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    The 10 best PC games in June

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    Summer has never been the hottest season for video games. AAA releases are often few and far between when the weather gets warmer, as marketing plans are put in place for major year-end releases. However, whether related to COVID or something else entirely, this summer looks even more sparse than usual.



    Though, the lack of bigger games puts more of a spotlight on indie games, of course, and there are more than a few released in June that look like they might surprise. So fingers crossed these games will deliver on their promise.

    If you like moving pictures set with words and music, you can watch the video above. But if you prefer text, keep reading.

    SCARLET NEXUS (June 25)

    If Bamco's upcoming anime action game Scarlet Nexus isn't on your radar, it should be. Combat mixes the hack and slash of a Bayonetta-type, but with the added hook of psychokinetic powers. So when you're not cutting an enemy in two, you can put on your telekinesis and put a barrel or a Ford Focus in their face. 

    What's not to love about it? You're not alone in this adventure, and your party members are more than willing to share their pyro and electrocinizations with you, but to name just two of the other mind superpowers you can play with. But, if you want your friends to give 100% in the fight, you'll have to talk to them between missions in your hideout. 



    When you bond with them, you open up more of their abilities, which in turn gives you new and fun ways to kill some monsters. From the pre-release footage, it looks like a lot of fun, and considering Scarlet Nexus has two separate campaigns,

    CHIVARY 2 (June 8)

    After letting Mordhau borrow his medieval melee crown for a few years, Chivalry is back to chop off some heads and take his place atop the multiplayer swordfighting throne once again. 

    64-player games, classes with special abilities, and new combat moves are just a few additions that should please those who have played the original for the past decade. Although, the beauty of this series is that anyone can jump in and start swinging. 

    So if you're new to Chiv, grab a sword and go. The more you play, you will learn the intricacies. I mean, you're going to have to, really; you'll end up on deck more times than you'd like if you didn't.

    DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: DARK ALLIANCE (June 22)

    In fact, my knowledge of D&D could be summed up in one statement: It's pretty popular, isn't it? The boys of Stranger Things, and some burly action heroes, have really propelled the tabletop game into the mainstream in recent years. 

    So obviously there are some Dungeons & Dragons video games on the horizon. Following on from Baldur's Gate 3, which is currently on Steam Early Access, Dark Alliance is a third-person ARPG that will have you smashed in the face of goblins and gnolls as four different characters, switching between them during solo play. 



    But, if you want to share your loot with real-life friends, you can do so in co-op. 

    Of course, all your heroes have their strengths and weaknesses, so if you're hoping to succeed in the world of Icewind Dale, it's best if they all play their roles perfectly. Alright... I think I got over it without saying anything too silly, so I better move on as soon as possible.

    HOKKO LIFE (2 de junho)

    If you get jealous every time Switch owners mention turnips and the guitar-playing dog, Hokko Life might be the game for you. This cozy life simulator is launching as a Steam Early Access game this month and looks like the closest you'll find to Animal Crossing on the PC

    You can decorate the interiors and exteriors of every building in the city, using resources you know and are familiar with; you can go fishing and stapling (?) when you're tired of playing Nick Knowles; and the townspeople are talking about animals, like the giraffe Moss. 

    He's already my favorite. While it lacked multiplayer from the start, the ability to design furniture by hand and place your creations at any angle you want could be enough to grab the attention of anyone looking for an AC alternative.

    SNIPER GHOST WARRIOR CONTRACTS 2 (June 4th)

    If you are not familiar with the Sniper ghost warrior contracts, but found catharsis in beating up men like Ian Hitman, in 2021 you should check out this one. 



    As the bald assassin, you'll be told where to find your targets at the start of each mission, and then it's up to you to figure out how to blow their brains out. covertly. Of course, things won't always go according to plan and sometimes you'll have to use other means to get the job done, but that's where your crossbow, throwing knives, and C4 come into play. 

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    You still have a fancy drone for branding. Still, fending off your target from afar is the best way to get the job done. Plus, you're rewarded with ridiculous kill cameras when you go this route. hooray?

    STONEFLY (June 1st)

    If Stonefly plays as well as it looks, it could be one of the surprises I mentioned earlier. This dazzling isometric action adventure sees you pilot an upgradeable insect-like mech through a forest that has great Honey I Shrunk The Kids vibe. 

    As Annika Stonefly, a young inventor in search of an ancient family heirloom, you'll shoo away pesky flies and bugs from treetops using a variety of combinable skills. 

    I have a real soft spot for the developer Flight School's previous game, Creature In The Well , so Stonefly is definitely closer to the top of my wish list for June.

    GUILTY GEAR STRIVE (June 11)

    The long-running Guilty Gear fighting game series returns this month with Guilty Gear Strive. It's said to retain much of what diehards already like about GG, the beautiful art, the ridiculously metallic soundtrack, the delicious combos, but additions like Wall Breaking and Roman Cancels will allow players to introduce new and exciting strategies. 

    I just hope that Strive can give me the same sense of malice that Dragon Ball FighterZzzzz did. My Goku has done amazing things at the touch of a button. It's okay if Strive doesn't go that route, obviously. Who needs all that shine when you've got the power to push buttons. What could go wrong?

    OPERATION TANGO (June 1st)

    Looking for more opportunities to yell at your partner during a co-op session? The spy game Operation Tango seems to work. So, you play as a hacker or an agent, with your friend taking on the role of the one you're not. 

    The hacker will lead the agent through an area breaking door codes and watching surveillance cameras, and it's the agent's job to get their hands dirty in the field. Solving puzzles in each mission requires constant communication, as you will be relaying new information to each other as and when it presents itself. 

    The yelling will likely kick in when they're not doing what you want. But, all in the name of fun, of course.

    MIGHTY GOOSE (June 5th)

    It is proved that geese are equal to green; it's clear that more developers will push waterfowl to the forefront of their games. Mighty Goose is a little more aggressive than the unnamed one, however. 

    In this run and gun shooter, you will blast enemies with your arm cannon, which can be repaired to provide different types of ammo depending on the type of destruction you choose. 

    You can also pilot a tank for a while, because there are few things in this world that go together better than tank and goose. I don't know how much juice this bird has, but if you crave the days of Contra and Metal Slug, it might be worth it.

    NINJA GAIDEN: MASTER COLLECTION (10 de junho)

    Do you like famous mid 3s challenging 2000D action games? You do!?! Well, you should probably choose Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection then. 

    Now, before you hit the buy button amid tears of nostalgia, you should know that Koei Tecmo has decided to include the Sigma versions of the first two games in the trilogy and the Razor's Edge edition of Ninja Gaiden 3. So if you're looking for the pure Ryu experience, you won't find it here. 

    However, you will receive all DLC released for the original games. That's something. But, that's also the only thing, really. There's no ultra-wide support, you can't play around with mouse and keyboard, and it's limited to 4K60. 

    Just don't go into this expecting to play a 2021 video game. Now, if you're looking for some 10-15 year old games that will scratch your Hayabusa-sized persistent itch, then get ready to cut. And die. And then cut some more.

    Good bonus game for June: Backbone, a point-and-click detective adventure where you play a gumshoe raccoon, recently announced a release date for June 8 . It's one of the most anticipated games of this year and would have been on this list if they hadn't announced the release about 12 hours ago.

    Whatever you end up playing in June, I hope you have a great time. But say: what new games, if any, are you looking forward to getting your hands on this month? Want to throw objects at enemies in Scarlet Nexus anime action game? Want to chop off strangers' heads in Chivalry 2? Or are you thinking about killing magical ice giants in Dark Alliance? Let us know in the comments.

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