Save money on sunscreen. Play video games this summer.
We all know the summer break is a time for going outside and enjoying the warm weather. Camping, beaches, barbecues, parties and road trips are just some of the things that keep us busy from May through September. But for those days and nights where you just want to stay home—nothing beats a brand new game to play.
Read on for the hottest video games coming out this summer!
Mortal Kombat 11 | April 23
Coming out on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, Mortal Kombat 11 is the next instalment in the iconic series of brutal fighting games. Fans can look forward to new gameplay elements like Fatal Blows, Krushing Blows and Flawless Blocks. There’s also a new Gear system that adds greater customization of your character’s appearance.
With a roster of 25 fighters at launch, you can perform Fatalities with OGs like Scorpion and Sub-Zero or you can try one of three new characters: Cetrion, Geras and Kollector.
The updated roster is cool and all, but I just want to uppercut some fools with Jax. TOASTY!
Days Gone | April 26
Releasing as a PS4 exclusive, Days Gone is a highly anticipated action-adventure survival horror game. It takes the standard post-apocalyptic open world setting to the next level with some clever innovations to the status quo. The story takes place two years after a global pandemic killed most people, but also turned many into Freakers. These are mindless zombie-like creatures, but they’re not undead— they’re alive and evolving.
You play as a drifter named Deacon, who’s just trying get by while travelling the open road. You can choose to survive with stealth and cunning or with brute force and guns blazing. Craft gear and modify your motorcycle to increase your chances of making it through the night. Freakers are faster and stronger when the sun goes down, so you’d best be prepared.
I’d play the heck out of this game if it was available on Xbox. But PS4 players get all the exclusives, as usual.
Rage 2 | May 14
Coming out on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, Rage 2 is a first-person shooter and long-awaited sequel to Rage. Taking place 30 years after the first game, in yet another post-apocalyptic open world setting, this game differs in that civilization was wiped out by an asteroid rather than a virus. Also, the game is clearly influenced by Mad Max with its heavy focus on vehicular combat.
You play as the world’s last ranger, Walker, who harnesses nanotechnology to boost his abilities. While exploring the planet’s wasteland, you’ll fight tons of mutated enemies using a variety of kickass weapons. But the biggest threat is a self-proclaimed military power called the Authority who’s hunting you down for your nanotech.
I’ve never played the original Rage, but after watching the trailer for this sequel, I’m excited to give the franchise a try. Mostly because I dig the desert wasteland and its Mad Max/Borderlands vibes.
The Sinking City | June 21
Coming out on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, The Sinking City is an action-adventure mystery horror game inspired by the literary works of H.P. Lovecraft. The story is set in New England after a major flood that has somehow caused everyone to lose their minds.
You play as private investigator Charles Reed, who’s tasked with discovering the cause of the mysterious events that brought the city to shambles. You’ll investigate the environment as closely as you can to uncover various pieces of evidence, all while trying to maintain your sanity.
I haven’t played a good detective game in a long time, so I’m really looking forward to exploring the world of The Sinking City and solving all its mysteries.
Control | August 27
Coming out on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, Control is an action-adventure game from the makers of Quantum Break. The story is about a secret U.S. government agency called the Federal Bureau of Control (FBC), which was formed to study and control all things supernatural.
You play as the telekinetic Jesse Faden, who visits the FBC’s New York headquarters (creepily named The Oldest House) to uncover the truth about her traumatic past. After a paranormal attack kills the FBC Director, you’re chosen as his replacement. Using your supernatural abilities, you’ll fight paranormal forces and possessed FBC agents to regain control of the Oldest House.
Of all the games coming out this summer, I’m most excited about this one. There’s nothing more immersive than a solid single-player experience with a dark, creepy story.
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