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Tight in the Jorts: June 2020 Edition

Joel and SpongeBob are back

June 2nd – Valorant (PC)

June 4th – Tour de France 2020 (PS4/Xbox One)

June 5th – The Outer Worlds (Switch)

June 5th – Command & Conquer Remastered (PC)

June 5th – Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics (Switch)

June 9th – The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor (PS4/Xbox One)

June 10th  – Hand of Glory: Part One (PC)

June 11th – Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection (PC)

June 16th – Desperados III (PS4/Xbox One/PC)

June 16th – Hardspace: Shipbreaker (PC)

June 16th – Disintegration (PS4/Xbox One/PC)

June 16th – Summer In Mara (PC/Switch)

June 19th – Burnout Paradise Remastered (Switch)

June 19th – The Last of Us Part II (PS4)

June 23rd – DOOM Eternal (Switch)

June 23rd – SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated (PS4/Xbox One/PC/Switch)

June 23rd – Assetto Corsa Competizione (PS4/Xbox One)

June 23rd – Little Town Hero (PS4)

June 25th – Ninjala (Switch)

June 25th – The Almost Gone (PC/Switch)

June 25th – Blair Witch (Switch)

June TBA – Ponpu (PC/Switch

The Switch has emerged as a bit of a powerhouse hybrid beast of a platform. It seems like every month Ninitendo are adding quality ports of cherished AAA titles and pushing the Little Console That Could to its technical limits. The Outer Worlds, DOOM Eternal and Burnout Paradise (remaster for Burnout Revenge now please) are the latest to get make the *click* Switch, and while being able to play the best modern Fallout game that isn’t Fallout or tearing demons a new arsehole on the go is fantastic, nothing is likely to be able to go toe-to-toe with what may be Naughty Dog’s magnum opus. But other than WellPlayed’s Editor-In-Chief Kieran (aka KierAAAn) Stockton, we’re a diverse bunch here, and long is the list of potential denim destroyers in any given month. So what’s got the team checking their thread counts in June?

May was a hard month in the world of gaming, if only because it was nigh impossible to avoid spoilers for one of the most anticipated releases of the year. I fought a hard battle against those who feast on the suffering of others by posting spoilerific content and memes, and despite the fact that a few seem to be in an apoplectic rage over apparent social justice white knight pandering, there can be zero doubt that The Last of Us Part II is going to set the gaming world on fire. If you’re a game releasing in June that isn’t The Last of Us Part II, you’re very brave indeed.

It’s been pretty quiet for games lately, though I have a hard time pulling myself away from my now not-so-deserted island in Animal Crossing. This month there are a few things to tempt me on a new adventure. I’m looking forward to Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics on June 5 as it will give me the opportunity to play games I haven’t in a long time (some Tanks and Mahjong Solitaire to start). It will also give me a chance to learn how to play a bunch of classic games I’ve always wanted to try but never got the chance (how does hanafuda work?). After backing the successful Kickstarter I am keen to experience Summer in Mara for myself on June 16. Created by Spanish studio Chibig Studio, Summer in Mara has Windwaker meets Studio Ghibli and Stardew Valley vibes, combining farming with the exploration of an island archipelago. The vibrant art style caught my eye and the combination of genres made it a must-play for me. I loved watching SpongeBob with my siblings as a kid, though I didn’t really get to play any of the games much. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to play SpongeBob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated, all remastered and ready to make me laugh my way back to the pineapple under the sea. Finally I stumbled upon a little Bomberman-style game called Ponpu. It’s currently un-dated but slated for release in June and sees you play as a derpy chicken that hurls bombs to solve puzzles, explore and slay bosses. The art style is modern and slick. There is also multiplayer that looks manic and fun. Hopefully we get a concrete release date soon so I know when I can start blowing shit up on my Switch and maybe some of my old pairs of jorts.

Geez, it’s been a minute without a world-halting, blockbuster PlayStation exclusive, hasn’t it? Good job we’ve got Ghost of Tsushima on the horizon next month then, eh? Oh. And I guess there’s the small matter of The Last of Us Part II, a game that I was lucky enough to play three hours of late last year and have been craving a return to ever since. SO. CLOSE. Outside of that jort-stretching romp through quaint Seattle I’m also quite partial to an upcoming indie joint by the name of Beyond Blue, developed by E-Line Media of Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) fame. Deep-water exploration and survival inspired by BBC’s Blue Planet? Sign me the hell up! Following that I’ll likely need a break from all the heavy atmosphere and gloom of those two, so I think I’ll shake things up with the return of a platformer from my younger years in SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated, another game I’ve already had the pleasure of dipping into but can’t wait to fully submerge myself in. Better put on my diving jorts.

It’s probably a good thing that this month is light on games that I’m keen on. I’m getting through The Witcher 3 as part of my pledge, Apex Season 5 is kicking along and Hotline Miami could always do with another go around. Wait, Disintegration comes out this month? Cancel all of my plans. I’m so curiously excited to get my hands on this RTS/FPS hybrid and the inclusion of a full singleplayer campaign is just a cherry on top of the Gravcylce. So the lack of games doesn’t mean that The Witcher will be finished any sooner, it just means that Disintegration will have my full attention.

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