I made a list of all spring games worth paying attention to back in January, and now that The Witcher 3 has come out, we are officially out of the spring and into summer. We’re less than a month away from E3 where we may see some surprise announcements, but those will surely be for the holiday season (or 2016…or 2017…). Barring any E3 surprises, here’s what you have to look forward to in the summer months.
Splatoon (Wii U)
May 29 - Splatoon looks excellent! That’s such a refreshing thing to say about a new IP from Nintendo. Splatoon is a paint-based third-person shooter that’s friendly for all ages. Add this to the list of exclusive games that make me wish I had a Wii U.
Heroes of the Storm (PC/Mac)
June 2 - This is the only MOBA I think I could get into. This is a simplified version of DoTA and League, and I think that’s exactly what the genre needs. Yes, I know that those two other games are huge, but much like Hearthstone made collectable card games accessible to a wide audience, I see HotS being huge. The game just went into open beta, and you can download it from Battle.net.
The Elder Scrolls Online (PS4/Xbox One)
June 9 - This came out last year for PC and the older home consoles, but it’s finally making its current gen console debut this June. The game has been updated many times since its original release, and by all accounts is much better than when it launched.
LEGO Jurassic World (everything)
June 12 - If you have a kid, this game will be a must this summer. Even if they;re too little to see the movie, the LEG games have consistently been fun and humorous games. I’m 29 years old and even I would love battle some LEGO-built dinosaurs and collect their sweet, sweet bricks. That sounds weird, actually…
Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
June 23 - Now how about a super hero game made just for adults? The Arkham series returns to Rocksteady Studios for one more iteration, and early impressions have been very positive.
Yoshi’s Wooly World (Wii U)*
June 26 - *Oddly, this game doesn’t have a release date for anywhere outside of Europe, but it’s coming out this summer. Just look at that wool!
God of War 3 Remastered (PS4)
July 14 - God of War 3 was a beautiful game on the PS3, and this remaster looks even more stunning. If you enjoy a good action game, this is one you don’t want to miss.
Rory Mcllroy PGA Tour (PS4/Xbox One)
July 14 - After gracing the cover for 16 years, Tiger Woods lost the title role in 2013. I for one would prefer a new Hot Shots or Mario Golf game, but this series has been pretty reliable over the years as a solid golf game.
Madden NFL 16 (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360)
August 25 - Last year’s Madden NFL 15 was a really great entry into the series, so while very little has been announced about this year’s entrant, I have high hopes.
Until Dawn (PS4)
August 25 - I’m still a little unclear about how this game will play, but it looks like an interactive Cabin in the Woods, which I’m completely down for.
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360)
September 1 - The final game of summer is my most anticipated game of the year. There has been a lot of drama surrounding this game, but based on the many trailers, gameplay demos, and last year’s Ground Zeroes game, I think this is going to be a stellar game that grabs my attention for months after its release.