Last year’s July was a poor excuse for a month; in fact, I ended 2011’s review of the month with “I don’t think I like July any more”. I’m not sure that this year’s July was much better – it was almost as bad as January in terms of game releases.
In fact, there weren’t really any games worth going into detail about in July; there were a few movie tie-ins including the Brave game and yet another Ice Age game but those are going to be forgotten extremely quickly, if they haven’t been already. July also saw the release of NCAA Football 2013, which is a game that doesn’t really have an audience over here.
Prototype 2 finally released on PC, three months after the console versions. Inversion also released in Europe but currently sits at a rather average rating of 56 on Metacritic, with only one positive review to sixteen mixed scores and six negative reviews.
Sadly Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD wasn't quite as good as it could have been.
So, July might have been even worse than January for games releases – certainly on the disc-based side of things, anyway. How about news, though? Well, since E3 had been a month before and Gamescom was just around the corner, July, as ever, didn’t have that many exciting announcements.
Sony did buy the cloud-based game streaming company Gaikai, however, and though nothing has come to fruition quite yet, Alex wrote an article about how great this could be across all PlayStation platforms – particularly for the Vita. Call of Duty Online was announced, which is available exclusively for Chinese players. Valve’s Greenlight system was launched, and subsequently bombarded with requests for Half-Life 3. The Angry Birds trilogy was announced at a silly price. Metal Gear Solid 4 finally got trophies and the new PS3 was heavily rumoured – someone even made renders of the system!
The Deadpool game was announced at Comic Con, along with a kick-ass trailer, but there wasn’t much more exciting news in the month of July.
Fortunately there were some nice features, such as Peter creating an epic series of extremely well-researched articles to do with the history behind Assassin’s Creed III. He later handily compiled these into an iBook, which you’re able to download here.
July wasn’t a great month in terms of gaming so I’m going to talk about the weather instead. For the first three weeks it was rather wet and not very sunny, but in the last week and a half was warm, at least in England in Wales; Scotland managed to set a new record for low July sunshine with only 99 hours of sunshine across the month, which proves that the weather is just getting worse up here.
The London Olympics began towards the end of the month and I was absolutely captivated; I sat and watched more sport than I have in the last decade. We did really well and the Olympics genuinely saved this July from being the worst month ever. Well, that and The Dark Knight Rises.