The Most Anticipated New Video Games for July 2017
Are you recovered from E3 yet? It was a pretty decent week, filled with exciting announcements made by Sony, Ubisoft, Bethesda, and, heck, even Nintendo, but the thrill is over and it’s time to move on! Unfortunately, we’re stepping into a pretty dry month, as July is known to be for gamers.
Still, it’s not entirely empty. In fact, if you’re a Switch owner, you’ll be getting a few gems to add to your pretty slim collection.
‘Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age’ (PS4) — July 11th
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Despite being over a decade old, Final Fantasy XII refuses to give up!
A year after the original PlayStation 2 release, an international version titled International Zodiac Job System was released, expanding upon the License Boards and allowing characters to have two jobs, adding controllable guest characters, and providing three new ways to play.
The Zodiac Age is the American, high-definition remaster of that version.
HD remasters are all the rage today, so as long as we’re waiting for the Final Fantasy VII remake, we might as well indulge in The Zodiac Age’s expanded job system, 100-floor trial dungeon, visual and audio improvements, and a mode that lets players go through the game with level 1 characters.
If you loved watching the humanoid lady-rabbit in standard edition, imagine how she’ll look in this remaster!
‘MotoGP17' (PC, PS4, Xbox One) — July 11th
Fans of the MotoGP series and Grand Prix motorcycle racing will have plenty to do this summer with the feature-rich release of MotoGP17, the fourth entry in the Milestone MotoGP series and the 19th MotoGP video game.
Jump into the Moto Grand Prix series and control riders taking part in the 2017 championship on the circuits of Qatar, Republic of Argentina, Spain, France, and more.
Build your team and oversee the R&D of new bikes, manage your staff, and progress through your own career or take control of more than 70 riders from a range of different classes.
Running at 60 FPS and featuring unprecedented artificial intelligence, this is the closet MotoGP has come to drawing gamers in to a true racing experience.
Does any of this excite you? Then you’re a true MotoGP fan!
‘Minecraft Story Mode: The Complete Adventure’ (Switch) — July 18th
And who says the Nintendo Switch isn’t getting any fun third-party titles?
Though Minecraft Story Mode has been complete since summer of 2016, not everybody has had the opportunity to explore Telltale’s iteration of the Minecraft universe.
Over the course of eight episodes and three DLC chock full of story, conflict, and blocky fun, Minecraft Story Mode follows Jesse and friends on a quest to find The Order of the Stone. Telltale did a fine job representing the fun of Minecraft and the latest release of The Complete Adventure lets Switch owners enjoy it all on the way to work!
‘Splatoon 2’ (Switch) — July 21st
Testing the limits of the Switch’s multiplayer capability is the July release of Splatoon 2, the anxiously awaited follow-up to the Wii U hit. Sure, there’s a story to follow, but all you need to know is that all the multiplayer paint-splatting fun from the original is back!
Introducing new weapons and gadgets like dual-wield pistols and jetpacks, Splatoon 2 also introduces Salmon Run, a 4-player co-op horde mode.
Don’t have friends? Then the return of the single-player campaign, Hero Mode, is perfect for you!
‘Hey! Pikmin’ (3DS) — July 28st
Changing the Pikmin formula for Nintendo’s 3DS handheld, Hey! Pikmin tosses aside the 3D RTS gameplay for 2.5D side-scrolling fun.
Back in the boots of Captain Olimar, the core element of the Pikmin series is still there — control the alien creatures to do your bidding and try not to lose control of them! Using simple touch commands, you can control Red, Yellow, Blue, Rock, Winged, Purple, and White Pikmin across strange levels filled with treasures and unusual creatures.
Hey! Pikmin is the series’ introduction to handheld gaming, making it even stranger that Nintendo opted to not make it compatible with the 3DS’s staple feature — stereoscopic 3D.
‘Fortnite’ (PC, PS4, Xbox One) — July 25th
Epic Games and People Can Fly’s Fortnite was revealed back in 2011, underwent Alpha testing in 2014, and is finally being released as an early-access title.
Love fighting off monsters in your own fortified structure?
Enjoy working as a team to survive the night?
Have a knack for scavenging supplies?
Then the only place you should be on July 25th is sitting in front of your PC, Mac, PS4, or Xbox One playing this quirky co-op survival game! Jump into the role of the ninja, the outlander, the soldier, or the constructor and find out where your place during a zombie apocalypse will be!
Other Releases in July:
8-Bit Armies (PC, PS4, Xbox One) — July 18th
Aven Colony (PS4, Xbox One) — July 25th