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Summer 2014: best new game releases

By Domino's on 14-07-14 in

We know, we know. It’s a bit rubbish. The goal-filled, football wonderfulness is over, and there’s a Rio-shaped hole in our hearts. But panic not, football lover: we’ve unearthed some of this summer’s best new game releases to ensure you’re fully entertained come Friday nights in with your mates, rainy evenings or lazy weekends. And we’ve included a couple of top tips from gaming blogger Daniella, of Gourmet Gaming (who makes all sorts of food and drink inspired by games), on her most anticipated releases coming later in the year.

D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die: summer 2014

5-D4Source: Game Freaks

From the studio that created Deadly Premonition (the game that inspired her blog in the first place), Dark Dreams Don’t Die is top of foodie blogger Daniella’s wish list: ‘It’s a time travel investigation game, and the story reminds me of my favourite game of all time, Shadow of Memories. There’s no official release date yet, but it’s set to be wacky and wonderful for sure, and it will hopefully contain more bizarre foods akin to the infamous Sinner’s Sandwich.’ Sounds tasty.
Releasing on: Xbox One

A Hat in Time: summer 2014

Hat in TimeSource: Kickstarter

Funded through a Kickstarter campaign and developed entirely by volunteers across four countries, A Hat in Time follows a young girl (Hat Kid – sure) whose magical hat allows her to travel between stars. She’s got to save time – as in, she’s literally got to prevent time from being broken forever, not simply be efficient – which is particularly tricky when there’s Evil Mustache Girl to contend with. Basically, it sounds brilliant and we want to play it now, please.
Releasing on: Windows and Mac

The Last of Us: Remastered: July 29

2-Last of Us remasteredSource: Playstation

We featured The Last of Us in our round-up of 2013’s best games last year, so we were super excited to hear that the new version would feature higher resolution character models, and improved shadows and lighting. The PS4 Remastered bundle also includes DLC, director’s commentary and special interviews with the voice actors.
Releasing on: PS4

Wasteland 2: August 2014

3-Wasteland 2Source: Kickstarter

Another Kickstarter success (it’s the third-highest crowd-funded video game on Kickstarter to date), this is the first sequel to the original 1988 game Wasteland. One of this year’s new game releases we’re most excited about, you can expect all sorts of post-apocalyptic fun. Players assemble a party of up to seven soldiers in their mission to assist other survivors in the fight for their lives, with four player-designed characters to choose from.
Releasing on: PC

Sacred 3: August 1

4-Sacred 3Source: Deep Silver

Journey back to the fantasy lands of Ancaria, where you’ll need to band together using the game’s powerful co-op abilities and tactics to fight the rising, swelling tides of evil. According to the game’s official website, these are likely to include ‘hordes of grimmocs, brute beasts, legions of mercenaries and undead wizards’.  So no pressure.
Releasing on: PC, PS3, Xbox 360

Ultra Street Fighter IV: August 5

6-USF4Source: Street Fighter Wikia

With six new stages, five new characters, and a whole host of new fighting mechanics, Ultra Street Fighter IV is packed full of brilliant new features – including the ‘double ultra’ option, which makes both of the characters’ ‘ultra combos’ available at the same time.
Releasing on: 360, PS3, PC

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare: August 21

7-PvsGSource: Digital Trends

This Plants vs Zombies game features co-op, along with competitive multiplayer modes, which means you can control the zombies as well as the plants. So you can take a walk on the wild – or should that be undead? – side.
Releasing on: PS3, PS4

Madden NFL 15: August 29

8-Madden NFLSource: IGN

For American football fans, the most up-to-date version of Madden NFL is a must-have – especially as it features dramatic new camera angles, as well as all new pre-game and half-time additions.
Releasing on: PS3, PS4, 360, Xbox One

The Sims 4: September 5

9-Sims 4Source: PC Advisor

In the newest edition of The Sims, you’ll be able to customise a Sim’s voice, gait and fashion style – and you can choose to import other characters, lots and rooms from a user-generated database. On a slightly darker note, new methods of demise have been added into this version – including death by laughter. Hmmm.
Releasing on: PC

And later in the year…

The Evil Within: October 24

10-The Evil WithinhSource: IGN

Another recommendation from Gourmet Gaming’s Daniella, she says ‘The Evil Within is sure to set the standard for the next generation. There’s likely to be plenty of poisons and potions to experiment with.’ Mmmm…delicious.
Releasing on: PS3, PS4, PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360

Which games are you looking forward to this summer? Tell us in the comments section below!