Top 5 RPGs of 2017: July

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 July, 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!

5. Immortal Planet

Release Date: July 31st
Platform: PC
Developer: teedoubleuGAMES
Publisher: teedoubleuGAMES

Created by independent Polish developer Tomasz Waclawek, creator of the 2D platformer Ronin, Immortal Planet for PC is an Action RPG Soulslike with a classic isometric view. You travel to an icy planet and become an undead warrior who has risen from cyro sleep. You will learn the secrets of the world as you escape your tomb. The intricately designed levels are based on single checkpoints, feature increasingly stronger enemies and you can take them all out with a variety of weapons, such as swords, firearms and magic. Whatever you choose, the game rewards patience and punishes recklessness and you will die over and over again but can regain your lost experience. The game features a retro feel with slick visuals and should intrigue fans of dungeons and difficulty.

4. Fallen Legion: Sins of an Empire

Release Date: July 25th
Platform: PS4, PS Vita
Developer: YummyYummyYummy
Publisher: YummyYummyYummy

Developed by YummyYummyYummy and coming to the west on PS4 and PS Vita, Fallen Legion combines action with empire building to make a unique RPG. The game takes place in the dark fantasy setting of Fenumia and you will help Princess Cecille save her kingdom from ruin by fighting off enemies both inside the kingdom and abroad. The Vita version follows the story from a completely different perspective by letting you play the game from her rival, Legatus Laendur’s perspective as he attempts to overthrow the royal family. On the battlefield you will control 4 characters at once and make use of combo based attacks in real time. You will have to choose which faction to side with, in split seconds that will have far reaching impacts in the game. Fallen Legion features stunning hand drawn art and a full voice acting cast.

3. Sundered

Release Date: July
Platform: PC
Developer: Thunder Lotus Games
Publisher: Thunder Lotus Games

Sundered is a 2D Metroidvania RPG developed by Thunder Lotus Games, of Jotun fame. In Sundered, you take on the role of a wanderer who travels through a post-apocalyptic landscape. The game’s mechanics are closely tied to the story as the protagonist will exchange his humanity for powers, and what you choose will determine the ending of the game. The world is heavily procedural and has you traversing underground cave and tunnel networks. You will encounter challenging enemies and bosses along the way and will obtain better gear and artifacts that let you improve your abilities. In true Metroidvania fashion, as you progress, you will unlock new locations, enemies and items.

2. Pyre

Release Date: July 25th
Platform: PS4, PC
Developer: Supergiant Games
Publisher: Supergiant Games

Pyre is a tactical RPG from indie studio Supergiant Games, creators of the beloved Bastion and Transistor. Set in a purgatory like land of Downside, you are in control of a party of exiles who are seeking to battle their way out of this forsaken land. These battles are called Rites and take the form of a battle arena similar to MOBAs and games like Rocket League. You travel the overworld during the day, taking on encounters and at night, you plan your next steps which impact the land. When in battle, you will use the abilities of your exiles to capture a glowing orb and toss it into your enemy’s column of fire, eventually destroying it. As you play you will progress your exiles and improve and unlock their stats and abilities and can mix and match 3 exiles for a match from the roster of 20+. The game adds replay with local co-op that lets you challenge a friend on the couch. The studio’s trademark narrative and storytelling will certainly be on full display.

1. Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age

Release Date: July 11th
Platform: PS4
Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is a remastered version of the beloved JRPG from Square Enix and features some complete overhauls of the original PS2 game’s systems. Set in a world that is being torn apart at its seams by a war between 2 forces, protagonist Vaan and Princess Ashe have an unlikely crossing of paths that leads to a world saving journey. The modern appointments extend into things like trophy support, auto-save (yes!), shorter loads, difficulty choices and more. A new Trial Mode gives players a stiffer challenge, the High Speed Mode quickens the traversal of the world and added to the game is the Zodiac Job system. The Zodiac system replaces the license system of the first and gives your characters unique skills and stat progression allowing for some fine tuned specialization. There will be about a dozen jobs to choose from such as Archer, Knight and Mage. Adding to this depth of customization is the ability to equip 2 jobs simultaneously on a character, allowing you to in essence multi-class a character, giving you back a little more of the freedom that the original possessed.

Looking Ahead

This month we are starting to see some more well known developers and publishers releasing RPGs compared to the last 2 months and that is only going to ramp up as the months roll on. Thoughts on the list? Any other RPGs you’re looking forward to in July? Let us know what you think! Happy roleplaying!

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