My Top Five Anticipated Releases of June 2019

Welcome to the 23rd monthly release list. Before the industry heads off to Los Angeles, there are some releases to talk about.

The game has to be released on at least one of the major systems (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch). The game has to be new, so no remasters or re-releases onto new systems. One thing I do count is a game either entering or exiting early access, but that game can only be counted once. If a game does have multiple release dates like Destiny 2 or GTA 5, then I will only count the earliest release date. The exception to that is if the game has a pre-order bonus of entering the game early, in which I will count its normal release date. Finally, it has to be a game, not a DLC. With the rules out of the way, let's look at my top picks for June.

5. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Artplay’s newest game is a metroidvania about a young alchemist tasked with stopping a demon invasion. While metroidvania genre seems like a dime a dozen these days, what makes Bloodstained unique is the creator. Koji Igarashi was a producer for the Castlevania series, and is known for his work on Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. I still haven’t played any of the Castlevania games yet, but I think this game will be a jumping jumping-in point for all of that. Bloodstained will be out on the 18th for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, followed by a Switch release on the 25th.

4. Judgment

Judgment is a third-person action game from Sega about a private detective trying to solve a serial murder in Kamurocho. This game is a weird one to put on the list considering it released in Japan in December, but got pulled in March for drug allegations. The game will now release in July in Japan, but the Western version release date, which is the one I using for this list, is set for June 25th. All of that aside, the simple reason why this game is on this list is because it is pretty much a Yakuza game, but as a detective, which is fine by me. Judgment is only releasing on the PS4.

3. My Friend Pedro

My Friend Pedro, by DeadToast Entertainment, is an action platformer about a man and his friend banana going on a killing spree. Ever since its showing at E3 2018, I have been interested in the game for its stylish gameplay. The game is considered a “violent ballet,” and it shows with the characters swinging, rolling, and flipping his way through a hail of bullets. Despite not having a specific release date, I still decided to add this to the list because it does say sometime this month. My Friend Pedro will be out sometime soon for PC and Switch.

2. Super Mario Maker 2

Following up on the success of the first game on the not-so-successful Wii-U, Super Mario Maker 2 is a platforming game about making and sharing Mario levels. Of all of the game that released on the Wii-U, Mario Maker was the one I wanted to play the most, and I am glad that it is now available for a system I own. Plus, the game features a multiplayer mode and a fleshed-out singleplayer mode as well, offering even more fun. Mario Maker 2 will release on the 28th for the Switch.

1. The Sinking City

The Sinking City is a third-person open-world game following a private investigator as he makes his way through a half-sunken city in the 20s riddled with supernatural forces, trying to figure out what happened. Many different things interest me about the game. The open-world, time period, investigation gameplay, and H.P. Lovecraft themes looks like a world I want to explore and a game I want to play. The Sinking City will be out for PC, PS4, and Xbox One on the 27th.

That is going to wrap up this list. Thank you for reading, and tune in next month for another set of releases.