The end of June and beginning of July is a mess of gaming news. It begins with E3 that features the best of the best and consistently has amazing releases year after year. This is followed, at the end of the month by the much awaited Summer Steam Sale. But before you blow all your monies on Steam remember to save up for some of the upcoming games coming out this month.
Pokémon Go by Niantic Labs – July
I’ve been waiting for Pokémon Go literally from the first time I played Pokémon Red on my Gameboy Color. Now it’s finally here! We still don’t know the exact date of the launch but it is expected to be launched as a free to play mobile game sometime this month. Pokémon Go will let players catch, train, and battle monsters in the real world, via an augmented reality app on your phone that utilizes a location based form of play. Check out everything we know about Pokémon Go here.
Platform: iOS, Android
Furi by The Game Bakers – July 5th
Fight your way free in our frenzied all-boss fighter, and discover what’s waiting behind the last gate. Furi is all about the tension of one-on-one fights against deadly adversaries. It’s an intense, ultra-responsive game with a unique mix of fast-paced sword fighting and dual-stick shooting. Furi is heavily inspired by the Japanese way of making games. It’s fast-paced and requires a lot of timing, reflex, and judgment. Be prepared to sweat to defeat any of these bosses.
Platform: PC, PS4
Song of the Deep by Insomniac Games – July 12th
Song of the Deep is a metroidvania-style action-adventure game following a young girl’s quest into the unknown to find her missing father. Combining discovery, skill, and suspense with an unforgettable narrative, this underwater journey will challenge players to explore, experiment, and skillfully navigate a vast ocean landscape.
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Ghostbusters by Activision – July 15th
With the new all-female Ghostbusters film due to be released this summer, Activision has been hard at work creating a new game to coincide with the movie launch. Don’t worry if you’re not interested in the new movie, this game is not exactly tied to it. It’s a 2-4 player co-op game with four unique characters (not movie related) with their own skills and abilities. There is a single player mode if you prefer to play alone. Check out more details on Ghostbusters here.
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Monster Hunter Generations by Capcom – July 15th
Fans of the Monster Hunter series will be excited for this release, now with all new customisable gameplay mechanics. Take on the role of a fledgling monster hunter and face down larger than life beasts as you journey to become the ultimate hunter. Along your journey you’ll defend each of the game’s four villages from new major threats—the Fated Four – powerful new monsters that have emerged.
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Kill Strain by Sony San Diego – July 19th
Kill Strain, the competitive, team-based twin-stick shooter. The game pits two teams of four players, as the Mercs, against each other and a third team of one or two mutants. The mutant team can turn Mercs into mutants to expand their numbers, and battles will end when all humans have been turned into mutants; either the human or mutant base is destroyed; or the creeping titular Strain takes over the map.
10 Second Ninja X by Curve Digital – July 19th
10 Second Ninja X by Curve Digital is a blisteringly fast, satisfyingly difficult and surprisingly methodical sidescroller which tasks you with completing each level in ten seconds or less. The basics are that you’re a ninja, and you’ve got 10 seconds to clear out the robotic enemies on each level. The faster you clear the level, the more stars received and therefore more levels unlocked.
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS Vita
I Am Setsuna by Tokyo RPG Factory, Square Enix – July 19th
I Am Setsuna reintroduces the authentic JRPG nostalgia. Sure, it doesn’t rehash a familiar franchise or dig up a cast of long forgotten characters, but it does serve up a mixture of PlayStation-era graphics and storytelling that harks back to the classic ’90s RPGs that came to the West from Japan. Journey with Setsuna as she prepares to make the ultimate sacrifice and save the people of her land.
Platform: PC, PS4
We Happy Few by Compulsion Games – 26th July
We Happy Few paints a grim drug-fueled dystopia where to the society living there self-medicating yourself with ‘Joy’ is the norm and any that are not drugged up are a danger or in their words a ‘Downer’. The survival sim takes place in a procedurally-generated world where you’ll play one of three characters, your mission is to leave the city and avoid getting thrown back in the system. It’s one of our Top 10 Indie Games from E3 2016.
Platform: PC, Xbox One
Obduction by Cyan, Inc. – 26th July
An all new, real-time, first person adventure, that starts interestingly enough with your own abduction. Obduction‘s experience supplies what every good storyteller does: a very personal window into a much larger world. Harkened as the spiritual successor to Cyan’s earlier games Myst and Riven, Obduction resurrects that incredible feeling of suddenly finding yourself in the middle of a new world to explore, discover, solve, and become part of.