Among upcoming video game releases, Fruit Ninja Kinect brings melon mangling to the Xbox 360, while EDGE makes the transition from iPhone over to Mac and PC.
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).
EDGE (Mac PC iOS)
August 11, download via Steam and Mac App Store
Previous versions $2.99/€2.39/£1.99-£3.99/€4.99
Known for two things: inadvertanly uncovering a trademark scandal that pulled in industry giant Electronic Arts, and being one of the best brain-ticklers on the App Store. The new Mac and PC versions feature enhanced graphics and effects, while iOS users receive a free update called EDGE Extended.
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 Civ World. Pay up in order to unlock extra nations and boost progress, or simply play for free.
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 version of Wii cult hit No More Heroes, that 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.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution (360 PC PS3)
North America: August 23, M17+, $59-$69
Europe: August 26, 18+ / 15, €55-€59 / £45-£59
Japan: August 9, Z (18), ¥7,980
Glossy, futuristic cyberpunk prequel in which players choose between using combat, stealth, hacking and exploration abilities as they become immersed in global conspiracy. Early reviews give it 95% (PC Gamer), 8/10 (OPM), and 10/10 (OXM UK).