Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, 3DS News: At first, this week's video game releases don't strike us as anything special. But two out of three games have potential.
At first, this seems like a dull and uninteresting week in video game releases. However, Call of Juarez: The Cartel really shakes up the series by fast-forwarding it 150 years to present-day Mexico, while Captain America, from our pre-E3 playtesting, has proven to be more than your average movie-game tie-in. Just Dance Summer Party... well, two out of three isn't bad.
Captain America: Super Soldier
The movie Captain America: The First Avenger makes its way into theaters across the United States this week and, like every Marvel movie that exists, it has a video game tie-in. Titled Captain America: Super Soldier, this Xbox 360 ($37.49), PS3 ($37.49), Wii ($39.96) and Nintendo DS ($29.99), Nintendo 3DS ($34.99) game allows you to take control of the Chris Evans-played character before the action movie makes its US debut on the big screen. Sega was even able to add in 3D to the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the movie-game. Sadly, the Captain America: Super Soldier PSP and PC versions were axed in favor of focusing on the other versions, all of which are single-player-only.
Call of Juarez: The Cartel
The previous Call of Juarez game, Bound in Blood, was set in the 1860s. Call of Juarez: The Cartel? Not so much. This Xbox 360 ($59.99), PS3 ($59.99) first-person shooter takes place in modern-day Mexico, while still retaining the series' western theme. The hits-close-to-home border and drug story sparked a little bit of controversy for Ubisoft and Polish-based developer Techland. Although we're skeptical of what a far-away Eastern European country really knows about cartels south of our complicated border, the company has stirred up enough controversy to lure us into wanting to try it out.
Just Dance Summer Party
Ubisoft is responsible for another release this week: Just Dance Summer Party for Wii ($29.99). Since Nintendo's console isn't the most DLC-friendly system out there, the French video game publisher is re-releasing Just Dance 2 with almost all of the DLC included on a disc. With over 20 new tracks, from Steppenwolf's "Born To Be Wild" to Blur's "Song 2," there's enough content here to power you through October, when Just Dance 3 is set to release.
Video Games also releasing this week:
The Smurfs: Dance Party for Nintendo Wii ($30)
The Smurfs for Nintendo DS ($30)
Nintendo 3DS Zelda Armor - Green ($15)
Nintendo 3DS Zelda Armor - Black ($15)