The Month In Games: June 2017

The selection of games this month include the end of an epic saga, the expansion of another and some familiar faces racing their way onto our consoles.


Tekken 7

The saga of the Mishima clan comes to an end in this fighting title. The multi-generation feud takes centre stage once more as players make their way through the battles. With the truth about the origins of the Devils Gene to discover – and the mystery surrounding the death of Kazumi Mishima – players will also be able to explore a story away from the clan with new chapters for those looking for a more in-depth experience. For this installment, eight new characters join the Tekken roster – including a familiar face from Street Fighter: Akuma.

In addition to the standard edition, Tekken 7 will also be available in two further editions. The Deluxe Edition will feature a new game mode, new special characters, an exclusive set of over 30 metallic character costumes along with all additional Season Pass content. The Collector’s Edition will feature a copy of the Deluxe Edition, an exclusive steel-book case, a copy of the game’s soundtrack and a limited edition figurine of Heihachi and Kazuya in the heat of battle.

Tekken 7 will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC from June 2*


The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind

Return to the island of Vvardenfell for this new chapter in The Elder Scrolls: Online. Taking place 700 years prior to The Elder Scrolls III, the player must help save the world from the threat of Daedric’s forces. Working alongside the Guardian of Vvardenfell – the warrior-poet Vivec – players will be able to explore this new location and discover the mysteries within. New classes and Trials await players new and old, with familiar locations available for fans of this series to visit with this new tale.

Players who pre-order will receive The Discovery Pack – which includes an exclusive Warden costume, in-game pet, treasure maps, experience scrolls and a Dwarven Crown Crate with additional bonus items. The Digital Collector’s Edition will feature an Armoured War Horse and collector’s War Bear, a Dwarven Spider pet, Morag Tong Converter and special Character Emotes. The Collector’s Edition will include all the content of its digital counterpart along with a Map of Morrowind, Naryu’s Journal – recreated in full colour – and a Dwarven Colossus Statue in a special edition game case. Both special editions will also include a copy of The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited.

The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC from June 6*


WipEout: Omega Collection

The futuristic racer gets an upgrade in this new collection for PlayStation 4. WipEout: Omega Collection will feature all the content and gameplay modes featured in WipEout HD, WipEout HD Fury and WipEout 2048, covering everything from the tracks player race through – either in online multiplayer or in 2 player local co-op – to the tracks players enjoy while racing with the game’s eclectic soundtrack mix.

Players who pre-order will also receive the game in an exclusive steel-book case and will also receive four team-based exclusive WipEout themes for their PlayStation 4 home screens. The game’s Digital Edition will feature an additional Dynamic Theme – showcasing the ships of the collection – exclusive avatars, a Van Uber ship and a digital art-book along with the game.

WipEout: Omega Collection will be available on PlayStation 4 from June 7*


DiRT 4

The world is your racetrack in this latest addition to the rally series. In DiRT 4, players will be spoilt for choice with over 50 vehicles to race through some of the most demanding courses ever devised. With a Simulator mode emulating the true rally experience and a Gamer option for those looking to push their skills, players will have the choice of several game modes. Players will be able to hone their skills in the DirtFish Rally School, race right into a Career or even take a shot at the World Rally Championship.

Players who pre-order will be able to compete in a special edition Hyundai R5 from launch and also be granted access to a special in-game event soon after launch. The Steelbook Edition will include a copy of the game – and the pre-order bonus – in a limited edition case. The Day One Edition will also feature the pre-order bonus along with a special Founders Icon, while the Special Edition will feature the game, all pre-order bonuses, the Founders Icon and will also include an additional Team Booster Pack – filled with unique in-game facilities, a unique Engineer for players to use and an exclusive Team offer for players to access during the course of the game.

DiRT 4 will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC from June 9*


ARMS

Take the fight to new lengths with this new fighting game for the Nintendo Switch. Players will be able to choose from an array of colourful characters – each with a set of extendable, mechanised arms to battle with. From the fiery Toaster to the spinning might of the Chakram and the electrifying Revolver, players will able to choose their weapons to suit any number of scenarios. Using the versatility of the Switch, players will be able to battle one on one with players online and those a little closer to home.

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For those looking to get a sneak peek into the world and gameplay of ARMS, the Global Test Punch Demo is available through Early Access on the Nintendo eStore. This exclusive preview of the game can be pre-downloaded onto consoles for the weekend event – which takes place on 3-4 June. Players who pre-order the game will also receive an exclusive ARMS keyring with the game.

ARMS will be available on Nintendo Switch from June 16*


Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy

The wumpa fruit loving marsupial makes his long-awaited arrival on PlayStation 4. Crash Bandicoot is back again to save the world from the evil Dr. Neo Cortex and his army of minions. Covering the first three games in the franchise – Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped – this collection will have players spinning, skating, riding, and even flying their way with Crash through the world to battle the devious doctor – all with the magical Aku-Aku by his side once more.

Rebuilt from the ground up, this trio of titles blends the old and new. The classic levels have been given upgraded visuals and music, the original cast returns with new interactions and recordings and new challenges have been incorporated with the original spirit of the games at the core. New features will appear across all three games – ranging from new menus and save systems, a new checkpoint system, new level challenges and the addition of time trials from Warped into the other two games.

Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy will be available on PlayStation 4 from June 30*


Free to Play

Xbox Gold subscribers will have four new titles – and some bonus DLC – to play for free this month. On Xbox One, Speedrunners will be available from June 1-30*, with Watch Dogs available to download from June 16 – July 15*. In addition, DLC from the Xbox One release of Phantom Dust will be available for free from June 1-30*. Over on Xbox 360, Assassin’s Creed III will be available from June 1-15* while Dragon Age: Origins will be available to download from June 16-30. As with past months, the Xbox 360 titles will be available and playable on Xbox One via Backwards Compatibility.

Over on PlayStation Plus, players with a valid subscription will have six new games to enjoy for free across the PlayStation family. From June 6*, Killing Floor 2 and Life is Strange will be available on PlayStation 4, with Abyss Odyssey and WRC 5: World Rally Championship available on PlayStation 3 and Neon Chrome – which will also be available to cross-buy on PlayStation 4 – and Spy Chameleon on PS Vita.

Also Released This Month

June 2* – VR Karts (PS4), Harvest Moon Skytree Village (3DS), Syndrome (Xbox One, PS4, PC)

June 6* – Cladun Returns: This Is Sengoku! (PS4), Farming Simulator 18 (PS Vita, 3DS), The Town of Light (Xbox One, PS4, PC)

June 9* – SUPERBEAT: XONiC (PS4), Dark Rose Valkyrie (PS4)

June 16* – GOD WARS Future Past (PS4, PS Vita), Unbox – Newbie’s Adventure (PS4)

June 20* – Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood (PS4, PC)

June 23* – Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls (PS4), RPG Maker Fes (3DS), Dead by Daylight (Xbox One, PS4), Ever Oasis (3DS), Construction Simulator Deluxe Edition (PC)

June 30* – The Golf Club 2 (Xbox One, PS4), Valkyria Revolution (Xbox One, PS4), Aerea Collector’s Edition (Xbox One, PS4, PC), Demons Age (Xbox One, PS4, PC), Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle (PS4)

*Dates refer to UK release. International dates may vary and are subject to change.

Words by Megan Roxburgh

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