New Game Releases for the Week of 6/26: Holding the Line

While this week only has a couple of really big releases with 2K Games' shooter, Spec Ops: The Line along with the multiplatform release of The Amazing Spider-Man, for some gamers, this might be overshadowed by today's Dawnguard expansion for Skyrim as well as the "Extended Cut" for the Mass Effect 3 ending. How many of you will be revisiting these games that have a couple of months on them at this point?

Personally, I'm happy to have an excuse to mess around in Skyrim for another few compulsive hours of questing, murdering, and looting. As for Mass Effect 3: I played the game and I got an ending. I may not have been overwhelmed with it, but in as much as I had "big questions" about the series, BioWare provided answers. Did they reflect all of my choices in the game in a 1:1 manner? No, but when do these things ever? Nonetheless, I will do my due diligence and check it out.

Hit the jump for a couple of this week's other notable releases.

Title: Spec Ops: The Line

Platform(s): PC, PS3, Xbox 360

It's interesting that in the promotion of this third person shooter, developer Darkside Games and publisher 2K have touted this as a game with tons of consequences as opposed to the usual line about games with choices. It's early in the morning and I'm trying to parse exactly what the distinction is (that is to say, in both cases you're dealing with points where you have to make decisions and the results that follow), but it's a game that promises moral repercussions for the gamer (or at least their character, Captain Martin Walker).

We'll see how that moral complexity shakes out in this Dubai-set take on The Heart of Darkness when Jason Cipriano posts his review.

Title: The Amazing Spider-Man

Platform(s): Multi

Beenox has made Spider-Man games that I liked, albeit with caveats. Their last game, The Edge of Time had some clever time-bending elements and mostly engaging combat, hampered by claustrophobic interior environments. Now that they're playing with a whole city in this tie-in to the upcoming film reboot, will the combat have a great chance to shine?

Title: Unchained Blades

Platform(s): PSP

There's a new RPG here from the creators of Grandia and Lunar and it's hitting the PSP. Some of what's in Unchained Blades is stuff you're already familiar with: fighting monsters and occasionally recruiting them, joined by your part of three other characters.

XSEED is just very good at this type of game, as long as you're not looking for some kind of evolutionary jump in the genre. So if you're looking for (according to the publisher) up to 60 hours of gameplay on the go from a very solid team, this might be the game for you.

Related posts:

'Dawnguard' Expansion Coming to 'Skyrim' Tomorrow on the Xbox 360

That New 'Mass Effect 3' Ending Some of You Wanted is Coming Tomorrow


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