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El33t’s P33k at the games of June: A Returning King, an Electrical Demigod, a Twisted Queen and a Shadow Ruler

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This month is packed to the bursting brim with exciting, important, explosive and otherwise amazing videogames, and may just represent the best month of gaming we’ve enjoyed so far in 2011.

We’ve rounded up a list of titles releasing over the next few weeks of June, and members of El33tonline talk about the games they’re most looking forward to getting their hands on from now until the month’s dying breath.

Did we mention June is packed with games? Is it ever:


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Week of June 10th:

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Week of June 24th:

Lisa

“It’s been a while since I got some serious gaming time in, guess I’ve been too busy making sure everyone else has the games they’ve been looking forward to. Well, hopefully that’s about to change this June, well after E3 that is!

After the dust has settled and the exhaustion worn off, it’ll be time to settle back into the couch and stake my claim on those games that I’ve tentatively labelled as ‘mine.’ There are a couple of titles that I’m really looking forward to this month, including Duke Nukem Forever, inFamous 2, Red Faction Armageddon, Alice: Madness Returns and Shadows of the Damned.

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It will be a real trip down memory lane with ol’ Duke and I’m going to sink myself whole-heartedly into lots of one-liners and over the top action. I got a taste of inFamous 2 at the Sony PlayStation Experience in London earlier this year, and I’ve been keeping a keen eye on Cole ever since. In addition to sending a hat around whenever possible to help my figurine fund, I’ll be making tough choices and plenty of explosions while indulging in a bowl of popcorn or two.

The El33tonline team saw a demonstration for Red Faction Armageddon at last year’s gamescom show, and I’ve been excited ever since. I mean you can use the destructive powers of the Nano-Forge to transform the world into your weapon and bring it crashing down upon your enemies. That sounds awesome. Last but not least are two EA titles that have been on my radar for a while now. I’m super psyched for them, Alice: Madness Returns just looks pretty darn insane and Shadows of the Damned is looking interesting too, albeit a little too familiar to certain other franchises.

And in between all this shooting, punching, running and Nano-Forging, I’ll also be hoping to enjoy some quiet time with Link in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. It’s in everyone’s best interests that us gamers are balanced so I’ll make sure to schedule some 3DS time in the evenings after blowing stuff up.

As you can see from the huge list above, gamers are going to be really spoilt for choice this month. So keep your dial tuned to El33tonline to see what’s what and who’s who in our latest reviews. Happy gaming everybody!

Hail to the king, baby.”

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Bryan

“You bottom feeding scum-sucking algae eater!” – a lesser known pearl of encouragement from the only Duke that matters in the 21st century!

I can still remember the day when we first fired up the DOS4GW loading screen for Duke3D 4 player co-op and marvelling not only at the great co-op but the fact that there was a pistol reload action after running an ammo clip dry! Ah, the fond memories!

It seems like I’ve been waiting for Duke Nukem’s return for, like, ever and now he’s finally here. I hope he won’t disappoint. I’m ready to kick some butt and chew bubble gum… and I’m all out of gum.

  • Red Faction: Armageddon

Another sequel that is sure to impress! And then there’s Mr. Toots! We needed that little critter back in the days of DooM!

  • Alice: Madness Returns

I remember American McGee’s first rendition of Alice was a nauseating, confusing, and dark game made with the Quake 3 engine but I still enjoyed it. Looking forward to seeing what they make of Alice’s return with current-gen technology. At my age I’m not so sure I’ll be able to stomach it though…

  • Dungeon Siege III

Dungeon Siege was a fantastic Sierra RPG that even two years ago was played through by six friends and me. If in 2009 not much could beat the 7 player co-op then Dungeon Siege was certainly a robust game. Definitely holding hope for a return to massive co-op RPG gameplay!”

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Tom

“This month’s releases aren’t particularly exciting to me, although Infamous 2 and Dungeon Siege III should both be solid, enjoyable experiences.

I’m very happy to see some Kinect-enabled games in this month’s line-up, as the 8 million or so people who have already invested in the device deserve some good software which has been designed to take advantage of Kinect’s awesome potential.

What tickles your fancy on June’s list of titles?”

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Oltman

“With Winter starting to settle in nicely it is always nice to have a few games to look forward to when the nasty flus and colds keep you in bed. Or in front of the TV. Personally I have a few I am looking forward to myself:

Being the resident El33tonline Sims aficionado (everyone is allowed their guilty pleasures, right?) I am really looking forward to the new Sims expansion, Generations. This time its all about the younger generation and what you can let your Sims get up to as children and teens.

Its time to kick ass and eat bubble gum… and I am all out of gum! Yes, hell has frozen over and pigs are flying! The Duke is back, baby. This promises to be completely tasteless, mindless, violent fun!

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inFamous 2 makes it to my shortlist because of the brilliant inFamous 1 that totally surprised me with its slick use of powers and good vs bad gameplay throughout. The sequel is more of the best parts of the original, so its all good!

American McGee’s Alice was a great twist on the Alice in Wonderland story, one that even Tim Burton recently failed to equal. Now Mr. McGee and his new Singapore studio is about to unleash an even more disturbed and mentally fragile Alice on the world! Beware the girl with the knife!

Dungeon Siege III is in the hands of the RPG Sequel Masters, Obsidian. Their only blemish is their only original IP attempt in Alpha Protocol. DS3 is their first foray into the series, but Chris Taylor is advising them. That means it will be an action RPG fan’s dream come true. Its also the series’ first console visit. I cant wait!

Red Faction meets Dead Space in Red Faction Armageddon. I dont need to elaborate. Play this with the lights on!”

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Pete

  • Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

“Having played about half-way through the version that came with the GameCube, when I heard about the 3DS version of the game coming out I stopped, so I’ve yet to experience the fullness of Ocarina of Time. Nintendo usually do great ports with new features, so I’m expected improved everything – textures, frame-rates (in particular) and hopefully some new overworld content. Either way it will be an epic game.”

  • Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition

“Yes, more Street Fighter IV can never be a bad thing. This looks like a great package at a good price if you don’t already have any version of SFIV already, and while I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of Capcom’s DLC strategies, I do like the way they’ve supported this game with improvements, balance tweaks and new characters. Now I just need a second fightstick!”

And now that PSN is up…

  • Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls

“It’s been a long time since I played Wizardy 1 on the Apple ][, but it’s very fondly remembered. It’s a series that has mostly died in the West but for it maintains a pretty good series of releases in Japan with a dedicated fanbase. Now finally a new Japanese Wizardry game is being released in English and I’m most intrigued.”

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Like we said: Packed!

Which games are you all looking forward to this month?


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