While the games of May have been occupying our minds and consoles with their gripping stories and fun gameplay, it’s time to look forward to the the exciting games being released in June 2016, no matter how much our wallets are hurting right now. June is when we learn about new and exciting projects from our favorite developers at E3, and when the dreaded summer video game drought begins. But with the releases of the month being some of the most anticipated games of the year, the drought may not be as severe, and I’m sure us gamers are all thankful for that.
1. LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens (PC, PS4, XONE, PS3, X360, 3DS, Vita) June 28th
You may think the LEGO franchise has run its course over the years with its countless renditions of popular franchises, it shows no signs of slowing down. With LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, TT Games aims to bring us one of the most anticipated films in recent memory in LEGO video game form. With new mechanics like flight sections along with the trademark LEGO humor and addictive gameplay, this Star Wars game might not disappoint as much as a certain previous Star Wars game did last year.
2. God Eater Resurrection (PC, PS4, Vita) June 28th
The God Eater series has become a huge deal in Japan, but here in the West, the games have more of a cult following. Resurrection is already available in Japan and some parts of Europe, but has yet to see an international release, until now. This game might only be an updated version of God Eater Burst, but promises to freshen up the experience by the addition of Predator Style, an expansion of the Devour Function, as well as an additional story segment that connects the stories of God Eater Burst and God Eater 2, among other new exciting features. Fans of the series will no doubt be picking this one up.
3. Guilty Gear XRD -REVELATOR- (PS4, PS3) June 7th
I’m going to be honest, I don’t know much about the Guilty Gear games. But after watching some footage, I might just pick this one up. The newest entry in the 2D/3D fighting game franchise brings with it new characters such as Jack-O’, and hotly anticipated returns of old favorites Johnny, Jam Kuradoberi and Dizzy. New system changes are also included in -REVELATOR-, freshening up the Guilty Gear formula. Get ready to be DESTROYED!
4. Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma (PC, 3DS, Vita) June 28th
The final game in the SAW-like Zero Escape trilogy, Zero Time Dilemma is set to test players skills with tough puzzles and escape-the-room mechanics. The change of art style is inspired by Telltale’s The Walking Dead series, welcoming a new look to the Zero Escape series. Hardcore fans of the games will no doubt be satisfied with this final chapter, and along the way, pick up brand new players.
5. Resident Evil: Umbrella Corps (PC, PS4) June 21st
Resident Evil might not be in as many people’s interests as of late with the abysmal reception of Resident Evil 6, but if you’re itching for a new Resident Evil game, no matter if it’s a spin off or not and you’ve accepted that we may never get a great Resident Evil ever again (please let 7 be good, please let it be good!), Umbrella Corps has you covered. The game is a survival horror shooter that looks to incorporate general Team vs. Team gameplay, with zombies thrown in. It might not be the Resident Evil game we’ve been hoping for, but it will have to do.
6. Kirby Planet Robobot (3DS) June 10th
Something I’m sure we’ve all wanted to see is Kirby controlling a giant mech, mowing through Waddle Dees and Sir Kibbles. Well, in Kirby Planet Robobot, that is exactly what happens. The game adds new ways to play as Kirby like the previous mentioned mechs, which come in many shapes and sizes, that Kirby can control to defeat his enemies, as well as new copy abilities like Doctor and Poison. No Nintendo game nowadays is complete without amiibo functionality, as Planet Robobot not only has functionality with any amiibo to give Kirby a random or not so random copy ability, but also has its own line of amiibo featuring Kirby (of course), Meta Knight, King Dedede, and Waddle Dee. These amiibo give Kirby exclusive copy abilities only available through the four Kirby line amiibo series. With all these new features, Planet Robobot looks to be another great addition to the already amazing Kirby series.
7. Mirror’s Edge Catalyst (PC, PS4, XONE) June 7th
With constant delays pushing the supposed reboot to one of the most underrated games of last generation farther and farther, we’ll finally be able to get our hands of Mirror’s Edge Catalyst. Electronic Arts plans to expand the Mirror’s Edge universe with a deeper story and even deeper gameplay. The removal of gunplay in the reboot will emphasize the parkour and hand to hand combat, along with improving the fluidity of the gameplay.
8. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE (Wii U) June 24th
One of the most anticipated Wii U titles of the year comes in the form of Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE. One of the more creative titles on this list, the game looks absolutely stunning, with amazing presentation and gameplay. A cross between franchises Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem, both of which are great turn based RPG’s, TMS sets out to not only scratch that itch for players who are waiting anxiously for Persona 5, but to deliver another brilliant Wii U game, proving that the Wii U is much better a console than people might think. Oh, and the music is pretty awesome too.
9. Mighty No. 9 (PC, PS4, Wii U, XONE, 3DS, Vita, PS3, X360) June 21st
I just couldn’t resist putting this entry at Number 9. I really couldn’t. Mighty No. 9 has become quite notorious due to its countless delays, among other troubles, but we might just be able to play it in June. Just maybe. The game is a spiritual successor to Mega Man, an action sidescroller, and is also made by the creator of the Blue Bomber, Keiji Inafune. This project was funded through Kickstarter 3 years ago and with that time, new modes and features have been added like a Challenge Mode, Boss Rush mode, and two player multiplayer. But in the end, was the wait worth it? We’ll have to see.
10. No Man’s Sky (PC, PS4) June 21st
Easily the most anticipated title of the month goes to No Man’s Sky. One of the most ambitious games (especially for an indie developer!) this generation is something to look forward to as No Man’s Sky dares us to explore its vast universe, and discover it’s secrets. We were a bit confused as to what kind of game No Man’s Sky was back when it was announced during E3 2014, but it seems to largely base itself around exploration, as well as a little bit of shooting going on as well. The planets in the game are randomly generated, so you’ll be able to be the first player ever to discover a planet, or even a galaxy! You will also be able to land on the planets and discover the wildlife and even possible threats that try to kill you along the way to your ultimate destination: the center of the universe.
These are only some of the games releasing in June. Just make sure to play these ones!
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