New Game Tuesday - July 2020


Most of the Summer gaming news happens in June, with much of it delayed this year to July. So often, Summer is more about game announcements than game releases. However, July is still home to a few anticipated game releases. Keep in mind, 2020 has seen more game delays than ever before thanks to COVID-19. Some games have seen delays mere hours before release. The games in this article could always receive a delay.

"New Game Tuesday" showcases some major game releases on the first Tuesday of the month! Scroll down to see if any of the major releases appeal to you!

1. Ghost of Tsushima

Release Date: 7/17

Platforms: PS4

Developer: Sucker Punch Productions

Publisher: Sony

Delayed out to July to make room for a June release of The Last of Us Part 2, Ghost of Tsushima is almost upon us. Ghost of Tsushima looks like "Assassin’s Creed: Japan", something AC fans have been asking for for years. And if that’s what it is in your “head cannon”, I won’t judge you. It looks to be one of 2020’s greats, and is just an over all gorgeous looking game. They even added an optional black and white grainy mode to make it look like old samari movies! The stealth, combat, and customization all look like they’re going to be 10/10. I for one can’t wait for this game.

2. Destroy All Humans Remake

Release Date: 7/28

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC, Stadia

Developer: Black Forest Games

Publisher: THQ

My earliest memories of Destroy All Human were on in-store demos of them at my local target. It was always a game as a kid I wanted to play but never had the ability to play. I am super excited for this remake as it is a rare opportunity to play a classic in modern glory.

3. Death Stranding PC Release

Release Date: 7/14

Platforms: PC, PS4

Developer: Kojima Productions

Publisher: Sony (PS4) / 505 Games (PC)

2019 was a weird year for games. It was an unusually "Last Jedi" year where some games came out that industry critics praised but were hated by gamers. I never felt the Game Awards were more “Oscars” than in 2019. It was also a weird year because if on January 1st 2019, if I had 10$ to bet on what GOTY would have been, I would have put 5$ on Anthem, and 5$ on Death Stranding. I mean a new scifi-action-rpg from the makers of Mass Effect where you could fly like Iron Man? A weird enigma of scifi that was coming to us from the brilliant mind of Kojima? These seemed like easy safe bets. (I certainly wouldn’t have guess the two best AAA games of the year would come from the same developer, Respawn.)

How does the two front runners for GOTY both turn into the absolute WORST games of 2019? Anthem has at least a long story, series of unfortunate events, excuse of development hell to blame. Death Stranding...damn was that game bad. Metacritic said it was “review bombed” by fans, but I think the industry just didn’t want to admit people hated the game. It supplants Anthem and Watchdogs as one of my biggest gaming disappointments. Anthem at least was fun at times. I called Death Stranding “beautiful garbage” How does a game look so beautiful, be so incredibly photo-realistic, and yet be so awful? It’s just so incredibly boring! I never did write a review for Death Stranding, because I just couldn’t bring myself to waste another hour of my life on finishing it. I’ve never seen a game more pointless and under-done. Please understand, I love weird scifi. This game is very weird scifi, so much so that I don’t even think the game knew what it was even talking about. I called it “dream logic” where everything is just odd. Turns out the years of weird trailers that left us with more questions than answers never was clever marketing, that just was just how the game was. For a game with a weird factor of 1,000,000 it offers a ridiculously low amount of explanation. As weird and dreamlike as the game is, that’s not even what makes it so bad. It is the gameplay. Oh god is it boring. I played it for hours and hours and hours and absolutely nothing happens. You walk. It is the world’s most boring walking simulator. Know how the infamous “slow walking” sections of video games where you as the player are forced to slow walk while the characters talk? Well they made an entire game about it. In between walking, you deliver packages. It’s an Amazon delivery guy simulator. The game will have you slow walk across a boring empty lifeless map, drop off a package, AND THEN HAVE YOU TURN AROUND AND WALK BACK FOR HOURS. If you can somehow get past the fact that the “story” is 100x weirder than anything on the Twilight Zone, past the boring world, past the boring countless hours of slow walking to deliver a package only to have to turn around, I doubt anyone could get past this...

There was this lingering question in the back of my mind that I just can’t shake. Why can’t he just freaking drive? The game shows they still have vehicles. In the beginning, it is clearly shown the main character riding a motorcycle.

So the best option is to WALK ACROSS THE UNITED STATES? I kid you not it is NEVER explained why he has to walk. You literally see other characters driving, It is no less safe to drive in this world than to walk. They managed to forget to explain the already incredibly boring premise for their so called "gameplay"

God this game is awful. It’s on this article because it is now coming out on PC. Usually when PS4 exclusives hit other platforms the story is to buy immediately. PS4 has become synonymous with amazing exclusives. God of War, Horzion, Spider-man, Detroit Become Human, The Last of Us, the list of phenomenal 10/10 games is insane. However this is not the case. I couldn’t leave it at that; I never recommend anyone get this game. I considered maybe with 2020 being a weird year as is, with most people having spent months in quarantine in their homes, maybe a “outside walking simulator” might actually have some value. But then I realized I could rattle off countless open world games that are 10x better if you just need to go for a beautiful virtual walk outside. Go play a modern Assassin’s Creed game like Origins or Odyssey. Go play Witcher 3, Horizon Zero Dawn, Spider-man, Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild. Hell, play Anthem before you play Death Stranding. It’s not even “so bad it’s good”, it’s tediously bad.

4. grounded

Release Date: 7/28

Platforms: Xbox One, PC

Developer: Obsidian Entertainment

Publisher: Xbox Game Studios

Grounded, the game that promises to let us relive our "Honey I Shrunk the Kids" childhood memories. Watching the various gameplay and story trailers made me excited for this small scale adventure. The game is launching in full this month.

5. paper Mario: the origami king

Release Date: 7/17

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Developer: Nintendo

Publisher: Nintendo

Mario fans rejoice as we are getting a new Mario game this year, this time as a paper Mario version. The fun 2D in 3D art style is very fun and whimsical, and perfect for all ages. This one is a little under the radar as far as game releases go this year as it was only recently announced. It feature a seamless open world for the first time in the sub-series.

6. Iron Man VR

Release Date: 7/3

Platforms: PSVR

Developer: Camouflaj

Publisher: Sony

I was very skeptical of this during its initial announcement during a lackluster boring and seemingly empty State of Play. In trailers it looks like an on-rails shooter via the PSVR, a platform to me that has been very underwhelming. I would have much rather had a full open world Iron Man game in the vein of Spider-Man 2018 or even dare I say what Anthem could have been. Early reviews however are positive, so if you need something to dust off your PSVR, this might be a game to try.

7. Catherine: Full Body - Switch release

Release Date: 7/7

Platforms: PS4, *New on Switch, Previously on PS3

Developer: Atlus, Studio Zero

Publisher: Atlus, Sega

Catherine: Full Body is the current-gen remaster of the odd puzzle-jrpg anime game. Catherine is difficult to explain. On the surface it looks like anime style dating sim. The gameplay however also includes extensive (and very weird) dream sequence puzzle-platformer sections. The story is about the main character dating two women, and the remaster adds a third woman to the mix. It came out earlier this year, but now is heading to Nintendo Switch.

8. Rocket Arena

Release Date: 7/14

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Developer: Final Strike Games

Publisher: EA

Rocket Arena was just revealed during last months EA Play Live 2020, and my initial impression was this was EA's latest attempt at creating a Fortnite competitor. I missed the part in the presentation where it was said that this was an EA Originals game. EA Originals are essentially "indie games" that get free help and publishing from EA in exchange for the positive PR that EA gets from helping indies, and having their name on smaller more artistic gamer friendly games. EA has had a difficulty with gamers in previous years, and these smaller projects do help their reputation. However, this looked less like the artsy small project games and more like a live service shooter I would expect from EA. I initially guessed it was going to be a free to play live service game populated with cosmetics and battle passes. However, I was wrong as this is a full release, priced at 30$, and will have free updates. The game's rocket centric gameplay definitely is intriguing and looks cool.

9. Othercide

Release Date: 7/28

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Developer: Lightbulb Crew

Publisher: LBC Games, Focus Home Interactive

Othercide is beautifully fascinating. I like most genre's of games, but I will admit I care not for turn based combat, nor top down tactical RTS perspectives. Usually either of those things will be a pass for me, but the art style of Othercide is so interesting that I am tempted to push through and try this one. The black and white dark world is surprisingly pretty, with clever uses of the a dark red color to pop from the background. Just watch the trailer on this one.

As always, stay tuned here on Game Infinite News for the latest gaming news! Check back next month for New Game Tuesday!

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