On The Horizon: Dragon’s Crown

Happy Mondays! It’s yet another edition of On The Horizon, your favorite first step into finding out what’s in your gaming week this week! We’ve got a ton of really cool things to tell you about today, but the most important of all is this: THE SUMMER GAMING DROUGHT IS OVER!

This Tuesday marks the release of Dragon’s Crown which, in my book, is one of the best beat ’em ups I’ve played in years. Also, I didn’t know that you spelled beat ’em ups that way (I thought it was ‘beat-em-ups’). Side comment aside, I will be playing this game on my PS3 and/or Vita over the next few days so if you’re getting the game, hit me up on PSN. My PSN ID is EternityInBlack. If you’re not, however, convinced to pick up this game, I urge you to check out our review of Dragon’s Crown here. And while you’re at it, here’s the Dragon’s Crown trailer Atlus released a few days ago!

Also being released this week is Starbreeze Studios’ Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. It’s a traditional adventure game that’s being released on the PlayStation Network, Steam, and Xbox Live Arcade and follows the story of two brothers who are desperate to cure their father, who is afflicted by a sickness that they would like to cure. The game is a collaboration between Starbreeze and Josef Fares, an award-winning Swedish film director, and the end result is turning out to be nothing short of amazing. We actually have an E3 preview of the game on the site, but some time this week Sean will be posting up his review of the game. We hope you look forward to it! For the time being, here’s a trailer for the game.

In what would only make someone I know really giddy like a school girl, a brand new game in the Tales series is finally coming out. Titled Tales of Xillia, this PS3 game was released back in September 2011 in Japan. Xillia is the 13th in a long running line of Tales games and already has a sequel out in Japan, which was released last November. Tales of Xillia promises to have an improved battle system, a gripping storyline, and memorable characters. As always, here’s the trailer!

Nintendo’s launch window sure is strange, isn’t it? If I remember correctly, the Wii U was launched November of last year, and it’s August now. I thought the launch window was only six months long? Either way, regardless of whether or not Pikmin 3 launched within that time frame is of no consequence to the hardest of core Nintendo fans. And chances are, you really didn’t need us to tell you that the game came out yesterday. But for people who didn’t know, here’s the E3 trailer for Pikmin 3, just to whet your appetite for the actual game.

Other games that are coming out this week include Divinity: Dragon Commander, a turn-based and real-time strategy RPG by Larian Studios, Disney’s Planes, a game tied in with the movie that’ll be released in theatres on Friday, and Air Conflict: Pacific Carriers, a flight sim developed by Games Farm which acts as a sequel to the 2006 game Air Conflicts. Yes people, the road to the holidays has officially started.

In terms of content this week, we’ve got an editorial that Sean wrote about why he thinks Call of Duty will last for a while. You’ll most likely see that come up today. In addition to this, as I mentioned earlier, he’s also working on his Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons review which we expect to come out in the middle of the week. Be sure to look out for that! Today, I’m posting a very special podcast that I recorded with someone who I think you know from the early days of Gamer Horizon… and he’s got a lot to say about what’s been happening for the past few months. Make sure you come back for that!

Also, Ted’s got a helping of Roundhouse Roundup this week as always, Ari’s crazy addicted to Triple Town, and Chris has got the news covered. If you’re not fans of our Facebook or Twitter accounts yet, I actually post a lot of candid shots and comment on there, in addition to the site, so if you haven’t yet, please take the time to follow us there.

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