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Three Single Player Games to Look Out For in June

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Only SP’s Three Biggest Single Player Games for June

June is already here and we have plenty of exciting events coming up in the next couple of weeks. With our Patreon and our Summer Giveaway both launching on the 7th and the Electronic Entertainment Expo starting just after our summer giveaway finishes up, its sure to be a busy month here at OnlySP. But on top of all that, there are a bunch of great single player games coming out this month which we can’t wait to get our hands on! So here is our three biggest and most anticipated single player games for June.


Kholat

Only SP’s Three Biggest Single Player Games for June

The interesting and scary Kholat will be hitting the Steam store this month. Get ready to explore the mysterious and scary Russian wildness.

Release Date: 10th of June

Developer:  IMGN.PRO

Platforms: Windows and Mac

Inspired by the true event known as the “Dyatlov Pass Incident”, in which a crew of students died in mysterious circumstances, Kholat is a first person horror experience from independent developer, IMGN.PRO where you get to explore the area where the tragedy occurred. The story takes place years after the event and players have a chance to discover what really happened to those unfortunate students.

The gameplay is focused on an open world map with non-linear gameplay and exploration, with beautiful visuals built-in the amazing Unreal Engine 4. One thing in particular which makes Kholat out stand out from all the other indie horror games out there at the moment, is the famous British actor, Sean Bean, is narrating the story.

Check out the official trailer below, and be prepared for some scary fun in the snow on the 10th of June.

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Lego Jurassic World

Only SP’s Three Biggest Single Player Games for June

The newest edition to the Lego video game franchise comes in the form of Jurassic World, which follows the story of all four Jurassic Park movies including the upcoming Jurassic World.

Release Date: 12th of June

Developer:  Traveller’s Tales

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS

The Lego franchise seems to keep expanding with movies, video games and even their own Skylanders like toy/video game in the form of LEGO Universe, and honestly who isn’t happy about it? Lego is pure fun and this is more evident in their video games than anywhere else, with games based on other fantastic franchises such as The Hobbit, or the Marvel Universe.

The newest franchise to be Legofied (soon to be copyrighted!) is the famous Jurassic Park movies, in the new Lego: Jurassic World. The game follows the plot of all four Jurassic Park movies, including the upcoming Jurassic World. Officially announced back in January, the game features more than 100 playable characters, which is sure to keep you busy for some time.

Here’s some footage showing off some of the game play and describing some of the features of the newest Lego game.

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Batman Arkham Knight

Only SP’s Three Biggest Single Player Games for June

Batman is back with a ton of new features, a bigger map, more characters and the Batmobile!

Release Date: 23rd of June

Developer: Rocksteady Studios

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows, Linux and Mac

The final adventure in the world-renowned Batman: Arkham video game series is coming out this month in the form of Batman: Arkham Knight.  A return to the series for developers Rocksteady, who took a break to allow for Warner Bros Games Montreal to have a crack at the series with Batman: Arkham Origins.

With Arkham Knight, Gotham is bigger; there are more characters than ever and you can drive the Batmobile through the city to fight criminals. The story follows Batman taking on a united criminal alliance of Gotham on Halloween as Scarecrow launches a large attack on the city with the aid of the mysterious, Arkham Knight. Along with a host of new gadgets and other new features, players can use a system called “Dual Play”, where you can seamlessly switch between control of Batman, or one of his allies, including Robin, Night wing and or Cat Woman.

With so many new features, Rocksteady back at the helm and with only current generation consoles and PC in mind for development, we are hopefully set for the best Batman game yet. Have a look at the trailer below which shows off some of the dual play combat system and give some story details.

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As ever there are a ton of great single player games coming out and we can’t wait to cover them all. Be sure to follow Only SP for more coverage on all things single player by following our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Gamer of every genre, but often prefers just buying games and looking at them and the pretty covers rather than ever playing them. A writer from Australia, currently studying Journalism and hoping to make it big one day in writing.

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Three Single-Player Games to Watch Out for in July 2019

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Three Single Player Games (July 2019) - Sea of Solitude, Fire Emblem Three Houses, Wolfenstein Youngblood

July, the middle of winter down here in Australia. Even in the bizarre New South Wales climate, the biting cold makes for a great excuse to stay inside and play games. 

Weirdly for single players, quite a few prestige games this month include additional co-op modes. With acclaimed designers behind them, such games will hopefully avoid the pitfalls of accommodating multiple players, as too many games have done in the past.

Sea of Solitude

Release Date: July 5, 2019
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

At first blush, Sea of Solitude looks like yet another story of a young adult struggling with questions of identity and mental health while exploring a beautiful but harsh fantasy world.

Actually, that’s what it is. ‘Quirky, life affirming indie adventure’ is a whole cottage industry these days, but the fact that such games are now more prevalent should never dismay.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice was a masterpiece of refined design and storytelling, and Sea of Solitude appears be something similar—this time dealing with a fantastical vision of depression that turns ordinary people into literal monsters.

Players take charge of Kay, who has sought out the eponymous Sea—or rather, a flooded city based on Berlin—in the hope that there is a cure for monstrosity. However, despite its name, she is not the only person in the Sea. Avoiding the other monsters of the Sea seems to be a major part of the gameplay. These tense encounters are likely to provide rhythm and variety to the adventure and keep it from being a just walking simulator. (Not that being a walking simulator is inherently a problem.)

Although published by EA Originals, one would do well to remember that EA the company does not actually profit off the Originals that they publish. With a focused story and themes that still are not often explored in bigger games, Sea of Solitude should be of great interest to single player fans in a month otherwise dominated by multiplayer titles.

 

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Release Date: July 26, 2019
Platform: Nintendo Switch

Almost certainly the biggest single player release of the month, and tied with Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 as another massive Switch exclusive, Fire Emblem: Three Houses might be exactly what single players need right now.

Lately the Fire Emblem franchise has exploded in both its popular profile and sales success, buoyed by a hunger for both deep anime RPGs and polished tactics games. Three Houses seems to have doubled down on exciting trends and features in both genres: particularly a Persona/Harry Potter inspired magic school setting and an even deeper tactical battle system that ditches the rock-paper-scissors for more nuanced character progression options. As with many Japanese RPGs, the story is also a major focus and hinges upon a time-jump.

The early part casts the player as a teacher at the Officer’s Academy, situated in the center of the game world and attended by students from the three most powerful nations. Five years later, the second and likely larger part concerns the drama between the player’s teacher and their former students, whose nations are now locked in a massive three-way conflict.

As is to be expected for a series finally coming back to consoles after a long time on the 3DS, Three Houses is a massive technical leap over its predecessors. The game boasts better realised battlefields, more detailed armies, and a slick animated style that appears much more consistent compared with the three or four different art styles on the 3DS.

With such improvements, as well as the overall pedigree of the Fire Emblem brand, Three Houses should have no trouble satisfying single player fans looking for a meaty middle-of-the-year RPG.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Release Date: July 26, 2019
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One

The recent Wolfenstein revival series is such a remarkable achievement in traditional shooter design and great, if goofy, sci-fi worldbuilding that the co-op focus of this latest instalment is somewhat disappointing.

Yes, as with F.E.A.R. 3 and Dead Space 3, following a well-received second chapter the Wolfenstein series now pivots to a co-operative focused chapter. Though the game is not a mandatory multiplayer experience, combat encounters and puzzles have been redesigned to accommodate the two player mode, giving single players an AI-controlled partner and bullet sponge enemies.

However, all hope is not lost for Wolfenstein: why else would it be the third game on the list? The narrative has been pushed forward in time, as B.J.’s twin daughters are now in their adolescence, now giving players a glimpse at the 1980s of Wolfenstein‘s skewed universe. Additionally, the level design itself is more freeform thanks to development assistance from Arkane, the developers of the Dishonored series.

Will Wolfenstein: Youngblood successfully deliver more of the series’s goofy charm and crazy alternate reality? Almost certainly. On the other hand, will the game be as fun to play alone as in multiplayer? That remains to be seen. Last month’s E3 demo that raised such concerns was naturally only a snapshot of a game in development, so MachineGames and Arkane have had plenty of time to resolve these potential downsides to a co-op focused game.

Those are our three big single player games to look out for this month. Other interesting titles coming soon include Stranger Things 3 on July 4 and Attack on Titan 2 on July 5, both games hitting Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

On July 12 we will see the sequel to an almost-fantastic Minecraft-like RPG spinoff, Dragon Quest Builders 2 on Switch and PlayStation 4, as well as the Switch port of “anime Monster Hunter”, God Eater 3

The week after, July 19 brings us Switch-exclusive Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, and at an undetermined time during the month Klei Entertainment’s anticipated survival-sim Oxygen Not Included will finally leave early access on PC.

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