I'm going to shoot you straight: July is a pretty awful month to be a gamer looking for new things to play. There is barely anything coming out. It seems even the video game industry is taking the month off to make room for The Dark Knight Rises. At least, that's my take on the situation with no insider information whatsoever. Either way, here are the few games worth checking out this month.
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy
Platform: 3DS / Release Date: 7.03.2012
What It Is: For those craving more Final Fantasy but wrapped in a rhythm game shell, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy is the game for you. The game lets you pick up to four classic Final Fantasy characters and relive moments from Final Fantasy I-XIII, with all combat based on keeping the beat, yo.
CraveOnline's Call: This is definitely an odd concept, there's no doubt about it. However, Final Fantasy nuts should eat this right up as long as they own a 3DS, that is. Being able to relive the first thirteen FF titles with gameplay that pays tribute to some of the industry's best music seems like a win/win for the Final Fantasy faithful.
NCAA Football 13
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3 / Release Date: 7.10.2012
What It Is: This is the new model in the NCAA Football franchise. This year's version brings with it a ton of new animations, including over 20 new quarterback dropback animations. Additionally, this will be the most detailed looking version of NCAA Football to date.
CraveOnline's Call: If you fancy yourself a college football fan, then NCAA Football 13 seems like a safe bet. In fact, a lot of people prefer the NCAA series to Madden NFL because the gameplay feels more authentic to the experience being simulated.
The Last Story
Platform: Wii / Release Date: 7.10.2012
What It Is: This third-person action-RPG original released in early 2011 in Japan to much critical and commercial fanfare. The highly regarded game is finally getting the North American treatment thanks to XSEED Games.
CraveOnline's Call: Odds are if you're a Wii owner, you're starved for new games at the moment — whether good or bad. Well, The Last Story couldn't release at a better time, then. That is if you're into action-RPGs. But again, I imagine any Wii owner will take what he/she can get at this point. Therefore, give The Last Story a shot.
Platforms: PS3, XBLA / Release Date: 7.10.2012 (7.11.2012 on XBLA)
What It Is: Last month saw the release of Quantum Conundrum on the PC platform, which launched to plenty of critical praise. Now Airtight Game’s puzzle-platformer is headed to the Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network markets.
CraveOnline’s Call: If you haven’t had a chance to pick up this game on PC, now’s the time to get it when it hits XBLA and PSN. Quantum Conundrum is a fun, quirky puzzle-platformer that takes a lot of inspiration from Portal, which makes sense considering the lead developer, Kim Swift, is the creator of Valve’s cake-loving franchise. If you’re looking for something off the beaten path, Quantum Conundrum should scratch that itch just fine.
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Platform: 3DS / Release Date: 7.31.2012
What It Is: The seventh installment in the Kingdom Hearts franchise comes exclusively to the Nintendo 3DS. The game focuses on Sora and Riku as they protect parallel worlds in preparation for their enemy, Xehanort's return. This game will also be the most action heavy Kingdom Hearts experience to date, giving gamers a glimpse at how things will be handled in the eventual Kingdom Hearts III.
CraveOnline's Call: First thing's first: this game has an awful title. There, I said it. Title notwithstanding, though, this latest addition to the Kingdom Hearts brand looks to offer fans everything they love about the series on the go. So if you consider yourself a Kingdom Hearts fan, you'll probably want to give this game a shot when it releases at the very end of the month.