It seems to be the same every year. We get all the excitement of E3 in June followed by a weird lull in July and August while we wait for the years biggest games to release in Autumn and Winter before repeating the cycle again the following year. Chatting to Javier on the PlayStation Pod last week as well as all the other guys here at Respawning, it became obvious that I’m not the only person using this time to go back and play games I’ve missed rather than going out and enjoying the hot weather. With this in mind, I thought I’d take this time to suggest 5 games that may have passed you by that you should use this free time to go back and discover.

Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey

Okay here’s the only game on this list that I haven’t played myself. I’m adding it purely because it’s the next game I’m going back to this summer and wanted to share my reasons why it passed me by. For one I’ve been burnt out on Creed games for a long time. I always wanted one based in London but by the time Syndicate rolled round I was so bored and fed up with running across rooftops and eavesdropping conversations that I couldn’t even bring myself to play past the first few missions of the game I’d always wanted. Since then I’ve been told they’ve improved massively with Origins and Odyssey. Second reason was that it was released during a busy period of releases late last year and only a couple of weeks before Red Dead Redemption 2 which was arguably the biggest game of last year regardless of its overall quality. So if you’re like me and let this one pass you by then follow me back into the world of Assassin’s Creed and give this bad boy a go.

The Witcher 3

If you’ve read, listened to or watched anything of mine over the last couple of months then you know that The Witcher 3 is exactly what’s been taking up all my gaming time. The reason this passed me by was simply how giant and intimidating it was, especially for somebody like me who doesn’t often play RPGs. So if you’re like me and avoided this classic for the same reasons then now’s the time to finally jump in. Here’s why…

A Plague Tale: Innocence

I feel that this little gem really didn’t get the attention it deserved when it released earlier this year. The only issue with the two games above is that they’re big old commitments. Maybe you’re a normal person who actually wants to go outside this summer but needs something for a rainy weekend. Maybe something you can complete over one weekend for a reasonable price at a AAA level? Then Plague Tale should be top of your list. It’s a stunning looking game with a great story. Gameplay isn’t exactly revolutionary but it does just fine for what the game is trying to achieve. This one is well worth your money if you’re short on time and looking for a good story.

For Honor

Here’s one for those looking for a game to play with friends this summer. Fingers crossed you and your buddies picked this game up when it was free on PS Plus… If not I’m sure it’s available for a decent price somewhere given the time it’s been out. When For Honor was first released it seemed to pass by completely unnoticed. Now some two years later it’s become a go-to game for pretty much everyone here at Respawning! It’s been improved upon a lot since release and is easily one of the most enjoyable fighting-like games I have played online for a long long time. It’s easily accessible and guaranteed to both start and end friendships. Don’t be a fool, ring your mates and give For Honor a go this summer.

The Last Of Us

Incase you’ve been frozen in time Captain America-style for the last few years then you know that Last of Us Part 2 is on the horizon. Whether or not it’ll actually be out by the end of the year is yet to be seen but if it isn’t then we can expect it early next year for sure. Either way it’ll be here before you know it and the last thing you want is to decide last minute that you want to catch up on the story and play through the first one again amongst the release of all those end of year games. Why not use the free time you have now to re-play this classic and save yourself some stress in the winter? Go on, you’ll thank me later.

So there you have it; 5 games to play during a barren summer of game releases. Do you have some better suggestions? Let me know in the comments. Also if any of the games mentioned does take your fancy then take a look at the Amazon list below for links, buying them through these links gives us a little kick-back and means we can continue to bring you the best content possible free of charge.

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