July Top Game Releases
June 2019 is officially in the books and after E3’s showing we have a good idea of the majority of games we can look forward to for the next year. June saw the releases of anticipated games like Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled and Super Mario Maker 2. Here are the biggest game releases happening in July.
Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers
Release date: July 2nd
Platforms: PC, PS4
The popular Final Fantasy MMO receives its latest expansion this month. The newest story seems to focus on the forces of light and shadows as your hero takes a turn to the dark side.
According to the official website, “The realm is left to struggle without its saviors, for they have been beckoned beyond time and space-beckoned to the First. Here a new adventure begins in a world where light ushers all unto oblivion. But hope is not yet lost, for where there is light there is shadow.”
The story is not the only update coming to the game, however. Fans of Platinum Games’s Nier Automata will be excited to see the Nier franchise crossover with a new alliance raid. Along with the crossover, the expansion features a new 8-player raid named Eden, instanced dungeons, and new systems including new jobs, races, and a trust system.
Sea of Solitude
Release date: July 5th
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Announced at 2018’s E3, Sea of Solitude finally releases between PC and home consoles. SoS follows a woman dealing with depression and loneliness. In the world, when a human gets too lonely, they turn into a monster. The main character Kay is traveling through a flooded city only populated by these monsters and must confront her inner demons while sailing or swimming through the monster infested waters.
As the story progresses, changing tides will reveal new areas to explore and present different puzzles and challenges to take on. Sea of Solitude is a beautiful looking indie game that tackles the common, yet often ignored issue of mental health.
Dragon Quest Builders 2
Release date: July 12th
Platforms: PS4. Switch
The sequel to the popular Minecraft-like game set to the Dragon Quest series releases this month for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. A new campaign accompanies the game which is described as the following by the official website: “Create your customized character, team-up with your fearless friend Malroth, gather the skills required to become a full-fledged builder, and combat the Children of Hargon, a vile cult that worships destruction!”
If you are looking to modify an entire world, there is an online multiplayer that promises an expansive world, and unlimited building combinations.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order
Release date: July 19th
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Announced at the most recent Game Awards, Marvel’s Ultimate Alliance is making a return after an extended absence. Riding on the success of the MCU’s Infinity War and Endgame, The Black Order sees you facing off against Thanos, his Black Order, and many other popular Marvel villains to gather the infinity stones.
At release, tons of popular Marvel heroes will be available including Spider-Man, Wolverine, Iron Man, and many more with more on the way with the expansion pass that will bring the Fantastic Four, more X-Men, and Marvel Knights later this year.
The new story allows for local or online cooperative play of up to four people and brings back the traditional perspective that the Ultimate Alliance games are known for.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Release date: July 26th
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Fire Emblem is getting its first mainline Switch game this month with the release of Three Houses. The game seems to have at least a little bit of Harry Potter-like influence with the inclusion of the three houses you can choose from in the school your character is teaching. The turn-based, tactical RPG sees you lead your class to war on the battlefield and interact with them and help them grow in the free roam school.
Wolfenstein: Young Blood
Release date: July 26th
Platforms: PC, PS4, Stadia, Xbox One
Wolfenstein: Young Blood is the cooperative follow up to the popular Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus that released in 2017. Where every other game in the series stars the classic B.J. Blaskowicz, this time around, you take control of his twin daughters in Paris to find and save their father who has gone missing behind Nazi-infested lines.
The game is completely focused on cooperative shooting. Should you decide to play the game without a friend, you will not be on your own. An AI partner is available for anyone playing solo.
Youngblood is not a full priced game, it costs $29.99 for the standard edition, or $39.99 for the deluxe edition that will include a buddy pass that allows a friend to join you in the cooperative Nazi killer game.
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