8 Video Games Launching Next Week: ‘Rocket League’ and More

There’s been no shortage of great games out recently, from Overwatch to Doom, so it’s possible you have all your gaming needs covered. But if you’re ready for something new to play, you’re in luck, because there’s a whole new batch of video games launching next week.

While there are no major new releases, you’ll find a little something for everyone, whether you’re into mech shooters, endlessly deep strategy games, or vehicular combat. Read on for all the information you need about the games launching the week of July 4, 2016.

1. Rocket League: Collector’s Edition

Release date: July 5, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC

Rocket League is a futuristic sports game in which fast, hyper-responsive vehicles roar through an arena trying to knock a ball into the opponent’s goal. Think of it like soccer with cars. It might not sound all that thrilling, particularly to people who don’t like sports games, but trust me, it’s great. The game has been out for a while as a digital download, but it’s finally getting a $30 physical release that comes with all of the additional cars and items released in the game’s expansions.

2. Furi

Release date: July 5, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PC

Unlike most games, Furi doesn’t bother with standard enemies. This game is all about boss fights. Literally, every enemy you fight is a boss. You’re equipped with swords and guns to take down these powerful baddies in fast-paced fights. Each boss is different, with a unique fighting style you’ll have to acclimate to if you want to win. It’s a stylish, colorful game that requires fast reflexes and a strategic eye. This game’s been getting some good buzz, so it may be worth checking out.

3. The Banner Saga 2

Release date: July 5, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4

If your interests range from Vikings to turn-based strategy games, The Banner Saga 2 will be right up your alley. Your army sets out on a desolate march across the land, taking on opposing armies to gain the upper hand and eventually achieving victory in the grand war. It’s a fairly standard strategy game, but it’s wrapped in a bleak but touching story — much like its excellent predecessor. Thankfully, the characters are wonderful, and the graphics and presentation are top notch.

4. Energy Hook

Release date: July 5, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4

Nearly a decade and a half ago, a game called Spider-Man 2 launched on PlayStation 2, and players lost their minds. It was a pretty standard Spidey action game, but with one big twist: a great web-slinging mechanic. The game let players swing freely through the skyscrapers of downtown Manhattan, landing on rooftops, and leaping off. It was so fun to do that many people ignored the rest of the game to spend hours swinging along.

The technical director of that game has made a new indie game all about swinging. There’s no story in Energy Hook. It’s just a game about swinging and doing tricks for points. Whether that’s enough to hold gamers’ attention in 2016 remains to be seen. Look for reviews when Energy Hook comes out.

5. Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII

Release date: July 5, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PC

As you can tell by the number in the title, the Romance of the Three Kingdoms series has been around for a while (since 1985, to be exact). Like the others, this installment is a deep strategy game set in China between the years 220 and 280. Not only does it have you recruit, train, and control various kinds of military units, but you also have a city to manage and diplomacy to tend after. Oh, and you can choose from over 700 characters to play as. In other words, it’s a game you’ll probably need to spend many hours with if you want to succeed.

6. Inside

Release date: July 7, 2016
Platforms: PC

From the makers of the tremendously gloomy yet gorgeous game Limbo comes Inside, a game that looks…tremendously gloomy, yet gorgeous. Like its predecessor, it’s a wordless game about a boy on the run in a dangerous world. You’ll encounter plenty of enemies you’ll have to avoid rather than fight, and solve environmental puzzles that take some creative thinking to work through. The game has been getting rave reviews on Xbox One, so check it out if it sounds like your kind of thing.

7. Carmageddon: Max Damage

Release date: July 8, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Vehicular combat isn’t a genre you see represented much these days, but for gamers in need of some automotive destruction, Carmageddon: Max Damage has you covered. As you can probably infer from the title, it’s an over-the-top game that has vehicles trying to cause as much damage as possible, both to each other and to whatever pedestrians, animals, and even aliens you find in the 10 levels. It’s a bloody game, but it doesn’t take itself even a little bit seriously.

8. Hawken

Release date: July 8, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4

Giant battle mechs duke it out in this free-to-play shooter. You and your teammates hop into fast, agile mechs equipped with heavy artillery and engage in some good old-fashioned first-person battles. The game received mediocre reviews when it launched on PC a few years ago, with most critics citing the payment model as being a problem. Still, if you want a taste of heavy metal combat for free, you don’t have to drop a dime on this one. (Editor’s note: I personally enjoyed the heck out of this game two years ago.)

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