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5 Most Anticipated Games of July 2016

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We take a look at what games are hitting local stores and online retailers this month.

While June was a pretty massive month for gaming, July is a little quieter. That said, there’s some interesting games set for release, along with the return of some heavy-hitters accompanied with a new coat of paint.

Inside

Release date: 7 July 2016 (PC) / 29 June 2016 (Xbox One)

Playdead, the developer behind the acclaimed Limbo, releases their new game this month. Inside is a puzzle platformer, in which the player controls a young boy that explores a surreal environment presented as a primarily monochromatic, 2.5D game, using only splashes of colour to highlight parts of the environment. The player can make the boy walk, run, swim and use objects in the environment to progress in the game, although you’ll have to harness the ability to possess lifeless bodies to help you solve puzzles. It’s an interesting concept and looks gorgeous in motion.

Carmageddon: Max Damage

Release date: 8 July 2016 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)

Fans of vehicular carnage will be glad to see a new Carmageddon game on the shelves this month. The new release offers much of what Carmageddon fans have come to expect from the series steeped in excessive car-based violence. Players can choose from a variety of vehicles and open environments to strike down pedestrians and other targets. The game will also come with a career mode, repair system and online multiplayer.

Ghostbusters

Release date: 12 July 2016 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)

With a new Ghostbusters movie hitting cinemas this month, it’s no surprise that a game would soon follow. However, the upcoming release from Activision isn’t based directly on the movie, and is instead set after the events of the new film, putting you in charge of some fresh Ghostbuster rookies as they try to capture spectres around New York City. Each character will have their own personality, strengths and play style, encouraging team-based strategies in up to four-player couch co-op. Just remember, don’t cross the streams.

Song of the Deep

Release date: 12 July 2016 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)

Insomniac Games (the wizards behind the Ratchet & Clank and Resistance franchises) have taken an admirable risk with their new game, Song of the Deep. The game is a Metroidvania-inspired 2.5D action adventure which sees players control a small sub and diver through some perilous obstacles and sunken environments in order to find the diver’s missing father. Combining discovery, skill, and suspense with an unforgettable narrative, this underwater journey will challenge players to explore, experiment, and skillfully navigate a vast ocean landscape.

Hawken

Release date: 1 July 2016 (Xbox One), 8 July 2016 (PS4)

Mech-lovers that missed out on the superb Hawken will be glad to know that the title is making its jump to consoles in June. The free-to-play shooter sees you pilot your very own customisable mech as you take the fight to other players in hectic team-based matches. It’s strategic, fast-paced, and is beautiful to look at, running on a highly-modified version of Unreal Engine 3.

What games are you most excited for this month? Let us know by tweeting @MenStuffZA and commenting below.

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