July Games Preview: Monster Hunter Stories 2, F1 2021, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, And More!


Holy Moly! July already? Do you know what that means? If you answered World UFO Day on July 2, you are right! But for us, dear gamers, it means there's a fresh new list of upcoming games releases so we can cherish life by doing what we love at the camaraderie of our most loved partner: our gaming platform.

Monster Hunter Stories 2 lets players ally with Monsties to kill their own family.

For RPG lovers, there are Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin, Cris Tales, NEO: The World Ends With You, and - although I disagree with classifying this series within the genre - The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD.

If you don't love RPG, besides missing a lot, you can have fun with The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles, Microsoft Flight Simulator, F1 2021, and maybe Resident Evil Re:Verse if Capcom sticks to its original release plan.

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox

Release Date: June 6 (Switch/PC)

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is the latest action RPG game in the YS franchise. The recurrent protagonist Adol Christin arrives in the city of Balduq. Newly annexed to the Romun Empire, the region holds many mysteries. Since Adol has a knack to be in the right place at the wrong time, he gets arrested. In jail, he ends up transforming into a Monstrum - a being with extraordinary powers capable of exorcising monsters. Along with other people with similar abilities, he will have to face the evil that threaten Balduq.

With the Monstrum Gifts mechanics, you will be able to traverse by gliding and running up walls, which adds a new spectrum to the game's exploration,

Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin

Release Date: June 9 (Switch/PC)

The first Monster Hunter Stories was released only for Nintendo 3DS and mobile, but the spinoff is ready to hit the big leagues on Switch. If you haven't played the first game, don't worry. Stories 2 isn't a direct sequel, so you can enjoy it without the fear of missing any story details.

In this unique adventure, players take on the role of a young Monster Rider who travels alongside friendly creatures nicknamed Monsties. To progress, it is necessary to train and care for these little monsters, who have unique abilities indispensable during the journey. The combat has a mechanic similar to rock, paper, scissors (or janken for the intimate), and detecting an enemy attack pattern is crucial to pulverize it.

Monster Hunter Stories 2 shows players set out on a journey to unravel the mystery of Rathalos' disappearance, traveling with a very colorful group of characters, including a newborn baby Rathalos.

Swords of Legends Online

Release Date: June 9 (PC)

Sword of Legends is an action-MMORPG with a fantasy story based on Chinese mythology. With a heavy focus on combat, you will need to keep on your toes to evade enemy attacks and strike while the iron is hot. Choose from six classes, each with two different skill sets, and write your story alongside the game's lore, watching the beautifully fully-voiced cinematics.

When you're tired and want to rest your scythe, sword, or lance, ascend to your floating island, where you can build a magnificent temple and garden as a personal residence.

F1 2021

Release Date: June 16 (PS4/PS5/Xbox One/Xbox Series/PC)

Developed by Codemasters and distributed by EA, F1 2021, a Formula 1-inspired racing game (don't you say), will innovate over previous titles in the genre.

The game will feature a career mode that can be played by two people and the debut of Breaking Point, a story mode similar to Fifa's Journey. The protagonist is Aiden Jackson, a professional Formula 1 racer. However, other characters also appear in the plot and stand out, such as Casper Akkerman, who struggles to stay in the professional sport.

The developers added new ways of celebrating a victory for those who like customization, with dances and gestures chosen by users. F1 2021 will have Department Events, an area in the game where small decisions can determine your team's success or failure, like buying equipment or not, or your pilot motivation wavering according to your performance during races.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD

Release Date: June 16 (Switch)

Initially released for Wii in 2011, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will receive a remastered version that promises to bring visual improvements and fundamental changes to the game Quality of Life on Nintendo Switch.

The game, which originally worked exclusively with Wii motion controllers, guarantees more polished movement mechanics of hitting and defending via Joy-Con controls. In addition, the game will feature classic controls, using the right analog stick to control Link's sword.

Cris Tales

Release Date: June 20 ((PS4/PS5/Xbox One/Xbox Series/Switch/PC/Stadia/mobile)

Developer Dreams Uncorporated and SYCK say Cris Tales is a love letter to classic JRPGs. Cris Tales' story is said to tread a dark path. We play Crisbell on her journey to reconcile her new abilities as a Time Mage and solve mysteries about her own past as an orphan. All of this takes place in a world where the Empress of Time gathers her armies and brings her own incredible powers to the fore to shape the world as she wants.

Crisbell's Time Mage power will be used various times to complete quests, traverse dungeons and perform minigames. In cities, for example, Crisbell can see the different epochs of time. Matthias can jump back to the past and change something, like moving a box to remove an obstacle in the present.

Cris Tales' most exciting mechanic is in the battle system. The battle is turn-based, and the field is divided into three sections. The left side is the past, the center is the present, and the right is the future. Crisbell can use her powers to send enemies to the past to transform them into younger and fragile versions, or send them to the future on the right side and inflict debuffs due to old age. Enemies can also take advantage of their own time to inflict debuffs on your party.

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Orcs Must Die! 3

Release Date: June 23 (PS4/Xbox One/Xbox Series/PC)

Orcs Must Die! 3 will bring all the chaos fans have come to expect from the series' games. Together, players will need to destroy hordes of Orcs in all-new War Scenarios.

The sequel gives new weapons and mounts, like the Mountable War Machine, which you can stab, carbonize, disarticulate, and everything else not G-Rated. With more technology than ever to fight monsters, the story is set 20 years after Orcs Must Die! 2, and I know you don't care about the lore. You just want to decimate the orc race, you rascal.

The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles

Release Date: July 27 (PS4/Nintendo Switch/PC)

The Great Ace Attorney: Chronicles is a compilation that will internationalize the two original games from the subseries for the first time. The titles star Herlock Sholmes and Ryunosuke Naruhodo, ancestor of protagonist Phoenix Wright in the main series.

In the game, players take on the role of a defense attorney who searches for evidence, pleads in court, and continually seeks a fair verdict. Set in the late 19th century during the Meiji Period in Japan and the Victorian Era in England, The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles takes Ryunosuke on a quest for the truth during witness testimony, all to clear his clients' names in court. After collecting evidence, fill your lungs, clear your throat and shout the loudest OBJECTION! when you are ready to prove your client's innocence.

Microsoft Flight Simulator

Release Date: July 27 (Xbox Series)

The flight simulator that taught most USA military Air Force how to pilot like Tom Cruise will hit the Xbox Series X and S on July 27. The game will also get a one-of-a-kind expansion based on the Top Gun film franchise. Now I know why Tom cruise was on my mind.

Not to burst the PC versus consoles war, since both versions will fill Microsoft's pockets, the game will run at 30FPS on Xbox but promises the same level of depth and complexity presents on the PC version.

The game's FAQ section says that Windows 10 version owners will also get it on Xbox Series X|S. Both versions support saving and cross-progression. More than that, any DLC purchased in the Microsoft Store version, which has been developed by Microsoft/Asobo, can be transferred to Xbox.

Neo: The World Ends With You

Release Date: July 27 (PS4/Nintendo Switch)

Set once again in the Shibuya region of Tokyo, Neo: The World Ends with You presents a new protagonist and a three-dimensional world to be explored.

As in the original game, it will be possible to form alliances with other characters that participate in the mysterious Reaper's Game to face dangerous monsters that inhabit this dimension.  Unlike the first game, the combat in this one is fully 3D, and you can control multiple characters at once. With a single button, you unleash psychic abilities granted by items called pins and destroy the enemies called Noises.

The first The World Ends With You was released in 2007 for Nintendo DS and had a full version called Final Remix made available for Nintendo Switch in 2018. An anime will also be released in 2021. I played the game's demo and it overflows with style. I Highly recommend it.

Tribes of Midgard

Release Date: July 27 (PS5/PS4/PC)

Tribes of Midgard, a survival-action-RPG-Viking game with an isometric perspective, will set players against the impending-nordic-doom of Ragnarok. Seeds from the World Tree Yggdrasil are scattered throughout the world, and you have to collect them before the world ends.

At the beginning of the adventure, just choose a class to determine how you'll face the challenges and hopefully survive so you can play in another procedurally generated world and face Ragnarok again.

It will be possible to create tribes of up to ten players in the Tribes of Midgard. Players can also handle everything themselves if you prefer, although the fun will probably be mythical if you are well accompanied. The game scales in real-time, so if you jump in or out of a session, enemies and resources will automatically adjust to fit the number of people online at any given time. Similar to what Diablo II did on multiplayer.

Samurai Warriors 5

Release Date: July 27 (PS4/Xbox One/Xbox Series/Nintendo Switch/PC)

With names that have appeared in previous games in the franchise and new original fighters, Samurai Warriors 5 will have 27 characters.

Nobunaga Oda, Mitsuhide Akechi, Hideyoshi Hashiba, Ieyasu Tokugawa, and Hanzo Hattori are among the classic characters presents in this new installment.

The new game is developed by Omega Force, a division of Koei Tecmo. Among the new features, we have some interesting ones like enemy forces that evolve as time progresses in the story, new original characters for the series, and the Citadel Mode, where you can upgrade your castle's buildings. The frenetic unstoppable hack 'n slash action makes us feel like a one-man-army amidst thousand soldiers was revamped in a cartoonish-artistic style.

Resident Evil Re:Verse

Release Date: (PS4/Xbox One/PC)

Free to anyone who owns a copy of Resident Evil Village, Re:Verse is a multiplayer game in which up to six players battle it out, controlling the most famous characters in the series. Jill, Leon, Claire, Chris; you can be any of them, and they will all have unique abilities.

While fighting each other, players must collect weapons and items around the map to defeat the horde of monsters. When a player is killed, they turn into a bioweapon and should continue attacking other players while collecting Virus Capsules to get stronger.

Keep in mind that Capcom revealed at its E3 presentation that Resident Evil Re:Verse will be available sometime in July, but no promises have been made.

Murillo Zerbinatto
Murillo is a passionate lover of role-playing games, fantasy books and super powers' anime. Also plays a lot of RPGs on Twitch from time to time with his alias, Ryu Akechi.