Things are picking up on the retail release front. After three straight weeks of slim launch schedules highlighted by notable games, August gets its first cluttered slate of new releases, with at least a half-dozen games sharing the spotlight.
The Xbox 360 has traditionally been a bit weak in the Japanese role-playing game category, but this week the system sees two major releases on that front. Namco Bandai's Tales of Vesperia will ship to stores on Tuesday, and Square Enix's Infinite Undiscovery heads out on Friday and should make a rare weekend debut on shelves.
The PlayStation 3 also features a bit of J-RPG flavor this week, thanks to the release of NIS America's tactical strategy game Disgaea 3: Absence of Darkness. The current-generation debut for the series will retain the lighthearted-yet-sinister style of its predecessors, as well as the 2D sprite characters in isometric 3D backgrounds.