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Game Changers: June

Story by Felipe Sanchez | Reporter

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night - June 18

Bloodstained is a game that began as a kickstarter back in 2015. The legendary Koji Igarashi, the producer of “Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow”, as well as a former Konami employee, started a new game known as “Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night”. However, he didn’t have the money to fund the game and start production. The goal was to use Kickstarter to fund $500,000 for the creation of the game. The thing that no one expected was receiving more than $5 million in funding. The love of Castlevania was prominent and people wanted something new.

The game released gameplay during Pax East and fans were all afraid of the game failing. It looked extremely plain and like they gave nothing of interest to the players. There was a bland background, lack luster of combat, and issues with gameplay. May 2, a trailer was dropped by the company and released all over the internet about the company accepting the comments that were negative towards the game. The trailer started as the plain looking game, but a little bit after the negative comments they showed Koji Igarashi saying, “I will prove them wrong.” After he said that, there was a compare and contrast with the highly improved version of the game next to the version that they have been working on.

With the release of the trailer, fans are now on the bandwagon with the game looking to be great and hoping they improved more on the combat and gameplay to resemble Castlevania. With the game releasing on June 18, there could be a chance for another trailer for E3. If not, the game will release for $39.99 on Playstation, X box, and Switch on June 25.

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled - June 21

Crash Bandicoot is back in a remaster of the original game that came out for the Playstation 2. This new version has even more stuff than the original game including more characters and the boss characters who were unplayable in the first game. The biggest thing to be excited about is the chance to play it online with friends or strangers in a racing match with a large amount of different maps, like in “Mario Kart”.

Crash Team Racing will have an adventure mode for you to unlock more characters. The concept of the game will be the same as any other kart racing game with the random item drops around the map, secret areas to give you an edge in the race, and competitive racers that will make you focus.

Any kind of information can be traced back to the original game so guides for the older version will still be relative to the new game that will come out on June 21, for $39.99.

Judgment - June 25

Judgment is a PS4 exclusive game. Judgment is being developed by Sega, the same team who made “Yakuza Kiwami” and “ Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney”. Both games are loved by many people who appreciate the Yakuza community and Phoenix Wright community. The game will also include English-speaking characters, something that the developers don’t really do in most of their games.

Judgment will be unique with its own story telling, new characters, and the many side stories. The game is from a detective’s perspective as they investigate criminals from around Kamurocho, the city where the player will be exploring.

Take control of Takayuki Yagami as he explores the city, find clues while also learning the lifestyle of a man, and being a investigator. Judgment released in Japan in December 2018 and received phenomenal ratings. If you’re still not convinced, watch gameplay of the game or find a wiki to see if the game will interest you. Judgment will be released June 25 at a store value of $59.99, so keep an eye out for the game in the future for a lower price.

The Sinking City - June 27

The Sinking City will take place in 1920’s Oakmont, Mass. Players will act as war veteran investigator Charles W. Reed. He explores the town as he tries to solve the mystery of why people disappear when coming into Oakmont and the reason behind the supernatural suspicions of flooding closing off roads. A main reason for his speculations is the supernatural-related nightmares he has.

The story will be based around the author known as H.P Lovecraft. A large amount of his books are based around the horror genre and the mystery of the Cthulhu mythos, with the supernatural beings haunting people. Having the story related to H.P. Lovecraft’s books will bring better hope, unlike “The Call of Cthulhu”, a game that did not live up to expectations. The Sinking City is expected to be a good game with mysterious and dark secrets. It will come out June 27 for $59.99.

Super Mario Maker 2 - June 28

As a successor to the original game, Super Mario Maker 2 will be an extremely different game compared to the first one. The game is based around the creation of the gamers who can make anything that they want to make in any level of creation. The game will be a more advanced game, including different themes such as the use of a desert maps and snow maps.

Only scraping the surface of what the game will include are tilting platforms and blocks that grow every time you hit them. There are also more enemies such as fire-proof piranha plants that chased you from Super Marios Bros. 3.

Even if there are no story lines or new characters, the game is much more of an upgrade from the original game. It will include a mountain of content any player could appreciate The game will be released on June 28 for the price of $59.99 only on the Nintendo Switch.

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