Summer is a time for internships, summer jobs and vacations, but that doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be time to throw in a video game or two. Whether you’re into racing games or you’re more into fighting-style games, there’s something for everybody to play this summer. Here are some of the hottest games released or coming out in the next couple months that you should have on your radar:
Rage 2 — May 14
Rage 2 is a complete transformation from its origins. The first Rage was a bleak, empty wasteland that didn’t have heart or purpose — the story didn’t make sense. Missions were recycled, and it didn’t have that special sauce to make it stand out from other first-person shooters in 2010. Now that nine years have passed, Rage 2 is looking to stand out with a bright pink finish.
Leading the helm of the development is id Software, the metal-head minds that created Doom (2016) and now Doom Eternal (TBD). Making fast-paced shooters is the company’s bread and butter, and from gameplay previews, it seems like the fast-paced action will transform over to Rage 2 smoothly. id knows how to make great shooters, but they’re not experienced with open-world games. That’s where Avalanche Studios, the co-developer of Rage 2, comes in.
Avalanche is known for Mad Max (2015). The sand-ruined dunes and barren landscapes provided a sense of loneliness that Rage had but ultimately wasn’t captured with purpose. Avalanche will be able to achieve this and have intense car combat alongside. It’s a match made in heaven. Now it’s just time to wait and see the afterglow.
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled — June 21
Mascot platformers have been a retro renaissance for the past two years. Games like Spyro Reignited Trilogy and Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy have brought ’90s love back into the fold of gamers’ hearts. But what about the offshoot cart racer that fans of Crash Bandicoot love? It’s taken almost 20 years, but the cart racer is coming in full 4K glory.
With updated textures, models and a revamped soundtrack, the kart racer will be in its full glory. It has a unique twist that makes it stand out from others like Mario Kart. It’s faster, chaotic and has a story mode, which is vacant in most kart racers. Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is zooming out June 21 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.
Mortal Kombat 11 — Already Released
Blood, cheesy dialogue and brutal fatalities is the lifeblood of the Mortal Kombat franchise. With NetherRealm Studios now having over 10 slots in the franchise, the series can only get better. With updated visuals, dynamic stages and specific character loadouts, there’s a bunch of creativity when it comes to Mortal Kombat 11.
A fighting game is as strong as the community behind it. If Mortal Kombat 11 finds its footing and the community comes to love it and grow with it, it’ll be a great game for the summer, especially with the 2019 Evolution Championship Series, a popular fighting game tournament, coming in August.
Team Sonic Racing — May 21
The year of the kart racer doesn’t stop with Crash Team Racing. Sonic is known for spin-off games, along with its racing games from the beginnings of Sonic R to the skateboard games of Sonic Riders. Team Sonic Racing is a combination of the racing games from Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing and the fast paced nature of Sonic Riders.
TSR is branching from the genre but making it team focused by having three racers in your party. Whatever team has the highest number of points will win the race. It’ll bring new life to the kart racing genre, along with that Sonic touch fans love.