Best gaming releases in June 2017

Tekken 7TEKKEN 7

Fri 2 June

PC, PS4, Xbox One

The ninth game in the Tekken series, Tekken 7 is the first to use the Unreal Engine game developer tools. The game had a limited arcade release in Japan back in 2015 before the updated version Tekken 7: Fated Retribution was released in in July 2016. It’s this version that’s going to be released to us on the 2 June, complete with new stages, costumes, items and characters. Two new mechanisms are introduced to players in this instalment, including Rage Art, which allows players to execute critical attacks. The second, Power Crush, lets the player continue attacking whilst being hit by enemies. The bound system, which staggers a character to increase opportunity for additional hits, is replaced by Screw Attack, which makes the enemy spin sideways while airborne allowing the player to inflict hits after they reach the ground. Producer Katsuhiro Harada claims the game’s story will be much darker than before, closer in tone to Tekken 4, and will serve as the conclusion of the Mishima clan saga.


03_EN_online_character_select_1PTHE ARMS

Fri 16 June

Nintendo Switch

A fighting game exclusive to Nintendo Switch, Arms gives up to four players the chance to choose a fighter and battle. Using a variety of extendable arms, they knock out their opponents in a three-dimensional arena. Arms is part of a small but growing list of original Nintendo properties debuting on Switch. According to, the game plays “sort of like a deeper, more intense version of Wii Sports boxing, utilising the Switch’s motion controls to simulate your fists.” Each character has a different set of abilities and unique gloves for different strategies. Players are able to use the system’s Joy-Con motion-controllers to operate each arm individually. Conventional control methods, such as with the Pro controller, can also be used. Players are also able to customise their arm load-outs, with ability to select each arm independently. A 2v2 game mode will also be available.



Tues 20 June

Windows, Mac and PS4

At the Fan Festival last year, Square Enix held a presentation covering a few raids for the next expansion for the online multiplayer, FFXIV. The first is The Bend of Time – Omega, pitting eight players against what looks to be a new version of the Omega Weapon. The second raid detailed what will probably resonate with veteran Final Fantasy players. Return to Ivalice is a 24-man raid scripted by Tactics Ogre and Final Fantasy Tactics director/writer Yasumi Matsuno. In addition, Shin Megami Tensei IV character designer Keita Amemiya has designed all the bosses. Stormblood will also be introducing diving and swimming to FFXIV – you can swim while mounted, but only with a flying mount. Swimming as a mechanic will be limited to certain locations, and underwater combat is so far unavailable.



Fri 30 June


It’s been eight years since we last saw Crash in Mind Over Mutant, and fans have been calling for a reboot since then. Crash Bandicoot, one of our favourite video game characters from the good ol’ days, is finally returning in his very own N’Sane Trilogy. The guys at Activision and Vicarious Visions have been working hard to update the classic trilogy you remember – Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot: Warped. Developers said, “It’s practically impossible to make a traditional remaster of the original Naughty Dog games. They’re roughly 20 years old, and technology has advanced significantly in that time. The original code and assets are nearly unusable. Nearly. But we don’t consider this a remake. We know how much you all love the original games, so we didn’t want to fully remake them. The N. Sane Trilogy is a remaster plus.”

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