'Harry Potter,' 'Insect Armageddon': video game releases

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Giant alien ants and their swarming insect army give us a chance to batter summer bugs in Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon, while Harry Potter and Captain America prepare to visit console and silver screens.

Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon (360 PS3)
North America: July 5, Teen, $40
Europe: July 22, 12+, £30
Japan: July 7, C (15+), ¥7,140

Both the Xbox 360's 2006 installment of EDF and the PS2's 2005 predecessor proved cult hits thanks to fun and frantic action. Can Insect Armageddon repeat the feat?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (360 DS PC PS3 Wii)
North America: July 12, E10+, $30-$50
Europe: July 15, 12+, £30-£50

It's Harry and chums versus the Dark Lord Voldemort, with a total of eight playable characters on the console and PC versions, including Harry, Hermione, Ron and Ginny.

Captain America: Super Solider (360 3DS DS PS3 Wii)
North America: July 19, Teen (E10+ on DS), $30-$50
Europe: July 15, 12+ (16+ on 360/PS3), €40-€60/£30-£50

Cap goes up against Nazi bad guys Red Skull, Iron Cross and superscientist Arnim Zola. The film's Chris Evans lends his voice while graphic novel writer Christos Gage provides an original storyline.

Call of Juarez: The Cartel (360 PS3)
Coming to PC in August
North America: July 19, M17+, $60
Europe: July 22, 18+, €70/£50

Leaving behind the Old West, the third Call of Juarez game relocates to gangland Mexico as a three-player shooter starring US cops on a revenge mission. Not available in Mexico.

Bastion (360)
Xbox Live download: July 20, 1200 points ($15/€14/£10)

Lush hand-drawn graphics and a wise-cracking narrator help define this action adventure, which was twice nominated at the 2011 Independent Games Festival and was a winner at the 2011 Game Critics Awards.