Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, it’s finally E3 season! June represents second Christmas for gamers not only because the big summer titles begin rolling out, but the announcements from the biggest gaming event of the year arrive to bring fans joy. Let’s not forget, however, that there are plenty of known games releasing this month. While the unveiling of new titles is exciting, nothing beats the feeling of playing a fresh, new game. So before we all lose our minds during the holy pilgrimage that is E3, lets take a look at five great games set to come out this month.
1. Trover Saves the Universe
Do you like raunchy comedy? Were you a huge fan of Rick and Morty? Well get ready, because Trover Saves the Universe is the game for you! The game sets its wacky, adulterated humor early on, as the all-powerful (and very crazy) Glorkon steals your dog to use as a power source for destroying the universe. You and a small, uninterested monster named Trover are thus responsible for saving the universe from this weird doom (which Trover doesn’t care for).
This comedy adventure game has you controlling Trover as you explore different worlds, meet some freaky characters, and battle gross enemies. The game’s mature and sometimes dark humor will make it stand out from the competition, so if you’re into that sort of thing, well have fun! If you have a PlayStation VR, you can actually play this game starting on May 31st. If you don’t, fear not, as a PC version will release this month on the Epic Games Store. Get ready for a hilarious ride when Trover Saves The Universe releases for PC on June 4th.
2. Octopath Traveler (PC)
We all remember Octopath Traveler, right? It was only the biggest RPG of last summer. Sadly, many weren’t able to experience this love letter to classic turn-based RPGs due to it exclusively releasing on the Nintendo Switch. Well, things are changing, as Square Enix has decided to release a Steam version of the game this June. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the title, Octopath Traveler has you play as eight different characters, each with their own skill sets and story lines, that travel together throughout the world of Orsterra.
The Switch version of the game was met with mostly positive reviews that praised the pixel art style, wonderful music, and engaging gameplay. One relatively major flaw, however, came from the lack of interconnection between the travelers themselves. If you’re willing to overlook that though, this game is a must-play for any RPG fan. It’s time to travel far and wide when Octopath Traveler releases for PC on June 7th.
3. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
Castlevania fans rejoice, as the the latest project from former Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi will release this month! Developed by ArtPlay, DICO, and WayForward Technologies, the game centers around orphan Miriam, who awakens from a ten-year coma caused by demonic energy and experimentation. Now Miriam must venture through the Demon Castle in order to stop the curse placed upon it.
Considered to be a spiritual successor to Castlevania games such as Symphony of the Night, Ritual of the Night features similar gameplay, with side-scrolling mechanics on a 2D plane. Players have the ability to upgrade weapons and abilities as they progress, giving the game some RPG elements. Fight the Demon Curse when Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night releases on PC, PS4, and Xbox One on June 18th and the Nintendo Switch on June 25th.
4. Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
So you’re looking for a new Kart-Racer. You’ve played Mario Kart 8 Deluxe to death and you already got your fill of Team Sonic Racing. Lucky for you, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is right around the corner. Developed by Beenox, this remake of the classic 90’s racing game is set to bring back the wacky and zany fun that you get when you mix karts and a bandicoot.
Like most games of the same genre, the gameplay of Nitro-Fueled has you race on various tracks while avoiding obstacles and obtaining power-ups. What sets this game apart from the rest is its inclusion of an adventure mode where you can partake in boss battles. Along with that, Nitro-Fueled brings content from Crash Nitro Kart as well, with returning characters and tracks. Get your racing fix when Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled releases for PS4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch on June 21st.
5. Super Mario Maker 2
Perhaps the most anticipated game for the month, Super Mario Maker 2 brings almost everything that made its predecessor great and adds so much more. Similar to the original game, players will be able to create and play various different levels and share them with others around the world. With the inclusion of features like online multiplayer, a story mode, and a whole new Super Mario 3D World style, Nintendo has made it clear that this is more than your average level editor.
Obviously, the removal of amiibo support and the limitation of only being able to play with random players online does show some of the games flaws, but flaws are bound to be found in any game. If you want a game that will bring you hours and hours of endless playtime, look no further. Let out your inner game designer when Super Mario Maker 2 releases for the Nintendo Switch on June 28th.
What games are you looking forward to this June? Let us know in the comments below! For more content, check out our articles on our Team Sonic Racing Xbox One Review and our editorial From Nerds to The Biggest Winners in Gaming. Otherwise, keep it on Culture of Gaming for all things gaming!
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Oscar is a writer for Culture of Gaming. He is an aspiring video game journalist that follows anything and everything Nintendo. His favorite franchises consist of Pokemon and Kingdom Hearts.