It’s June, and E3 will be upon us soon, which will certainly bring on a slew of new announcements and surprises. Meanwhile, we eagerly await the forthcoming next-gen games we've been waiting for since we spent our hard-earned money on shiny new plastic boxes to play them. Alas, they are few and far between. Fortunately, we are getting a return to one of the best mascot platformers of all time, which is a prime example of what the latest devices can muster.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is the sixteenth installment in the long-running franchise from Insomniac Games, and it's one that looks to really show off the power of the PlayStation 5. Fans of the series will see the classic run-and-gun platforming that Ratchet & Clank is known for, complete with bombastic weapons of mass destruction. There's also a new playable character, another Lombax (like Ratchet) named Rivet. Newcomers can look forward to fast-paced, intense action, and an incredibly well-written and funny story that Insomniac has masterfully crafted. Coming off the heels of Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart looks to utilize the PS5's new super-fast SSD storage to allow players to travel between realities in an instant and take down the evil Dr. Nefarious. If you're one of the lucky ones with a PS5, be sure to grab this one with your Rift Tether on June 10th.
Final Fantasy VII Remake is getting a PS5 boost with Intergrade. The PS5 version of the game will have new features such as a graphics vs. performance preference selection and improved lighting and textures. The biggest addition to the game will be FF7R Episode INTERmission, a new adventure featuring Yuffie and a new cast of characters. Follow Yuffie on her adventure to infiltrate Shinra and acquire the Ultima Materia. Those that bought the game on PS4 will be able to upgrade to the enhanced version for free if they upgrade their console to PS5, though the new episode is an additional cost.
Ryu Hyabusa returns to the modern consoles in the Ninja Gaiden Master Collection. This set includes the three 3D Ninja Gaiden games, but none of the original Ninja Gaiden's. Fans of the series will be happy to enjoy these classic action games featuring our favorite ninja. The collection will include the Sigma versions of Ninja Gaiden 1 and Ninja Gaiden 2, which were the re-released versions of the games with various changes and tweaks to the games. It also includes Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge, the much-improved version of Ninja Gaiden 3 that was severely lacking when it originally released in 2012. Hopefully, this is a sign that Tecmo Koei is looking to make a proper new Ninja Gaiden game.
Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 is a sniper-based stealth shooter where you play as Raven, an assassin. You will take on contracts to assassinate 21 targets by putting your sniper skills to the test with extreme range shots exceeding 1000m. You will need to strategize, make your way through open-world sandbox locations, and avoid detection while stealthily taking down various enemies to reach your main target. Returning in the series are the slow-motion bullet-time cutscenes when you perform a skilled shot, allowing you to see the devastation you impart on your targets. Get ready for a lot of “BOOM HEADSHOT” callouts.
Dark Alliance is a new 4-player co-op hack and slash Dungeons and Dragons adventure set in Icewind Dale. You and three friends can group up and play as one of four characters to take down hordes of vicious monsters. It's been described as an explosive action RPG with some Gears flair and an in-your-face action and attitude. From the looks of the trailer, this will be a violent and over-the-top adventure with plenty of action and wit. Dark Alliance will be launching Day One on Gamepass for Xbox and PC and will have cross-play between the two platforms. Grab your gear and let's go kill some monsters!
Scarlett Nexus is an anime-style action RPG set in what is called a Brain Punk future where humans have deadly psychic abilities and are threatened by brain-hungry mutants called the Others. The game features two playable characters, Yuito Sumeragi and Kasane Randall, powerful psionics who have different play styles and powers. Unleash psycho-kinetic abilities to fight back against the mutants that are resistant to conventional weapons. Scarlett Nexus has a deep and complex story from the minds that brought you Tales of Vesperia, and it will release simultaneously with an anime of the same name.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood - June 1 (Stadia/PC), June 8 (PS4, Xbox)
Oddworld Collection - June 1 (Switch)
Dreamworks Spirit Lucky's Big Adventure - June 1 (PS4, Xbox, Switch)
Horse Club Adventures - June 1 (PS4, Switch)
DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power - June 4 (Switch)
Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 - June 4 (PS4, PS5, Xbox)
The Last Kids on Earth and the Staff of Doom - June 4 (PS4, Xbox, Switch)
Chivalry 2 - June 7 (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC)
Guilty Gear - Strive- - June 7 (PS4, PS5)
Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade - June 9 (PS5)
Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection - June 9 (PS4, Xbox, Switch, PC)
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart - June 10 (PS5)
Metro Exodus Complete Edition - June 18 (PS5, Xbox)
Dungeons & Dragons Dark Alliance - June 21 (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC)
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games - June 22 (PS4, Xbox, Switch)
Legends of Mana - June 23 (PS4, Switch, PC)
Scarlet Nexus - June 24 (PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC)
Mario Golf: Super Rush - June 25 (Switch)
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 & 2 - June 25 (Switch)
Port Royale 4 - June 28 (PS4, Xbox, Switch, PC)
World’s End Club - June 28 (Switch)
Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny Unrelenting Edition - June 29 (Switch)
GreedFall Gold Edition - June 30 (PS5, Xbox X|S)
Will you be bashing your way through dimensions or taking on the evil Shinra corporation this month? Let us know in the comments and share your experiences with the games.