Release Radar- 15 Games in Q2 2012 You Should Know About

It’s that time of year again. One quarter down, and time for another. While we are not cramming big name franchises into the picture this quarter, there are still plenty of quality games on their way. A lot of them are high profile, and some you may have never heard of…until now. A few of us at Vagary.tv have sat down and put together this list of 15 games we think you should be aware of in the coming few months.

Be advised, this list is by no means represents every game coming in the next couple of months. There are still a plethora of other games coming, and some you may want more than any of these. Also, dates are always subject to change, which is why Inversion and Ghost Recon: Future Soldier are not part of this list. Enjoy! ~ Don

Heroes of Ruin
Developer: n-space
Publisher: Square-Enix
Projected Release: April 2012

The lack of quality games on the Nintendo 3DS has been a major issue with the system, but early in 2012 things have picked up with a good variety of quality games. Heroes of Ruin looks to continue that trend in quarter two as Square Enix drops the unique action roleplaying game on gamers. Featuring, what Square Enix calls, a seamless drop-in, drop-out multiplayer experience, a deep customization system and new challenges to download daily via Spot Pass, Heroes of Ruin has the potential to change the handheld landscape.

- Chris Scott

Kinect Star-Wars
Developer: Terminal Reality
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Projected Release: April 2012

The success of the Kinect is certainly debatable but there is one thing I cannot deny and that is that my kids love playing it. You know what else they love? Star Wars. Sure, Kinect Star Wars (or is that Star Wars Kinect) looks like a combination of mini-games but when it comes to motion gaming, those games tend to work best as they can offer quick bursts of fun and not wear out their welcome. As long as Kinect Star Wars allows me to lightsaber fight my son and “use” the force to do cool things on my television, this game will be a winner.

- Chris Scott

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
Developer: CD Projekt Red Studios
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Projected Release: April 2012

The Witcher 2 was one of the top RPGs of last year, but its PC only status — and the behemoth that was Skyrim — meant that it did not nearly get the billing it deserved. Thankfully, the console release is nearly upon us. I hope your high fantasy hankerings haven’t been fulfilled by Skyrim and Kingdoms of Amalur, because the Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings provides a much more mature and visceral experience. This offering is the full “Enhanced” treatment, giving you the opportunity to explore the full version of an already widely acclaimed action rpg. Challenging combat, tough decisions (resulting in a plethora of different endings and wildly different play through possibilities) and a true adult experience another fantasy go around that much more satisfying.

- Tony Odett

Mario Tennis Open
Developer: Camelot Software Planning
Publisher: Nintendo of America
Projected Release: May 2012

While the Mario Kart series is the most well-known of the Mario themed sports titles, the Camelot developed Golf and Tennis games are largely regarded as some of the most fun on their respective platforms. Camelot will bring Mario Tennis Open, the first new Mario Tennis title in over six years, to the 3DS, strengthening an already impressive 2012 slate of releases. While support for the 3DS’s gyroscope might be a minor touch, the ability to play online matches could make Mario Tennis the go to game for competitive play.

- Chris Scott

Note: This is what you can do when you pre-order. You know you want to.

Sniper Elite V2
Developer: Rebellion
Publisher: 505 Games
Projected Release: May 2012

One might say a developer would be insane to go back to World War 2 and do another shooter. However, with the proper spin, and a few new details, they might be able to go back to the well once more. Sniper Elite V2 has done just that, adding heavily detail sniping mechanics with a unique co-op system to put a new twist on the greatest war Earth has ever known. Add some visceral, bloody, and jaw dropping sniping cam shots showing bones breaking, lungs puncturing and heads being ripped apart, and you have a game that is definitely worth a solid look. The last Sniper Elite game was a solid title that was sadly overlooked. So, for some solid 3rdperson shooting action, with an extra helping of gore, look no further than Sniper Elite V2.

- Tony Odett

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Author: Don Parsons View all posts by
Starting out as a founding member of Gamingcore Podcast, Don ventured on to start Gameciety; which began as a podcast, and ended as a blog. Don now handles Vagary.tv's PR work, is part of the reviews staff and has various other little projects he does for the site.