Summer is just around the corner and, as is often the case, that lonely period spanning June and August isn’t exactly jam-packed with new game releases to keep everyone busy. Thankfully, we managed to scrounge up a few recommendations to help pass the time and keep everyone indoors through the year’s hottest months.
It’s always baffled me that so few games release during the summer window, especially since that’s the period when so many gamers are home from school/college for vacation, basically starving for something to keep them entertained. Thankfully, loads of indie games have helped flesh out those dry months in recent year, but launch dates for those titles are usually kept quiet until we’re right on top of them.
As a result, you can check out a calendar for upcoming launches and see that the month of June is kind of light, with July and August currently hosting just a few new releases apiece. And unless you’re into Madden, none of those summer games are the big AAA titles core players typically want to rush out and purchase.
Thankfully, there are a handful of big, meaty games coming out in the next several weeks that should help make those slow summer months fly right by. Here are a few of our recommendations.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (May 19)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt feels like its been in development forever, with playable sections of the game being shown off at the past two E3 game conferences. The reason for that is simple: The Witcher 3 is a massive game and the team at CD Project Red has taken the necessary time to make sure their latest open-world RPG delivers.
Boasting a campaign that can supposedly last up to 200 hours, The Witcher 3 drops players into a huge world and lets them craft their own monster-hunting adventure without being slowed down by load screens. Along with the main campaign, and helping explain why players will be able to spend so much time with the game, you’ll find side quest peppered throughout the map. Unlike the types of quests you expect to find in a typical RPG, though, many of Wild Hunt’s side missions have unique stories, memorable characters and events that impact the rest of the game. Choose not to save a village from bandits, for instance, and you may one day return to find the entire burg has been burned to the ground.