originals\ Sep 27, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Top 25 Games to Play Before Summer Is Over (#15 - #11)


So far, GameZone has revealed 10 titles of the Top 25 Games to Play Before Summer is Over Summer.

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

We continue trucking along, revealing five additional games you should play before the summer is over.

15) No More Heroes (series)

With an enhanced port coming exclusively to the PS3 in mid-August, it’s a little silly to suggest playing a particular version, considering some people haven’t tried the series and others own both games for the Wii. If you don’t have Nintendo’s current console, save your cash for the renovated Heroes’ Paradise. If you do have a Wii, gear up the game or its sequel, Desperate Struggle, and enjoy the action and story of Travis Touchdown all over again. They’re one of the few mature-rated games on the system, and Travis is one of the most graphically stylish assassin-killing assassins out there. He certainly made the most of his summer.

We beat down the baddies in our reviews of NMH and NMH 2.

14) Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

If you’re still furious from tracking down hundreds of flags and pushing over crazy old men and beggar ladies in the first Assassin’s Creed, it’s about time you gave the much improved sequels a chance. Even the skeptical considered AC2 much more impressive and enjoyable than the first, but the real accomplishment here is Brotherhood. The game continues Desmond’s ancestral storyline by resuming Ezio’s perspective from AC2, and best of all, it features an acclaimed multiplayer mode. Of course, single-player is also included. Just don’t collect any flags. We know it sounds patriotic, but need we remind you: you’re an assassin.

For those who want more, AC: Revelations is set for November.

You can find our hassle-free review of Brotherhood here.

13) Max Payne

How does Brazil sound to you? That’s the setting of the upcoming Max Payne 3, dated for early August (we hope), so check your ammunition supplies and reload the original in the meantime. It’s an edgy third-person shooter known for its bullet time, film noir style, and comic book touches. Even if Rockstar doesn’t make good on its fall promise, you can take out your frustrations in this 2001 multi-platform game.

We make 'em eat lead in our review.

12) The Tomb Raider Trilogy

Fans of traditional Tomb Raider gameplay will be pleased to know that three of the PS2 and PS3-era games have been collected in one modestly priced package. If you haven’t played them, you can now get Legend, Anniversary, and Underworld on one disc. Graphical problems have been smoothed over and trophies have been added for players as eager to increase their score as they are to hunt treasure. Swim in cool waters and travel to the underworld all in one go.

Dive into our review for more and prepare for Lara's reboot next year.

11) Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon

As the saying goes, ants always ruin a picnic. Even though you’re staying inside playing video games this summer per our recommendation, defend your home turf from invaders with Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon for PS3 and X360. Now you can squash bugs without ever having to lay a finger on their gross exoskeletons. Oh, the game has robots to fry, too, and up to six-player co-op.

It’s better than bug spray: arm yourself with our review.

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