New Releases: May 30th – June 4th

Finally, a respite from the relentless onslaught of must-have games. Not to say that what’s on offer this week isn’t worthy of your time and coin, but it does contain titles that many would consider a tad more niche than the last fourteen days of gaming decadence. Recharge those batteries soldier. The war ain’t over yet.

Tuesday:

Me & My Katamari

Release date:  June 1st
Platforms: PSP
Publisher: Namco
Developer: Namco NOW Production

Synopsis: It’s taken its sweet time but finally the world’s greatest garbage collection sim has arrived on PSPGo – at least on this side of the world. This game is ancient, having come out in Japan in 2005 and then North America the following year. A UMD version followed suit in Europe soon after. Katamary is something of an acquired taste, but if you’re looking for some quirkiness on your portable, look no further. Though fruit-cake playground-designer Keita Takahashi may not have been involved this time around, it’s still an infectious, enjoyable romp.

Wednesday:

PSP Essentials

Release: June 2nd
Platforms: PSP
Publisher: Various
Developer: Various

Synopsis: You’ve got another thing coming if you think I’m going to create entries for each one of these, but just to keep the list as up to date as possible – the PSP Essentials range launches this week. Here are the ten games that will be available at a cut-down price of £9.99/€9.99. Yep – the games are technically cheaper outside of the UK. Go figure.

  • Buzz! Master Quiz
  • Daxter
  • Everybody’s Golf
  • LocoRoco
  • Medievil Resurrection
  • Patapon 2
  • Pursuit Force
  • Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters
  • Secret Agent Clank
  • WipeOut Pulse

Thursday:

Planet Minigolf

Release Date: June 3rd
Platforms: PS3
Publisher: ZEN Studios
Developer: ZEN Studios

Synopsis: The third PSN game from Hungarian studio ZEN Studios, let’s hope this one is more like ZEN Pinball and less like Punisher: No Mercy. In fairness, No Mercy was a competent rendition of what the third Unreal Engine can produce, it just played like a game we thought was great five (or more) years ago. ZEN Pinball on the other hand, though suffering from egregious multiplayer issues, was a charming gem – a must for all pin-head flipper-freaks out there. Hopefully lightning will strike twice for the Budapest developers, with Planet Minigolf promising 140 unique holes to stump fans of golf’s lighter side. Of course, the big draw is the ability to create your own minigolf monstrosities to share with the community. A kind of LittleBigPlanet Minigolf in other words. The game is also compatible with PlayStation Move, a future-proofing trait we wholeheartedly welcome.

Friday:

SBK X

Release Date: June 4th
Platforms: PS3 / 360
Publisher: Black Bean
Developer: Milestone

Synopsis: I don’t usually do this but I know next to nothing about this game or its genre. So, I’m going to cheat and cut and paste something from the press release. “Sample the improvements Milestone have made in the brand new “X” edition playing both in Arcade and Simulation mode on the Portimao circuit, in all the different weather conditions and against other 15 opponents through the new Online Multiplayer Mode.

For the first time in the SBK gaming franchise, you will be able to challenge more than 90 real drivers on the official circuits, create and customize your own biker and race in the 3 different classes: Superbike, Supersport and Superstock™1000. Fun and realism through the Arcade and Simulation mode, with the chance to achieve goals in your career and enjoy a solid multiplayer game mode up to 16 players.”  Annnd … I’m back.

Assassin’s Creed II : Complete Edition

Release Date: June 4th
Platforms: PS3 / 360
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Montréal

Synopsis: We’re not going to spend much time describing this one. For one, we’re not even sure what’s in it, as the press release database has come back with a big fat nada. It does appear on a lot of retailers’ calendars, however, so we think there’s a good chance it actually exists. We’re going to go out on a limb and assume this is the main game with all the DLC (The Battle of Forli and The Bonfire of the Vanities for example) in one embossed super-duper case.

Finally, a few weeks ago we said Dark Star: Broken Alliance was coming out for the Xbox 360. I’m not saying we lied per se, just that it never actually appeared for whatever reason. This is the second time the “next-gen Elite” has appeared in retailers’ forthcoming lists. Just saying. Don’t be surprised if you see something similar to this appearing in a future “New Releases” article. The new date is June 4th. We just don’t know which June 4th.

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Please note: while every attempt is made to get both the dates accurate and every applicable game included, we are not infallible and mistakes will be made. Feel free to mention any omissions or corrections in the comments below. We’ll endeavour to correct the above and even thank you personally. We’re good like that. Finally, all dates are the official EU dates. Actual release dates in your country may vary to the dates shown above.