June Gaming Guide

Pigs are flying. Hell has frozen over. Duke Nukem Forever is finally coming out! But that's not all...

Erik Norris & Joey Davidsonby Erik Norris & Joey Davidson


June 2011 is a huge month for the world of gaming. For starters, E3 kicks off. This is our chance to look into the crystal ball and see what’s coming down the road. But June isn’t all about looking forward, as there are some major games releasing in the here and now. For instance, Duke Nukem Forever is finally coming out after being in development for 14 years. We also get new versions of Red Faction and InFamous this month. Read on to see our ten most anticipated titles of June 2011.

Red Faction: Armageddon


System: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Release Date: 6/7/2011

Volition’s follow-up to the last entry in the Red Faction series, Guerrilla. That game was downright charming. The massive Martian world took time to traverse, the landscape was bleak and the enemies were dumb. But the sense of open, never-ending destruction and exploration made it feel huge.


This time, Volition chose to make the property more of a narrow, corridor shooter. How will that translate to the love of the franchise? Will people see it as a step backwards instead of a step forwards? We’ll see. Know this: it’s not the same game.

InFamous 2


System: PS3
Release Date: 6/7/2011

The original InFamous was a super-charged success when it released in 2009. It’s now two years later and we’re finally getting a sequel. While InFamous 2 retains a lot of the elements that made the original title so special — open world, karma system, electricity-based powers — it also switches up a few things to make sure this new game feels fresh. For starters, InFamous 2 moves the action from Empire City to the New Orleans-inspired New Marais. Cole’s voice has also been recast, making him come off as a more likable hero, something that was a major fault of the original title. Finally, InFamous 2 incorporates the “Play, Create, Share” mantra of recent Sony games by letting you design your own missions and upload them for the world to play.

Developer Sucker Punch knows how to make a solid video game. They’ve been doing it for years with the Sly Cooper titles and the first InFamous. InFamous 2 is looking to continue that track record. If you’re a fan of open world games with a superhero twist, InFamous 2 should do nicely.

Duke Nukem Forever


System: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Release Date: 6/14/2011

Does the Duke have what it takes to overcome 9,000,000 years worth of delay? We’re assuming people will be flocking to stores just for the sheer fact that they’re finally able to buy this game.


But how will a property that’s been in the works for so long play? Will it feel like an outdated shooter? Or has Gearbox done enough to make this magic for real? The Duke’s got a lot of things going for him; but, he’s not exactly known for his ability to modernize his methods. Let’s hope that doesn’t translate to the gameplay within Duke Nukem Forever.

Alice: Madness Returns


System: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Release Date: 6/14/2011

American McGee and his company Spicy Horse return to their crazy vision of Wonderland with Alice: Madness Returns. Have you often wondered what a Wonderland through the unfiltered lens of Tim Burton would look like? Well, this series gives you a pretty good idea. This is Wonderland at its creepiest.


Alice: Madness Returns marks the first time this franchise has come to Xbox 360 and PS3. The original Alice was a PC-only affair. From what we’ve seen, the gameplay looks rather linear, but what really drives the experience is meeting all the twisted inhabitants of Wonderland.  


Transformers: Dark of the Moon


System: Xbox 360, PS3, 3DS
Release Date: 6/14/2011

The third entry in the Michael Bay Transformers film saga releases at the tail end of the month. And in typical blockbuster movie release fashion, there is a tie-in game releasing to help fuel the fires of hype. But there’s a reason why we’re jazzed for the Transformers: Dark of the Moon video game. It’s being developed by High Moon Studios, the same team that made the amazing Transformers: War for Cybertron game. You know, the only good Transformers game ever.


Much like War for Cybertron, Dark of the Moon will feature a lengthy campaign spread out over 18 missions and a robust multiplayer component. Sure, if we had our choice we would have preferred a sequel to War for the Cybertron, but when push comes to shove, we’ll take more High Moon Transformers action any way we can get it.


Child of Eden


System: Xbox 360
Release Date: 6/14/2011

If your Microsoft Kinect has been collecting dust the last few months, here’s a title that will surely shake that crud off. Child of Eden is a rhythm-based game created by Tetsuya Mizuguchi, the same genius who made Rez. The goal of the game is rather simple: shoot the objects on-screen using hand gestures and claps to chance weapons to produce musical effects that go along with the beat. But even with its simplicity, Child of Eden is addicting.

Here, let this trailer explain how the game is experienced:

With the death of Guitar Hero, and rhythm-based games on the decline, there needs to be a title to come along and rocks the foundation of this floundering genre. Child of Eden could be that game. The gameplay is simple, yet intoxicating. The music and visual effects are gorgeous. All in all, Child of Eden is looking quite magnificent.


Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3DS


System: Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: 6/19/2011

The return to this classic N64 title marks an interesting point in the Nintendo 3DS’ short history. Will gamers grab the latest handheld in order to re-embark on one of the greatest gaming adventures of all time? Tough to say. But Nintendo’s hoping this will bolster the system’s slower sales.

The update will see, obviously, new 3D visuals, the original game, the Master Quest, new animations, updated sound and updated graphics. Also big to the title is the ability to interact with your inventory with the bottom screen. That’s right, no more stopping your game progress to open up the menu and put on new boots every 30 seconds… we’re looking at you, Water Temple.

Shadows of the Damned


System: Xbox 360, PS3
Release Date: 6/21/2011

A third-person shooter from the minds behind the Resident Evil franchise and Killer7. Shadows of the Damned is a collaboration between Goichi Suda and Shinji Mikami, and follows the story of Garcia Hotspur, a demon hunter who travels to Hell to save his true love. Garcia is also joined by a demon companion named Johnson, who can transform into weapons such as revolvers, machine guns and shotguns.

In fact, check out this trailer to learn all about Johnson…

Unfortunately, we don’t know much about (we’re terrible gaming journalists). The truth is, the game crept up on us. But the duel creators behind the project definitely makes Shadows of the Damned stand out. That’s why we’re drawing your attention to the game here. Keep an eye on this one, it could turn out to be a sleeper hit.


Dungeon Siege III


System: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Release Date: 6/21/2011

Dungeon Siege III is a continuation of the action role-playing franchise, developed by Obsidian for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. The game has actually been tailored with console players in mind, featuring a control scheme optimized for a controller. But don’t take that as a sign that Dungeon Siege III has been dumbed down for the console crowd. The game is still loaded with customization options for the RPG hardcore.


Dungeon Siege III is a title we checked out during this past March’s PAX East expo. Our own Mike White enjoyed the game, and he’s a big role-play nut. So, if your interests also sway towards orcs, trolls and goblins, you probably will enjoy this game.

F.E.A.R. 3


System: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Release Date: 6/21/2011

You just can’t keep an angry Alma down. The special thing about F.E.A.R. 3 is that it’s being developed by Day 1 Studios, with the help of horror master John Carpenter and comic scribe, Steve Niles. F.E.A.R. 3 also features a co-op mode which lets you and a buddy double team the opposition as Point Man and Paxton Fettel, the protagonist and antagonist of the original F.E.A.R. game, respectively. Finally, multiplayer plays a big part in the game, featuring some wickedly original game modes such as “F***ing Run!,” which was one of our standout moments of PAX East this past March.


We’ll be honest, we kind of wrote off the F.E.A.R. franchise after the original game. It just didn’t feel fresh anymore. However, Day 1 Studios is proving an old dog can learn new tricks, as F.E.A.R. 3 brings enough uniqueness to the table to make us take notice. If you like your shooters with a dash of scares, F.E.A.R. 3 is the game for you.