It’s that time of the year again, where new releases are being released every month. This week we are going to check out our top ten reccomended games coming out in July.
10. Sleep Tight (PC, Switch) – July 26th
Firstly, coming to Switch and PC, we have Sleep Tight. It’s a survival shooter where you can build bases. From what I can tell from the trailers, the whole game revolves around a child and his imagination. It gives off a Pixar-like feel, so for those that love their graphics, this game is right up your alley. Overall. it looks to be an imaginative game and a fun concept.
9. Titan Quest (Switch) – July 31st
By Thonordic, Titan’s Quest is actually an old game, but its remaster is being released on the Switch. I love the fact that it delves deep into mythology. It is a hack and slash similar to the likes of Diablo 3, and while it still looks a bit rough, the skill trees and loot seems to have a larger variety. It’s a solid game that needs maybe a few tweaks, but I think it’s still interesting.
8. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Switch) – July 13th
A puzzle platformer set in the same universe as Super Mario Odyssey, you play as Captain Toad in a series of levels. It looks solid and typical of a Mario game, so I expect this would be great. Graphics and the gameplay look great, and there is even an option of a second player to help you out with your game. We love the concept and it’ll definitely be fun, but it’s a bit of a downer that you can’t co-op as two different characters. But who knows? It might change in the future.
7. Shining Resonance Refrain (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch) – July 10th
Honestly, the trailer put us off as it didn’t show much, but the art style is very anime-esque. For lovers of anime, it is definitely great in terms of graphics. From what we have researched, the visual novel speeches are a bit lengthy and it’s obviously overfilled with cute girls. We don’t know about the story, but the reason why we placed this in seventh place is solely due to its combat. It’s fast-paced and reminiscent of Dynasty Warriors, so if you are only in it for the combat (and can stand the amount cute anime girls being thrown at you), I think it’s worthwhile.
6. Project Octopath Traveler (Switch) – July 13th
Oh boy. Project Octopath Traveler sends shivers down our spines from the trailer alone. It seems to be a story focused JRPG, very reminiscent of the traditional format. But (and it’s a huge but) the animation and world look phenomenal. It’s very enriching to see art styles like the original Disgaea series, and did we mention the animation?
5. 20XX (PS4, Switch, Xbox One) – July 10th
And now we get into the big ones. These five are a huge leap from the previous five. 20XX is basically a roguelike Mega Man, but the tribute it pays is something we tip our hat’s to. Amazing graphics, smooth gameplay, and it is online and able to be played in co-op. Our inner child is calling for us to get addicted to this, so a definite must-buy.
4. Mega Man X Collection 1 & 2 (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch) – July 24
It’s been over 30 years since its beginning, and the franchise is back with all eight Mega Man X games. Both collections will be separately sold, so with X to X4 being in the first, and X5 to X8 being in the second. We kind of wish that it was one big collection, as X3 and X6 were favorites of ours. Lovers of Mega Man, your time has come.
3. Sonic Mania Plus (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch) – July 17th
And while lovers of Mega Man get their games, we have one for the Sonic fanbase. With last year’s Sonic Mania doing brilliantly, SEGA has released their ‘definitive version’, so our hopes for this to be better than the original Sonic Mania is what places this in third.
2. Impulsion (PC) – July 19th
In our opinion, this is the spiritual successor to the Portal series. It’s been so many years since Portal 2, and we are graced with a 3D first person puzzle game. Though it doesn’t have portals, it has guns that shoot these giant bubbles that seem to control movement and gravity. Either way, the gameplay looks sick, with a different art style and the puzzles faster paced compared to Portal.
1. Banner Saga 3 (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch) – July 24th
Our number one spot goes to Banner Saga 3. Our heart goes out to more than just this game, but to the developers as well. It’s been more than five years already and Stoic Studios have made a masterpiece. It’s a strong story-based tactical RPG, with amazing visuals and music. We love the choices that were made with the last two games, with the art style being unique and the music fitting it like a perfectly formed puzzle. It draws out the story, and to see the final and last game of a trilogy come out it is both great and sad for us. This game deserves first place and in our opinion, so much more.
Honourable mention: Icons: Combat Arena (PC) – July 12th
There is actually one more game that caught our eye, but sadly we did not put it in the top ten solely because it was in Alpha. Right now it needs a lot more work, but we believe it has potential. It’s reminiscent of Super Smash Bros games but with their own characters. It’s very similar, but our hope is that since it’s for PC, it would bring more people into the genre.
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