Deus Ex: Human Revolution promises action, infiltration, and futuristic body augmentations, while Rugby World Cup 2011 is the first of two high-profile rugby tie-ins (displaced in North America by Madden NFL 12).
Deus Ex: Human Revolution (360 PC PS3)
North America: August 23, rated M17+, $59-$69
Europe: August 26, 18+ / 15, €55-€59 / £45-£59
Japan: August 9, Z (18), ¥7,980
Glossy, futuristic cyberpunk prequel to the iconic Deus Ex. Players choose between using combat, stealth, hacking and exploration abilities as they become immersed in global conspiracy. Early reviews gave it 94% (PC Gamer, GamesMaster), 8/10 (OPM), and 10/10 (OXM UK).
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked (3DS)
North America: August 23, Teen, $39
Japan: September 1, B (12+), ¥6,279
Essentially the same as the Nintendo DS's SMT: Devil Survivor, though the extra $10 nets enhanced graphics, the 3DS's 3D effect, voicework throughout, and an epilogue.
Rugby World Cup 2011 (360 PS3)
Europe: August 26, 3+, €59 / £45
North America: September 6, Everyone, $49
Touted as the first rugby union game in four years, and with the all-important tournament license to boot. Rugby Challenge, meanwhile, attempts to take the title of Best Rugby Game Starring Jonah Lomu.
Bodycount (360 PS3)
North America: August 30, M17+, $59
Europe: September 2, 16+ (15 UK), €49 / £49
Storyline? Doesn't need one - Bodycount is all about guns and the use thereof. Out to steal Battlefield 3's thunder in terms of dynamic destruction, while showing Bulletstorm a thing or two about arcade purity.
Madden NFL 12 (360 3DS PS2 PS3 PSP Wii)
North America: August 30, Everyone, $59
$39-$49 on other platforms, $89 for special edition
Europe: September 2, 3+, €69 / £49
The latest edition of Madden NFL reflects rule and roster changes and implements draft pick trades, custom plays, and player progression.
Rock of Ages (360 PC PS3 via download)
Xbox 360: August 31, approx 800 Points ($10/€9/£7)
PC: August 31, $9.99 / €7.99 / £6.99
PlayStation 3 to follow. E10+ in North America / 12+ in Europe.
Bowling meets art history in this Python-esque combination. One or two players hurl face-featured rocks through landscapes inspired by five distinct time periods.