Release Radar – 10 Games in Q3 2012 You Should Know About

With half of 2012 behind us, it’s time to start looking towards the home stretch of quarter four (ie. “review season”). In the meantime, we still have quarter three to get through and while it lacks the quantity of titles that we encountered in the first two quarters, there’s still substance. This is generally the best time of year to go outdoors and get some fresh air, so keep that in mind if you find yourself bored and wanting something new.

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

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy
Developer: Indies Zero
Publisher: Square-Enix
Projected Release: July 2012

Despite the grand assumption that rhythm games are “dead”, Square-Enix is putting their massive library of wildly-popular Final Fantasy music to use. Silly name aside, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy appeals to a wide audience of fans. This 3DS title also has a re-returning cast, most of which appeared in Dissidia Final Fantasy (Lightning, Cloud and the Onion Knight to name a few). You’ll also see a blend of RPG elements with the rhythm portion of gameplay tying it together. As a huge fan of Final Fantasy music, I could picture myself tapping and sliding my stylus on the screen to some of my favorite songs while kicked back at work on one of my breaks. This is yet another title that is pushing me to upgrade to a 3DS, too.

– Don Parsons

The Last Story
Developer: Mistwalker
Publisher: XSEED Games
Projected Release: July 2012

The Last Story’s pedigree includes a creative team driven by Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi and music composed by famed composer Nobuo Uematsu. Those two names are enough for many Japanese roleplaying game fans to get excited about, and many were, but for a long time it seemed that the game would never make it to North American shores because Nintendo had no desire to bring it here. Fortunately developer Mistwalker and publisher XSEED found a way to bring this title to fans in the waning hours of the Wii’s life. If you own a Wii, enjoy JRPGs and desire something to play while waiting for the WiiU, The Last Story is sure to put a smile on your face. I know it will put one on mine.

– Chris Scott

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Developer: Square-Enix
Publisher: Square-Enix
Projected Release: July 2012

Despite its Goofiness, the Kingdom Hearts series has developed into one of the premier Japanese roleplaying game series on the market. The mix of classic Disney and Final Fantasy characters has proven to be one of Square’s greatest and most successful gambles. Dream Drop Distance (3D get it?) is the first entry of the series on Nintendo’s latest handheld and is being developed by the team behind the much heralded Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep for the PSP. Graphically the game looks to take full advantage of the extra power of the 3DS and with support for the Circle Pad Pro accessory, Kingdom Hearts 3D may be the closest fans get to actually getting Kingdom Hearts 3.

– Chris Scott

Developer: Tequila Works
Publisher: Microsoft Games Studios
Projected Release: August 2012

Summer of Arcade has delivered some of the best small scale releases in recent memory and this summer’s selection of Xbox Live Arcade titles looks like it will be keeping up that tradition. As good as all the games in Summer of Arcade 2012 look, one game really stands out. Deadlight is a 2D, Metroid-esque platformer set in a post-apocalyptic world infested with zombies. The art style is striking, the gameplay looks phenomenal and if it can be half as engaging as 2009’s Shadow Complex, fans are in for a real treat.

– Chris Scott


Sleeping Dogs
Developer: United Front Games
Publisher: Square-Enix
Projected Release: August 2012

I made the mistake of mixing up Max Payne and True Crime. I confess that so I can admit I was disappointed when I popped the Max Payne 3 disc into my Playstation 3. I was expecting a sandbox to play “Cops” in and got a heavy, story-driven shooter. Thankfully I won’t be making that mistake again when I put Sleeping Dogs in my console and expect to get a True Crime style game. Taking place in Hong Kong, a sandbox game can’t be successful without events outside of the main story and Sleeping Dogs doesn’t disappoint in that regard. Plenty of free-roaming events can distract you from your main course as well as leveling up your character in three different areas (Face, Triad, Police). Even though it isn’t titled True Crime, it is the next True Crime game and that’s something to keep an eye on.

– Don Parsons

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  • Oh man, Deadlight looks so good. I had about 20 minutes to play it on a tired E3 afternoon and I was nothing but impressed. It looks like I’ll have to dust off my brother’s Xbox 360 and give my beloved PS3 a break for this one.

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