PS4 players in for a treat this month

Danial Norjidi

Now that we’re past the halfway mark for the year, gamers looking for something new to play on their PlayStation 4 (PS4) will find a variety of titles across a wide range of genres releasing this month.

A notable title launched on July 3 was PlayStation VR exclusive Marvel’s Iron Man VR, where players to become Tony Stark himself and suit up as the armoured Avenger in an original Iron Man adventure. The game’s premise is described on the PS Store, which stated, “After several years as a world-famous Super Hero, Tony is attacked by the mysterious Ghost, a hacker and anti-corporate activist who repurposes old Stark Industries weapons.

In her efforts to topple his empire, Ghost attacks Stark’s corporate locations around the world, leading to ever-escalating stakes and a final showdown.”

Another recent release was first-person puzzle game Superliminal, which arrived on the PS4 on July 7. In Superliminal, “players tackle puzzles by thinking outside the box and learning to expect the unexpected” in a “wonderfully subdued world”.

Meanwhile, action role-playing game Cross Code brought its 16-bit graphics, fast-paced combat and sci-fi story to the PS4 on July 9. Cross Code follows protagonist Lea who logs into a fictional MMO of the distant future as she attempts to regain her memory.

Marvel’s Iron Man VR. PHOTO: CAMOUFLAJ
Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris. PHOTO: AQURIA

A number of new titles launched the following day on July 10, including retro-style 2D platformer Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 and anime role-playing game Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris as well as racing games F1 2020 and NASCAR Heat 5.

For those looking to jump into a new multi-player shooter, Rocket Arena makes its way to the PS4 on July 14, and is a 3v3 shooter in which players master their hero’s “unique rockets and abilities to rule the arena and become a champion”.

Also releasing tomorrow is Neon Abyss, a rogue-like action-platformer “combining furious run ‘n’ gun action and deep, rogue-like mechanics”. The game features an evolving dungeon, unlimited item synergies, hatching and evolving of pets as well as dynamically generated maps, over 300 items, dozens of monsters and secrets.

Another upcoming title on PS4 is Neversong, which launches on July 16. Neversong is a psychological adventure about a boy named Peet “who slept peacefully in a coma” and upon opening his eyes, “found himself in a nightmare”.

July 16 will also see the release of Radical Rabbit Stew, a 16-bit arcade title in which you save your fellow chefs from space rabbits.

The game is described as “an action-packed title that combines puzzle-solving with fast-paced whack-a-rabbit game-play, delivering bite-sized pick-up-and-play action, juicy pixel graphics and a sizzling soundtrack.”

One of the most anticipated games set to arrive on PS4 this month is PlayStation exclusive Ghost of Tsushima, which has a July 17 release date. This action-adventure stealth game follows the story of one of the last samurai on Tsushima Island during the first Mongol invasion of Japan in the 1270s.

According to the PS Store, “As the island burns in the wake of the first wave of the Mongol assault, samurai warrior Jin Sakai stands as one of the last surviving members of his clan. He is resolved to do whatever it takes to protect his people and reclaim his home. He must set aside the traditions that have shaped him as a warrior to forge a new path, the path of the Ghost, and wage an unconventional war for the freedom of Tsushima.”

Meanwhile, competitive tower defence and arcade action title Rock of Ages 3: Make & Break rolls onto the PS4 on July 21. The game features an “expansive, gut-busting story for an eclectic adventure featuring bizzare and irreverent takes on legendary characters”.

There is also an option to “create and share your own levels to compete with friends and strangers online in a real-time mix of hectic tower defense and epic boulder-racing arcade action”.

Set for release on July 28 is open world action adventure game Destroy All Humans!

A remake of the 2005 PS2 title of the same name, Destroy All Humans! sees players take on the role of an alien named Crypto-137 as he terrorises the people of 1950s earth. Also launching on July 28 are skateboarding game Skater XL, where players create, combine and style tricks as they hit iconic California locations; and Maid of Sker, a first-person survival horror game set in 1898 “in a remote hotel with a gory and macabre history from British folklore”.

Another upcoming title is Hellpoint, which has a July 30 release date and is described as “a dark and challenging action RPG set in a heavily atmospheric sci-fi universe where the line between science and occult is blurred”.

CastleStorm 2 launches on July 31, building on the mix of ballista-based destruction, tower defence and beat-em-up combat from the original CastleStorm of 2013, while adding a new meta game of strategic conquest.

July 31 will also see the release of Fairy Tail, a role-playing game based on the Japanese manga of the same name.

“In Fairy Tail, wizards play through the adventures of Natsu Dragneel and Lucy Heartfilia, as well as other eccentric members of the Fairy Tail mage guild, on a fun-filled and thrilling quest.”