Memorial Day represents the official unofficial beginning of summer, but apart from a blistered hot dog wedged in a soggy bun, what else do you have to look forward to? This summer’s crop of games isn’t packed with lots of high-profile titles, but there are more than a few games worth taking a look at.

Note: Release dates subject to change. This is not a complete release list


It seems like summer is doing most of its heavy lifting up front, with June housing the season’s high-profile titles Duke Nukem Forever and Infamous 2. The month has a little something for everyone, however, from Child of Eden to Dungeon Siege III to The Legend of Zelda: Ocraina of Time on 3DS. Duke Nukem Forever and Ocarina of Time together again? It’s the late ‘90s all of a sudden.


Will there be anybody in the entire world who picks up both NCAA and Catherine? I put the number of people who do in the single digits, and Phil’s not one of them.


Summer ends on a low-key note, although it’ll be interesting to see which game is good enough to put its franchise back to prominence – Driver: San Francisco or Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Of course, Deus Ex has a much higher threshold to meet, but then again maybe Driver’s crazy out-of-body-experience jumps the shark even for that franchise.

The August calendar is a little in flux, as it remains to be seen if games like Lord of the Rings: War in the North or Dead Island come out in the month or later in the fall.

What do you think of these games? Which ones are you going to get – or are you going to dig into your gaming backlog instead?