While the lead-up to the massive video game conference E3 is always a slow time of year for releases, next week’s lineup is looking particularly slim. Which isn’t to say the games that are coming out are bad. There just aren’t very many of them compared to most weeks.
But with big recent releases like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Splatoon, a little down time isn’t always a bad thing. Whether you’re knee deep in those games or not, here’s what you can expect to find on store shelves during the week of June 8, 2015.
1. The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited
Releases June 9 on Xbox One and PS4
The Elder Scrolls series is widely known for its story-driven single-player games like Oblivion and Skyrim. Last year, it made the leap into the world of MMOs on PC with some initial stumbles (as expected of any brand-new MMORPG). Thanks to a handful of updates and new content packs, Tamriel Unlimited is finally ready for its console debut.
The game takes place 1,000 years before the rest of the series, but despite the time shift, things in the fantasy world of Tamriel haven’t changed much. You’ll still find monsters, villages, cities, knights, thieves, and all kinds of awesome gear scattered around the enormous open world.
Like any MMO, you’ll create a character and take quests, many of which will encourage or require you to team up with others complete. Best of all, there’s no monthly subscription fee for this game. Buy it once, and you can play it until the servers go offline.
2. Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy
Releases June 9 on PS Vita
Most dungeon crawler games are set in fantasy worlds, but not this one. Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy is set in the future and features all the horror and sci-fi trappings you could ask for. The setup is that genetically engineered monsters roam the world, and portals to a dimension called the Abyss have been cropping up.
In response, the government has created the Code Physics Agency, a group of high schoolers (of all people) whose job it is to investigate and eliminate the threats. You’ll lead a team of six teenagers into the depths of dungeons to map them out and exterminate the enemies. If you’re a fan of games like Demon Gaze, Etrian Odyssey, or Wizardry, this one is definitely worth a look.
3. Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure
Releases June 11 on Nintendo 3DS
It’s always good to see an old friend. That’s how many older gamers felt when Nintendo announced this digital-only puzzle game was coming to 3DS. Originally released on NES way back in 1990, Dr. Mario was a Tetris-like game in which Mario dropped multi-colored pills into a jar containing multi-colored viruses. The goal was to create lines of four like-colored items to make them disappear. Eliminate all the viruses and you win.
Miracle Cure reproduces that same tried-and-true gameplay and adds a few new ideas of its own. For instance, the game features power-ups called “miracle cures” that do things like destroy all viruses of a certain color or wipe out entire rows or columns. Multiplayer mode gives you new ways to mess with your opponents, and a Dr. Luigi mode features L-shaped capsules to make the game even more like Tetris. If that sounds like fun, look for Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure on the 3DS eShop on June 11.
4. LEGO Jurassic World
Releases June 12 on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, PS Vita, and PC
If there are two franchises that deserve to be blended together more than LEGO blocks and Jurassic Park, I sure don’t know them. This adorable game zips through the stories of all four Jurassic Park movies, including the one opening on June 12.
Expect this game to offer all the blocky action and dinosaur chases you can handle. The campaign can be played in a two-player co-op mode, and the content will be suitable for players of all ages. That means your kids can play this game whether you’re comfortable sending them to the theater to watch the dinosaurs attack Chris Pratt or not.