Top 25 Games to Play Before Summer Is Over (#10 - #6)

With the top 15 games revealed, GameZone enters the top 10 portion of our Games to Play Before Summer is Over list.

Previously Listed: #25 - #21 #20 - #16 #15 - #11

10) Deus Ex

Want to vacation in Hong Kong or Paris but can’t afford the plane tickets? With Human Revolution set for late next month, you have plenty of time to play the original Deus Ex for PC and PS2 before its prequel lands on the market. One of the best features of the dark cyberpunk game—set in various worldly locations—is its spliced genre: a little first-person shooter and a little role-playing, stealth, and puzzle-solving. Even the pickiest players can find Deus Ex to their liking. For a game that came out eleven years ago, its design work is astounding: your decisions in the game not only impact you, but the other characters, as well.

We’ve got all the intel you’ll need in our preview of Human Revolution.

9) Batman: Arkham Asylum

The Dark Knight Rises isn’t coming to theaters until summer of next year, but Arkham City, the follow-up to the wildly successful Batman: Arkham Asylum, is just around the corner. What other game lets you watch fireworks made especially for you by the Joker? When you’ve had your fill of the main story, work up a sweat in the challenge rooms and cool down in the Batcave. Sounds good to us.

We’re just batty about it: our review is proof.

8) Portal 2

It’s no lie: the sequel to Valve’s successful first-person puzzle-platform game Portal is as good as a mouthful of Black Forest cake. Critics loved it, putting the title in the 95 percentile on the review-compiler Metacritic. In Portal 2, gamers can enjoy the single-player campaign or take on multiplayer with a friend; PS3 and Steam players can even join forces thanks to innovative cross-platform support. Local co-op is also available, so invite a friend over on a rainy weekend.

Here’s our sugar-free review.

7) The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

You don’t need a shiny, new Nintendo 3DS to play one of the most revered Zelda games ever made, but why would you turn to the GameCube, Nintendo 64, or Virtual Console when you could relive the classic story, music, and dungeons with updated graphics, a better interface, 3D visuals—and Master Quest? Celebrate the 25th anniversary of a timeless series by exploring Hyrule in a whole new way. We’ll meet you at the Deku Tree. Only, you know, you don’t have to leave your house to get there.

For more details about the changes, check our preview.

6) Child of Eden

The Q Entertainment-developed Child of Eden might be an Xbox 360-only game now, but it’s arriving on PS3 this September. If you happen to have a Kinect, too, you can take advantage of one of the best uses of the peripheral to date. The rhythm action game is sure to leave you breathless—and not because it’s humid outside. It mimics a shooter in gameplay, but its style is like nothing else.

It’s music to our ears. Find out why in our review.

Check back tomorrow for the conclusion of our Top 25 Games to Play Before Summer is over

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