New games releasing this week: July 25 – 31

Sunday, 24 July 2016 23:00 GMT By Staff

Unusual, much anticipated indies rule the roost this week.


New and upcoming video games for the week of July 25 through July 31.

Monday, July 25

  • Quadrilateral Cowboy (PC)

Tuesday, July 26

  • Among The Sleep (PS4)
  • Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force (PS4)
  • Headlander (PS4)
  • Hyper Light Drifter (PS4, Xbox One)
  • We Happy Few (Linux, Mac, PC – early access)
  • A.W. Phoenix Festa (Vita)
  • Arcade Archives MX5000 (PS4)
  • Blue Rider (PS4)
  • Chambara (PS4)
  • Dungeon Punks (PS4)
  • Laser Disco Defenders (PC, Vita)
  • Mutant Mudds: Super Challenge (PS4, Vita, cross buy)
  • Riptide GP: Renegade (PS4)
  • Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate (Vita)

Thursday, July 28

  • Book of Demons (PC, early access)

As you can see, the triple-A scene is in full summer hibernation mode. The only vague stirrings from a bigger publisher come courtesy of Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force, an expanded PS4 re-release of the PS3 original, Fairy Fencer F. Probably worth a look if you enjoy JRPGs in general and the Hyperdimension Neptunia series in particular, as it uses a similar battle system.

That said, there are loads of really interesting games out this week. Quadrilateral Cowboy comes from Blendo, which gave us Gravity Bone Thirty Flights of Loving – but is very different from its earlier work despite sharing a setting. A first-person heist game, it has players infiltrating buildings as a 1980’s hacker. Different characters have different abilities but all of them are equipped with a deck from which the player can issue programs to disable security systems and get the goods.

Among The Sleep is a horror game played from a toddler’s perspective; it didn’t get rave reviews but is certainly a bit different. Headlander is a new side-scrolling action game from Double Fine in which the player can swap their head onto different robo bodies, including a dog.

Heart Machine’s Hyper Light Drifter has been an indie darling pretty much from the first concept art; it’s a crowdfunded side-scrolling action game described as a mix of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Diablo, and garnered very strong reviews on PC. Over on Steam Early Access, stealth survival adventure We Happy Few will open doors; it’s most famous for its alternate history 1960’s setting and drug-addled NPCs.

That’s your lot. As ever, PlayStation Store release dates may vary depending on your regional store refresh cycle.

Delays and notes

Looking for The Banner Saga 2 on PS4 and Xbox One? It released earlier in the month, ahead of schedule.

Looking further ahead? Check out our list of all video game release dates for 2016.