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Top 10 Most Anticipated Games for July 2018 [Best Recommendations]

Heading past the halfway point of 2018, July tends to be a cool-down month for new video game releases. However, plenty of games that might typically fly under your radar take advantage of the open spotlight, and this year isn’t any different. While you might still be salivating for all the games announced at June’s E3, you shouldn’t sleep on what video games are coming out in July.

This July, you’ll be able to get your hands on games that may have been out of reach on your platform or in your region. While there are new offerings for all platforms, Switch owners will have their hands full with all the new games coming out on that console. Without further ado, here are our Top 10 Most Anticipated Games for July.


10. Code of Princess EX

  • System/Platform: Nintendo Switch
  • Publisher: Nicalis
  • Developer: Studio Saizensen
  • Release Dates: Jul. 31, 2018

Code of Princess EX comes to Nintendo Switch following previous releases on Nintendo 3DS and Microsoft Windows. It mixes hack and slash combat with RPG elements to offer Switch owners a unique blend of both genres. After monsters attack the Kingdom of DeLuxia, Princess Solange’s family is blamed for the attack by the Distron Army led by Queen Distiny, and they are exiled from their home. Princess Solange will use the Sacred Blade DeLuxcalibur to uncover the truth behind the attack and Queen Distiny’s nefarious motives. You’ll be able to play as Princess Solange along with three other characters in the main campaign, but Code of Princess EX has over 50 other characters you’ll be able to use in its other modes.

If you’ve got a soft spot for beat-‘em-up games, then we probably don’t need to do much to convince you to play Code of Princess EX. Aside from a campaign full of twists and turns, the large cast of playable characters will ensure you’ve got plenty of combat variety. While the main campaign restricts you to using only four of the characters, you can replay any of the scenarios with every other character. Code of Princess EX also lets you play the entire campaign with a friend both locally and online, or compete against them if that’s more to your liking.


9. Hello Neighbor

  • System/Platform: PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch
  • Publisher: Dynamic Pixels
  • Developer: tinyBuild
  • Release Dates: Jul. 27, 2018

Following late 2017 releases on Xbox One and Microsoft Windows, Hello Neighbor arrives on both the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch this July. It’s a survivor horror stealth game where you try to sneak into your neighbor’s house to uncover the secret lying in his basement. You’ll have to venture around the house looking for the tools necessary to unlock the door to the basement, all while avoiding the titular neighbor. The neighbor is clever and will learn from your previous attempts by setting up traps in the paths you previously took and adjusting his behavior.

There are plenty of survival stealth horror games out there, but Hello Neighbor is a unique offering compared to the competition. The graphics make it so that it could easily pass as a 3D animated family film. The AI learning from your previous attempts will alter how you play from attempt to attempt; it’s a feature that would be great to see in other games. The real gripping part in Hello Neighbor is the story you’ll be getting in bits and pieces throughout the game’s three acts. Even losing isn’t so bad in Hello Neighbor, besides getting to see how the AI adjusts, your character will have nightmares that tell you more about the neighbor’s past.


8. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

  • System/Platform: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS
  • Publisher: Nintendo EAD Tokyo
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Release Dates: Jul. 13, 2018

Captain Toad became the latest Super Mario character to get his own spin-off game in 2014 on the Wii U, and this year he gets to make his debut on the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS in front of even more eyes. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a puzzle platformer and it contains all the polish you’ve come to expect from Super Mario games. The core gameplay revolves around moving and rotating the camera around to see the stage from different angles and directions until you can get Captain Toad to the Power Star.

If you’ve played Super Mario 3D World and tried out The Adventures of Captain Toad stages, then you’re getting more of that in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. The big step away from standard Super Mario games is that Captain Toad and Toadette can’t jump, but your ability to tweak the camera is a perfect substitute. If you’ve already played the version of this game on the Wii U, then come for the new Super Mario Odyssey inspired stages. On the Switch, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker offers another layer of fun by letting you invite a friend to help you out in local co-op.


7. No Man’s Sky

  • System/Platform: Xbox One
  • Publisher: Hello Games
  • Developer: Hello Games
  • Release Dates: Jul. 24, 2018

In No Man’s Sky, you survive, explore, fight, and trade across space. The game features a massive world containing over 18 quintillion planets, most of which you will never see, and some of which you will be the only one to see. In its original release, the game was a single-player experience, but it has since expanded with many updates. The release on Xbox One also comes with a new multiplayer update that lets you play with your friends. The addition of the highly anticipated multiplayer feature will add a new layer to what was once a solitary game.

Hello Games dealt with quite a bit of controversy when No Man’s Sky was first released on PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows; fans felt that the game had underdelivered on promised features. Since then, Hello Games has continuously updated the game with the addition of base building – both on and off planets -, survival and creative modes, land vehicles, and 30 hours of extra story. The big update with the release of the Xbox One is the multiplayer mode. We don’t know how many will be able to play in one instance of the game, but the ability to explore the massive world of No Man’s Sky with friends has been the game’s most anticipated feature since before its release.


6. Shining Resonance Re:frain

  • System/Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Microsoft Windows
  • Publisher: Media Vision
  • Developer: Sega
  • Release Dates: Jul. 10, 2018

Shining Resonance Re:frain is the latest addition to the Shining video game series to reach the West. Players will control a cast of seven characters, as well as two unlockable ones, to fight off a variety of enemies, most notably the Dragomachina intent on turning the user’s city to ash. Yuma Ilburn, the main character, possesses the Shining Dragon, and with the help of his friends will fend off the assault from the evil Dragomachina. Shining Resonance Re:frain is a JRPG with a near 50 hour campaign, and features the new Re:frain mode which adds to the original campaign and replayability of the game.

If you’re a fan of anime, and you must be if you’re on Honey’s Anime, then the look of this game will definitely suit your tastes. As Yuma Ilburn, you can turn into the Shining Dragon itself to fend off other dragons and Dragomachina, all while your team supports you with weapons that double as buffing musical instruments.



5. Sleep Tight

  • System/Platform: Nintendo Switch
  • Publisher: We Are Fuzzy
  • Developer: We Are Fuzzy
  • Release Dates: Jul. 13, 2018

Sleep Tight is a nostalgic callback to those nights as a kid where you would build forts to fend off the imaginary monsters that come out at night, only this time they’re real. You play as one of twelve kids, each with their own difficulties and abilities, and must build a fort and upgrade weapons to survive each night. The nights in Sleep Tight only last one minute, but it’s a hectic one minute. Every so often, you’ll also deal with longer 90 second nights called Blood Moons where the entire screen is layered with red. This hectic twin-stick shooter is all about crafting new strategies and beating old scores with each new run.

We Are Fuzzy is a brand new indie studio with a substantial list of developers from games, television, and movies, and you’ll get that vibe instantly with the Pixar aesthetic. There isn’t a story to speak of in Sleep Tight, but the nature of the game means you’ll be able to invest a ton of time crafting new unique forts, trying out the myriad of characters, and mowing down monsters with increasingly awesome weapons. Sleep Tight will scratch any arcade twin-stick shooter itch you might have.


4. Octopath Traveler

  • System/Platform: Nintendo Switch
  • Publisher: Square Enix and Acquire
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Release Dates: Jul. 13, 2018

Octopath Traveler is a role-playing game where you get to play as and watch the story of eight different characters. You get to choose which of the eight characters you’ll be playing as at the start of the game. You’ll be able to recruit the other seven characters to join you, though you will only be able to bring three of them into your active party. No matter which character you pick, you’ll be able to play through every other character’s story in a single playthrough. Each character features unique ways of interacting with NPCs and unique talents that can alter the way you play. Octopath Traveler also features a unique HD-2D aesthetic that combines 16-bit character sprites and environments with depth and photorealistic graphics.

Octopath Traveler puts a spin on its genre both with its unique look and the way it plays. The developers have emphasized diversity in the party and each character has their own unique story, ability to interact with other characters, and special talent. For example, one character has the ability to allure NPCs into following them and the talent to use them in fights, effectively increasing your party in battles to five characters.


3. The Persistence

  • System/Platform: PlayStation 4
  • Publisher: Firesprite
  • Developer: Firesprite
  • Release Dates: Jul. 23, 2018

The Persistence is a brand new PlayStation VR title combining elements of stealth horror and roguelike gameplay from a first-person perspective. In the year 2521, the spaceship The Persistence has an accident while conducting experiments near a dying star, and most of the crew has been mutated. IRIS, The Persistence’s computer, begins waking up members of the crew who were in cryogenic sleep to save the ship from imminent destruction. Each time you die, IRIS wakes up another member of the crew to succeed where the previous one failed. You’ll use a variety of weapons and stealth tactics to fend off the mutated enemies and save The Persistence.

In recent years we have had plenty of stealth horror games and roguelikes, but Firesprite’s combination of both while using PSVR leaves them with an offering we haven’t seen before. The Persistence really does combine everything you might like about both genres. The mutated crewmembers look a lot like zombies, and the trailers indicate there will be different types of mutated enemies to face. The ship is procedurally generated, which means that every time you die you’ll be dealing with a different layout, different weapons, and different abilities. Firesprite also offers friends a chance to participate by using a phone or a tablet to hack the ship’s computer and influence the environment. There’s a catch of course, that friend who should be helping you could also be rewarded if you end up dying.


2. Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion

  • System/Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Microsoft Windows
  • Publisher: Climax Studios
  • Developer: Outright Games
  • Release Dates: Jul. 17, 2018

Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion is an open-world adventure game set in the popular cartoon, Adventure Time. Players will get to use the show’s main characters, Finn and Jake, as well as supporting characters, BMO and Marceline, while traveling on a boat to different kingdoms. After the Land of Ooo has been flooded, it’s up to Finn and Jake to set sail and figure out how it all happened. The game features tactical combat, a leveling up system, and pirates!

There isn’t a ton of information available on Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion, but what has been released is enough to tickle the fancy of any Adventure Time fan. The game’s 3D look is faithful to the cartoon, and the open-world exploration touted means you’ll be able to venture into most of Adventure Time’s locales. The visuals of sailing across the seas with Finn, Jake, BMO, and Marceline have us all excited for the game’s release.


1. The Banner Saga 3

  • System/Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows, and macOS
  • Publisher: Stoic
  • Developer: Versus Evil
  • Release Dates: Jul. 24, 2018

The Banner Saga 3 is the final installment from Stoic’s Norse mythology-inspired tactical role-playing game. Ever since The Banner Saga 1, the world has been on the verge of calamity with the invasion of a stone-clad race called the dredge and the appearance of a mountain-leveling serpent. Humans, giants, and horseborn all form a variety of factions in the hopes of survival. You will lead multiple caravans journeying across the world and make tough moral decisions for your caravan and the world’s sakes. At times, your journey will be interrupted as you’ll fight off enemies in grid-based tactical combat featuring over 40 characters with unique abilities.

Stoic is a small team with around a dozen staff members but in four years they’ve crafted a marvelous fantasy trilogy. The Banner Saga 3 features everything you loved from the first two games: an incredible score, beautiful hand-drawn animation, a mature story with hard decisions at every corner, and tactical combat full of depth. It was originally supposed to be released at the end of the year but is now coming out in the summer and we couldn’t be more excited. If you haven’t played the first two, the game will also be released in a trilogy collection and you’d be doing yourself a favor checking it out.


Final Thoughts

It’s safe to say that Nintendo Switch owners will have a lot of games to choose from in the month of July; however, other platforms will still have a solid selection to pick from, especially with regards to titles that were out but not yet available on their platform or region. Whatever platform you’re on, if you’re a big fan of indies then July will be the month for you.

Was there any game we missed that you’re excited for coming out in July? Are you anticipating some of the same games we’re anticipating? Let us know in the comments below!

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Author: Jonathan Tshinanu

Graduated from Carleton University in the capital of Canada with a degree in Film Studies and English, which basically sums me up real nice. I’m a sucker for a good story – written or visual – wherever I can find it, whether it’s in anime, video games, movies, books, albums or whatever else you can think of. If I’m not consuming, then I’m probably trying to make them myself.

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