Mid-Winter approaches, for us antipodeans anyway, so what better time to curl up in a warm blanket with a good game or three? Well, after the glut of June (The Last Of Us and State Of Decay being the heavy hitters), July brings the leaner months. Fewer games being released means slimmer pickings. But there are a few choice titles hitting the shelves, and we bring them to your attention thusly.

Dark

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Release: 5th July (PC), 9th July (Xbox 360)

First up is Dark, a stealth action RPG by Realmforge Studios. You play as a vampire, tracking and ambushing your prey from the darkness. There will be dialogue choices, there will be super powers, there will be narrative. There aren’t a whole lot of details about it floating around yet, but what we’ve seen has been intriguing. The GDC trailer definitely looked promising, showing Dark’s potential to be a sleeper hit.

Toki Tori 2+

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Release: 11th July (PC)

Alright, it’s already out on Wii U, but Two Tribes‘ puzzler Toki Tori 2+ is coming to the PC this month. The first Toki Tori was pretty great, and the Wii U reviews for Toki Tori 2+ have likewise been up there. Interesting puzzle platforming mechanics with an adorable art style mix into a fun and entertaining puzzle game. The perfect thing to lift your winter spirits. Or accentuate the summer glory.

Shin Megami Tensei IV

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Release: US 16th July (Nintendo 3DS)

Shin Megami Tensei IV is the long-awaited fourth installment of the Shin Megami Tensei series of JRPG’s. Known for their deep and engaging stories told in the style of a visual novel, and their rich combat based on summons, SMT IV looks to be a great little handheld game. Taking the Nintendo route, in comparison to Persona‘s PSP releases, SMT IV has been receiving some pretty great reviews in its Japanese homeland, including a 37 out of 40 from Famitsu. Prepare to clock a lot of hours on your 3DS if you get this one.

An honourable mention goes to the Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection, out for PS3 on the 9th. It contains Metal Gear, Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, Metal Gear Solid, MGS: VR Missions, MGS 2, MGS 3, MGS 4, MGS: Peace Walker, and two MGS graphic novels. There are a lot of great titles in that one package, so it’s well worth picking up if you’re missing a few entries in the series.