This week in new releases sees a host of new titles hit store shelves, ranging from Ubisoft's Mexican drug war game to Supergiant's downloadable role-playing title.
Leading the pack this week is Ubisoft's Call of Juarez: The Cartel for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Unlike its predecessors, which were set during the Wild West, Call of Juarez: The Cartel takes place during modern times.
As the name implies, the game chronicles a drug war along the Mexican border, casting players as a female FBI agent, a Wild West sheriff type, and an undercover drug agent. Polish developer Techland said it chose the setting to capture a "relevant plot" that would connect with today's gamers.
Also debuting this week is Supergiant Games' downloadable action role-playing title Bastion. The release kicks off Microsoft's Summer of Arcade promotion, which includes From Dust, Toy Soldiers: Cold War, Fruit Ninja Kinect, and Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet.
As for the title in question, Bastion relies heavily on storytelling, offering more than 40 hand-painted environments that gamers explore to uncover the origins of Calamity, a civilization-destroying event.
Gamers looking to pick up a film tie-in title this week can grab Captain America: Super Soldier this week. The game arrives before its theatrical counterpart on Friday, and it will hit the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS, with a 3DS version following at some point later on.
Super Soldier will offer an original storyline based on the Captain America film, which stars Chris Evans (Fantastic Four), Tommy Lee Jones (No Country for Old Men), and Samuel L. Jackson (Iron Man 2). Harking back to the comic franchise's roots, Nazis will be the target of Captain America's ire, as the shield-wielding hero squares off against his nemesis, Red Skull, in an effort to stop the evil machinations of the scientist Arnim Zola.
Lastly, gamers looking to boogie to a new tune in Ubisoft's popular Just Dance franchise can pick up Just Dance Summer Party this Tuesday on the Wii. The game will include 20 new songs stemming from the '80s, '90s, and today, including Katy Perry's "Firework," Rihanna's "Pon De Replay," and Lou Bega's "Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit of Monika)."
For further details on the week's games, visit GameSpot's New Releases page. The full list of downloadable games on the PlayStation Store, Xbox Live Marketplace, and Wii Shop Channel will be revealed later this week. Release dates are based on retailer listings and subject to change
TUESDAY, JULY 19
Call of Juarez: The Cartel--X360, PS3--Ubisoft
Captain America: Super Solider--X360, PS3, Wii, DS, 3DS--Sega
Fallout: New Vegas - Old World Blues--X360, PS3, PC--Bethesda Softworks
Just Dance Summer Party--Wii--Ubisoft
The Smurfs: Dance Party--Wii--Ubisoft
WEDNESDAY, JULY 20
Bastion--X360--Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Dead Block--PS3--Candygun Games