first-person shooter franchise. Technically in development for over a decade, Duke Nukem Forever was resurrected from digital oblivion by Gearbox, the studio behind the acclaimed shooter Borderlands. Duke Nukem Forever is something of the great white whale of video games. Having been in development for more than a decade — and occasionally popping up in various forms — it became an industry punchline. But when 3DRealms, the original developer, started going the way of the dodo, Gearbox stepped in to keep Duke Nukem alive. According to Gearbox president Randy Pitchford, Duke is still an important icon in gaming and his type of run-and-gun action cannot be allowed to vanish into the annals of video game history. Plus, Duke Nukem Forever’s development narrative gives this game a backstory that’s fascinating, whether you still care about Duke or not.
The game is set in a new city called New Marais, a New Orleans-inspired city, to which protagonist Cole MacGrath heads in order to enhance his electrical abilities further. The game begins with Cole battling the Beast in Empire City, barely escaping alive. Cole, along with his friend Zeke, flees to New Marais to prepare for his inevitable confrontation with the Beast; this is the location where the Ray Sphere was first created. Cole encounters the Militia, a shadowy organization led by a man named Bertrand, and the Corrupted, horribly mutated beings affected by the Ray Sphere. The Militia has taken over New Marais in an attempt to keep all superpowered or abnormal entities away. Cole encounters Wolfe, one of the men involved in the Ray Sphere’s creation. Cole will combat the Corrupted and Militia, explore New Marais, and learn about himself, Kessler, and The First Sons along the way while gaining new abilities to face the Beast.
Alice: Madness Returns
It’s been over a decade, but American McGee is finally giving us a follow up to Alice, the critically acclaimed third-person action game based on Alice in Wonderland. Madness Returns takes place 10 years after the original, dropping Alice back into Wonderland on a quest to defeat her madness and figure out who murdered her family. While the action and combat is fairly derivative in its mechanics, American McGee says story is what he’s focusing on. No one’s had a chance to really get a taste for it, yet, but we’re told we’ll travel back and forth between Wonderland and London, working our way through Alice’s madness in a murder mystery.
Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters
The Manhunters are an android race, originally created by the Guardians of the Universe to serve as the first interstellar police force. The Manhunters became more obsessed with administering punishment than serving justice, forcing the Guardians to dissolve their ranks. The few Manhunters that survived fled into exile and the Guardians founded a new elite police force called the Green Lantern Corps and armed its members with specially crafted power rings. Now the Manhunters are back and out for revenge, readying their forces for a war against the Guardians and the Green Lantern Corps. Faced with destruction, the Corps is looking to you as the newest recruit, gifted but cocky test pilot Hal Jordan, to protect peace and preserve justice. Building on the anticipation of Warner Bros.’ feature film Green Lantern, in theaters June 17, 2011, Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters includes the likeness and voice talent of Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, who is the star of the upcoming motion picture.
Shadows of the Damned
In Shadows of the Damned, you play the leather-clad tough guy Garcia. Garcia has a bit of a problem: his girlfriend is dead and she’s being tortured in the City of the Damned . This doesn’t sit well with Garcia, so he plows through Hell to get her back. Luckily, he has a feisty demon friend named Johnson to help out. Johnson can transform into a variety of magical guns, which makes scouring the underworld much easier. Shadows of the Damned is a shooter at heart, giving you control of Garcia and his demonic weapons. But just because you’re packing some serious firepower doesn’t mean you’re only shooting stuff. There are also puzzles to solve, like finding a way to stop darkness from spreading through the environment.