The Month in Games – June 2019

Our picks of the month's gaming releases.

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The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr

The Season of the Dragon continues in this new Elder Scrolls adventure. For the latest chapter in The Elder Scrolls Online, the grasslands of Elsweyr provide the setting for these new adventures. With the players no longer able to become Dragonborn, they will need to find new ways of protecting the people of Tamriel from this ever-present threat. This second part of the Season of the Dragon adventure – which began with Wraithstone – will see players having to work together like never before to keep the fires at bay.

 

 

Players who pre-order on PC and Mac will be granted immediate access to the exclusive Rahd-m’Athra mount as well as the Base Game, Summerset & Morrowind chapters along with launch bonuses – including treasure maps, Crown Experience scrolls, Blue Dragon Imp pet, a Noble Clan Chief costume and a Baandari Pedlar crate. The Digital Collectors Edition includes the Base Game, Elsweyr, Summerset and Morrowind chapters, Summerset and Morrowind Collectors’ Packs, the Senche-Raht mount, Ashen Scar Jerboa pet, Khajiiti Cultural Emote pack, then Dragonbone style conversion and a set of Archaic Lore tablets. 

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


MotoGP 2019 

Get ready for another season with the latest MotoGP. In MotoGP 19, players will have the chance to fully experience the excitement of Moto like never before. Whether they want to try their hand at working their way through the ranks in Career mode, pour over every detail of their bikes, liveries and styles with the biggest customisation range in the series, or even look to the future of motorsport with the brand new MotoE, there will be something for every Moto fan to enjoy in this year’s edition.

 

 

Players who pre-order will be able to unlock the Historical Pack. This pack will celebrate all the action and racing from the 1992 MotoGP season, with dedicated content and challenges for players. The pack also includes four of MotoGP’s most iconic riders – Wayne Gardner, Mick Doohan, Wayne Rainey and Eddie Lawson – for players to test their skills with as they relive those legendary rivalries. 

MotoGP 2019 will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC from June 6*


Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

 Your very humanity is in the balance in this gothic adventure. In Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, players take on the role of Miriam, a young orphan taken in by a guild of alchemists. After a serious of experiments with demonic energy put her in a decade long coma, Miriam awakes to find that the work of the Guild has been stopped thanks to another alchemist named Johannes. Working with this new ally, Miriam sets out to find Gebel – another subject of the Guild’s experiments – who now holds the key to Miriam’s future.

 

 

Presenting in a 2.5D style, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night will find players being challenged to find their way through this world of magic and demons without losing Miriam’s humanity. Players will be able to enhance her powers using the crystals on her body, along with a wide range of craft-able armour and weapons to suit each task and challenges that face this young warrior on her quest to the Demon Castle.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night will be available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 from June 21* and on Nintendo Switch from June 28*


Crash Team Racing – Nitro Fueled 

Start your engines and gather up the wumpa fruit with this highly anticipated racing release. Following on from the N-Sane Trilogy, Crash Team Racing – Nitro Fueled sees the beloved racing title given an upgrade for 2019, with improved visuals and audio while still maintaining all the fun of the original. All of the original tracks, characters and music are there, with some new challenge modes as well as local and online multiplayer to keep fans both new and old cheering as they put their skills to the test.

 

 

Players who pre-order will receive the Electron Skins Pack – with unique skins and podium animations for Crash, Coco and Neo Cortex – with a Crash Team Racing badge set also available as a pre-order bonus through select retailers. The Nitros Oxide Edition includes the game, Electron Skins Pack, Crash Team Racing starting line theme and Crash and Coco Bandicoot Racer Avatars. 

Crash Team Racing – Nitro Fueled will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch from June 21*


Super Mario Marker 2 

The world of Super Mario is literally at your fingertips once again in this sequel. Super Mario Maker 2 will allow players to take everything they know and love about the worlds of the Super Mario franchise and turn it upside down – if they want – as they design and build their own unique stages and levels. Along with the previous world from Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros 3, Super Mario World and New Super Mario Bros. U, this edition also includes the styles, gameplay and assets from Super Mario 3D World, allowing for even more fun and possibilities to explore.

 

 

Players who pre-order will receive a special designer pack with a Super Mario Maker themed Drawing Pad and Pencil set to allow players to design and plot out their levels before trying them out on screen. The pack also includes a Super Mario Maker 2 themed stylus for Nintendo Switch, ideal for editing courses and levels when playing in handheld mode. 

Super Mario Maker 2 will be available on Nintendo Switch from June 28*


F1 2019 

Race to pole position in this year’s F1 instalment. For F1 2019, players will be able to immerse themselves in all the action of the Formula 1 season with all 21 circuits, 20 drivers and ten teams from the 2019 season included. Players will also be able to test their skills against the drivers of the FIA Formula 2 Championship, with the 2018 drivers, teams and calendar available to playthrough at launch, with the 2019 Championship content coming in a future update. Players looking to add a personal touch to their cars will be able to showcase their livery creations in Multiplayer modes while racing for those illustrious championship victories.

 

 

Players who pre-order will receive a limited edition Steelbook case with the Anniversary Edition, marking a decade since Codemasters’ first F1 release. The Legends Edition celebrates one of the greatest rivalries in motorsport between Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost. This edition will add the two legends to career mode, grant three days early access to the game, unlock exclusive themed liveries for each driver as well as Senna’s 1990 McLaren MP4/5B and Prost’s Ferrari F1-90 along with the race-winning cars from the 2010 season – the Ferarri F10 and McLaren MP4-25. 

F1 2019 will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC from June 28*


Free to Play

Xbox Gold subscribers will have four new titles to download and play for free this month. On Xbox One, NHL 19 will be available from June 1-30*, followed by Rivals of Aether from June 15 – July 16*. Over on Xbox 360 – and Xbox One through Backwards Compatibility – Portal: Still Alive will be available for free from June 1-15*, followed by Earth Defence Force from June 16-30*

 

On PlayStation, active PS Plus members will have two new titles to download and lay for free this month. Starting from June 4*, Sonic Mania and Borderlands: The Handsome Collection will be available for free on the PlayStation Store. Players who have played any game in the Handsome Collection on PS3 will be able to have their game save carry over to PS4 – more information on this can be found on the Gearbox website.

 

Full details of this month’s Twitch Prime games and bonuses – including 12 months of Nintendo Switch Online – can be found on the Twitch Prime website.

 

Also Released This Month

June 3*Knighty Knight (PC)

June 4*Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth (3DS), Warhammer Chaosbane (Xbox One, PS4), Battletech: Urban Warfare (PC), Reventure (PC), Conqueror’s Blade (PC), Kotodama: The 7 Mysteries of Fujisawa (PS4, PC, Switch), Trover Saves the Universe (PC)

June 5*Barotrauma (PC)

June 6*Hell Let Loose (PC – Steam Early Access), Toki (Xbox One, PS4, PC), Swords & Souls: Neverseen (PC), Road to Guangdong (PC)

June 7*The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II (PS4), Octopath Traveler (PC)

June 11*Kingdom Come: Deliverance – Royal Edition (Xbox One, PS4), Run Jump Rabbit Turtle (PC), Battle Worlds: Kronos (Switch)

June 13*Leisure Suit Larry – Wet Dreams Don’t Dry (PS4, Switch)

June 14*World End Syndrome (PS4, Switch), Triton Survival (PC – Steam Early Access), Death Mark (Switch), Dragon Star Varnir (PS4)

June 18*Mini-Mech Mayhem (PS VR), Vacation Simulator (PSVR)

June 20*Steel Division 2 (PC), Tech Corp (PC)

June 21*Far Cry 4/Far Cry 5 Double Pack (Xbox One, PS4), Nippon Marathon (PS4, Switch), Valthiria Arc: Hero School Story (Switch), R.I.C.O (PS4, Switch), Sudden Strike 4 Complete Collection (Xbox One, PS4, PC), Date A Live: Rio Reincarnation ( PS4)

June 24*Heavy Rain (PC)

June 25*Redeemer: Enhanced Edition (Xbox One, PS4, Switch), Car Mechanic Simulator (Xbox One, PS4), Monster Jam Steel Titans (Xbox One, PS4, PC), Judgement (PS4), Samurai Shodown (PS4, Xbox One), Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden (Switch)

June 27*The Sinking City (Xbox One, PS4, PC), Fuji (Rift, Vive, Index), War Tech Fighters (Xbox One, PS4, Switch)

June 28*Death’s Gambit (PS4), Truck Driver (Xbox One, PS4), QuiVR (PSVR), Super Neptunia RPG (PS4, Switch, PC), Warsim: The Realm of Aslona (PC), Hollow Knight (PS4, Switch)

 

*Dates refer to UK release only. International dates may vary and are subject to change. All information correct at time of writing.

 

Words by Megan Roxburgh

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