July's traditionally one of the quietest months in the gaming calendar, although there's been quite a few standouts this time around. And rounding out the month this time around are games with a bit more of a sporting flavour.
There's the locally-produced Rugby League Live 4, made down in Melbourne. Pyre comes from the same studio that made Bastion and Transistor, but it's a vastly different kettle of fish, blending a party-based RPG with a game about navigating a ball into your enemies goal. The Switch gets a new minigolf game this week, the PSVR gets a physics-based action game, and the makers of Jotun are back with another hand-drawn Metroidvania. Let's check out This Week In Games.
Rugby League Live 4 (PS4/XBO)
What is it? Virtual rugby league.
Should you care? Much like Don Bradman Cricket, this is the kind of game where you already made a decision two or three iterations ago. And as was the case with Don Bradman, a PC release is due later in the year.
Infinite Minigolf (Switch, PS4, XBO, PSVR)
What is it? A cute minigolf game with an in-built editor.
Should you care? It's made by the same studio behind the Zen Pinball games, so it should play well. A minigolf game on the Switch sounds good too.
Fortnite (PC, PS4, XBO)
What is it? A survival co-op game that's more Pixar and Plants vs Zombies than The Walking Dead.
Should you care? You really need to see some gameplay to work out whether its your thing.
Pyre (PC, PS4)
What is it? The latest game from the makers of Transistor and Bastion, Pyre revolves around two teams of three characters trying to get the ball into their enemy's pyre.
Should you care? Supergiant is one of the few developers I would trust to make this weird mashup of sports/party RPG work. If nothing else, the artstyle and soundtrack would still be worthwhile.
Fable Fortune (PC, XBO)
What is it? The Fable franchise returns, this time as a CCG.
Should you care? There's plenty of competitive or casual CCGs to play these days, and it's hard to see how Fable Fortune is going to cut through.
Heroes of the Seven Seas (PSVR)
What is it? A virtual reality FPS game about being a pirate, complete with a singleplayer campaign and RPG elements.
Should you care? Worth a look if you need some PSVR variety.
Vostok Inc. (PS4, XBO)
What is it? A game about exploring space and blowing things up for profit.
Should you care? There's talk of incorporating elements of idle clickers. Mini-games, one of which includes an FPS. It sounds weird enough to be interesting.
Sundered (PC, PS4)
What is it? A hand-drawn 2D Metroidvania from the makers of Jotun.
Should you care? If you enjoyed Dead Cells recently, this might be your next calling.
Namco Museum (Switch)
What is it? A string of Namco classics, including Pac-Man, Rolling Thunder and Tank Force.
Should you care? It's nice to have, but the Switch needs more new games than it does arcade ones.
The Low Road (PC)
What is it? A dark spy comedy set in the 1970's, where the player navigates their way through various puzzles and the world of corporate espionage.
Should you care? Looks fun. I'm in.
A Healer Only Lives Twice (PS4)
What is it? A game about being cornered in a dungeon as a Priest.
Should you care? The concept is quite neat, although it looks real dated. Game came out on Steam last year, if you'd rather play there.
Unbox: Newbie's Adventure (PS4, XBO)
What is it? A game about saving the Global Postal Service from bankruptcy by selling and delivering cardboard boxes.
Should you care? It's pretty cute, but probably not most people's cup of tea.
It's actually quite the chockers week for indies and smaller games, so if I'm missed something major let me know below. Picking up Pyre or Rugby League Live this week, or sticking with something else?