Summer is considered the “drought” months for the gaming industry. It is not very often that a major game release sees the light of day in the summer months, and while there’s still not a whole lot, there are some major releases that will be coming out in the summer of 2014.
From first-person shooters to RPGs to major sequels, the summer months are providing at least five games that I think will be outstanding and great additions to anyone’s gaming collection.
So if you find yourself bored in the summer, don’t go outside and enjoy the warm weather. Stay inside and enjoy the potentially warm weather (virtual, of course) in some of these great games that are just right around the corner.
Note that this editorial is written using the dates of the summer solstice and autumn equinox, so only games released between June 21st and September 23rd. So while big games like Watch Dogs, Mario Kart 8, and Wolfenstein: The New Order are coming out at the end of May and will likely be taking up most of the summer gaming time, they were not eligible for this particular list.
05. Sacred 3
Those looking for something like Diablo but a little different will have a lot to love when it comes to Sacred 3. This is the third game in the series which was born on the seventh generation of consoles, and it will be continuing on that generation of consoles when this third game releases later this year.
Sacred 3 is looking to bring a number of changes to the core gameplay in the series. The classes are all being changed, and AI partners will join the player in four player co-op at all times, with real people able to fill those roles if the game is taken online.
In order to hype the release of Sacred 3, a game called Sacred Citadel was released last year in April, a side-scrolling brawler spinoff of the franchise that has a story that serves as a prequel to the plot of Sacred 3, so fans should check that game out before diving into this new core entry in the series. Sacred 3 is releasing August 26th on PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and even PlayStation Vita.
04. Tales of Xillia 2
JRPG fans have a very big release to look forward to this summer as Tales of Xillia 2 makes its way out of Japan to the United States and Europe. The game is one of the few direct sequels in the history of the Tales of… franchise, and will see returning characters and plots from the original Tales of Xillia game.
The Tales of… series was, at one time, very rare to see outside of Japan, as localization for each title has been an uphill battle. In the last few years, we’ve seen a major resurgence in the franchise, as its popularity continues to grow outside of its home region and I hope eventually all of the games in the series get localized.
Tales of Xillia 2 is releasing August 19th. It will be released as a PlayStation 3 exclusive, just like its predecessor.
03. The Sims 4
The Sims 4 doesn’t have an exact release date for the summer months nailed down just yet, but considering The Sims 2 and The Sims 3 both released in the summer, and that The Sims 4 has a pending release date of Q3 of 2014, it is a great possibility that we will see the game before summer is over.
The Sims 4 is the same classic Sims gameplay that everyone has come to expect from the franchise, but with a few new additions to the basic formula of course. The Sims can now perform multiple tasks at a single time, and the creation features have been greatly expanded.
Fans of EA and Maxis have been burned lately due to the release of the latest SimCity game, which, due to its requirement to have a constant online connection, was basically released as a completely broken game. Luckily, The Sims 4 will allow players to play the game completely offline if they want, so there won’t be more SimCity nightmares to contend with.
The Sims 4 has a pending release date of Q3 (or Q4 if it gets delayed) 2014, but the exact release date for the game has yet to be announced. I’d be willing to bet that we will learn the exact release date for the title at E3 next month, if not before E3. Stay tuned to Cheat Masters for everything E3 when the show starts in June for information like this, and whether or not The Sims 4 will make its targeted summer release. Right now The Sims 4 is slated for release only on PC and Macs, but don’t be surprised if the game makes its way to Xbox One and PS4 as well.
02. The Evil Within
Shinji Mikami can be considered the master of horror video games. The man created the Resident Evil franchise, Dino Crisis, and also developed one of the highest rated horror video games of all time in Resident Evil 4. He has continued to work on the horror genre throughout his career, with a recent collaboration with Suda51 that produced the comedy horror game Shadows of the Damned.
Shinji Mikami has since left Capcom and also left his position at Platinum Games to form his own studio called Tango Gameworks under the Bethesda Softworks umbrella, themselves a part of Zenimax. These added resources are allowing Mikami to make the horror game that he really wants to make, which is a classic survival horror style game.
Unfortunately for fans of his games, The Evil Within will be the last game that Shinji Mikami directs himself. He will still be involved with game development moving forward at Tango Gameworks, but he is unlikely to be the full on director for a video game ever again. So in many ways, The Evil Within is his last hoorah, a return to the style of games that made his career, and definitely one of the most exciting horror games that has come around in years.
Like most of the games on this list, The Evil Within will be seeing an August release date. The game is releasing August 26th (so maybe you can pick it up on your way to get Sacred 3!) for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC.
The game that is my pick for the biggest game of the summer is by far Destiny. The latest game from famed game studio Bungie, Destiny is one of the most expensive video games ever made, if not THE most expensive video game ever made, with a budget that is said to surpass $500 million.
The game is a first-person shooter that looks to blend elements of Halo, Borderlands, and MMO titles. Due to its unique nature, Destiny is considered a brand new sub genre for first-person shooters, with Bungie calling it a “shared world shooter”.
The game features co-op as well as PvP elements, a gigantic universe to explore, the ability to create your own character, an RPG progression system, huge boss battles, and a ton of unique weapons. I’ve already spoken at length about Destiny in the past, so I’m going to keep it short here, but Destiny is definitely one of the biggest games of the year and certainly has potential to be THE Game of the Year.
We will be learning a lot more about Destiny next month at E3. The game is going to be one of the biggest games featured there, and it is at that event that Bungie plans on revealing the versus multiplayer modes in Destiny to the public for the first time, and they will even be playable to those that are at E3 on the showfloor.
PlayStation owners will also be happy to learn that Destiny will be having an open beta that is exclusive to the PlayStation platform. This open beta will be available to both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 owners.
Destiny is indeed a cross-generational game, but it’s one of those cross-gen games that actually has potential to succeed majorly on both the seventh generation of consoles as well as the eighth generation, which is a rarity to be sure. Bungie has plans to allow people to transfer their character between the two generations of the game, but we’ll have to learn more about that once the game gets close to launch.
Destiny is releasing on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on September 9th. It’s one of the most expensive games of all time, and its release is also one of the biggest game releases of all time to boot. Fans of Halo and RPGs should both come together to experience what is sure to be one of the most important games in the history of the gaming industry.
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What games are you looking forward to this summer? Sound off in the comments below.
In the meantime, here are some trailers of the games mentioned above to whet your appetite until they are released. Stay tuned to Cheat Masters for future information on all these titles, including cheats, reviews, guides, and more!
Sacred 3 trailer:
Tales of Xillia 2 trailer:
The Sims 4 trailer:
The Evil Within trailer: