Note: Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash has been removed from the list, due to the lack of a firm international release date or an indication that it's coming in June.
While preparing the coming month's "Biggest Games of" list, I experienced a bit of a conundrum. What exactly makes a game worthy of the list? It's not the first time the question came up, but this time the answer was not so simple. What if, say, there weren't any triple-A releases in a month, and neither were there indie games with at least decent brand recognition worldwide. What then?
Looking back, I suppose the answer is easy: list games that are the most notable among that month's releases, even if they wouldn't be considered as such beside games like Call of Duty, Mass Effect and Final Fantasy. But it did change the way I originally interpreted the title, with remasters of older titles and belated ports now taken into heavier consideration.
Future lists might see further tweaks, but for now, let's check out the biggest games of June 2017!
Release Date: June 2
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Considering how the cover art looks, it's clear that Tekken 7 means serious business. That's certainly true of the plot, which presents the conclusion of the Mishima clan's conflict which has gone on for 20 years. Considering how the Unreal Engine 4-powered instalment looks, that conclusion should be quite spectacular to witness.
This final chapter will feature a roster of over 30 playable characters. Among these are returning characters like Heihachi, Kazuya and Jin - can't end the Mishima clan's story without the Mishimas themselves, can we? There are also new characters such as Katarina Alves, Josie Rizal and even the Street Fighter series' Akuma.
The gameplay retains the 3D battle system but also brings new features like Rage Arts, Rage Drives and Power Crushes that aim to create a more accessible experience for players. Aside from that, 1v1 battles make a return while crazy cinematic sequences blend seamlessly into the action.
Release Date: June 6
This collection brings sci-fi anti-gravity racing games WipEout HD, WipEout HD Fury and WipEout 2048 to the PS4 and PS4 Pro with enhanced graphics. Expect reworked textures that will finally let you read the small text on ships and 4K HRD support.
No changes to the gameplay formula are mentioned, so fans will be able to reexperience the thrill of original releases while admiring the improved visuals. 2-player splitscreen and online multiplayer will be featured.
Release Date: June 9
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Codemasters' rally game series returns with its fourth numbered entry. With DiRT 4, Codemasters seeks to combine elements from 2015's DiRT Rally and earlier numbered entries DiRT 2 and 3. Specifically, the goal is to mix the "thrill and realism" of the former with the "fearless excitement, accessibility and adrenalin-fuelled races" of the latter two.
A new system called Your Stage is featured, allowing players to create a huge number of unique rally stages easily. After choosing the location and setting the route parameters, the system proceeds to do the rest of the work, and the finished producct can be shared with friends to compete with for the best time.
The other features are too numerous to fully list here, but among them are over 50 off-road cars like the Ford Fiesta R5 and Subaru WRX STI NR4, "millions" of routes set in five rally locations and the FIA World Rallycross Championship with a large number of series.
Release Date: June 16
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Arm's extendable arms might have looked really odd on real people, but they're perfectly in line with the colourful and cartoonish tone of the game itself. Nintendo's fighting game lets you choose champions with names like Ribbon Girl and Master Mummy and set them against each other after equipping your chosen combination of arms. Some arms are slow but heavy-hitting, while others which pack less punch but are fast, so choosing the right arms for your needs is important. There're even attributes like Stun and Explosion that kick in after being charged.
In case the title hasn't given it away, this game is really about the arms. Aside from simply punching with them, you can actually guide them while they're on their way to your opponent or curve around obstacles. Legs get less time in the spotlight, but you can jump on trampolines to get the advantage of verticality or dash away from attacks.
Release Date: June 20
Platform: PC, PS4
Stormblood is the second expansion to the Final Fantasy MMO, and will bring players to the new lands of Ala Mhigo and Doma. Along with an expected level cap increase (from 60 to 70) two new jobs - red mage and samurai - will be added as well.
These aren't the only new additions of course. There will be new dungeons, a new 8-man raid and alliance raid, swimming and diving, more gear and crafting recipes, the new residential district of Shirogane, an expanded item inventory and increased furnishing limits, to name some of them. Changes to the battle system are inbound too.
Release Date: June 27
Platform: PS4, PS Vita, Xbox One
A spin-off of the Valkyria Chronicles series, Valkyria Revolution leaves behind the turn-based battles of the previous games with faster real-time combat. That's not the only change, as the setting is different too - forget taking place in another country, because this takes place in another universe altogether and takes inspiration from the European industrial revolution rather than World War 2.
Still, there will be familiar aspects like the ragnite mineral and Valkyria race present, and the combat retains the need for tactics on the battlefield. Described as a hybrid battle system, it will offer customizable squad behaviour and loadouts.
The story will see the small kingdom of Jutland attempt to liberate itself and other lands from the Ruzi Empire, who also has a Valkyria in their service. With such a powerful foe, an elite team called the Vanargand and Jutland princess Ophelia are tasked with defeating her.
Release Date: June 27
Platform: PS4, PC
More Danganronpa is heading to PC - and PS4 - in the form of this third-person shooter spin-off. Originally a PS Vita title, Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultimate Despair Girls follows the younger sister of Makoto Naegi, Komaru, as she is rescued after more than a year of imprisonment in an apartment. Unfortunately, the rescue coincides with hundreds of Monokumas attacking. To make matters worse, the city is taken over by children called the Warriors of Hope, who seek to exterminate all adults and create a "children's paradise" in the city.
Luckily, Komaru gets a Megaphone Hacking Gun to deal with the Monokumas, which can be equipped with various types of Truth Bullets like Paralyze and Link and also be upgraded with modifiers. In addition to the shooting, there will be puzzles to solve as well.
Release Date: June 30
The first three Crash Bandicoot games are jumping to PS4 in a single game collection. Featuring Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot: Warped, the N. Sane Trilogy will let fans reexperience their favourite challenges and moments with new HD graphics. Although Vicarious Visions is the studio handling this compilation, it still offers newcomers the chance to see what Naughty Dog was up to before their work on the famed Uncharted franchise.