Summer time always brings with it a video game drought that lasts until late September. In recent years however, the DLC experience has made this not so bad, with quality titles being released each week for under twenty dollars. What are some of the best and worst for Summer 2010? You're about to find out.

(Will be updating throughout July and August)




Castlevania Harmony of Despair - Xbox 360
Release Date: XBL August 4th, 2010
Price: 1200 MS Points
6 player Castlevania? Sign me up! While the game has it's fair share of grind, and playing alone is definitely one of the more difficult and boring experiences you'll have, in a group that knows what they're doing it's hard to say this isn't a great entry in the Vania series. You more than get your monies worth here, but keep in mind that the game doesn't support local multiplayer, or a PS3 release date >:(
Recommended




Deadliest Warrior: The Video Game - PlayStation 3/Xbox 360
Release Date: PSN TBA / XBL July 14, 2010
Price: 800 MS Points
Super face paced battles a la the Bushido Blade series. While I still consider the show to be silly fanboy fodder, the game has cut it's way into my heart. For the time being it has replaced SSFIV as the after-cast game of choice.
Highly Recommend




Duke Nukem Manhattan Project - Xbox 360
Release Date: XBL June 23, 2010
Price: 800 MS Points
Always bet on Duke. This is an untouched re-release of the 2002 PC game, strictly for long time Nukemheads.
For the Fans




Hydro Thunder Hurricane - Xbox 360
Release Date: XBL July 28, 2010
Price: 1200 MS Points
I love boat racing games, though this particular one lacks a sense of speed that past iterations have had. At 1200 points it's hard to recommend this title when there's so much else to play this summer.
Decent




Joe Danger - PlayStation 3
Release Date: PSN June 8, 2010
Price: PSN $14.99




Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light - PlayStation 3/Xbox 360
Release Date: PSN TBA September, 2010 / XBL August 18, 2010
Price: PSN $14.99 / 1200 MS Points




Limbo - 360
Release Date: XBL July 28, 2010
Price: 1200 MS Points (About $15)
To fans of last years "Braid" this title will seem like a breath of fresh air. Simple side scroller platforming controls with 3-4 hours of brain teasers. While the game is creepy and pretty to look at, you don't receive a lot of bang for your buck in this case. At 400 points it would be a buy, at this price definitely run through that trial first.
Not for Everyone




Monday Night Combat - Xbox 360
Release Date: XBL August 11, 2010
Price: 1200 MS Points




Scott Pilgrim vs. The World - PlayStation 3/Xbox 360
Release Date: PSN August 10, 2010 / XBL August 25, 2010
Price: PSN $9.99 / 800 MS Points
Balls to the wall, Beat 'em Up, RPG Action. Emulating the classic River City Ransom, Scott's video game adaption is all a fan could ask for, but alas this greatness will be lost on non-retro gamers and those unfamiliar with Pilgrim.
Highly Recommended, Especially for the fans

Till next summer,
Lee