New Video Game Releases for the Week of 6/12: Fun With Sneaking, Gravity, and the Living Dead

The Vita, it has games! Plus, Lollipop Chainsaw is finally on shelves, and Ubisoft has an interesting spin on the tower defense genre on the way to consoles and mobile devices.

Title: Lollipop Chainsaw
Platform(s): Xbox 360, PS3

The latest from Suda51 and the Grasshopper team is one we’ve been looking forward to since it was first announced. And now that we’ve built the game up so impossibly high in our heads… well, it better just be the best game in the entire world or we won’t know what to do with ourselves.

Seriously, though, Lollipop Chainsaw is one of those games where as a reviewer, you have to put aside your anticipation for the title to assess what it is. I’m not saying it’s good, bad, or whatever—I’ve only had a couple of minutes with it so far—but it’s important to look at a game not in terms of the one you expected or were looking forward to but the one that’s currently sitting in your disc tray. Academic, I know, but it still needed saying.

First impression with those initial 15 minutes or so in: we need that Akira Yamaoka/Jimmy Urine soundtrack to be available ASAP.

Title: Metal Gear Solid HD Collection
Platform(s): PS Vita

Tiny sneakings! After some minor delays, Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3’s HD remakes are finally making their way to the Vita.

I’m curious about who’ll be checking these out. Not in a snide “who would want to play these very good games on a handheld” sort of way, but more like how well do these titles work as points of entry for new Metal Gear fans or gamers looking to fill out their Vita libraries? Presumably, the guys and girls who love these two games probably have their console counterparts but…

Eh, let’s just be happy it’s here and you can look for my review soon.

Title: Babel Rising
Platform(s): PSN, XBLA, iOS, Android

So, Ubisoft made a god game where you’re the spiteful type of deity thwarting man’s ambitions to rise up to the heavens. In Babel Rising, you play as God and your goal is to stop humans from building a tower that reaches heaven. Also, you can smite using the PS Move and Kinect if you’re so inclined.

I guess we could consider this a tower offense game? No, that would mean your tower has offensive capabilities. In any event, it sounds nuts and worth checking out simply for the premise alone, plus it’s nice to see a downloadable title support the two consoles’ motion controls.

Title: Gravity Rush
Platform(s): PS Vita

For two weeks in a row, we’ve gotten sort of under-the-radar releases featuring shifting gravity as a mechanic. Last week it was Namco Bandai’s Inversion, and this week it’s SCE Japan’s Gravity Rush. The core of the latter game involves shifting your center of gravity and taking on enemies from multiple angles while the latter was mostly about playing a version of Gears where you can throw cars at people.

As ever, your mileage may vary.

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