While there is yet another long list of quality video game out this July 2018, in terms of blockbuster releases, July might be a little kinder to your wallet.
This July brings some re-releases such as Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and No Man’s Sky on other platforms, plenty of potential indie darlings with the likes of The Banner Saga 3 and it’s perhaps a good month in particular if you’re a Nintendo Switch owner. As always, release dates can change at the very last minute, but they are as accurate as they can be at the time of writing. So with that in mind, below are some of the video games for which you can look forward to this July 2018.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo 2DS/3DS and Nintendo Switch) – July 13th
Originally released in late 2014/early 2015 depending on your region, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker was perhaps a surprise hit for those that owned the Wii U. However, with the Wii U not quite hitting the heights as other Nintendo consoles, there were many that never got a chance to play this little gem. Initially a puzzle mini-game in Super Mario 3D World, Captain Toad now has his fully fledged game, already appearing on the Wii U, and now coming to the Nintendo Switch and 2DS/3DS. This re-release will have brand new and exclusive levels based upon the awesome Super Mario Odyssey and there will also be a two-player co-op mode for the Switch version. There are playable demos on both the 2DS/3DS and Nintendo Switch eShops right now if you want to try out the game before deciding on making a full purchase.
Octopath Traveler (Nintendo Switch) – July 13th
Octopath Traveler could be the gem of July for the Nintendo Switch. This turn-based RPG cleverly combines modern day visuals with 16-bit SNES-style character sprites and its world textures with polygonal environments, all rendered in glorious HD. Octopath Traveller will follow the tale of eight unique playable characters, each with their own abilities, personalities and the way in which they interact with the world around them. It really wouldn’t surprise me that by the end of the year, Octopath Traveler wins one or two awards as one of the best titles on the Nintendo Switch for 2018. If you want an early taste to see what this game is all about, there is a playable demo available on the Nintendo eShop.
No Man’s Sky (Xbox One) – July 24th
To say that No Man’s Sky had a rocky release in 2016 for the PS4 and PC is an understatement. False and broken promises, a lacking open-world to name but a few, left many gamers feeling angry towards developers Hello Games. Of course there were also many that were happy with the release of No Man’s Sky, but I believe it’s hard to argue that regardless of what side of the fence you sit on, it could have been better at launch. Thankfully now that two years have passed, No Man’s Sky has received a lot of updates and improvements with more to come, including that of its multiplayer and how you interact with other players and more, which will all be available across all formats when No Man’s Sky simultaneously releases for the Xbox One. Will the big updates be all little too late? Only time will tell.
The Banner Saga 3 (PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch) – July 24th
Since the original The Banner Saga released in 2014 following a successful Kickstarter campaign and with a studio that included former BioWare developers, every two years with each release, the series seems to have improved in every way, and The Banner Saga 3 will hopefully be no exception. This tactical RPG indie darling series, inspired by ancient Viking culture, hopes to exceed all previous critical acclaim with its final instalment concluding the trilogy. I for one will be looking forward to playing this game on the go with my Nintendo Switch.
Check out the full list of games released in July below:
- Jurassic World: Evolution (PC, PS4 and Xbox One) – Physical Release – July 3rd
- Runbow (PS4 and Nintendo Switch) – July 3rd
- Red Faction: Guerrilla Remastered (PC, PS4 and Xbox One) – July 3rd
- Flat Heroes (PC and Nintendo Switch) – July 5th
- Mushroom Wars 2 (Nintendo Switch) – July 5th
- Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor- Marty (PS4 and Xbox One) – July 5th
- Shining Resonance Refrain (PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch) – July 10th
- 20XX (PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch) – July 10th
- Defiance 2050 (PC and Nintendo Switch) – July 10th
- Insane Robots (PC, PS4 and Xbox One) – July 10th
- Muddledash (PC and Nintendo Switch) – July 10th
- Bomber Crew (PC, PS4 and Nintendo Switch) – July 10th
- The Spectrum Retreat (PS4, PC and Xbox One) – July 10th
- Warhammer: Vermintide 2 (Xbox One) – July 11th
- Eathfall (PC, PS4 and Xbox One) – July 13th
- All-Star Fruit Racing (PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch) – July 13th (EU)
- Hotel Transylvania 3: Monsters Overload (PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch) – July 13th
- Chicken Assassin: Reload (PC, PS4 and Nintendo Switch) – July 17th
- Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion (PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch) – July 17th
- Sonic Mania Plus (PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch) – July 17th
- Mega Man X Collection 1&2 (PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch) – July 24th
- The Persistence (PSVR) – July 24th
- Train Sim World (PC, PS4 and Xbox One) – July 24th
- Sleep Tight (PC and Nintendo Switch) – July 26th
- WarioWare Gold (Nintendo 2DS/3DS) – July 27th
- Titan Quest (Nintendo Switch) – July 31st
- Code of Princess EX (Nintendo Switch) – July 31st