Players looking to add a little variety to their Summer gaming diet should be well served by this week’s new releases, which include an almost strangely diverse slate of titles. Patriotic heroes, ruthless cartel members, and dancing Smurfs all show up in games this week — and that’s just for starters.

Captain America: Super Soldier leads the charge at retail, joined by Call of Juarez: The Cartel, and — yes, it’s true — The Smurfs: Dance Party, which will be in direct competition with the latest edition of the mega poplar Just Dance series, Summer Party. Summer of Arcade 2011 kicks off properly with Bastion on Xbox 360, Limbo makes its long awaited PS3 debut, and Fallout: New Vegas scores yet another expansion, Old World Blues.

Check out all the new releases for the week of July 17 through 23, 2011, broken out by platform and date.

Mac

  • Hidden Expedition Collection 7/20

Microsoft Xbox 360

Nintendo DS

Nintendo Wii

PC

Sony PlayStation 3

After the disappointing Thor: God of Thunder, Sega is back once again with another game based on a Marvel film. You’d have to live under a pretty big rock not to know that Captain America: The First Avenger debuts in theaters this week. The tie-in game, Captain America: Super Soldier, will be standing by, ready to be called into action by gamers who need more 50s-style heroics than the film can provide. A vast number of Super Soldier screenshots have been released, showing off boss fights and concept art, which seems to suggest that Sega is feeling confident about the game. Keep your eyes on Game Rant to find out whether that confidence is justified. Captain America: Super Soldier comes to the Xbox 360, DS, Wii, and PlayStation 3 July 19, 2011.

Controversy is almost never bad for game sales — an axiom most recently proven by the success of Bulletstorm after receiving Fox News criticism, and the generally strong June sales for Duke Nukem Forever, despite its Capture the Babe mode fiasco. Enter Call of Juarez: The Cartel. Cuidad Juarez officials, suffering under an epidemic of drug-related violence, want the game banned. Ubisoft defends The Cartel as being akin to an “action movie.” What will players think? Previous Call of Juarez titles haven’t exactly burned up the charts, though perhaps the spark of controversy will make a difference this time. Call of Juarez: The Cartel comes to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 July 19, 2011.

As always, we want to hear from you. What games are you planning to buy this week? What upcoming games are you most looking forward to?

tags: DS, Mac, PC, PS3, Wii

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