We are already in the seventh month of the year, which means a new set of games to get excited about. This month is pleasantly packed with releases, and I actually had to whittle down the list to five instead of trying to fill in the gaps with releases I’m only lukewarm about. Anyways, here is my list of anticipated releases, but first the rules.
The game has to release on at least one major systems (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch). I do not count re-releases or remasters, but I may make an exception for remakes. One thing I do count is a game either entering or exiting Early Access, but that game can only be counted once. If a game has multiple release dates like Destiny 2 or GTA 5, then I will only count the earliest release date. The exception to that is if the game has a pre-order bonus of entering the game early, in which I will count its normal release date. Finally, it has to be a game, not a DLC. With the rules out of the way, here are my top five anticipated titles of July.
5. Tribes of Midgard
Norsfell’s Tribes of Midgard is a top-down co-op survival game about up-to ten players exploring Midgard and trying to defend the world from Ragnarok. I’m not a big fan of survival games, but the recent release of Valheim and now this title has me interested in Norse mythology-themed survival games. The gameplay in this game looks fun, the boss battles look huge, and I think being able to play with up-to ten others sounds like a blast. Tribes of Midgard will release on the 27th for PS5, PS4, and PC.
4. The Ascent
Neon Giant’s The Ascent is a top-down Cyberpunk twin-stick shooter about a mega-corporation suddenly shutting down and leaving everyone to fend for themselves. I’m starting to wear a little thin on the Cyberpunk setting, but I’m still willing to check this game out because of its fun-looking combat. The combat looks hectic, and I’m interested in seeing how far the game goes with its RPG elements. The Ascent will release on the 29th for Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC.
3. Boomerang X
Boomerang X by DANG! is a first-person arena shooter about dispatching enemies using a handy boomerang. I decided to pick up and play a demo of this game right before writing this, and I had a solid time with it. Controls are tight, the premise is neat, and it didn’t take long for me to get a grip on the various abilities and chain them together for some fast-paced aerial action. I’m still curious as to the level structure (hopefully there is an endless arcade mode), but the gameplay itself is a lot of fun. Boomerang X will release on the 8th for PC and Switch.
2. Black Skylands
Hungry Couch Games’ Black Skylands is a top-down action-adventure game about exploring, building, and surviving in a world full of aircraft and high-altitude terrain. I’ve had my eye on this game for quite a while, and I’m happy to see it finally (hopefully) release. I think the top-down combat looks like fun, and I’m interested in seeing the building and exploration in this game considering it’s all on airships and whatnot. Black Skylands will release into early access on the 9th for PC and other consoles at a later date.
Chernobylite is a first-person open-world survival RPG by The Farm 51 about searching for your significant other in Chernobyl. I didn’t pay this game much mind when it released into early access, but I can see it has come a long way since then. The combat looks clunky but in a way I think works, the survival horror aspect looks spooky, the crafting and team-building looks neat, and I’m interesting in seeing its Chernobyl map considering this game touts its accuracy to real life. Chernobylite will leave early access on the 28th for PC as well as PS4 and Xbox One releases later down the line.
That is going to wrap up this list. Thank you for reading, and tune in next month for another set of releases.