Another June and E3 have sadly come to end, and with it, the ushering in of the real dog days of Summer. Last month we got some stellar games, but it is time for the annual post-E3 lul that arrives at the start of July. Here's hoping this year's version ain't so bad. Here's our recommendation:
Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin (July 6)
After the incredible success of Monster Hunter Worlds and Rise, Capcom's monster series is riding a new found mainstream hype in recent years. So, it makes total sense that they will give the series' rpg spin-off another shot with a sequel to Monster Hunter Stories. The story begins with the mass disappearance of Rathalos around the world. As the descendant of the legendary Rider named Red, the player character has a fateful encounter with a white-haired wyverian girl, Ena, who has been entrusted with a Rathalos egg. A flightless Rathalos with small black wings bursts out of the egg, which is said to bring ruin to the world in time.
cris tales (july 20)
From one July rpg to another. It seems we have been hearing about Cris Tales like forever (it even had a demo out on the Nintendo eShop since last year). Time after time we were given a release date for it to sadly be pushed back. In this game, the most attractive mechanic consists on the manipulation of time. The screen is split into three sections, showing the present in the center, the past on the left, and the future on the right. During the story, Crisbell must complete a series of missions with the help of Matias, where she must use the crystal powers to make time jumps and making some actions at the past or the future.
neo: the world ends with you (july 27)
July's love affair with RPGs continue as Square Enix's sequel to the Nintendo DS cult classic The World Ends with You is next on deck. It is planned to be released for the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 July 27, and later in 2021 for Microsoft Windows. It features a new cast of characters playing the Reapers' Game in Shibuya, and unlike the first game will use three-dimensional graphics.
Samurai Warriors 5 (July 27)
Koei Tecmo's Warriors franchise has been around for a long time. So much, in fact, it even got its own big-screen live-action movie recently. As for the games, if you had played one of the games in the main series, you normally would have an idea of what gameplay will be like. In step Samurai Warriors 5 which promises to be a "fresh re-imagining" of the franchise, featuring an all-new storyline.
THE ACSENT (JULY 29)
Much has been made about the Xbox Series X/S lack of exclusives so far this generation, an area that Microsoft thankfully addressed at the recent E3. As a result, a pretty good looking exclusive by the name of The Ascent got lost in the shuffle. The Ascent is an upcoming cyberpunk themed action role-playing video game developed by Swedish indie game studio Neon Giant, and takes place within an arcology in a futuristic dystopian world known as Veles, controlled by a powerful megacorporation called "The Ascent Group".
And there you have it, July is definitely a paradise for those that adore the RPG genre but there are a few tasty nuggets for those that don't. It promises to be a pretty fun Summer if August is also like this.
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Hey I am Marlon Mcfarlane the writer here at Blue Crescent Studio & a longtime lover of all things Animation & Gaming.