June is not a traditionally busy month for video game releases. Most major titles tend to aim for either March, when everyone’s wallets have recovered after Christmas, or October-November time just before the Christmas rush. With that said, there’s still plenty to look forward to in the video gaming world this June. Let’s take a look at the top 10 games you should be playing on your PS4 this month.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr (June 4th)
Technically, this one isn’t a standalone, fully-fledged video game. Instead, it’s an expansion pack for Bethesda and ZeniMax’s MMORPG The Elder Scrolls Online. Elsweyr, the home land of the game’s Khajiit race, has been a much-talked-about possible location for the next mainline entry in the series, but until we know whether that’s the case, fans can content themselves with this ESO expansion. Elsweyr will boast an epic story involving dragons (what more could you want from an Elder Scrolls game?) and will introduce a new Necromancer class to the game. Mostly, it’ll be worth it just to see those lush deserts and dense jungles.
Warhammer: Chaosbane (June 4th)
Do you love Diablo? Do you love the Warhammer setting? If you answered yes to both of these questions, then Warhammer: Chaosbane should be on your radar. It’s an epic hack and slash adventure that will take players into the heart of some of Warhammer’s most iconic and beautiful locations. There are four character classes on offer, each of which brings something different to combat and exploration. Chaosbane seems to be aiming for the Diablo 3 crowd with its promise of regular updates and endless replayability. We reckon this’ll be one to watch, but we’ve always been suckers for Warhammer.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 2 (June 7th)
The first Trails of Cold Steel was an unexpected delight, marrying the social link system of Atlus’ Persona series with a deep and involving politically motivated storyline. At the centre of it all was Rean, a young lad with mysterious powers and the ability to bring his friends together even through the most scathing conflicts. Trails of Cold Steel 2 picks up one month after the original game’s ending (which we won’t be spoiling here) and offers much of the same tactical turn-based combat and dungeon exploration. Unlike the first game, you won’t be pattering around schools; instead, you’ll be travelling the game’s varied and interesting world.
Another Sight (June 18th)
If you’re more into curiosities than big-budget guaranteed successes, then look no further than Mayflower’s Another Sight. This game casts players as Kit, a teenager who meets a mysterious cat called Hodge. The two must navigate a surreal steampunk version of London influenced heavily by Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere. Along the way, Kit and Hodge will solve puzzles, explore a range of diverse and compelling environments, and meet a cast of colourful characters. Exploration revolves heavily around Kit and Hodge’s unique abilities, with each of them able to reach areas the other can’t. Another Sight is an oddity, but it’s a very interesting oddity indeed.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (June 18th)
Castlevania isn’t in the best place at the moment. The recently-released Castlevania Anniversary Collection has gone some way towards assuaging the pain and misery of dedicated series fans (of whom there are many here), but it’s a day late and a dollar short. Thank Dracula, then, for Koji Igarashi. This man brought his unique blend of exploration and combat to Castlevania back in 1997 with Symphony of the Night, inventing a whole new subgenre – Metroidvania – in the process. Igarashi’s Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is the Kickstarted spiritual successor to his beloved franchise, so expect plenty of demon-slaying 2.5D action.
Mini-Mech Mayhem (June 18th)
Those of you with a PS VR headset, rejoice, for you get to play Mini-Mech Mayhem. This is an online multiplayer VR tabletop battle game in which players combat each other with adorable mechs. The emphasis here is on gentle competition; you won’t find any of the slurs or toxicity that plague games like League of Legends or Overwatch here. This looks like a deeply compelling and fun little game that will give those who want more to do with their PS VR many hours of enjoyment. If you’ve ever wanted something a tad more quirky from PlayStation VR, here’s your chance to experience just that.
Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled (June 21st)
Oh heck yeah. After the success of Vicarious Visions’ Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, a remaster of the PS1’s classic Crash Team Racing was highly anticipated. Thankfully, developer Beenox stepped up and delivered just that. Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled is a faithful update of the original’s frantic kart racing action. It’ll be a much more beautiful game visually, but otherwise everything is intact. If you love kart racing games but wish they could be a bit more skill-centric, then Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled is for you. Beenox is also adding new content like Crash Nitro Kart’s battle modes and kart customisation options.
Judgment (June 25th)
Judgment is a spinoff of the perennially popular Yakuza series. The game suffered under some controversy back in March this year after one of its actors was involved in a legal dispute. That shouldn’t colour your judgement (ha ha) of what will be an excellent game, though. Judgment casts players as private detective Takayuki Yagami, who’s investigating a serial murder case. Think the general feel and gameplay of the Yakuza series crossed with a police procedural and you’re on the right track. If that doesn’t make you excited to play Judgment then you may not have a pulse. This one’s definitely on our radar.
The Sinking City (June 27th)
Finally, the works of H.P. Lovecraft are starting to get the treatment they deserve. Lovecraft’s work has been the subject or inspiration of many video games, some of them excellent and some of them not so great. The Sinking City promises to be in the former camp. Players must traverse the titular sinking city of Oakmont, which comprises seven different districts. Water plays an important part in maintaining health and sanity, while ammunition and other important resources are scarce. Think Call of Cthulhu crossed with Amnesia: The Dark Descent and you’re most of the way there.
F1 2019 (June 28th)
We round off a pretty excellent month with the latest in Codemasters’ excellent official Formula 1 video game series. F1 2019 will feature all 21 official circuits, as well as all 20 drivers and all 10 teams present in the 2019 World Championship. There will be a focus on the careers of legendary drivers Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna, as well as an in-depth career mode and all the usual superb gameplay you’ve come to expect. If you’ve kept up with this series then you already know what standard of excellence to expect. If not, this could be the perfect entry point.