Cody's End of Summer Queue

Holy crap it's already the middle of August! This year has been flying by, I can't believe the summer is already almost over. Before I get too bummed out about how much watermelon I didn't eat and how much swimming I didn't do, I get to look forward to the last batch of game releases/expansions of Summer 2017. While I still have a bit of a queue planned to end my summer, I'm definitely gonna be adding some of these new releases to it, so let's get started. Here's my queue for the rest of the summer!
Injustice 2

Honestly, I don't see this game leaving my rotation anytime soon. I've played a lot of fighting games and I'm known to get pretty passionate about them, but Injustice 2 hit a very special chord for me. In fact, besides Smash 4 and Street Fighter 4, I think Injustice 2 has pulled me in more than any fighting game of all time. I just hit 220 hours the other night! I think we'll see one more character release before the Summer is up, so I'm really looking forward to that. If you play Injustice, even casually, let me know! Always looking for people to play with! 

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

I pre-ordered Zodiac Age and picked it up the day it came out, but sadly it hit my shelf and gathered some dust for a month. Alas, I've finally put it in and started the epic journey that is FFXII once again, but this time with the new Zodiac Job system and prettier graphics. I wrote a blog post a while back about how I feel about remasters, so check that out if you haven't. I'm only about 10 hours in as I write this, but boy the Job system really adds some depth to one of my favorite JRPGs of all time. Too bad there's no fishing :(.

Release Date - August 29th, 2017

I've had my eye on Absolver since it was revealed last year, and it's finally almost out! Absolver is being described as a martial arts focused action role playing game by the developers - Sloclap. Absolver has a really deep and tactical combat system unlike anything I've ever seen before, and you can really tell the devs have a martial arts background of their own. The art style is really distinct, the world looks gorgeous and it honestly just drips with a really unique style. It's a very hard game to describe, especially since I haven't even tried it yet, but check out some videos if you're curious. I found this one to be a pretty helpful look into the combat of Absolver -

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
Release Date - August 29th, 2017

Yep, I'm real excited for this one. I like Mario as much as the next guy, but I can't really say I've played a Rabbids game before. In this case, it doesn't matter too much because it's not like there's any continuity. These weird Rabbit things showed up in Mario world and they have cool guns now and I guess the combat is like XCOM. It's gonna be awesome. It's really nice to have another AAA Switch game too!

Summon Night 6
Release Date - September 5th, 2017

This is easily the least known game on my list for this summer, and that's fine! Summon Night is a fantastic JRPG series that didn't really get a good shot at localization in the west outside of a few titles. Summon Night has always been on of those series I wanted to really delve into, and I'm glad I get a shot at Lost Borders, at least. I like to keep one JRPG in my rotation at all times, so hopefully I can pound out Zodiac Age before Summon Night 6 hits the shelf. 

Dishonored Death of the Outsider
Release Date - September 15th, 2017

Dishonored 2 was a big game for me this year, and while I do think the game came up short in some aspects, it still captures the amazing atmosphere I've only ever experienced in a Dishonored game. Death of the Outsider is a stand-alone expansion sequel to Dishonored 2, set shortly after the game. The expansion has Billie Lurk and the legendary assassin Daud teaming up to take down the mysterious god-like figure present in the first 2 games - The Outsider. I look forward to learning more about the eerie world, Billie Lurk, the outsider and what drives Daud in the forlorn yet beautiful world of Karnaca.

XCOM 2: War of the Chosen
Release Date - August 29th (PC), September 12th (Consoles)

Last, but certainly not least, is what I'm most excited to get my hands on; The War of the Chosen. XCOM 2's expansion is "nearly the size and scope of the base game", adding in a plethora of content like weapons, maps, hero units and the titular Chosen. The Chosen are a trio of elite aliens with powerful skill sets bent on hunting down the XCOM forces, and show up throughout each campaign, becoming more powerful each time. XCOM 2 is easily one of my favorite games of last year, and I think War of the Chosen is going to help it earn the title back in 2017, from what I'm seeing anyways. Whether you're a fan of the series or not, you've seriously got to give Firaxis Games a boatload of props for resurrecting the series from the dead. Unfortunately, I play on console because my home PC is pretty trash, so I've got to wait a bit longer... :( 

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