The Playlist: July 2009

Our mission at TGR has always been not only to give you – the reader – upfront information, but to keep that information up-to-date, so that you are better informed and in good time. That’s why I’m proud to bring you the first edition of “The Playlist”, a new feature that will provide you with all the new video game releases for each month. Not only that, but in “The Playlist” you’ll also find footnotes from TGR staff members on the titles they’re looking forward to. Yes, based on our recommendations you’ll know exactly which titles to get/avoid like the plague. Take that sentence as you will.

While I’m excited about The Playlist’s debut, I can’t say that I’m exactly thrilled about the games we’re looking at in July. There are exceptions, though. For one, it’s good to see Guybrush Threepwood returning to our screens so many years later, along with the unexpected but long-awaited facelift a certain band of ninja turtles will be receiving in the coming weeks (surely a shell-lift? – Ed). I’ll also definitely be welcoming Wallace and Gromit over for some lovely tea. But to be honest, I’m already looking ahead to the end of the year, and to BioShock 2. It’s one of the few games I’ve already put the money down for this year, but I’m just hoping it measures up to its truly remarkable precursor. Hmm, that’s all the way in October, which tells you all you need to know about July. Nonetheless, we’re here to focus on the present, so without further ado here are this month’s new releases.

New releases for July 2009

The King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match (360 XBLA) – July 1st
Worms 2: Armageddon (360 XBLA) – July 1st
East India Company (PC) – July 2nd
The Punisher: No Mercy (PS3 PSN) – July 2nd
Ultimate Knight Windom XP (PC) – July 2nd
Bit.Trip Core (Wii WiiWare) – July 6th
7 Wonders II (DS) – July 7th
Acceleration of Suguri (PC) – July 7th 2009
Europa Universalis: Rome (Gold Edition) (PC) – July 7th
Memento Mori (PC) – July 7th
Saint (Wii) – July 7th
Speed Zone (Wii) – July 7th
Street Fighter IV (PC) – July 7th
The Bigs 2 (360 / PS3 / PC / PSP / PS2) – July 7th
The Tales of Monkey Island – Episode 1 (Wii WiiWare / PC) – July 7th

Ant Nation (DS) – July 14th
Birthday Party Bash (Wii) – July 14th
Nancy Drew: Ransom of the Seven Ships (PC) – July 14th
Science Papa (Wii / DS) – July 14th
Sherlock Holmes: The Mystery Of The Mummy (DS) – July 14th
Sudoku Ball – Detective (Wii / DS) – July 14th
Suguri: X-Edition (PC) – July 14th
Sushi Academy (DS) – July 14th
NCAA Football 10 (360 / PS3 / PSP / PS2) – July 14th
Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! (PSP) – July 16th
The Humans (DS) – July 17th
WarpForce (PC) – July 17th

More of July’s new releases on Page 2

July’s New Releases (continued)

Chocolatier (DS) – July 21st
C.O.R.E (DS) – July 21st
Dino Pets (DS) – July 21st
Domino Rally (Wii) – July 21st
Dreamer Series: Top Model (DS) – July 21st
Dreamer Series – Zoo Keeper (DS) – July 21st
Garfield Gets Real (DS) – July 21st
G-Force (360 / PS3 / Wii / PC / DS / PSP / PS2) – July 21st
Little King’s Story (Wii) – July 21st
Pennzoil’s Build-N-Race: Speed Demons (Wii) – July 21st
Reel Fishing: Angler’s Dream (Wii) – July 21st
Rock Band Country Track Pack (360 / PS3 / Wii / PS2) – July 21st
Watchmen: The End is Nigh – Part 2 (360 / PS3 / PC) – July 21st
Zoo Vet: Endangered Animals (Wii) – July 21st
‘Splosion Man (360 – XBLA) – July 22nd
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled (XBLA) – July 22nd
Trials HD (360 XBLA) – July 22nd

Wii Sports Resort (Wii) – July 26th
Space Bust-A-Move (DS) – July 27th
Aliens in the Attic (Wii / DS / PS2) – July 28th
Bionic Commando (PC) – July 28th
Black College Football: The Xperience – Doug Williams Edition (360 / PC) – July 28th
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (Standard Edition) (360 / PS3) – July 28th
DT Carnage (Wii) – July 28th
Fritz Chess (Wii / DS) – July 28th
Gears of War 2: All Fronts Collection (360) – July 28th
Indianapolis 500 Evolution (360 XBLA) – July 28th
Marker Man Adventures (DS) – July 28th
My Secret Diary (DS) – July 28th
Rockin’ Pretty (DS) – July 28th
Shorts (DS) – July 28th
The King of Fighters XII (360 / PS3) – July 28th
Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Adventures Ep. 4: The Bogey Man (PC) – July 28th
Dyson (PC) – July 31st
Trine (PC) – July 31st

Also set for release in July

Marvel vs Capcom 2 (360 XBLA / PS3 PSN) – TBA

Namco Museum Essentials (PS3 PSN) – TBA
Sonic & Knuckles (360 XBLA) – TBA
The Warriors: Street Brawl (360 XBLA) – TBA
Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Adventures Episode 2: The Last Resort (XBLA) – TBA

What’s on the TGR playlist?

“I’m most excited for Tales of Monkey Island. It’s so iconic of the once supreme adventure game genre, not to mention of a time when LucasArts made more than just Star Wars titles”
David Taylor, Staff Writer

“I’m truly excited about Trine. Yes, I may have done it an injustice by calling it this year’s Braid, since Trine’s more about its mechanics than its narrative, but either way it’s going to be a big winner.”
Jeffrey Matulef, Staff Writer


“It’s a quiet month, but having said that, the wealth of 2D fighters and a return trip to Monkey Island should keep me going until Trine comes out”
Sinan Kubba, Editorial & Features Director


“I’m sorry but this month is a big yawn for me. Perhaps if I get drunk I might find something positive to say something about July’s new releases.”
Patrick Mulhern, Associate Editor


“My July playlist has been plucked from the humongous retro bosom of XBLA. Both Worms 2: Armageddon and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles In Time Re-Shelled drained me of my youth. Now if only they could make the title of that Ninja Turtles game a bit longer…”
Joseph DeLia, Previews Director


Author: John Laster