Upcoming video games: Lego Batman 2, Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor
Lego Batman swoops into a sandbox Gotham, walking tanks stomp onto the Xbox Kinect in Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor, the PlayStation Network receives the criminally overlooked Tomba! - and there's a tie-in for Disney Pixar's Brave.tech reviews Updated: Jun 18, 2012 13:01 IST
Lego Batman swoops into a sandbox Gotham, walking tanks stomp onto the Xbox Kinect in Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor, the PlayStation Network receives the criminally overlooked Tomba! -- and there's a tie-in for Disney Pixar's Brave.
Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (360 3DS PS3 PSV Wii WinPC)
North America: June 19, age rated E10+
European regions: June 22, age rated 7+
The caped crusader is joined by DC Comics chums Robin, Superman, Wonder Woman and more for this latest brick-shaped tangle with the Joker, who's now teamed up with Supes's arch-enemy Lex Luthor.
Price: $49 / €49 / £39 / R399
Less on PC, Ds, 3DS, Wii, Vita
Disney Pixar's Brave: The Video Game (360Kinect DS Mac PC PS3Move Wii)
North America: June 19, E10+
European regions: July 27, 12+
Official console tie-in for this month's Pixar movie, featuring plenty of bears and one nimble, bow-toting DunBroch princess. Temple Run: Brave is already available for iOS and Android. Not to be confused with 360/Wii game Brave: A Warrior's Tale or 3DS title Bravely Default: Flying Fairy.
Price: $29-$49 / €29-€45 / £19-£39 / R299-R499
Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor (360Kinect)
North America: June 19, M17+
Japan: June 21, Z (18+)
European regions: June 22, 18+
Take control of a walking tank in this successor to the Xbox's original duo of bizarrely appealing Steel Battalion installments. From the makers of the acclaimed Dark Souls and underappreciated Chromehounds.
Price: $59 / €59 / £39 / R499 / ¥7,990
North America: June 19, E for Everyone
European regions: dependent on NA performance
Japan: since July 2011, A (all ages)
Young Tomba pursues the evil pigs that have wrecked his island home. Rare PS1 platform game with a cult following thanks to both its own quirky qualities and its designer's rich heritage (Ghosts'n Goblins, Mega Man, Breath of Fire franchises).
Penny Arcade Adventures - Episode 3 (360 PC, Mac to follow)
Worldwide: June 25
Developed under the auspices of retro RPG master Zeboyd Games (Breath of Death VII, Cthulhu Saves the World), web comic tie-in Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness - Episode 3 promises to be a right little cracker. Find it on Steam or the Xbox Live Indie Games channel.
Price: $4.99 / 400 MS Points
Spec Ops: The Line (360 PC PS3) June 26
North America: June 26, M17+
European regions: June 29, 18+
Storm an apocalyptic, sand-drenched Dubai in sand in this riff on Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Previews indicate an intriguing take on the squad-based first person shooter formula, and certainly Yager Development's biggest project after the obscure 2003 flight sim Yager.
Price: $59 / €45 / £39 / R599, less on PC