We normally do a “Top 5 Games” list for each month, but June is a special month. It’s the month that the E3 Expo in Los Angeles takes place, and since the press is busy covering the event, there are usually only a couple of notable titles released. Considering the game releases would probably be obscured by the huge number of E3 announcements, it’s pretty understandable. So, this month we are doing a Three Single Player Games for June list, and with no further ado, here it is.
MIRROR’S EDGE CATALYST
This game from Electronic Arts is probably the biggest release of the month. It is from the world’s fourth largest publisher, and will be available the week before E3 kicks off. Catalyst is reboot, of sorts, and puts us back in the role of our favorite free runner, Faith. Like the original game, all of the action is presented in a first person perspective. While the City of Glass appears to be an elegant, high-tech city on the outside, it has a terrible secret hidden within. Unlike the first game, this time you can explore every corner of it, from the highest rooftops to the dark and gritty tunnels below. The city is actually pretty big, and it’s free to roam, with optional side quests.
The first Mirror’s Edge game wasn’t terribly heavy with narrative, and from what I’ve played of the new game, the gameplay to story ratio is pretty much the same. Catalyst does, however, try to set up the story a little better than its predecessor. Still, at least a portion of the story is relegated to a companion comic book. The game kicks off with Faith’s release from a detention facility and lets you take part in her battle against oppression and struggle to become the catalyst of change.
Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC on 7 June, 2016 in North America and on 9 June, 2016 in Europe.
The Technomancer is an adventure game, set on a post-apocalyptic Red Planet, from the developers of Bound By Flame. While it might not be on many people’s radar, we’ve been covering the game for over a year now. Set on Mars during the “War of Water,” The Technomancer is a sci-fi role -playing game with a reactive world that changes according to the decisions you make. The game promises dynamic RPG gameplay and action-oriented combat along four different skill trees that include three different fighting styles as well as the electro-focused powers of the Technomancers.
The Technomancer puts players in the role of an aspiring Technomancer searching for the answers that could be the key to protecting his future. Though the game will offer plenty of combat, conversational dialogue will also play an important role in quests and will change the story depending on the decisions you make. As an RPG, the game will allow players to craft their own equipment, weapons, and armor for the Technomancer and his companions. Nurturing relationships with these important allies is also expected to play a big part in how the game’s narrative unfolds.
The Technomancer will be available worldwide for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC on 28 June, 2016.
STAR OCEAN: INTEGRITY AND FAITHLESSNESS
The same day The Technomancer releases, at least in North America, from the other side of the world, the latest Star Ocean game will also be available. Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is again developed by the famed Japanese developers, tri-Ace, and published by Square Enix. The fifth game in the long-running Star Ocean series, Integrity and Faithlessness is a sci-fi RPG saga that promises to take players to the stars and beyond. The game will now let up to seven characters in battle simultaneously, with their own distinct fighting styles, and over 100 battle roles.
Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness takes place between the second and third games, where the Pangalactic Federation is nearing the fulfilment of its mission. Peace and order have spread throughout the galaxy, however the embers of conflict are beginning to stir once more. The game will tell the story of Fidel and his companions with a new seamless experience that allows players to transition between battles and dynamic cutscenes in real time, blurring the lines between story, exploration, and battles. Integrity and Faithlessness also offers a new item creation system, an extensive side-questing hub, and will feature multiple endings.
Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness will be available for PlayStation 4 on 28 June, 2016 in North America and 1 July, 2016 in Europe.
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