Review of the Year 2012: July

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.

[drop]The downloadable market saw a couple of good games in July, with Spelunky and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD both releasing on Xbox Live Arcade. These were both well received, with the former spelunking game currently sitting at a score of 87 on Metacritic and the latter skateboarding game receiving receiving a rating of 66.

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.

[videoyoutube]We also had Peter Willington, otherwise known as Peter 2 or Steve to avoid confusion, kissing Justin Bieber and writing an extremely in-depth article about it, along with quite a funny video.

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.



  1. Haha…I moved to Scotland in June and I thought July was rubbish for the weather. Didn’t realise it was record-breakingly rubbish though!

  2. July and August are always rubbish for games. Anything decent that gets released in those months would have most of the market to itself.

    I don’t understand why we don’t see more games released. It’s not like the weather in Europe is generally good enough to be out of the house much. They’re the wettest months of the year every year.

    • …Developers/publishers just wanna bath in the sun I guess.

  3. August wasn’t that bad this year – 2 of my fave games arrived Darksiders 2 and Sleeping Dogs. But I guess that’s for next topic :)

  4. That’s a bit of a harsh metacritic score for Tony Hawk.

    It might not have been everything we wanted, but I think it’s the best skating game this generation (didn’t like the Skate series, and what else has there been other than a series of flops in the Tony Hawk series?)

    It definitely deserves more than that, although it does seem to have lost a bit of the magic. Or else I just moved on to other types of games.

    • I don’t know, I kinda agree with some of the mixed reviews.

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