10 terrific-looking games out in July
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July is usually a cold month for gamers

Before the pre-Christmas blockbuster season ramps up around September, and after we’ve had a drip feed of big, early year releases, the summer release window often feels void of new releases, presumably in an effort to get us all out and enjoying the sun.

But fear not all those who are wary of natural light (or just simply love games), for this year we have a glut of terrific looking titles to sink your teeth into, whatever your platform of choice.

Here are ten of the best looking games coming next month.

7 Days to Die

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Released: July 1
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

Survival horrors seem to be ten a penny these days, but thankfully 7 Days to Die looks to be another cracker, as it combines zombie sandbox survival (the aim is to stay alive for as long as possible in a procedurally generated world) with a cool crafting system.

Real world physics force the player to take their creations into serious consideration too. You can’t just build that dream shelter; you’ll have to think about it first.

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness

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Released: July 1
Platforms: PS4, PS3

The Star Ocean series is one of the most popular for fans of JRPGs, and this fifth instalment is bound to have die-hards lapping it up in their droves.

The gameplay is similar to past titles in that it involves the player controlling one of of seven party members in battles, with the ability to switch control of characters. But with developer twi-Ace pushing their upgraded AI tech, real time battles and cinematic cutscenes that transition seemlessly between the gameplay, Integrity and Faithlessness is sure to soak up a lot of hours this summer.

Carmageddon: Max Damage

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Released: July 8
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One

We’ve seen a number of high-profile, old-skool franchises get the next-gen reboot treatment, not least last month’s DOOM re-imagining. But now it’s the turn of driving based squish-em-up Carmageddon, which sees all sorts of vehicular mayhem cut loose.

Whether you’re running down innocents with the kind of blood soaked drift that’s likely to get parents in a tizz, or careening your ride off clifftops, the bonkers action of Carmeggedon is sure to raise a few sadistic grins.

Ghostbusters

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Released: July 12
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

The trailers for Paul Fieg’s upcoming reimagining of the beloved 1980s comedy have certainly divided opinion. But whether you fall on the ‘it looks crap’ or ‘it looks amazing’ camp, everyone will be talking about it.

Admittedly, video game adaptations of blockbuster films are often naff, but every now and then we get a surprisingly good tie-in. Could we see that here? Featuring a brand new cast of characters and four-player co-op, it’s worth keeping an eye on.

Necropolis

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Released: July 12
Platforms: PC

This rogue-like, which is also coming to other platforms later in the summer, is inspired by Dark Souls, so don’t let the compartitively cartoon graphics fool you; this is likely to be as hard as nails.

The third-person game is described as a “diabolical dungeon delve” by the tagline, and looks to be nefariously tricky. A release date for console versions is pencilled in for later this year.

Song of the Deep

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Released: July 12
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

Song of the Deep is a side-scrolling, undersea adventure rooted in Irish mythology. It stars Merryn, the daughter of a fisherman who goes missing at sea. In an attempt to find her father, she constructs a makeshift submarine and journeys to the deep to find him.

This is the first game to be published by US mega-gaming-retailer GameStop, so could be an interesting first for the industry (the physical version is only available through them). Don’t worry, they do UK deliveries too, so we’ll all be able to enjoy this watery looking title.

Videoball

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Released: July 12
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

If you thought Rocket League‘s virtual sports fare was bonkers enough, then give Videoball a try.

Described as a “minimalist sports game”, players are charged with forming two teams and using a single analog stick and button to control a triangle that shoots charged projectiles at a ball and at other players, with the aim of moving the ball into the opposing team’s goal.

Monster Hunter Generations

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Released: July 15
Platforms: 3DS

Something for the handheld fans now, as the extremely popular Monster Hunter series comes to Nintendo’s 3DS for another instalment.

The series is something of a cult classic, and with refined gameplay mechanics including tweaked combat, is sure to give 3DS owners an excuse to while away those sunny days.

I Am Setsuna

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Released: July 19
Platforms: PC, PS4

Another game for RPG fans to get excited about, this Chrono Trigger inspired experience comes from new studio Tokyo RPG Factory.

Set almost entirely in winter, the RPG features a battle system similar to older Final Fantasy games, several dungeons to explore and tons of villagers to befriend, so will serve you well if you like your classic role-playing games.

We Happy Few

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Released: July 26
Platforms: PC, Xbox One

We Happy Few looks to be an intriguing little title. Set in a dystopian world where the residents of Wellington Wells take a mood altering supplement called Joy to stay happy, players are tasked with escaping the settlement as they reject the mind-controlling chemical.

The layout of the town is different each time, and if you are captured by the enemy you must start a brand new game. No pressure.

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