6 Video Games You’ll Want to Buy in July

Craft your own levels, become the Warrior of Darkness, and team up with your favorite superheroes, as you explore the best video games coming out in July.
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6 Video Games You'll Want to Buy in July

July looks to add even more fantastic titles to your growing video game backlog. While we do our best to pare down our list to include only the cream of the video game crop, sometimes there’s just too much good stuff coming down the pipe.

Take last month, for example. For retro platformer fans, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night featured rich Gothic locales to explore, vicious demonic abominations to fight, and a surprisingly lengthy story to watch unfold. Nintendo Switch owners had Super Mario Maker 2 to snatch up, a must-own title that lets you create playable worlds using graphical styles and assets from the several iconic Super Mario Bros. titles. Of course, gamers hungry for a challenge had SNK’s Samurai Shodown, a brutal weapon-based fighting game set against a Feudal Japan setting.

July starts off with a bang, with the launch of Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers. This beefy expansion for the MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV boosts the level cap, adds new player classes, introduces new dungeons and all new mechanics, and rebalances the game. While it’s a subscription-based MMO, Final Fantasy XIV also lets you play for free until level 35, so it doesn’t hurt to give it a try.

If online gaming and socializing aren’t your cup of tea, maybe give Sea of Solitude a try. This puzzle-adventure game has you play as Kay, a woman transformed into a red-eyed monster who struggles to stay alive and discover how she lost her humanity.

Intrigued? Read on to see what other games July has in store. We’ve selected six of the month’s brightest titles for you to check out. And be sure to join the PCMag Steam Curator Group to find our latest reviews and themed lists.

  • Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers

    Platforms: PS4, PC
    Release Date: July 2
    MSRP: $ 39.99

    Shadowbringers is an expansion to the popular Final Fantasy XIV MMORPG, and brings with it plenty of balance adjustments, as well as all-new playable classes, dungeon raids, and a single-player-style dungeon run for those who have a hard time getting a party going. If you’re a Final Fantasy fan, and want to adventure alongside friends, you can’t do any better than FFXIV.

  • Sea of Solitude

    Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
    Release Date: July 5
    MSRP: $ 19.99

    Sea of Solitude is as much a puzzle-adventure game as it is a metaphorical journey. You follow Kat, a woman transformed into a red-eyed beast, adrift in a flooded and ever-changing city. With crippling loneliness as her only companion, you must help her recover her lost humanity while exploring the ruined city and interacting with the other monsters that haunt it.

  • Dragon Quest Builders 2

    Platforms: PS4, Nintendo Switch
    Release Date: July 12
    MSRP: $ 59.99

    This action-RPG title radically deviates from the traditional Dragon Quest gameplay formula by marrying the iconic visuals with Minecraft-style building and collecting, set within a sandbox-like world. This sequel improves upon the building formula by including offline and online multiplayer with up to four people, underwater exploration and aerial movement, and small quality of life changes like fast travel.

  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

    Platforms: Nintendo Switch
    Release Date: July 19
    MSRP: $ 59.99

    Marvel’s massive multiverse of superheroes and villains clash once again in Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order. Despite its numeration, this new entry in the series has nothing to do with the previous games and instead closely follows the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That said, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 features heroes from series that have not yet appeared in the MCU, like the X-Men. Play as your favorite hero and team up with friends as you lay the smack down on the galaxy’s greatest evildoers.

  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses

    Platforms: Nintendo Switch
    Release Date: July 26
    MSRP: $ 59.99

    Fire Emblem games combine political intrigue with anime melodrama and turn-based strategy to create a unique gameplay experience. Three Houses puts you in an Academy along the border of three powerful rival nations. You and the prodigious students from each major house are swept into battle, so you must command troops across grid-like fields to wage war against man and monster.

  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood

    Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC
    Release Date: July 26
    MSRP: $ 39.99

    Set in an alternate universe where Nazi Germany won WWII, you play as the Blazkowicz twins in the 1980s. These women search for their father and hero, B.J., who has gone missing in German-occupied France. Youngblood deviates from other Wolfenstein games in that it is a cooperative shooter, so you can shoot and strategize with a friend or AI companion.

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