Let’s be honest here – 2017 has been an absolute treat so far. I can’t think of another year that’s been so front-loaded with amazing games. So it’s only natural that this incredible run of big releases would come to an end and it’s fair to say that July is much quieter than previous months.

This doesn’t mean there’s nothing to look forward; it just means we’ve had to look a little harder and think a bit more outside the box to bring you five games to get excited about next month. Here they are;

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Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

It normally grinds my gears to see re-releases getting touted as if they’re something new, but with FFXII it does kind of feel like an entirely new game. This is because FFXII was pretty harshly overlooked when it was released on the PS2 all those years ago. There’s a small dedicated following but nowhere near enough people played this game when it first launched, so I’m thrilled to see it get a second chance.

The other thing that gets it onto this list is that Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age has had some serious work done to it, bringing it to the PS4 with some seriously touched up graphics and gameplay improvements too.

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Moto GP 17

With most major sports in their off-season right now there are slim pickings for those of us with a sporty disposition. It’s not all doom and gloom though as you petrol-heads out there who prefer two wheels rather than four are in luck.

Moto GP 17 continues the series’ tradition of looking gorgeous, playing incredibly well and offering plenty of courses to race through. An in-depth career mode, online play, and loads of customization options for your racer should see you happily popping wheelies rather than crashing and burning this July.

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Pyre

I’ve really set myself up for a tough challenge with this one as Pyre is one weird game to explain. The game takes place in a fantasy setting, but one that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. Revolving around ‘The Reader’, who has the valuable skill of being able to… read.

The game actually plays like a Sport-RPG. You’ll need to level-up your characters as you journey through Pyre’s weird and wonderful world but the actual game plays more like a basketball game, as you’re required to get an orb into the enemy’s ‘area.’

Look, the game is unique, hard to explain and from the people that made Bastion and Transistor – both of which are fantastic. For this reason alone, Pyre needs to be looked at when it launches this month.

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Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles

This game probably hasn’t been on your radar, but it really should be. If you’ve been enviously looking at Switch owners as they play through Zelda: Breath of the Wild then we’ve got something that should scratch that exploration itch.

Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles is a gently paced exploration and crafting game where you traverse a lush open-world full of quaint villages and interesting creatures. You can farm, cook, collect resources all with the aim of removing the mysterious ‘Murk’ which has taken over the island. Or maybe you’ll just chill out on the beach – who knows?

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Destiny 2 & Fornite Betas

It may seem like an easy way out for me to suggest that betas belong on the list of big releases for this month, but these are two open betas that are for two big games.

Firstly – Fortnite deserves mention because it’s been in development for an absolute age. It’s actually an FPS, online co-op, horde survival and crafting game. Essentially you have wave after wave of zombies attacking you and your base (or ‘fort,’ if you will). In the moments where you’re not shooting or stabbing zombies, you need to be rummaging for resources and using these to upgrade your fort’s defenses.

The other beta, Destiny 2, probably needs much less explanation. After the huge commercial success of Destiny was followed by the somewhat disappointed complaints about Destiny’s end game content, Destiny 2 looks to offer more of the same which will no doubt please fans of the original.

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So that’s what we’ve got on our PS4 plates for July. Is there anything we’ve missed or something that you’re looking forward to in particular? Let us know!

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A lover of all things gaming, Matt is a programmer by day and a writer by night. Also big into sports, he professes to having no skill at any of them and instead mostly watches them being played.

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