Wow, we survived. The first few months were filled from the window to the wall with great games. Now, thankfully, we have some time to relax and catch up. This current short dry spell is a bit of a blessing. It is possible that Bioshock: Infinite will be your last major pick up for a while (of course unless you are a planning on getting your hands on Injustice: Gods Among Us, or hitting up a great selection of upcoming indie games).
Don’t get too comfortable. This summer is going to break the rules. Not only can we expect an E3 unlike anything we’ve seen for years (hopefully), but unlike previous years, we have a motherload of top tier games to keep an eye out for. Enjoy this short break, because with June comes a Summer to remember.
The sun is bright, social lives are overrated. Why not stay safe indoors gaming instead?
Here are 6 games ready to beat your wallet silly during the hot Summer months:
Remember this game? Capcom’s take on the action/adventure genre, Remember Me was recently at the forefront of the resurgence of gender roles in games, when news surfaced of the development’s struggle to create a game with a female lead. Hats off to their struggle, for it is a success. On top of that, boy does it look good.
Combining the traversal of Uncharted, the combat of the Arkham series, and some brand new memory driven mechanics, Remember Me might be an under the radar hit of 2013. There are a lot of things going for and against this game. The stakes are high, but the payoff might be higher.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf (June 9th)
Ever since my maxed out days of City Folk, I’ve had an inkling to return to the peaceful world of Animal Crossing. New Leaf looks to be the best yet. Online features are leading the drive of this 3DS goldmine. Taking your town anywhere is appealing enough itself.
You can catch us pruning our peaceful towns of furries this June.
Killer is Dead (TBA Summer 2013)
The works of out-of-the-box game designer Suda51 have dropped in June of the past few years. Killer is Dead brings him back to his Tarantino-esque ridiculous action stylings that brought him to fame in No More Heroes and Killer 7. Treading familiar ground, it would be a crime to miss this installment in Suda’s arsenal.
Killer is Dead’s combat looks more refined than any previous project. It’s themes, style, and characters seem to be not only much more stable and complex, but definitely completely over the top. This is what Suda does best.
The Last of Us (June 14th)
A definite surprise, The Last of Us, the latest brainchild of now legendary developer Naughty Dog, is leading the Summer stage. As one of the most high-profile releases of the year, The Last of Us is going to make much more than a splash in the gaming landscape. Hopes are high, and it is within spitting distance of fellow high-profiler Bioshock. The real question is will The Last of Us be able to knock Infinite down a peg?
Last of Us gently puts aside the Uncharted motto of heavy action orientation in favor of stealth, mindful crafting, and general cunning. Tons of gamers will find out how Naughty Dog handles these concepts when the game hits, I’m sure it’s on many folk’s lists.
Saints Row IV (August 20th)
After a short break the summer comes alive again with perhaps the most lively game of the year. Saints Row IV continues to take the Saints Row series in the direction established by The Third. Keeping with that tangent, the fourth entry exhibits more insanity in its trailer alone, than The Third did in its entire campaign.
The game proudly features superpowers, aliens, dubstep guns, and more. All boundaries are being broken with this one. For those who miss the days when games could just be unbelievably crazy without a second thought, this will be one for you.
Splinter Cell: Blacklist (August 20th)
The return of Splinter Cell hasn’t seen as much hype as it should have. This covert ops stealth-action series is well loved, and Blacklist brings a more modern take on the series. The game will be fighting for your attention on the same day as the previous entry, Saints Row.
From its awesome E3 trailer from last year, to it’s attractive environments, Uncharted-esque influence, and fast-paced gunplay, Blacklist might sweep up from behind and really amaze gamers.
Got your eye on any games this Summer? Picking up any of these? Any other titles? Leave a comment below.