This week's highlights in new game releases: June 13-19

The summer months are usually on the slow side for new game releases but this year things are a bit more busy than normal. This week brings a game to the US that's been 15 years in the making along with another game that's been waiting 11 years for a sequel.

Duke Nukem Forever - While early reviews have been mixed (check out Neowin.net's own review) you still have to admire that developer Gearbox Software, with some help from other development teams, has finally completed this game that started development way back in 1996 with its original developer 3D Realms. At last the term "vaporware" no longer applies to this PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 first person shooter game which brings Duke Nukem out of retirement to save his home of Las Vegas and the world from aliens who want to take our babes.

Alice: Madness Returns - 11 years after the release of the PC title American McGee's Alice from Electronic Arts, this dark and adult version of the classic children's tale gets a sequel from American McGee and his China-based developer Spicy Horse. The game once again brings Alice to Wonderland where she must encounter and sometimes fight its inhabitants in this third person action game for the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 platforms.

Child of Eden - This is an Xbox 360 Kinect exclusive game from publisher Ubisoft and game designer Tetsuya Mizuguchi, who created the cult hit music rhythm game Rez. This arcade-style title, which made a huge debut last year at E3 2010, uses the Kinect camera to let players use their body to fire on targets. Those targets make music and light effects when hit.

Other games due out this week include the movie based Transformers: Dark of the Moon for several platforms and Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012, the newest game in the downloadable collectible card game series.

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