Gaming: Notable Releases For June 2016

Justin's monthly round up is here! What are the big games for June 2016? Read ahead and find out. 

June 3 - Dangerous Golf 
Have you ever been in a pristinely-decorated household or busy restaurant kitchen and thought to yourself ‘I would love to just go nuts in here with a golf club and see what happens’ ? Well on June 3rd, you dreams are about to come true, digitally as it were. Three Fields Entertainment brings their pedigree with former Criteron Games founders, and the influence from Crash Mode of the Burnout series shows from early footage. Take some shots, destroy stuff, build your destruction combo, and most of all just have fun! Dangerous Golf comes smashing in on June 3rd for Windows, Playstation 4, and Xbox One.

June 6 - Hearts of Iron IV
Even only half way through the year, 2016 has been an excellent year for grand strategy games. With a new IP in Stellaris last month and now the newest entry into the Hearts of Iron series, Paradox has been hard at work over the past few years. Similarly to past similar titles, Hearts of Iron IV is certainly not for everyone, but improved AI and a more open-ended experience may swing some more traditional strategy lovers, or maybe even just history buffs, in the direction of giving Hearts of Iron a try. Take control of the ‘axis & allies’ on PC and Mac starting June 6th.

June 7 - Mirror’s Edge Catalyst
The long-awaited sequel to 2008’s disappointing yet stylish Mirror’s Edge is finally here. The promise of first-person parkour continues, and looks better than ever. I haven’t been able to get my hands on it in a preview capacity, but it looks to be more of the same, but with less guns and more of an open world feel. Run, climb, and Jump your way to defeating the evil megacorp on June 7th. Available at lunch on Windows, Xbox One, and Playstation 4.

June 10 - Kirby: Planet Robobot
Planet Popstar has been invaded by evil robots and it's up to the powerful pink puff himself to save the day. Suck and blow your way to victory as you use the robot's own powers against them in the newest iteration of the classic Nintendo series. Kirby: Planet Robobot will be available on Nintendo 3DS game card and digital download on June 10th.

June 21 - Umbrella Corps
Capcom’s attempt at getting in on all that new eSports money hits stores this month after a short delay. Seemingly more Call of Duty than Resident Evil, the spinoff of the classic survival-horror series is a competitive multiplayer shooter focusing on team play. Criticism has come to Umbrella Corps in the form of questioning its necessity and if it was tied to the Resident Evil name for anything other than name recognition, but word is still out on how well it plays and only time will tell if it gets the community support needed to make a long-term multiplayer successful. Shoot your way to the top on PS4 and Windows when it hits the download market on June 21st.

June 21 - Grand Kingdom
Fans of Final Fantasy Tactics, Fire Emblem, and the like will be happy to know that Grand Kingdom is coming over from Japan this month exclusively on Sony platforms. Control units of sword-swingers or powerful magicians in this turn-based strategy RPG that will be sure to appeal to RPG gamers and anime fans alike. Relatively new to games in the genre, take your party online to do battle with others’ factions and expand the reach of your own kingdom. Grand Kingdom comes to Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita on June 21st.

June 28 - Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The smashingly successful Lego Star Wars series continues for the first time since Disney purchased Lucasfilm. Expect more smashing, building, collecting bits, and all the Star Wars characters you love in the newest entry based on the 2015 film. Coming out on basically every active platform spanning two console generations, you’ll be able to snag Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens on June 28th for Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Wii U, 3DS, and Playstation Vita.

-Justin Wicker

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