The Best Games of 2013: July Releases

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Now that E3 2013 is officially in the books, gamers everywhere are no doubt looking forward to all the next-gen consoles and titles scheduled to start hitting stores later this year. Of course, we all have to endure our annual summer gaming drought before we are able to fully experience next-gen gaming. Luckily this year, there are a few titles that will keep us busy at least until the month’s end. The following list highlights 6 games coming out this month along with videos and links for more info on each game. Without further ado, here are the Best Games of 2013 for the month of July.

Full Title: The Walking Dead: 400 Days
Developers: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Mac OS X, iOS, and PlayStation Vita
Release Date:  July 2nd (North America) July 3rd (Europe) (Vita release scheduled for August)

Telltale’s award-winning Walking Dead video game series gets a brand new episode later this month. 400 Days features 5 stories of survival and serves as the connecting point between the first and second season. I wrote up a quick preview on the game last month. If you’re a diehard fan of Telltale’s take on The Walking Dead series, then definitely pick this up once it becomes available later this month.

Full Title: Civilization V: Brave New World
Developers: Firaxis Games
Publisher: 2K Games
Platforms: PC, and Mac OS X
Release Date: July 9th (North America) July 12th (Europe)

The critically acclaimed PC game of 2010 is getting a brand new expansion pack on July 9th. Civilization V: Brave New World changes the game completely by offering players new civilizations, policies and ideologies, and two different gameplay scenarios. If you’re still in the majority of people who play this game, then picking up this brand new expansion pack is an absolute no-brainer.

Full Title: Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection
Developers: Kojima Productions
Publisher: Konami
Platforms: PlayStation 3
Release Date: July 9th (North America) July 11th (Europe)

While most MGS fans are still floored by how great Metal Gear Solid V looks, there are still a handful of people who have yet to experience the full Metal Gear Solid series in all it’s glory. The Metal Gear Solid: Legacy Collection was made specifically for these people as it covers the complete series, spanning across 8 phenomenal titles. I would recommend picking up this collection if you’re new to the series, or if you desire to have all 8 games on one dedicated console.

Full Title: NCAA Football 14
Developers: EA Tiburon
Publisher: EA Sports
Platforms: PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360
Release Date: July 9th

If it’s July then most sports fans already know that the latest installment in the NCAA Football series isn’t too far behind. NCAA Football 14 promises to implement several gameplay enhancements, presentation overhauls, and improved Dynasty and Ultimate team modes into the overall experience. If you’re into college football and Madden NFL then chances are you’ll be picking this up in two weeks.

Full Title: Dynasty Warriors 8
Developers: Omega Force
Publisher: Koei
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC
Release Date: July 16th (North America) July 19th (Europe)

The popular Dynasty Warriors series is one of the unique franchises that spawned several sequels and spinoffs across virtually every gaming device known to man. Dynasty Warriors 8 will feature over 77 characters and enhancements to both combat and replayability features. If you’ve had the opportunity to play any of the Dynasty Warriors games prior to this one, then you pretty much already have a good idea of what to expect from this release.

Full Title: Shin Megami Tensei IV
Developers: Atlus
Publisher: Atlus
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: July 16th (North America) TBA (Europe)

Nintendo 3DS owners have enjoyed a phenomenal year of releases thus far and this game keeps that momentum going strong. Shin Megami Tensei IV is best described as a role-playing game rooted in rich combat, an engaging storyline, and demon slaying. If you’re a fan of games like Fire Emblem: Awakening, then you’ll find yourself right at home with this title.

This concludes my list of the best games worth picking up this month. Will any of you guys be purchasing any of these titles? Feel free to let us know in the comments section below.

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