Can you hear it, the trickling of the Sands of Time as you realise that yet another year is passing you by? Yes, that’s right: We are pretty much halfway through 2019 already. Have you stuck to your new diet? Accomplished anything you wanted to? Done something to make your parents proud? No? Shush shush shush, it’s okay. Don’t worry. Video games are here. Video games won’t hurt you.
June 2019 in gaming is not, admittedly, the busiest month of the year for new releases, what with that big E3 thing going on. There aren’t many huge hitters, but there sure is something to suit someone releasing this month. Whether you want some nostalgia or Phoenix Wright on speed, you won’t be left wanting.
1. Hell Let Loose (Early Access) | June 6th
Developer: Black Matter Pty Ltd Publisher: Team17 Platform: PC
Hell Let Loose is an interesting take on the Hollywood angle a lot of FPS games choose when it comes to World War II. Whereas Battlefield V treats it like some big physics simulator, Hell Let Loose wants to get gritty and unforgiving instead. It’s not a million miles away to describe this game as “Arma, but WWII” or “Verdun but WWII and with more polish”, so if that sounds like something up your street, be prepared to do a lot of anxious walking this June.
2. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night | June 18th/25th
Credit where it’s due: Igarashi and co. recognised that feedback for their project wasn’t too hot and acted accordingly. After a companion game and an exceedingly successful Kickstarter campaign, Bloostained is final due this June and has a tonne of post-launch content to keep players dying over and over again. While many have tried to emulate Castlevania over the years, one of the franchise’s most influential names is expected to deliver something special with this spiritual successor.
It feels kind of silly trying to explain what kind of game this is, and even that there are people out there with driving licenses not old enough to understand what made the original so great. In short, Crash Team Racing was the hip alternative to Mario Kart back in the days of the original PlayStation, and now this remake hopes to do for it what the N Sane Trilogy and Reignited Trilogy did for nostalgic platformer fans everywhere.
Developer: Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio Publisher: Sega Platform:PS4
Trust the guys behind Yakuza to take a break from the series and then go on and make something even crazier. Judgment casts you as a private detective in the world of Yakuza, though Judgment is very much its own thing. Already released in Japan, you may be familiar with it already after the barmy story involving Sega pulling the game from shelves to scrub all traces of a disgraced actor from it. Regardless of that, with a score of 37 out of 40 on Famitsu, it’s looking good for the rest of us.
Though developers don’t seem to be able to stop crafting Lovecraftian games at the minute, they still feel relatively fresh and different enough from each other to remain interesting. The Sinking City, a AA effort that ran into some backlash for featuring on PC as an Epic Games Store exclusive, looks to be one of the most unique spins on it yet, tasking you with interrogating beleaguered citizens while balancing your own sanity. It’s been knocking around in development for a good few years now, so here’s hoping The Sinking City can deliver.
6. Super Mario Maker 2 | June 28th
Developer: Nintendo Publisher: Nintendo Platform:NS
Though it not possessing online play with friends is an absolutely wild oversight from Nintendo, Super Mario Maker will still appeal to those who enjoyed the first game’s brand of creative freedom with the Mario license, which typically boiled down to “just how bastard hard can I make this level?”. New features also include co-op course building and a story mode packed with over 100 levels, so masochists and misanthropes will be well catered to here.