Despite the hot-weather stereotype of summer's bone-dry release schedule, recent weeks have seen big-name releases such as Human Head Studio's portal-walking Prey, the latest entry in EA's NCAA football series, Namco Bandai's PlayStation Portable brawler Tekken: Dark Resurrection, and Capcom's long-awaited Street Fighter II' Hyper Fighting, to name a few.
Next week, Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII, Ninety-Nine Nights, and DarkStar One headline a well-stocked week of new games. Until then, however--just hope that your zombie bashing in the Willamette Parkview Mall lasts a long, long time.
Dead Rising, the frenetic, action-infused zombie game from the horror aficionados at Capcom, rises above the pack as this week's most high-profile new game. In Dead Rising, you are Frank West, a brawny photojournalist trapped in a small-town Colorado mall, where zombies roam like buffalo. West will have to pilfer dozens of the mall's stores for weapons, solve cases, and snap photos, all while traversing the zombie playground. For more on the game, check out the GameSpot review of Dead Rising, available later today, and remember to watch the live video review tomorrow at 4 p.m. PT. Until then, salivate over GameSpot's latest hands-on coverage of a near-complete version of the game.
After last week's anticipated release of Street Fighter II' Hyper Fighting on Xbox Live Arcade--which, according to Capcom's boasting, raked in serious cash as the Arcade's fastest-selling title yet--Pac-Man has a hard act to follow this week. Namco Bandai's classic ghost chomper hits Microsoft's online-game marketplace Wednesday for about $5.
Meanwhile, a big dose of giant-robot strategy gaming is stomping onto the small screen on Wednesday. Super Robot Taisen: Original Generation for the Game Boy Advance is a mashing of popular Japanese anime series--Gundam, Macross, Mazinger Z, and the like--into a turn-based strategy game with role-playing elements. Super Robot Taisen has already earned favorable reviews for its memorable characters, impressive graphics, and reply value.
D1 Grand Prix is a smaller profile but anticipated PlayStation 2 game from Yuke's. Based on the popular Japanese sport of drift racing, D1 Grand Prix pits racers against one another to not only cross the finish line first but in the most stylish manner. For more on the game, releasing August 8, read GameSpot's previous coverage.
Pac-Man (Xbox 360--via Xbox Live only)
Pony LUV (PC)