Astute readers among you might have noticed that there was no release post for May and that’s because there really wasn’t anything releasing during May that was worth talking about. 2020 has been weird, to say the least, and many games have either been pushed into later in the year or just delayed indefinitely. June is also historically a slower month, so we don’t have a long list of games to talk about, but one of them has been hugely anticipated. Let’s jump into it, shall we?
Valorant – PC – June 2
Riot Games’ first foray into the shooter genre is officially releasing to the world and boy is going up against some heavy hitters. The game is often described as Counter-Strike cross Overwatch and if you’ve seen any of the gameplay or was lucky enough to get into the beta, you can see just how accurate that is.
The game has been met with a decent reception, especially for a developer that has only been in the MOBA space, but something tells me that they’re going to have to fight really hard for the game to last into the future and not just die on the vine like a lot of online shooters do. Riot Games is obviously trying the Blizzard strategy of having a bunch of high quality titles in different genres, but only time will tell whether this will pay off for them. At least the game is free, so it can’t hurt to at least try it out.
Prediction: Rating these free-to-play online games is foolish because they change on a week by week basis. Tell you what, download it for yourself and slot in your own rating. We can all be game reviewers!
Disintegration – PC, PS4, XBO – June 16
This is one you may have forgotten about. It’s the new game from Halo co-creator Marcus Lehto that has been described as an FPS RTS. The premise sounds really interesting, you’re put in the seat of a huge grav-bike that can ride around the battlefield shooting stuff while also commanding your units to take points and strategize on the fly.
I’ve watched some gameplay videos and the combat looks frantic as heck and honestly a little overwhelming. The game has been worked on for quite a while and visually it looks pretty interesting, so we’ll have to wait and see what this debut is going to offer.
Prediction: I have no idea how to rate this one, but something in my dark recesses says this might not be all it’s cracked up to be. It seems like a decent premise, but judging from the gameplay videos, it doesn’t look extremely exciting. I’m going with a 6/10 on this one, sadly.
The Last of Us 2 – PS4 – June 19
And, of course, this is the big one I was talking about. The Last of Us had a profound impact on the gaming world back when it released and its influence can still be felt. The game had a pretty solid conclusion and it was unclear for a long time if there will be some sort of sequel, but ultimately there was since Ellie’s story was just beginning. The second part of this dark story looks to be cranking everything up to its extreme.
The Last of Us Part 2 looks insanely ambitious and the gameplay looks out of this world, which is a signature for Naughty Dog at this point. There have been various leaks that have sprung that have spoiled the story, but I honestly don’t trust those leaks to be an accurate representation of what the game is going for. Lots of people have pre-judged the game based on this, but we can only determine its worth once it’s in our hands and honestly, I can’t wait.
Prediction: The original got 10s all over the place and I can’t see how this one might be different. Very early impressions from people that have played it already say it’s a game-changer, so the prospects are looking good.
Here are some more games that are releasing this month:
- Sea of Thieves – PC – June 3
- Pro Cycling Manager 2020 – PC, PS4, XBO – June 4
- Tour de France 2020 – PS4, XBO – June 4
- 51 Worldwide Games – Switch – June 5
- Command & Conquer Remastered Collection – PC – June 5
- The Outer Worlds – Switch – June 5
- Deck of Ashes – PC – June 9
- The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor – PS4, XBO – June 9
- Project Warlock – PS4 – June 9
- Beyond Blue – PC, PS4, XBO – June 11
- Project Warlock – Switch – June 11
- Project Warlock – XBO – June 12
- Warborn – PC, PS4, XBO, Switch – June 12
- Desperados 3 – PC, PS4, XBO – June 16
- Best Friend Forever – PC, Switch – June 18
- Waking – PC, XBO – June 18
- Burnout Paradise Remastered – Switch – June 19
- Ys: Memories of Celceta Remaster – PS4 – June 19
- SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated – PC, PS4, XBO, Switch – June 23
- Ninjala – Switch – June 24
- Control: The Foundation DLC – XBO – June 25
- Hunting Simulator 2 – PC, PS4, XBO – June 25
- Mr. Driller DrillLand – PC, Switch – June 25
- The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 3 – Switch – June 30
And there’s your admittedly short list for June. The Last of Us Part 2 is the obvious headliner since it was already expected much earlier on in the year but was constantly delayed until now. At least there are some games releasing in June and there’s also some nice remasters in the list as well, so we should count our lucky stars. Make sure to come back for July where another big Sony game will be making its debut.