6 months down and, E3 came and went...We are officially at the midpoint stage of the gaming calendar. Just like the Summer weather, the game releases are starting to heat up with the Nintendo Switch looking to have pretty big July with a few huge exclusives. As per usual, we waved through the avalanche of July games to give our recommendations for the few you should definitely keep tabs on.
DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2 (JULY 12)
Minecraft was more than just a game but a phenomenon when it launched over a decade ago. It became the unstoppable Juggernaut in the sandbox genre with little to no rival to their throne. However, Square Enix has not given up and took another crack with Dragon Quest Builders 2. The game features the ability for players to find materials and use them to construct buildings and other equipment. New features not found in the previous game include the ability to fly and travel underwater, as well as a fast-travel function based on a retro-style map. Get your building on when the game release this July 12 for the PS4 and Switch.
MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: THE BLACK ORDER (JULY 19)
So you call yourself a Marvel fan. You say you watched Avengers: END Game 50 times and go to sleep in you Iron Man undies. But, have ever lead a team of the world's mightiest heroes and took down Thanos? No? Then you are in luck as Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is out this July. It is the third instalment in the Marvel: Ultimate Alliance series following 2006's Marvel: Ultimate Alliance and 2009's Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, and the first Marvel game to be produced and published by Nintendo. It will be a whole new twist on the infinity war story, different from the MCU and comics.
FIRE EMBLEM:THREE HOUSES (JULY 26)
Continuing on with the Switch exclusives with Fire Emblem: Three Houses. The game is first console Fire Emblem since 2007 and with it comes huge expectations from loyal fans. The game focuses on four protagonists: the teacher (the player character, named "Byleth" by default), and three students and heirs of their countries, Edelgard, Dimitri, and Claude.
KILL LA KILL: IF (JULY 26)
Despite it threading familiar troupes (just look at the pic above) the KILL LA KILL anime was at times a dazzling display of action, a real feast for the eyes with some gorgeous animations. Now, after the series ended some time ago, we are heading back to school thanks to the new game KILL la KILL: IF. The game is a 3D arena fighting game developed by APLUS, published by Arc System Works, and co-developed by Team Red (famous for Guilty Gear.) We admit this game is included on our list mainly because of the source material it's based on but, Arc System Works (creators of BlazBlue, Guilty Gear) knows their fighting games. KLK: IF will launch on July 26, 2019, for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Steam.
WOLFENSTEIN: YOUNG BLOOD (JULY 26)
You can never go wrong with a game based around killing Nazis and, you get that in spades with the Wolfenstein games. Youngblood is a more of a spin-off taking place in the 1980s, two decades after the events of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. In the game, the player assumes control of either Jess or Soph Blazkowicz from a first-person perspective. An optional cooperative multiplayer mode is included in the game. Players can complete the game with another player or with an artificial intelligence substitute. Unlike the reboot games, missions can be completed in a non-linear order, and players can unlock new gear and abilities as they progress in the game. See Nazis and get killing when the game arrives this July 26th on all current gaming consoles.
July is truly shaping up to be a great month for gamers (especially all you Nintendo fans) as there seems to be a game for you regardless of your interest. If all these titles live up to the hype, August is going to have a difficult job following up. For more on gaming check out our recommendations for June games as well as the review round up for Super Mario Maker 2.
Hey I am Marlon Mcfarlane the writer here at Blue Crescent Studio & a longtime lover of all things Animation & Gaming.