With E3 hitting in the middle of June, the gaming industry is very much going to be looking to the future this month. However, a number of eye-catching single-player games are set to make their debuts in the here and now.
Release Date: June 20, 2019
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 (Switch and Xbox One versions coming later)
198X promises a truly wild ride through some of the most popular genres of the 8- and 16-bit eras combined by a coming-of-age story set in suburbia.
Players become a teenager named Kid caught in those adolescent years when innocence becomes experience. During this period, he discovers the local arcade, and the games therein lend him meaning and strength. In time, though, the games begin to cross over into his real life.
The games within a game all draw from the classics: a Double Dragon-looking beat ‘em, an Ikaruga-like shmup, an OutRun-inspired racer, a Shinobi-like ninja sidescroller, and a first-person dungeon-crawling RPG. Furthermore, each game is fully playable and comprises of several stages, ensuring plenty of content for players to sink their teeth into.
Release Date: June 25, 2019
Platforms: PlayStation 4
Following on from Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise last year, Yakuza Studio continues to venture beyond the franchise from which it takes its name. This time, though, the distance is not so great, as Judgment takes place within the Kamurocho district familiar to fans of Kazuma Kiryu.
However, this spin-off introduces a whole new side of the city, following disgraced lawyer Takayuki Yagami as he finds himself drawn into a case surrounding a violent serial killer. With a new protagonist comes a new gameplay suite. Although Yagami is fully capable of brawling with the best, he also brings an array of investigation techniques, ranging from photography to disguise to old-fashioned hunting for clues.
Judgment represents a notable shift from the usual direction of the Yakuza franchise, but it should retain the mature, high-quality storytelling that the series is known for.
The Sinking City
Release Date: June 27, 2019
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
The touch of Lovecraft returns. Frogwares, the studio perhaps best known for the Sherlock Holmes series, is offering something new to the cosmic-horror universe by introducing to it investigation-based gameplay.
A flood has swamped the New England city of Oakmont, bringing with it madness and monsters. Into this nightmare-Venice steps private investigator Charles Reed—and the player alongside him. His mission is straightforward: uncover the source of the chaos. However, the mission is not so easy, as Charles is subject to the same mental struggles as the inhabitants.
Frogwares is promising open-ended investigations where the player decides their path and the outcomes they receive. Coupled with this core gameplay loop is a massive open world that can be explored on foot or by boat, as well as a period-accurate arsenal with which to fight the nightmarish creatures.
In development for more than three years, The Sinking City will reportedly take between 30 and 40 hours to complete, providing plenty of entertainment for the single players out there.
Some lucky Warhammer fans have already gotten their hands on the dungeon crawling Warhammer: Chaosbane, those who did not pre-order the special editions have to wait until June 4. Another classic-styled game out this month is the Kickstarter darling Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, which sees Castlevania veteran Koji Igarashi flexing those muscles yet again on June 18.
The indie sphere gets another notable release in the shape of the Early Access launch for the Dark Souls- and Shadow of the Colossus-inspired Shattered – Tale of the Forgotten King.
Meanwhile, Activision continues to breathe new life into old favourites, dropping the remaster Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled on June 21.
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