As we start through the summer months, the releases to feed our gaming addiction get slimmer and slimmer. There really only seems to be three actual new games coming in July from any major publishers, and a couple of expansions or re-releases. That doesn’t mean there’s nothing to look forward to, but this will be a bit of a short post since we don’t really have much to talk about.
Following up on one of the more popular release of 2015, Splatoon 2 is coming near the end of July. This time the game will be released exclusively on the Switch on the 21st. Like the original, this will be a 4v4 multiplayer shooter played in the third-person view. Leading up to the game’s release, you can read the Squid Sister Stories on the official site and catch up on events between the two games. Players in Europe and Japan will also be able to snatch up pink and green joycon controllers released with the game, though I expect they’ll be available to gamers around the world through third-party suppliers shortly after.
As the story goes, after the first game the sisters go back to relatively normal lives. They start to do their own thing, but Marie worries that her sister might be having trouble with the events of the first game. After spending some time together, Marie leaves Inkopolis to see her parents. When she gets back home she discovers that Callie is missing and the Great Zapfish has been stolen. Marie believes the Octarians are responsible so goes looking for a squid recruit to infiltrate the Octarians and save the day.
Why Should we be Excited?
Splatoon was popular for a reason. The game was fun, colorful, and whimsical. People could play competitively, without the super serious nature of games like Siege or Battlefield. Those games are fun of course, but sometimes we just want to throw down on some goofy fun, like shooting paint at each other in a ridiculous world of multi-colored squid people. I think this will be another fun game for people who like to goof off but also have a good time being competitive. The original spawned a lot of fan art, stories, and even a manga, so it’s likely even more colorful squids are in our future.
Notable Releases for July
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age – Coming out early in July is a remaster of International Zodiac Job System for Final Fantasy XII that was previously a Japanese-only release. It’s coming to Playstation 4 exclusively.
Miitopia – An RPG coming to the Nintendo 3DS at the end of the month. It was previously released in Japan in December of 2016. It is a fairly standard JRPG using the popular Mii avatars for characters. The characters interactions will affect combat, meaning if they don’t like each other they will be less effective.
Dragon Quest XI – This JRPG is coming to Nintendo Switch, 3DS, and PS4 at the end of the month. It mixes traditional turn-based combat with exploration like previous titles in the long running series.
Hey! Pikmin – Another game coming to the 3DS at the end of the month this will be a side scrolling adventure game based on the Pikmin franchise.