New Releases: June 7th – 13th

Welcome to the wasteland that is the summer gaming season. Things do pick up soon, we promise. With Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Singularity and Transformers: War For Cybertron (Yes!) all hitting before the month is out, we’re sure you can direct some attention to your neglected backlog of games as we ride this drought out. That said, do you like Green Day? You do? Then prepare to whip out the guy-liner, as the plastic-punk band have been put through the Rock Band machine, transmogrified into what they (apparently) hate – corporate lapdogs of capitalist doctrine! Or, you know, just some more songs for you to thrash along to. Whatever.

That said, there is something coming this week that everyone who likes mindless fun should pick up. Hint: it’s not the submarine game.

Joe Danger

Release Date: June 9th
Platforms: PS3
Publisher: Hello Games
Developer: Hello Games

Synopsis: We don’t usually focus on PSN games for this feature, mostly because we can’t be 100% sure when they’re coming out. We do make exceptions though, especially to big, glorious gems such as Joe Danger. Apparently coming to designer Sean Murray in a moment of sublime inspiration as he was taking off in a plane, the concept of Joe Danger is ridiculously simple yet totally infectious. As stuntman Joe, you can create tracks to test the mettle of your mates or merely zip through the pre-made versions in an attempt to get the best time or simply not fall on your face. TSA’s review is coming soon (needless to say we like it), though if you think we’re all a bit mad, how about the fact that IGN gave it a 9.5? Well done Hello Games. For a studio made up of just four guys with a passion for creating something fun and colourful, we doff our virtual hats to each of you.

Green Day: Rock Band

Release Date: July 8th (11th in the UK)
Platforms: PS3 / 360
Publisher: MTV Games
Developer: Harmonix / Demiurge Studios

Synopsis: The lack of Green Day’s songs appearing in either the Guitar Hero or Rock Band franchises was seemingly attributed to the band’s anti-social, down with conformity type mindset. Then again, Johnny Rotten advertises butter these days, so we should have known such vacuous reasoning was folly. It appears the real cause of what amounted to a self-imposed boycott was more do to licencing rights, the band’s label (Reprise, a subsidiary of Warner Music Group) holding out for a bigger slice of the faux-music playing pie. First came a DLC pack, and now comes Green Day: Rock Band, a full band-focused branded version of the ever-popular Rock Band series. Like The Beatles: Rock Band – but with more angst and less handlebar moustaches.

If you’re a fan of the band and you meed more Rock Band in your life, this is a no-brainer. Reviews have been mostly positive, though they do pretty much state that a fondness of the band in question is a prerequisite. Well, duh. I have no problem with bands jumping into bed with game companies and producing products such as this. Maybe my cynicism is fuelled by the fact that, so far, of all the bands who have joined forces with Activision and MTV Games, none of them would actually be in my top 100 of favourite groups. Don’t get me wrong, the Beatles are awesome. I just want something a little more substantial to pound away to. Where’s my Them Crooked Vultures: Rock Band? That’s what I want to know.

Naval Assault: The Killing Tide

Release Date: June 11th (or 15th, subs pretty much surface whenever they want)
Platforms: 360
Publisher: 505 Games
Developer: Artech Studios

Synopsis: Command WWII subs in the North Atlantic in over thirty action packed submerged missions. There’s also some four-player multiplayer action if you want to sink your mates. The niche “submarine game” has had its fans since the dawn of gaming, and though it might not be a mainstream money-making machine, it’s good to see that the genre is not dying out. All that’s left to say about Naval Assault: The Killing Tide is that there are conflicting reports of when it will actually push through the ice. Some say the 11th, others say the 15th. Let’s just say if you don’t see it in stores this week, try again the week after.

In terms of new titles that’s pretty much it. It’s another week for the late bloomer, however, as Ratchet & Clank: A Crack In Time goes platinum on the 11th, while the following PSP titles also get the precious metal treatment: Gran Turismo, LittleBigPlanet, LocoRoco 2, Jak & Daxter: The Lost Frontier, MotorStorm: Arctic Edge and Resistance: Retribution. There’s also a listing for “F1 Essentials (PSP)” which could be a Formula 1 game getting added to the new PSP Essentials library. Or it could be nothing. Guess we’ll find out this time next week.

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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.