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11 Games To Plan Your Summer Around

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Summer was once known as a dry season for video game
releases – a time to get through before the fall flood of games. Nowadays
things are different, with a wider market of games releasing all year long thanks to a booming indie scene and a constant drip of triple-A titles.

For some, summer is a time to get outdoors;
for most gamers, it’s a time to unwind and tackle new virtual adventures.
Whether you have time off or just need new games to immerse yourself in, we looked at the summer release schedule and noted some games that you might
want to put on your radar (or plan your life around).

The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine Expansion

Release:
May 31

Platforms:
PS4, Xbox One, PC

CD Projekt Red already proved it could create
compelling Witcher 3 DLC with Hearts of Stone, and Blood and Wine promises to
be even grander. Blood and Wine takes you to a new region, Toussaint, which
already looks breathtaking from photos. The region may be untouched by war, but
a vicious beast is terrorizing it, and Geralt is hellbent on getting to the
bottom of it. Did we mention that the adventure should take over 30
hours to complete? We’re more than glad to step into Geralt’s shoes once
again, even if we know some bleak experiences and tough choices are coming
with it.

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

Release:
June 7

Platforms:
PS4, Xbox One, PC 

Fans have been waiting a long time for a new Mirror’s Edge; they weren’t even sure if it would ever happen. That’s why it’s so exciting that
this summer we’ll finally get to run alongside Faith once again in this
origin story. EA has taken her to new heights, making this adventure open
world with multiplayer components. While we’re still unsure if Catalyst can
capture the excitement of its predecessor, we’re eager to find out. Freerunning across a vast city, fighting against corruption as an awesome character like
Faith just seems like a good way to spend summer.

No Man’s Sky

Release:
June 21

Platforms:
PS4, PC

No Man’s Sky captured our interest so much that it was one of
our cover stories. Hello Games’ sci-fi title has you exploring a
vast, procedurally generated universe, discovering new planets, collecting
resources, and getting up close and personal with unique wildlife. No Man’s
Sky has had a lot of hype surrounding it for good reason – the atmosphere is fantastic for an exploration game. Now it’s time to see if it will
finally deliver. We have a feeling we’ll be discussing our discoveries and
experiences with friends for a good part of the warmer months.

Mighty No. 9

Release:
June 21

Platforms:
PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, 3DS, Vita, PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Mac, Linux   

After patiently waiting through several delays, it looks
like we’ll finally be able to play Keiji Inafune’s spiritual successor to Mega
Man this summer. For years, fans have been pleading for more Mega Man games from
its mastermind, and for good reason – they’re some of the best platforming
experiences of yesteryear. This is as close as it gets. You control robot Beck and
shoot projectiles at enemies while you platform through the world’s obstacles. While
Mighty Number 9’s delays haven’t been easy to endure, we’re hoping it’s all for
the best and that we’re given something that reminds of us why we fell in love
with 2D platformers in the first place.

Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Release:
June 28

Platforms:
PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, 3DS, Vita, PS3, Xbox 360, PC

The Lego games are always a blast, but adding Star Wars: The Force Awakens to the product just makes
things infinitely better. Even more impressive is that TT Games isn’t just
doing a retelling of the movie, it’s also adding new material that will be
canon to the movies, covering the mysterious period between Return from the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Mostly, we’re just
excited to control the Lego version of Rey and relive some of her best moments. The
new content is just a great bonus.

Turn to the next page for more picks, including an escape-room adventure and an expansion set in underground New York.

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