Top 5 RPGs of June 2017

Welcome to the next entry in a monthly Fextralife series highlighting the Top 5 RPGs for the next month. In this edition, we’re going to take a look at what we think are the best RPGs releasing in the month of June, and talk a little about each and why we think so highly of them. Hop in and discover some new games you haven’t heard of or learn a little more about ones you do know. Watch the video above and read on for the text!

Honorable Mention: Elder Scrolls Online Morrowind

Release Date: June 6th, 2017
Platform: PS4, Xbox One & PC
Developer: Zenimax Online
Publisher: Bethesda

The largest expansion yet for Zenimax Online and Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls Online, Morrowind will take players to the land of Vvardenfell. A mysterious illness has taken hold on the god Vivec who is one of the deities who guards this world and you will have to find the medicine he needs to cure his ailment. You will explore and complete a variety of quests across the new storyline as well as dig into a bunch of new content like the new Warden class, PvP battlegrounds, a new Trial, new items sets, player housing, furnishings and more. Fans of the Elder Scrolls series will love exploring the same areas they first encountered in The Elder Scrolls III although the events in ESO take place many years apart giving the familiar world a freshness.

5. Dark Rose Valkyrie

Release Date: June 6th (NA), June 9th (EU)
Platform: PS4
Developer: Compile Heart
Publisher: Idea Factory

In PS4’s Dark Rose Valkyrie from Compile Heart and Idea Factory, you will take on the role of Asahi, the leader of a Japanese military agency and defend the world against a virus outbreak known as Chimera which arrived with a meteor. The alternative history Action RPG features real time combat and unique battle modes to press the advantage. You will be able to customize your attacks and chain combos to suit your preferred playstyle. As the story unfolds, you’ll be seeking out traitors from within your own ranks through a visual novel interview system that allows you to ask a series of questions and search for inconsistencies. How these interviews go will ultimately change the game’s ending.

4. AereA

Release Date: June 30th
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Developer: Triangle Studios
Publisher: SOEDESCO Publishing

AereA is a vibrant, musical action RPG from Triangle Studios and SOEDESCO Publishing coming to the PS4, Xbox One and PC. The game features a musical backdrop with the disappearance of primordial instruments the root of impending cataclysm. You’ll assemble your party of musically themed classes such as the Cello-Knight and Harp-Archer and set out across the land engaging in real time isometric combat. As you go, you’ll collect music which you use to upgrade your character and equipment. The bosses in the game are all designed after their own instrument and have boss music that features that instrument prominently, such as a bagpipe spider boss. The game has local drop in drop out multiplayer allowing for some old school couch co-op with a few  friends or family members.

3. God Wars: Future Past

Release Date: June 16th (EU), June 20th (NA), June 22nd (JP)
Platform: PS4, PS Vita
Developer: Kadokawa Games
Publisher: NIS America

God Wars Future Past is a tactical RPG from Kadokawa Games and NIS America coming to the PS4 and Vita that explores the history of Japan through their rich and esoteric folklore. You will witness some of Japan’s most traditional tales through the lens of 3 conflicting nations. The combat is a deep blend of tactics gameplay like Final Fantasy Tactics and features a large amount of different character classes to choose from. You’ll use the entirety of the battle grid to your advantage including vertical space as you position your units. With more  than 30 classes to choose from and hundreds of pieces of equipment and skills to outfit them with, exploring the world and setting will be a deep and thoughtful journey.

2. Cladun Returns: This is Sengoku!

Release Date: June 6th (NA), June 9th (EU)
Platform: PS4, PS Vita, PC
Developer: Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.
Publisher: NIS America, Inc.

Cladun Returns: This is Sengoku! from Nippon Ichi and NIS America is the 3rd installment in the Cladun series and is coming to the PS4, Vita and PC. The game takes place in the land of Arcanus Cella which serves as a base of operations for heroes who set out to clear the land’s deadly dungeons. The game takes place in the famous Sengoku period of Japanese history during which Japan was mired in a series of internal wars and rebellions. The souls of the lords are trapped in Arcanus Cella and must take care of their unfinished tasks before reincarnating. You will explore dungeons to liberate their souls and enlist them to your aid, earning valuable loot and facing off against some seriously dangerous enemies from Japanese lore. You will design your own character which you can edit in the pixel editor, pick a class and use melee and ranged weapons across a variety of classes as well as magic and allies. The game features a variety of challenging dungeon types and lets you engage in some multiplayer action both competitive and co-op. Dungeon divers and those who love grinding through 99 floors will be right at home.

1. Valkyria Revolution

Release Date: June 27th (NA), June 30th (EU)
Platform: PS4, PS Vita
Developer: Media Vision
Publisher: Sega (NA), Deep Silver (EU)

Valkyria Revolution is the 4th major installment of the popular Valkyria Chronicles series from Media Vision, being published by Sega in NA and Deep Silver in EU for the PS4 and Vita. A spinoff, not a sequel, Valkryia Revolution takes place on the kingdom of Jutland as they fight for their independence from the Ruzi Empire who has grown after discovering the series’ iconic element Ragnite. Possessing a Valkyria, which is a powerful godlike being, the Ruzi Empire is formidable and you will take control of a party of characters on a mission to liberate Jutland. The gameplay moves in a new direction for the series and is an Action RPG with strategy elements, that employs gauges to determine actions while playing out in a hybridized real time setting. You will be able to engage in a variety of activities and side quests as well as a deep crafting system for weapons while experiencing the series’ trademark storytelling and narrative.

Looking Ahead

This month is a great assortment of some potentially overlooked RPGs, especially JRPGs of which we are seeing more pop up recently. Thoughts on the list? Any other RPGs you’re looking forward to in June? Let us know what you think! Happy roleplaying!


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9 comments on “Top 5 RPGs of June 2017”

  1. Jbumi says:

    Really looking forward to God Wars! One I’d add to the list (it’s scheduled to release June 30) is Demons Age. It sounds interesting – the only thing I’m not big on is hiring my party members. I’ll definitely be checking out its reviews. If you’re interested in more info on the game: http://www.funboxmedia.co.uk/demons-age-pc/” rel=”nofollow It’s coming out on PC, PS4 & X-1.

  2. Avatar Castielle says:

    Demons Age looks interesting. I might check it out when I get back from vacation.

    Cas

  3. Avatar Emergence says:

    That one looks obscure but cool! OGL 3.5? Color me intrigued! How’d you hear about this one?

  4. Avatar Valvatorez says:

    I hope the german Amazon page changes the release date of God Wars soon. There its listed to be released on July 15th wich is not only a month off of every other site but it is also a saturday.

  5. Avatar Nahztek-Shadowpath says:

    I tried looking for a PS4 release date for Demon’s Age. It just said ‘2017 worldwide’ on the article I found.

    Anyone know the actual date?

  6. Avatar Fexelea says:

    This month is slim pickings for releases, but I don’t care because:

    1. MORROWIND!!!!! Vvardenfell in eso is gonna be <3
    2. E3 starting June 11th! I’d hate to miss out on big launches because I’m busy hearing about future big launches ;)

  7. Jbumi says:

    @emergence:
    Being a cheapskate, when I order from Amazon I use the free shipping option. Amazon then likes to punish you for it by taking their sweet time mailing your purchase. (I order; then for 3-5 days it’ll say "Preparing for shipping" – really?! What are they doing – printing the disc?!) Point is, it gives me a lot of free time between games to wander around the Net looking for games that pique my interest!!

    @nahztek-shadowpath:
    It’s scheduled to release June 30.

  8. Avatar Emergence says:

    Well then that makes you uniquely qualified to help me! I’d love a heads up on PM when you encounter any of those hidden gem RPGs on your travels. If I get them enough in advance I can add some of the more promising ones to these monthly lists! At the minimum if they have some gameplay and trailer footage (since we make them into a video) and enough info to put together a write up we can work with it.

  9. Jbumi says:

    @emergence:
    From here on out, if I stumble across something, I’ll do just that!!! 😸


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