Video Game Releases – June

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This month the video games are, how can we say this, mediocre.  Nothing over the top amazing, and nothing totally lame either.  So without further ado, we give you the June video game releases:

 

Pikmin 2 (Wii)

After several years of waiting American Wii gamers will have the opportunity to put their hands on the Wii version of Pikmin 2: New Play Control! .The game was release in Japan, Europe and Australia back in 2009. For some reason the North American territory did not get the game.

Pikmin 2 begins immediately following the events of Pikmin. After escaping the distant planet, Captain Olimar returns to his home planet Hocotate to learn that the company he works for, Hocotate Freight, is in severe debt, after a payload of golden carrots was supposedly stolen. Because of this debt, the company was forced to sell everything, including Olimar’s ship. Shocked, Olimar drops the bottle cap that he brought back from the planet. The nearby Hocotate Ship determines that the bottle cap Olimar retrieved from the distant planet has a considerable value of 100 pokos. The company president, hearing this, decides to send Olimar and his co-worker Louie to seek out and retrieve more treasures from the planet in order to pay off the debt. The duo return to the planet and quickly reunite with the Pikmin creatures, who help in scavenging the treasures.

Upon paying off the debt, Olimar departs for Hocotate but realizes that Louie was left behind. Upon telling the president, he decides to help Olimar find Louie and claim any additional treasures still left undiscovered. Louie is later discovered and rescued from a deep cave. Upon collecting all the treasures, the trio depart the distant planet.

In a secret video, it is revealed that the golden carrot shipment mentioned at the game’s beginning was not actually stolen, but in fact, consumed by Louie, who had been sent to deliver the freight but couldn’t contain his hunger. Realizing his mistake, Louie turned back and fabricated a story of the cargo being stolen by space bunnies, thus setting in motion the events of the game.

 

Lollipop Chainsaw

Lollipop Chainsaw focuses on zombie hunter and cheerleader Juliet Starling (voiced by Tara Strong in English and Eri Kitamura/Yōko Hikasa in Japanese) who fights hordes of zombies in San Romero High School, which Starling formerly attended. She carries with her the severed, yet still living, head of her boyfriend Nick (voiced by Michael Rosenbaum in English and Kenichi Suzumura in Japanese), who she decapitated after he suffered a zombie bite. It is also revealed that Juliet will be assisted by her sisters, Cordelia Starling (Linda Cardellini), the elder one and Rosalind Starling the younger sister. The enemy zombies are led by “a group of zombie rock and roll lords” who were former high school students who were turned into intelligent zombies. The zombie outbreak has been caused by Juliet’s former classmate, an evil goth sorcerer named Swan.

In the game, Juliet has light attacks, which are acrobatic kicks and punches, and heavy attacks, which she uses her chainsaw for. The light attacks are intended to herd enemy zombies together so that Juliet can finish them off all at once with heavy attacks. Killing enemies and saving classmates that are being attacked by zombies will fill up Juliet’s star meter, which is used for super attacks.  Juliet’s boyfriend Nick, a disembodied head hanging from her skirt, can be used for various purposes, including being kicked at enemies by Juliet or being put on the body of a decapitated zombie to control it. When the player completes certain tasks in the game, Juliet’s chainsaw will be upgraded. Suda has also said that part of the gameplay “might involve sound”.

 

Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes will feature an open world concept. The game will feature gameplay similar to its predecessor, Lego Batman: The Videogame, but allowing players to play as classic Batman characters and other various DC Comics superheroes, such as Nightwing, Robin, Batgirl, Green Lantern, Superman, The Flash, Martian Manhunter, Black Canary, Aquaman, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Cyborg, and Wonder Woman.  There will be over 70 playable characters. New gadgets such as Robin’s Hazard Cannon, Superman’s heat vision, and a Power Suit for Batman have been announced. The game will feature an optional 2-player cooperative play. Cooperative play will now feature asplit screen due to the game having an open-world environment.  The plot will involve the Dynamic Duo (Batman and Robin) teaming up with the Justice League when the Joker forms an alliance with Lex Luthor.

 

The Amazing Spider-Man

The Amazing Spider-Man is an upcoming open world action/adventure video game, based on the upcoming film of the same name starring the superhero, Spider-Man. Spider-Man villains Rhino, Iguana and Black Cat will be antagonists in the game. The game is set after the film, where an Oscorp executive with the help of Michael Morbius, access the research of Dr. Curt Connors (aka The Lizard) to create more cross-species experiments. The two finally create the serum that will link both species, and test it on low-level thug Aleskei Sytsevich who ultimately becomes the Rhino. Meanwhile, Oscorp develops a large group of robots that suddenly turns against the humans. The robots invade New York, with plans to conquer the world. It’s now up to Spider-Man to stop the Rhino, save the city, and get to the bottom of this mystery.

The game has an open world/free-roaming concept, where the player can “swing around” and choose a variety of side missions, challenges and mini-games in addition to the game’s main storyline.  The game features a “Web Rush” mechanic, a mode that when activated while traversing, it highlights major points of interest for travel, for instance a lamppost, when selected Spider-Man will cinematically and smoothly transition to it, making travel more stream-lined and simple.

The combat system is reminiscent of the Rocksteady Studios-developed Batman game series (Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City) using a freeflow design and counter attacks. Beenox took a cue from the Batman games, with Dee Brown (Beenox studio head) stating “I played both Batman games and liked them. For me, the Spider-Man character is very different than Batman. You have to approach both in a different way. I think the Rocksteady guys did a good job at providing what was required to make a great Batman game, and we’re doing everything we need to this time to make a great Spider-Man game.”

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