Lush animation in Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, buccaneering antics in Pirates of the Black Cove, and Fruit Ninja's produce piercing aplenty are among upcoming games.
Pirates of the Black Cove (PC)
August 2, Teen / 12+, $19.95 / €19.95
Fancy launching one billion cannon balls in a pirate ship broadside while building an empire of ruffian-friendly ports and towns? Then consider this, the logical next step for the makers of
Commander: Conquest of Americas (very serious) and
Woody Two-Legs: Attack of the Zombie Pirates (utterly silly).
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet (360)
Xbox Live download: August 3, 1200 Points ($15 / €14 / £10 / ¥1,770). Rated Everyone / 7+ / A (all ages).
Iron Giant and
Ratatouille film whiz Michel Gagne provides all the art for this side-scrolling spaceship game. Distinctive style, co-op for up to four players, and even a dash of chugging black metal.
Fruit Ninja Kinect (360 via XBLA)
Xbox Live download: August 10, 800 Points ($10 / €9 / £7 / ¥1,180). Rated Everyone / 3+ / A (all ages).
Adding body-controlled fruit slicing for arm-flailing action, and a multiplayer mode for iPhone favorite
Fruit Ninja. Also included free with
The Gunstringer (September 13).
Age of Empires Online (PC)
August 16, Everyone 10+ / 12+, free
World conquering is getting cheaper all the time, as
Age of Empires prepares to tempt players away from Facebook games like
Empires & Allies and
No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise (PS3 + PS Move)
North America: August 16, Mature, $39
Europe: Available on PS3, 18+, €59 / £45
Japan: Available on 360 and PS3
An upgraded vision of Wii cult hit
No More Heroes, a game of exaggerated violence, irreverent humor, lightsabers (sorry, beam katanas), assassination leagues, and a thousand jabs at
Grand Theft Auto.
El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron (360 PS3)
North America: August 16, Teen, $59
Europe: September 8, 12+, £40
Japan: Available now, B (12+), ¥7,980
Mashing biblical characters and modern technology, Enoch dons designer jeans and angelic armor on a quest to quell a universal rebellion. Striking visuals, and great reviews of the Japanese version. North American release originally scheduled for July 26.