July 2011: A look at some of this month’s game releases

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Last month was quite an interesting month in terms of video game releases. Not only did the long-awaited Duke Nukem Forever game finally arrive in stores in June, but we also saw the likes of Alice: Madness Returns, Shadows of the Damned and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D launched. However, it looks as though there are some good games heading to stores this month too.

In fact, Andrew Testerman from the gamersguidetolife.com website has taken a look at some of the games that are due to arrive in July 2011. Although I have to note that the release dates listed are in fact for North America, unless otherwise stated. The first big release of July is Vicious Cycle Software’s Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon game, which is due to arrive in store on July 5th.

Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon is the sequel to Sandlot’s 2007 title, Earth Defense Force 2017. Vicious Cycle Software has added a few extra features into the next installment, including over 300 unique weapons, the ability to build turrets and a Horde-style survival mode. The game, which will be available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, is expected to be released in Europe on 22nd July.

Not only will July 12th see the release of the much-anticipated NCAA Football 12 game, but it also marks the launch of EA’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II. Besides from having more polished college football action, the NCAA Football 12 game also comes with a revamped ‘Road to Glory’ mode. Meanwhile, Deathly Hallows: Part II comes with 8 different playable characters for the single player mode.

July 19th on the other hand will see the release of Next Level Games’ Captain America: Super Soldier, Techland’s Call of Juarez: The Cartel, Otomedius Excellent and The Smurfs Dance Party. For those of you that have never heard of the Otomedius Excellent game before (me being one of them), it’s a 2D shoot-em-up that features both local and online co-op gameplay for three people.

Ignition Entertainment’s El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron and Atlus’s Catherine are both due to be released on July 26th. Catherine has to be one of the most bizarre games to come from Atlus yet. The game has been labeled as an erotic horror puzzle platforming adventure title, which will see players spending an equal amount of time watching the game’s story play out in animated cutscenes as they will playing the game.

Are you looking forward to any of these games?

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