Greetings single players. I hope all our American readers had a good 4th of July and that everyone is making use of the summer months. Of course, sometimes it’s too damn hot out so why not go into the sweet, sweet coolness of the air conditioning and preserve your pale skin in favor of playing some games.

Yeah, summer is a tough time in the gaming realm. Not much news, not many noteworthy releases. That doesn’t mean you can’t find gems though. I’ll break down a few of the top July games for Single Player lovers out there. Since Nick usually handles this you’re going to notice my flavor on the list in just a bit. Let’s get down to business with a name everyone should know.

 

King’s Quest
(Release: July 28 on PC, PS3, & PS4. July 29 on Xbox 360, Xbox One)

Kings Quest was the first PC game I ever played. Actually having a home PC was a big deal at that time and the quest was an interesting change of pace from console gaming. Over the years there have been many entries but things have been bumpy lately. They almost hooked up with Telltale Games to resurrect the series in that kind of format. It didn’t go that way, but the new game simply titled “King’s Quest” will be episodic. Not a remake or sequel, one could sort of consider it a reboot since there will be a big change that hopefully people will think of as an update: no more point and click.

Relish the history and the return of a classic franchise.

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Into The Stars (Early Access)
(Release: July 9th PC through Steam)

Simple concept, great big vision. This one almost looks nostalgic too since we have gameplay navigating a ship (which you will be able to customize) through the dangers of outer space. There aren’t a lot of those. However you’ll have to put together your crew, scavenge the universe for resources, and meet up with aliens that could be open to negotiations or might just want you deader than dead so they can take your ships wreckage.

The creators can explain the plot better than I can: Take the role of Captain in this Space Survival Simulation as you explore a massive star system in search of a new home for humanity. Outfit your ship, hand pick your crew and set off on a journey through an open-world where you must scavenge resources, shelter civilians and outrun a hostile alien force.

Hop into the Captains chair because this one looks worth commanding.

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Onechanbara Z2: Chaos
(July 21 on PS4)

The Bikini Samurai Zombie Squad is back! More boobs, butts, and blood soaked weapons slicing through more zombies than you can shake a chainsaw at. You’ll take control of a gal at first and then moving forward you’ll have levels where you can tag out for your girlfriend if you’re too hurt and even some where you can switch through all four girls so you can really use the best weapons. Each girl has a main weapon and a useful but less powerful secondary weapon. As you kill zombies your weapon will get covered in blood and become weaker so be sure to take the time to swing it back in a really cool way to toss the gore off. You’ll also fill a rage meter that can be tripped to make you super powerful at the expense of some life.

The zombies aren’t AI geniuses but who’s looking for that in a game like this? Just cut the meat and try not to get cornered! Head removal does not mean instant death. These zombies will keep coming even if they are just a pair of legs meaning harm.

You’ll find frequent bosses that demand you think a little more than button mashing, however you can mostly play this game however you want. Being brainless like the zombies can get you through with enough hustle.

You can get more outfits, transformations, and other bonuses. Aaaaand if this is the same as the Japanese version you’ll get something that kind of made even ME uncomfortable. You get a “costume” that is just a couple of strawberries on the nipples and a banana covering the nether region naughty bits.

Whatever though, it is kinda funny. The game is just fun, you won’t be impressed by any level design or graphics but the combat is good and the bosses are creative so there’s never really any trudging.

I’ve had this for awhile (imported from Japan) and I still plan to get the US version because it would be nice to be able to read the text and follow the story, however thin.

If you like rockin’ hot chicks who kick serious ass then put your swimsuit on and join the girls, no multiplayers allowed in the pool!

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[Honorable Mention]
God of War III: Remastered
(July 14 PS4)

You know it, you love it, and somehow they are going to make the graphics even better. I’m not even sure how that is possible but if you simply must have the best version of Kratos’ murderous quest you’ll want this.

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David D. Nelson
David D. Nelson is a polymath with a BA in English working as an independent writing and editing professional. He enjoys gaming, literature, and a good hat.

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  1. Is “Onechambara Z2: Chaos” really worth buying? I just assumed series was fanservice with little substance. I bought “Onechambara – Bikini Zombie Slayers” for Wii a few years ago when it was ridiculously cheap, but it’s been stuck unplayed in my backlog, and I think it would be quite dated if I were to play it now.

    Do you know how the game compares to Lollipop Chainsaw? I think I would enjoy Onechambara a lot if it’s pretty similar in terms of gameplay and quality.

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