Ahh the summer drought. That time of year where AAA execs are jetting off to the Maldives, driving about Europe in the Bugattis, and whatever else they might get up to. The time of year where devs are no doubt cooped up in studios around the world trying to polish titles for the Fall release period.
What that means for us gamers is that there’s something of a lull in big game releases, however, and we have to sniff around more carefully for new things to play. With that in mind, we’ve come up with some suggestions...
Super Summer Sales
Summer sales are basically an excuse to completely lose your head and buy a whole bunch of stuff, much of which you probably don’t need or even want, but it was 90% off. You’ve now got months to play all the titles you’ve backlogged in the last year, so make use of it.
Sure, there might not be much in the way of big games out in July, but you know when there’s a TONNE of big games out? October. And a lot of them are sequels and new entries in a franchise; Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and - looking further ahead to next year - The Witcher 3. This is the perfect time to get into playing (or replaying) earlier games in these franchises to help hype you for new releases. The Witcher 2’s 30 hour campaign should keep you entertained for a good few days, whilst the first two Dragon Age games rack up to over 40 hours in total even without their copious DLC additions.
There’s a load of beta testing underway right now for end of the year releases, so if you don’t mind a little less polish in your game you can always test out titles before you buy. Destiny’s beta starts next week, whilst the PC closed beta of The Crew begins on July 23rd. Wasteland 2’s beta is nearing completion now as it inches towards launch, and latest WoW expansion Warlords Of Draenor is also accepting MMO enthusiasts for beta testing.
If your wallets on the slim side, you can always check out Jon’s article on the best free-to-play games out there for some gaming fun at no cost.
Or if you want something new…
If you like your Summer gaming a little more co-operative, Sacred 3 might be one to give a try when it comes out on August 1st. The arcade hack 'n' slash features drop-in, drop-out co-op multiplayer both online and local, so there's plenty of opportunity to get involved with friends.
The third installment in the Risen series will return to the medieval setting of the first Risen, and is available from August 12th in North America and August 15th in other regions.
I don’t know about anyone else, but if someone had tried telling me how deeply emotional a game in which you played a badger could be before I played Shelter, I’d have laughed. This time around, you’re a mother lynx, and we’re betting this will be the best lynx-based game of the summer.
A new title from Rock of Ages and Zeno Clash devs ACE Team, Abyss Odyssey is a side-scrolling beat ‘em up with procedurally generated levels all in ACE’s distinctive and lurid art style. It's out this coming week, so you might want to give it a try if you liked the studio's earlier games.
the Metro series got a facelift, and you can get hold of the prettified and gameplay-improved titles when they launch on August 28th.
Of course, there’s also a huge number of little-known indie titles launching over the next couple of months, so you could always give them a go if you want to try something a little different. I’ve personally got my
What will you be playing, buying and redoing in the Summer months? Which games do you have that you haven’t yet got stuck into? Let us know what you’re up to this summer in the discussion area!