Here we are, the end of June! We were all so pumped for E3, but it came and went so quickly we barely remembered it. But we here at Warp Zoned were all kept busy with plenty of games, old and new. There’s always something for all of us, from platformers to dungeon crawlers to games with “Hot Boners.” Read on to see what we played in June!
I spent the month of June playing a single game: Square Enix’s Dungeon Siege III. It’s an enjoyable hack ‘n slash action RPG that fans of the genre would do well to seek out. Even if its storyline is just Star Wars with knights and princesses instead of… err… knights and princesses IN SPACE! Oh, wait, I also played the Sonic Generations demo. Like most Sonic games, the level was over before I really knew what was going on. I know the Sonic fans are already howling about how the franchise is RUINED FOREVER (again), but I enjoyed it.
Ah, June. You came and went so quickly! In just one short month, I beat BioShock 2, played and beat InFamous (as a goody two-shoes, and then started a second game as a baddy), played a lot more Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness, really enjoyed the El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron demo, started F.3.A.R., prestiged for the first time in Call of Duty: Black Ops, and nearly finished up Dream Trigger 3D. I dabbled in a lot of other games, but those were the only ones I really took seriously. Since the 28th, though, it’s been nothing but the Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception Beta, and I just popped in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, because nothing beats this soundtrack. I have been obliterated by games this month. I need a nice weekend down the shore with no Internet connection, lots of sand and sun, and the love of my life. And my 3DS, of course… for more than a few reasons.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance at InFamous 2, but I did get a taste of F.3.A.R. via Nicole and I have to say, it looks pretty damn good. I was afraid the new developers would make this more like a bubblegum action game, but already in the opening levels I’ve seen the same tactical combat that I loved from the last entry, as well as some impressive level design. Can’t wait to see more of this one.
As far as older titles, I’ve been getting my usual Black Ops on, as well as checking out the new “From the Ashes” map pack for Killzone 3. All of them are incredible and, as with Killzone 2, the add-on maps do even more impressive things with the engine than we saw in the main game. They’re always improving, even on the DLC, and that’s what I love about Guerilla. I’ve also played a little bit of Mega Man from the Japanese Imports section of PSOne classics, and really enjoy going back to the original as a nice handheld game to play for a few spare minutes.
June was a relaxing yet productive month of gaming for me. I finished up Dragon Quest IV after ignoring an unfinished save file for over a year, got some time in with L.A. Noire, finished Pokemon Black, finished Dead Space, and am close to completing Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. I bought The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, and am playing through that at this very moment (look for a review soon!). How excellent it is!
Gaming in June was a bit of an adventure into new lands. I explored all Wonderland had to offer in American McGee’s Alice: Madness Returns. That game had been on my radar for a long time and I was so pumped to finally get to wander around the nightmarish landscape of Alice Liddel’s broken Wonderland. Check out the review coming soon! Next up, I began my journey into Hell to save my girlfriend in Shadows of the Damned. I know it sounds a bit like Dante’s Inferno, but Dante’s Inferno does not have a gun called the “Hot Boner.” Need I say more? Demon hunter Garcia Hotspur and I have some unfinished business to attend to in July. Once again, check out the review coming soon. The rest of the month was spotted with nerve-wracking adventures into the USG Ishimura in Dead Space and wanderings around The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion‘s Cyrodil. I must finish all of it before Skyrim!
West Coast Editor
I spent much of June… doing very little gaming. As I’m away from my home base, gaming time is a little shorter – and hence, I was pretty scattered. Of June’s releases, I only bought Dungeon Siege III, thanks to the interesting demo. That said, I’ve played it for all of thirty minutes. I spent much of the month playing my early favorite for Game of the Year: L.A. Noire. Suffice it to say, I really like it and crave more through the DLC cases. I also wasted a few hours on Half Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax for Xbox Live Arcade. You’ll get a full review of that very soon, but for a sneak preview: it’s pretty awesome.