Video Game Releases for 06-14-11

A column article by: Amelia Ramstead

Amelia takes a look at what's coming out in the gaming world this week.

A handful of games are being released tomorrow, including a much-anticipated installation in a series that changed video games forever…

First up, a new add-on to Fallout: New Vegas will be released across all the platforms – Old World Blues. This add-on will raise the level cap by five, offer a new trait, and respec on old traits.

Outland will be downloadable for Xbox 360. Reviews have been positive, focusing on great play control and beautiful and stylish graphics. The game focuses around two sisters who control the light and dark forces in the world. Gameplay includes more than just swordplay; puzzle solving is also integral to this intriguing-sounding game.

Alice: Madness Returns will be available across platforms. This is a dark and dangerous version of Alice in Wonderland, with an Alice that has suffered a number of horrors including abuse and imprisonment. The London that is represented in the game is twisted and awful – filled with pimps, prostitutes, orphans, and beggars. It is a relief when Alice finally returns to Wonderland, although not for Alice. This horror-genre game looks frightening and fascinating.

In line with the release of the movie sequel, you know there had to be a video game tie-in for Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Like most movie to game franchises, the game is essentially a way to play your way through the movie. Transformers fans should love it. Not sure about everyone else.

Strategy RPG Record of Agarest War Zero will be deployed cross-platform. The game is a prequel to Record of Agarest War. The game has beautiful anime-style graphics that look like an actual movie. A can’t miss for fans of the original.

Wipeout: In the Zone, releasing on Xbox 360 Kinect, is based on a TV game show, and is billed as an amazing family-friendly game. Players run through an obstacle course, jumping over pitfalls and dodging punching bags to the face. It looks to be fairly amusing and probably a pretty good workout.

Child of Eden, a game that looks like a cross between a shooter and an acid trip, will be released for Xbox 360 Kinect. It looks beautiful and mesmerizing, and I could easily see myself getting lost in this all night. I may need to avoid it for that reason – I have responsibilities!

Finally, the long-awaited Duke Nukem Forever, a game that has been in development for the last 15 years, will be released cross-platform. Duke Nukem was one of the first shooters to have an online multiplayer option, and was the first game to really create a headache for the ratings system, with the ability to flag down hookers, intense violence, and a raunchy sense of humor. Duke Nukem changed the rules and paved the way for series like Grand Theft Auto. I’ll be getting my hands on a copy Tuesday, and you’ll hear more about it then!

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