5 "Hot" Games For Summer - Available Now!

By Paul Hunter

It's summertime and with the weather heating up fast (at least it over here in Toronto), I thought it would be a good opportunity to have a look at five recently released games that are also packing the heat.

Diablo III (PC)
Release Date: May 15
Published By: Blizzard Entertainment

By now millions of gamers have already picked up the latest entry in Blizzard's immensely popular Diablo franchise, which the publisher claims is the fastest selling PC game of all time. In the first 24 hours, the game sold 3.5 million copies, plus an additional 1.2 million players received a free copy of the game after signing up for the World of Warcraft Annual Pass promotion. The game features new character classes, such as the Witch Doctor and Demon Hunter, and with the new custom 3D game engine, the land of Sanctuary has never looked better. Diablo III has been designed from the ground up to leverage the full functionality of Battle.net, the online multiplayer platform that lets games connect, band together, and barter amongst each other in the new auction house. Definitely a game worth checking out!

Resistance: Burning Skies (PS Vita)
Release Date: May 29
Published By: Sony Computer Entertainment

Resistance: Burning Skies continues Sony's critically acclaimed first-person shooter series, bringing the action to the PS Vita for the very first time. Taking place between the Resistance 2 and Resistance 3 storylines, Burning Skies follows New York City firefighter Tom Riley as he attempts to survive during the initial days of the Chimeran assault across the eastern U.S. seaboard. Riley must travel from city-to-city looking for his family while involuntarily becoming an integral player in the battle against the alien Chimeran race. Burning Skies utilizes the PS Vita dual analog control sticks for immersive first-person shooter action, and brings back the fan-favourite weapon wheel. The game includes a full single-player campaign along with a robust competitive multiplayer experience.

Spec Ops: The Line (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
Release Date: June 26
Published By: 2K Games

Developed by Yager, Spec Ops: The Line is a revival of the realistic military series that thrived in the late 90s during the PSOne/Dreamcast era. This new entry features a gripping single-player narrative that unfolds in Dubai after a wave of cataclysmic sandstorms has boxed in the city from the rest of the world. Players assume the role of Colonel John Konrad who's on the search for his missing battalion and must infiltrate the hostile city of Dubai, now overrun with outlaws. Using brute force and a deadly variety of weapons and explosives, Konrad has plenty of options to take out his enemies, including the ability to use sand strategically to bury foes in their path. In addition to the single-player campaign, Spec Ops: The Line also includes a class-based multiplayer experience set in sandy and visually stunning Dubai environments.

London 2012: The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games (Xbox 360, PS3)
Release Date: June 26
Published By: SEGA

Sega's celebrated the London 2012 Olympic Games with an officially licensed video game featuring over 45 competitive sporting events. Choose from Archery, Aquatics, Gymnastics, Shooting, Track and Field and many other sports, each with their own sport variations (discus throw, high jump, shot put, etc.). London 2012 also includes a Career mode letting players compete for Gold Medals as a professional athlete. Games are available in single-player or multiplayer, and features support for both Kinect for Xbox 360 and PlayStation Move.

Just Dance Greatest Hits (Wii, Xbox 360)
Release Date: June 26
Published By: Ubisoft

Ubisoft's best-selling Just Dance franchise continues with Greatest Hits, a compilation disc featuring over 30 of the best tracks from Just Dance, Just Dance 2, and three tracks from Just Dance 3. The full-body rhythm dancing game includes such hits as Barbie Girl (Aqua), Firework (Katy Perry), I Like To Move It (Reel 2 Real), Jump (Kriss Kross), and many more. The game is available now for Wii and Kinect for Xbox 360.

[This article originally appeared on the Future Shop Tech Blog]