Last updated on July 1st, 2020
Welcome to the Top 5 Upcoming RPGs of July 2020! In this series we highlight the Top 5 RPGs for the upcoming month. In this edition, we’re going to take a look at each of the titles, talk a little about each, and then explain why we think they deserve to be on the list. So join me now and find a mixture of some hidden gems and old favorites given a shiny new coat of paint.
Top 5 Upcoming RPGs of July 2020
What a whirlwind it’s been for RPGs these past months, as the schedule for releases have been moved around a bit due to many developers still working from home, which of course is causing an impact on getting those games out. But we’re heading into July, there are some fantastic new games ahead including some samurai action, robots who have taken over, otherworldly planet exploration and even some tactical fantasy all in the same month. So without further ado let’s get into the Top 5 RPGs for this July.
Honourable Mention – Ghost of Tsushima
Release Date: July 17th
Developer: Sucker Punch Productions
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
This month’s honourable mention goes to Ghost of Tsushima, an open-world samurai tale focuses on action-adventure. The title is set in Japan in 1274, following the Mongol invasion. The story follows the feuding sides as warfare, chaos and violent change ensues. Players will follow the protagonist Jin Sakai, a warrior skilled in the art of the samurai in a tale of revenge, empowerment, and hope.
While dubbed an action-adventure, there are a lot of RPG elements which will satisfy most Action-RPG fans. Expect to pick up your katana to deflect enemy arrows, block, dodge, parry or take out foes with a stealthy approach with Ghost Mode. Players will be able to customise Jin’s playstyle by equipping charms to provide different passive enhancements, learn skills and technique points from taking down enemies and completing quests. You will also need to master combat stances to deal with different enemies, from dodging to slashing down foes. From what we’ve seen so far, there are some stunning visuals with open-world exploration and an immersive samurai adventure to be had.
Ghost of Tsushima slices its way on Playstation 4 on July 17th.
Release Date: July 2nd
Platform: PC (Steam Early Access)
Developer: Everything is Full of Gods
Publisher: Everything is Full of Gods
Entering Steam Early Access this July is the hack and slash RPG set in a surreal futuristic world. The story follows Iltar, an Ur-being who unlocks the secrets of the element miium. Drawing power of god-like nature from this element, Iltar wants more, over centuries she takes over the galaxy in search of this powerful resource. In doing so, she created planets with new lifeforms, only to overlook one civilisation over time, a cult that also craves miium, who eventually traps the goddess. Now in a weakened state, Iltar’s only hope is a to create a secret protector who will free her from imprisonment.
Of course that’s where you as a player come in, to fight the strange lifeforms across the planet. The title sets to combine both light and heavy melee attacks with hyperblaster shots which you can use against these haunting enemies. Use a perfect block strike to send enemies flying and carry out your next move. Slaying these foes will grow the goddess’ powers. The title looks to have some interesting concepts, and a world that looks like a living modern art piece.
Moonray releases on Steam Early Access on July 2nd.
4. void tRrLM(); //Void Terrarium
Release Date: July 14th (US), July 10th (EU)
Developer: Nippon Ichi Software
Publisher: NIS America
void tRrLM(); or better known as Void Terrarium the rogue-like RPG is finally coming west this July. The game follows Toriko the last human on Earth, after a toxic fungi has taken over the surface. The world is a mix of cute and dark, a story that follows the decline of humanity, where robots have replaced many human jobs. Players play a robot caretaker, tasked with looking after Toriko and to craft a terrarium world to save her.
There will also be polluted dungeons, which may reveal a “Pollution Source”. Dungeons will change each time you enter, so finding resources needed to take care of Toriko will appear in different areas each time. Players will need to watch out for traps that may suddenly appear, causing a dizzying effect known as a “glitch” or it may teleport you to somewhere else. There are also sicknesses that Toriko can fall ill to including bird flu where she sprouts feathers and even sadness. Defeat enemies while exploring the wasteland and gain new skills that can be equipped to suit your playstyle.
void tRrLM(); //Void Terrarium releases on PS4 and Switch on July 14th in the US and July 10th in Europe.
3. Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris
Release Date: July 10th
Platform: PC/PS4/Xbox One
Developer: Bandai Namco
Publisher: Bandai Namco
You may remember Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris was suppose to launch a couple months back in May, but the title got delayed and is finally releasing this July. Take on the role of Kirito in a gaming experience in Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris. Dive into the “Underworld”, an intriguing place set in the anime’s Alicization arc. The title sets to bring intense action-packed real-time battles using a combination of both sword skills, sacred arts and some favourite Sword Art Online characters.
The JRPG includes a Daily Quest system which will give players objectives such as defeating 10 enemy types, getting 5 units of items, use 10 Sword Skills or even doing 3 Link Attacks with particular characters and more. The game will come with free monthly update content which includes Raid Bosses, and a Premium Pass with exclusive content which is going to be half the size of the base game.
Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris will launch on July 10th worldwide on PC via Steam, Playstation 4 and Xbox One.
Release Date: July 28th
Platform: PS4/Xbox One/PC
Developer: Lightbulb Crew
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
Othercide invites you into a world of horror with turn-based tactical gameplay, where players will experience roguelite features, deadly missions and even perma-death. In a story where players take on the role of the Daughters who are trying to survive fighting across a dying timeline to defeat the deadly force known as the Others. Take the form of Blademasters, Soulslingers or Shield bearer, each with their own set of deadly skills. Fight for humanity and stop the foes from another reality, from creeping in.
The artstyle is done a noir-esque style with pops of red throughout, making it one of most stylish looking tactical RPGs. It also draws inspiration from X-COM but with its own supernatural setting. Othercide has a Dynamic Timeline System, which brings together a balance of “actions and counters” in a strategic battle system.
Othercide comes to Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC on July 28th.
1. Fairy Tail
Release Date: July 31st
Platform: PS4/PC/Nintendo Switch
Developer: Koei Tecmo
Publisher: Koei Tecmo
This month’s top spot is taken by the Fairy Tail game based on Hiro Mashima’s best-selling manga and anime series of the same name. The game follows “The Grand Magic Games” story, letting those who are fans of the tale to relive the magic. But there are plenty of a new additional stories to enjoy that have never been seen before. Players will form a party with characters they meet on the way, there are 10 in total and include the fire dragon slayer Natsu Dragneel, the celestial mage, Lucy Heartfilia and plenty more iconic characters from the series.
The main story will take players around 30 hours to complete, but there are plenty of side quests to experience. Each of the playable characters in Fairy Tail also have their very own side stories for you to discover. The battles are turn-based and you’ll need to figure enemies weaknesses. You can even use the Photon Slicer attack well-known in the Fairy Tail series. Perform chain attacks for some devastating damage, which can be comboed with abilities from other members in your party.
Fairy Tail is set to release on Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4 and PC via Steam on July 31st.
That’s a wrap for the Top RPGs of July. Did I miss your favourite July release? What games are you most looking forward to this year? Please let us know in the comments below.
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