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The best NEW PC game releases for Summer 2021
By Declan Barry - 14th May 2021Games
It won't just be the weather that's hotting up this summer
Put your sunblock on, as you're going to get monitor burn this summer!
With so many great games releasing over the next season, you’ll not want to move from your PC - well, maybe to hydrate at some point. In this video we'll be taking you through the hot new PC games launching over the summer.
Resident Evil Village - May 7th
Resident Evil Village is the latest entry in Capcom’s survival horror franchise - in which returning protagonist Ethan Winters faces another rough outing in the form of ferocious monsters trying to kill him, coupled with the despair of keeping his family safe.
Out now, the game was been receiving rave reviews from new and returning fans of the series, no small part to the Tall Vampire Lady that has been taking over our Social feeds for the last few months.
Having escaped the Baker family and their dreaded lands somewhere in southern United States in Resident Evil 7. Ethan and his wife Mia have decided to escape the drama and start afresh in a wintry European village that is just a teensy bit creepy.
However, their lives are once again about to be turned upside down. Chris Redfield, another Resident Evil series regular, shoots Mia and takes Ethan’s baby away.
Ethan will venture deeper into this snowy-esque environment, presumably to locate his missing child, while unfortunately uncovering the horrors that lurk within. The game features a chilling village setting, as well as a grand castle. When combined with the enemies, you’ll be getting the pants scared off you on multiple occasions.
Speaking of the enemies, say bye bye to the flesh-eating T-Virus zombies as they will be replaced with the Lycan - who are werewolves that aren’t afraid to rip you to shreds at any opportunity. But no content with those, you’ll also face off against creepy monks in a castle basement, plus Lady Dimitrescu and her three witch-like daughters.
Chivalry 2 - June 8th
Medieval combat is ahead! After successful BETAs which drove PvP fans wild, Chivalry 2 is launching on June 8th with a new AAA presentation thanks to the Unreal Engine 4.
The developers, Torn Banner, are promising that the game will feature epic cinematic moments in the continuation of Chivalry’s story. As either the Mason Order or Agatha Knights, you will compete in the large-scale, 64 player battles where you’ll swing in a fictional Universe inspired by medieval Hollywood media.
In the game, you’ll have immersive and realistic battles, where you choose your weapon, ride on the back of horses and just kill everything in sight with faster, more fluid combat than the previous game. All in pursuit of conquering the other team in bloody, multi-stage Team Objective maps. However, if you’d rather the classic free-for-all or Team Deathmatch, then they’ll be available too!
It doesn’t just stop there though with creative choices going far beyond whether you want to pick a sword or Trebuchet, with the epicness not just limited to your weapon but with character customization. And if you do get downed, then you can keep fighting with missing limbs and to your last breath, as you never know what you can do in those final moments.
Guilty Gear - STRIVE- - June 11th
Cutting edge 2.5D hybrid graphics aren't the only thing that gamers can be excited about in the highly-anticipated Guilty Gear -STRIVE-.
The upcoming arcade fighting game, from veteran developer Arc System Works, has not only taken a new artistic direction with improved character animations, it's also kicked things up a notch with some mighty fine 'Overdrive' moves for its roster.
Alongside kick-ass new moves, -STRIVE- will continue the story of the previous mainline games with 15 confirmed fighters so far, including main protagonist Sol Badguy returning to fight again. As well as five non-playable characters that’ll take part in the story.
There's not just the story mode though as you’ll be able to battle friends and foes in the next stage of the popular online mode that has seen competitors fighting in eSports tournaments in Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR-.
Plus, more offline modes including a Survival Mode, where you face never-ending waves of CPU-controlled opponents until your character runs out of HP, and a mission mode which’ll allow you to dive deeper into the mechanics and develop your skills.
SCARLET NEXUS - June 25th
If your idea of fun is embracing your inner Samurai warrior and taking on demonic foes shaped like plants wearing high heels - then you might want to check out this action-packed title coming soon from Bandai Namco.
Announced during Xbox's showcase last year, Scarlet Nexus is a new JRPG that will see you take on the role of Yuito Sumeragi, a young fighter who has joined the Other Suppression Force to become humanity's last line of defense against deranged mutants known as the 'Others'.
Or take control of a mysterious scout known as Kasane Randall. His abilities have gained great notoriety within the OSF, and can be one of the saviors of humanity.
Set in the far distant future, the game revolves around fighting the onslaught from above using your extra-sensory powers. With both of the characters’ stories interweaving with each other to reveal the full story of the Brain Punk future.
HUMANKIND - August 17th
Developed by the studio that created ENDLESS SPACE 2, HUMANKIND will allow you to combine up to 60 historical cultures to lead your tribe through the ages from the Ancient era to the Modern Age in 4X strategy battles.
Talking about battles, mini turn-based combat will take part on the world map. You'd have to unstack your army and command each of your units with special abilities to defeat enemies and construct siege weapons to occupy new cities as you traverse the land. These large scale battles will take place over multiple turns and spread your fame.
In the game, you’ll face historical events where you have to make impactful moral decisions that will not just shape your people’s future, but the whole world's. You will have to make scientific breakthroughs, build remarkable creations, and battle for more land to progress through time and to make sure your culture makes it to the Modern Age of technology.
Every battle won gives you more fame, and the player with the most will win the game. As let’s be honest, being popular is the goal for us all!
With an array of customization for your leader, you can make your avatar be yourself or you can progress a famous celebrity, historical leader, or movie character to be more famous than they are already!
King's Bounty II - August 24th
Taking the acclaimed series in a different direction, King's Bounty II will combine the tactical plays with an immersive RPG experience, where every decision has a moral impact and will change your alignment.
Set in the vast realms of Antara, the game will allow you to choose from three characters, each with their own unique story, to explore the non-linear, open-world landscape. During this, you will traverse the realm from a third-person perspective and choose the quests you want to complete and explore the beautiful wilderness.
But when you’re in a battle, you will be faced with tactical, turn-based combat where you must think about every move as it could be your last. Win a battle and you will be able to develop your squad’s skills, with your squad not just limited to humans but also unique units of elves, trolls, and other creatures able to be recruited.
DEATHLOOP - September 14th
In the game, you will be hunting down eight targets before the day resets. You will use your wits, skills, and the timeloop to your advantage as every time you die or run out of time you will be starting the day again. It’s not just fast-paced parkour where you go into every fight guns-blazing, you will also have to mix up your style with stealth elements to get through the levels.
You’ll have to stay on your toes too, as whilst you hunt, you’ll also be hunted. As you play as Colt and try to stop the loop on the Island, you will be hunted down by a rival assassin, Julianna, who can be controlled by the AI or by another player in a multiplayer mode.
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