Hello and welcome to July! June gets a lot of the spotlight with E3, but now that it has come and gone, we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming. As is tradition, July is pretty dead in terms of game releases, but there are still some morsels of awesomeness that we can enjoy. Let’s jump in and see what this quiet and cold month has in store for us
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order – Switch – July 19
This one was a bit of a surprise. It’s an officially licensed Marvel title that is being published by Nintendo exclusively for the Switch. Out of the three main players, Nintendo were definitely the last I had in mind for a Marvel property, but this is the timeline we’re on and we’re going to stick to it. The game is the third entry into a long-standing series of twin-stick beat ’em ups that allow you to play as almost any hero from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The new game doesn’t look terribly different from its predecessors. Pick a hero and go fight heaps of bad guys using your incredible powers in a classic brawler style. The game promises to bring our favourite MCU characters with designs taken from comics, movies and what have you, Make no mistake, this is a full on Marvel title.
Prediction: The previous games were a load of fun with friends since they’re relatively mindless brawlers with some Marvel flair. The Switch is a perfect place for the franchise, but I still have my concerns. I’m going to go with a shaky 7/10, but there is a lot of potential to surprise me.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses – Switch – July 26
This is a big one for the Fire Emblem franchise (which has 15 other entries by the way) since this is the first time the game is appearing on a main console since 2007. The game puts you in the shoes of a teacher called Byleth, a character that can be created by the player but the name always stays the same.
The “Three Houses” part of the title is with regards to the three students that are studying under Byleth with each student being the heir to their respective countries. You can only imagine the hijinks that such a situation can cause. The game’s visuals had a massive upgrade from the 3DS versions that we’ve received recently and it looks like Fire Emblem is finally heading more into the mainstream.
Prediction: I’m thinking a 9/10 on this one. The game is part of an illustrious franchise and is given increased attention due to its home console release. They can’t go wrong by much.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood – PC, PS4, XBO, Switch – July 26
B.J. Blazkowicz not only tried to save a nation by killing every Nazi that gets in his sight, but he also fathered a pair of twins. The two whippersnappers are interested in following in their father’s footsteps by continuing to add to the already staggering body count. Youngblood is focused on the family connection between the twin sisters not just in story but also in gameplay since this is the first Wolfenstein game to offer co-op.
Since the twins are much nimbler than their thick and burly father, the combat is even more fast-paced with all sorts of exo-suit abilities to exploit that can ensure peak Nazi killing efficiency. The game will take place in Nazi-occupied Paris so we can expect some sightseeing in addition to our tour de violence.
Prediction: There’s absolutely no denying that the Wolfenstein series is always fun. Shooting Nazi scum with all sorts of crazy weaponry in crazy scenarios never ceases to be just a grand old time. I’m thinking this game is in the 8/10 range with potential for 9/10 if they really nail it.
Here are some more games for this month:
- Apex Legends Season 2 – PC, PS4, XBO – July 2
- Final Fantasy 14 Online: Shadowbringers DLC – PC, PS4 – July 2
- Red Faction: Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered Edition – Switch – July 2
- Just Cause 4: Los Demonios DLC – PC, PS4, XB – July 3
- Stranger Things 3: The Game – PC, PS4, XBO, Switch – July 4
- Wonder Blade – PC – July 4
- Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle – PC, PS4, XBO, Switch – July 5
- Sea of Solitude – PC, PS4, XBO – July 5
- They Are Billions – XBO – July 5
- Bear With Me: The Lost Robots – PC, PS4, XBO, Switch – July 9
- Bear With Me: The Complete Collection – PC, PS4, XBO, Switch – July 9
- Senran Kagura Peach Ball – Switch – July 9
- They Are Billions – PS4 – July 9
- Blazing Chrome – PC, PS4, XBO, Switch – July 11
- Professor Lupo and his Horrible Pets – PC, Switch – July 11
- Dragon Quest Builders 2 – PS4, Switch – July 12
- God Eater 3 – Switch – July 12
- The Sims 4: Island Living expansion – PS4, XBO – July 16
- Beyond: Two Souls – PC – July 22
- Kill La Kill – If – PC – July 25
- Songbird Symphony – PC, PS4, Switch – July 25
- Kill La Kill – If – PS4, Switch – July 26
- Mutant Year Zero: Seed of Evil – PC, PS4, XBO, Switch – July 30
- Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown: ADFX-01 Morgan DLC – July 31
As you can see, July isn’t really popping off compared to the other months, but it’s surprisingly a big month for the Nintendo Switch. Two exclusives are releasing for the console and while they may not be the headline-grabbing super games compared to some other Nintendo exclusives, they are still worth our respect. Also, you can’t go wrong with killing Nazi scum. Are you planning on getting anything this month?