Ratchet and Clank_ Rift Apart

It’s June! That means we’re almost half way through the year. It also means you’re going to have a lot of new games to play.

We don’t know why publishers do it. It’s June, it’s E3 month – the month where we’re bombarded with new announcements – and yet there are still more new games coming out than we can shake a stick at. Overload, much?

Still, we aren’t going to complain about plenty of great games to play. If we have time to play them all, that is. We’ve picked out some of the games we’re most looking forward to below, but rest assured this isn’t an exhaustive list.

Necromunda: Hired Gun

Necromunda: Hired Gun
  • Release date: 1st June
  • Formats: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC

Out today, right now, this moment, is Necromunda: Hired Gun. It’s a fast-paced and frenetic action shooter that looks like a ridiculous amount of fun. Especially if you’re a fan of over-the-top videogame violence. We know we are. Look out for our review of this soon.

Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown

  • Release date: 1st June
  • Format: PS4

Another game out today is Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown. It’s a remaster of the classic fighting game, complete with enhanced visuals and a new focus on online competition. Needless to say, if you’re a fighting game fan, this is one worth checking out. Better yet, if you’re a PS Plus or PS Now subscriber, you can play it at no extra cost.

The Last Kids on Earth and the Staff of Doom

The Last Kids on Earth and the Staff of Doom
  • Release date: 4th June
  • Formats: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, Stadia

The Last Kids on Earth and the Staff of Doom might be aimed at children, but it still looks pretty cool. Based on the Netflix series, which itself is based on a series of books by Max Brallier, the game takes players on an all-new story set in the familiar universe. As familiar characters, you’ll set out on an adventure-filled journey to recover the legendary ‘Staff of Doom’.

Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2

Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 screenshot_6
  • Release date: 4th June
  • Formats: PS4: Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC (PS5 version coming soon)

We thoroughly enjoyed Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts back in 2019, and so we have pretty high hopes for its sequel. It promises more high-octane sniping action but with shinier visuals and a new extreme-range sniping feature. We previewed the game last month and praised its wealth of content, loadout customisation, and added accessibility features.

Guilty Gear Strive

  • Release date: 8th June
  • Formats: PS4, PS5, PC

The latest game in the long-running Guilty Gear series is almost upon us. And if you’re a fan of the series, then you’ll likely want to get on board. A brand new artistic direction adds a whole new feeling to the game, and your favourite characters have been brought to life like never before thanks to new animations. We got hands-on back in February thanks to an open beta, and we were very impressed with what we saw.

Open Country

  • Release date: 10th June
  • Formats: PS4, Xbox One, PC

If you enjoy a game that doesn’t hold your hand and that lets you play at whatever pace you want, then maybe Open Country is for you. This isn’t a hunting game for the sake of being a hunting game; you’ll only hunt because you need to in order to survive. You’ll also try your hand at all manner of outdoor activities, truly becoming one with nature. Read our preview for more information.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade

  • Release date: 10th June
  • Formats: PS5

Okay, so this isn’t exactly a new game, but Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade brings the excellent FFVII Remake to PS5, with even shinier visuals than ever before. There’s also a whole new chapter, introducing Yuffie to the story. More Final Fantasy VII can only ever be a good thing in our books.

Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection

  • Release date: 10th June
  • Formats: PS4, Xbox One, Switch PC

Ninja Gaiden Master Collection brings together three classic titles in one collection: Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge. Each of the three games include all DLC and costumes for the fullest Ninja Gaiden experience yet.

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

  • Release date: 11th June
  • Formats: PS5

If you’ve got a PS5, you’re likely already looking forward to Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. From the trailers shown off by Sony so far, it looks like it might be the best showcase for the PS5’s power yet. Whether or not you’re already a fan of the antics of this lombax and his robot companion, Rift Apart promises to be one heck of an adventure, and we can’t wait to get our hands on it.

Game Builder Garage

  • Release date: 11th June
  • Formats: Switch

Ever fancied making your own games? That’s what Switch-exclusive Game Builder Garage is all about. More of a creation tool than a game in its own right, this easy-to-use software is aimed at children, and teaches the basics of programming. You can use it to make all manner of games, from puzzles, to platformers, to shooters.

Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: The Official Video Game

  • Release date: 22nd June
  • Formats: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, Stadia

Sorry, Mario and Sonic; your Olympic shenanigans have been put to the wayside and replaced with a more realistic video game of the Olympics. Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: The Official Video Game looks to be a lot of fun still, even if you don’t get to battle Tails against Bowser. Although you can still dress up as Sonic, it turns out.

Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance

  • Release date: 22nd June
  • Formats: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC

If you’re a D&D fan, then this one is for you. Playable solo or with friends in co-op, you’ll join forces to battle against deadly foes. Upgrade your hero with new skills and weapons, and make your way through various landscapes. If you enjoy action RPGs, Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance looks to be a lot of fun.

Scarlet Nexus

  • Release date: 25th June
  • Formats: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC

When we previewed Scarlet Nexus last month, we said it’s “shaping up to be a treat for action RPG fans, especially if they like their games anime-inspired”. We praised its gorgeous visuals and fast-paced combat – and although we only got to see a snippet of it, its story looks to be fascinating, too.

Mario Golf: Super Rush

  • Release date: 25th June
  • Formats: Switch

When he’s not plumbing (which, let’s face it, is never) or saving princesses from the deadly grip of Bowser, Mario loves to get involved in sporting activities. If it’s not tennis or karting, it’s golf. Mario’s latest foray into golf is Mario Golf: Super Rush. With various gameplay options ranging from a straight game of golf to crazy mode with power-ups and races involved, there’s plenty of fun to be had here.

Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny

  • Release date 29th June
  • Formats: Switch

It’s been a long time coming – six years since Disgaea 5 launched, actually – but Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny is almost nearly with us. This time, it’s a Nintendo Switch exclusive. And it sports 3D visuals for the first time ever. But you can expect more of what you love about the Disgaea series, with plenty of new features.