Last week was an extremely busy period for video games. E3 took place, giving us tons of news, videos, and some massive game announcements, but this week the video game release calendar gets back on track.
Here are our picks for the games releasing 20-24 June 2016:
Release date: 21 June 2016 (PS4, PC)
A spin-off of the Resident Evil franchise, Umbrella Corps. has been developed by Capcom’s Osaka studio and is set two years after the events of Resident Evil 6, and twelve years after the collapse of the Umbrella Corporation. A competitive multiplayer shooter that features zombies, Umbrella Corps. has you playing as a mercenary from either a first-person or a third-person perspective.
You can use semi-automatic rifles, shotguns, pistols, grenades and explosives to make your way to victory, and even use a “Zombie Jammer” which makes the enemies ignore you. There is no campaign here, with all the action focused on multiplayer.
Deadlight: Director’s Cut
Release date: 21 June 2016 (Xbox One, PS4)
A zombie outbreak eradicated all hope of life returning to normal. Now survival is the only option. Run, hide, and fight your way through the undead as Randall searches for his family in this gorgeous, gritty, destroyed world. Deadlight: Director’s Cut is the ultimate Deadlight experience, with enhanced controls, new animations, and new game modes.
Mighty No. 9
Release date: 24 June 2016 (Xbox One, PS4, PC, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U)
Considered as the spiritual successor to Mega Man, Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 – being developed by Japan-based Comcept and Inti Creates – came to life on crowdfunding website Kickstarter. It reached its funding goal of $900,000 (around R14.2 million) just two days after the campaign started and eventually went on to secure $3.8 million (almost R60 million).
The game is largely 2D platforming, with a mix of 2D and 3D artwork. You control a robot named Beck who can pick up both weapons and abilities from enemies it defeats. At the end of each stage (of which there are eight), Beck has to face a “Mighty” i.e. a boss battle.
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Release date: 24 June 2016 (Wii U)
The Olympic Games are coming up and finally world class athletes are coming back to video games. Everyone’s favourite sports stars Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog are lacing up and gearing out for the 2016 Olympic Games in beautiful Rio de Janeiro. This gives players around the world another opportunity to tackle the summer games with characters from the most popular video game franchises around.
The Wii U version will feature higher resolution graphics compared to its portable predecessor and contains a version exclusive sporting event. To celebrate the first time since 1924 that rugby has been played at the Olympic Games, Mario, Sonic and friends can get rough and rowdy on the rugby field with the Sevens event being added to the game.
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