The Games of June 2012

June seems like it’s going to be a slow and likely disappointing gaming month for most of us here at Warp Zoned. But have no fear: E3 will have you looking to the future! Sadly, it’s a future that’s likely still a year off, but it’s still something to look forward to. But for now, here’s what we plan on playing for the next 30 days!

John Scalzo
Call me a weirdo if you must, but I think Lollipop Chainsaw looks like the most fun we’ll have with a video game all year. The slightly off-kilter humor… the zombie hordes fueled by bad rock music… a bubble-headed cheerleader that is obviously a bad parody of Buffy Summers… this game’s got it all.

The only thing it doesn’t have is a wisecracking superhero who webslings across an open-world Manhattan. For that, we’ll have to turn to The Amazing Spider-Man. I don’t quite know what to make of the film, but I’ve been a big fan of Activision’s recent Spider-Man games and The Amazing Spider-Man looks to uphold that tradition nicely.

Nicole Kline
Senior Editor
Silly June. This month is really all about E3, which means I intend to spend a lot of it pining for games that aren’t out yet, like Dead Space 3. Wee! But really, game-wise, I’ll most likely just be playing boatloads more Diablo III… if the servers are up. Other than that, the only game I’m really interested in is Pokemon Conquest.

Otherwise, I intend to finish up Prototype and perhaps even Disgaea this month, if I can tear myself away from the Item World long enough to actually finish the game. Bring on July and Theatrythm: Final Fantasy, please!

Ryan Littlefield
Podcast Producer
Well, it looks like my birthday day is going to be the best release week in June for me, between Lollipop Chainsaw, Gravity Rush, and Gungnir. The Metal Gear Solid HD Collection on Vita will be cool too, but I don’t think I can justify picking that up since I’ve got it on PS3. My hi-def Snake visuals are satiated. Okay, that was weird. Moving on.

Pokemon Conquest looks like a really interesting game, and I’m normally pretty wary of spin-offs. There’s something that seems kind of Dynasty Warriors: Empires-ish about it, and I can’t help but think that adding Pokemon to the mix would be a recipe for success. The only other thing I’ll eventually pick up looks to be Record of Agarest War 2, but I’ve got the first two sitting around still, and I hear they’re ungodly long. We’ll see how that one goes.

Andrew Rainnie
Staff Writer
I’ve gotta agree with a few of my fellow staff members – June looks pretty poor. While there are a lot of titles being released, my optimism for any of them is fairly low. We have yet another Lego game in Lego Batman 2: DC Heroes. I would pick up Pikmin 2 if I didn’t already own the GameCube version. And while I am as giddy as a coke-snorting schoolgirl for The Amazing Spider-Man film, the same cannot be said for the game adaptation. If I have learned one truth in the last few years of video gaming, it is that a film adaptation + Activision = crap.

If I were to buy one new release, I might splurge on Inversion, although while I was hoping the gravity mechanic would set it apart from other third-person shooters, from the previews I have read it seems to be more of a gimmick, which if true is a damn shame.

Chris Urie
Staff Writer
Amongst the indomitable dross, two shining beacons of gaming hope peek their head out of the June releases. Suda 51 is back with Lollipop Chainsaw, and boy is he back with a brand new bag of weird. Zombie games have been done. Hack and slash games are and old hat on consoles. But, mash the two together with some Suda sprinkles on top, and there might be a tasty cupcake under that pile of rainbow-colored entrails.

Also, there’s been a Portal in my heart that hasn’t been filled for quite some time. Thankfully, Quantum Conundrum will be there put some salve on my ever-growing wound. Hopefully GlaDOS won’t mind if I take a break from testing to explore some puzzle-ridden parallel dimensions. Just in case she does, I’ve got some neurotoxin antidote close by.

Joshua Wise
June doesn’t look like it’s going to be a great month for gaming. Lollipop Chainsaw is intriguing enough that I’ll give it a go, and my recent time with the Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor demo makes me want to give that one a shot, too. The only thing I have listed for this month as a “buy” is The Amazing Spider-Man in the most likely far-fetched hope that it will recapture the momentum and joy of Spider-Man 2.

Continue on to the next page for a complete look at the June release schedule.

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