The summer has gotten in full swing, over on the sunny shores of the UK we had our one day of sun for the year and promptly declared it a heatwave. Glastonbury has come and gone, and I’m sure if I were somewhat cooler I would be able to make a comment about this, referencing someone like Little Shoes, The Yes Yes Yes’s or even Maximum Park, but I’m afraid you’ll just have to use your imagination on this one. Wimbledon is here, and the balls are flying.
I hear this year they have a roof, tennis is serious business.
Unfortunately, June has not been without its fair share of disappointment too, I won’t dwell on the ever increasing mortality rate of celebrities as it has been covered to death elsewhere by now (pun very much intended). So let’s take a look at the joys and wonders this month had to offer us in the realms of video games.
We had a record breaker on our hands this month, as Fuel took the record for the biggest console game ever made. The game was filled with navigating the terrain as you found your way over mountains; driving bikes, buggies and cars. Could a modification swoop down and take the prize of Game of the Month?
Well, no, but a grand effort was made in the form of Darkest Hour: Europe 44-45 combining a blend of harsh realism into the familiar setting of a World War 2 game, which usually has its fair share of super soldiers soaking up a steady spray of bullets. Wow, try saying that after a meeting with Captain Whiskey.
As the summer blockbuster season trawls on, after last months big hits with Terminator and Wolverine we saw another movie tie-in in the form of Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen. At least, it’s in that form at the moment.
You see what I did there? I crack myself up. However, whilst the game has its moments of fun, it is just not enough to compete with the bigger games released this month and ends up left in the “just fun” category. But it has robots beating the oily innards out of each other, and what is not to love about that?
Those colourful, addictive and sometimes downright abusive (I still have yet to admit the orange button exists) music games make quite an appearance this month, as they rock their way into both portable and home consoles. Both Rock Band: Unplugged and Guitar Hero: Smash Hits carry on the legacy the previous games in the series set down, but unfortunately don’t do enough to warrant the pick of the month.
Knights in the Nightmare put on a strong showing this month, as Atlus’ strategy RPG fought for the top spot. A unique art style, a deep and engaging combat and customisation system made this game a must have for fans of the strategy genre, but unfortunately left itself short on appealing to everyone for the prize of Game of the Month.
As the votes were counted, several games rose to the top, making this the closest Game of the Month yet, although, there have only been two, so that’s probably not the grandest of achievements. So let’s start crossing the contenders off the list of hopefuls. Red Faction: Guerilla took environment destruction to a whole new level and mixed it with an entertaining game to boot.
It came close to snatching the prize and taking it back to Mars. Another close-but-no-cigar contender is Ghostbusters, bringing the world of the movies to life in a paranormal adventure of awesome proportions (I just wanted to say that because it rhymes.) The original writers were there, the original actors too and there was even some crossing the streams action to be had.
As we begin to run out of games, we veer into the territory of the obsessive games. The games that steal you soul, chew it up, spit it out and leave you a bitter husk of a human. That’s right, we’re talking about the world of The Sims 3. The latest addition in the series, and a fantastic addition at that, will cause you to lose track of all time as you find yourself immersed in a vibrant world of sims, just be careful you don’t end up speaking Simlish.
For the month of June, Gamer Limit gives the Game of the Month award to:
Prototype sees you talk the role of Alex Mercer as you embark on an action-packed romp across New York City getting to the bottom of a mystery 40 years in the making. You are given access to a range of brutal, bizarre and brilliant powers as you grow to become a living weapon. There are numerous challenges, a range of fun achievements and a web of mystery for you to unravel including a game+ option allowing you to up the difficulty and bring all your newfound power with you. The game is an adrenaline rush of fun, sure it has some flaws, but the game is entertaining and engaging enough for you to get lost in and completely forget each and every one of them.