Niche Games Release Recap for July 2024

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Admittedly last month was a bit light when it came to game releases. Though this is hardly a surprise to longtime gamers as the summer months usually see the lowest amount of notable releases.

But now that we’re in the middle of summer, and quite near celebrating Independence Day for us Americans, can July light up gaming like I will be later this week? Here’s our full Niche Games recap for July:

The First Descendant

The First Descendant is the latest looter shooter to come out. This time developed by Nexon as a free-to-play title, though despite the price tag of zero still comes along with high end fidelity graphics and gameplay.

Players will team up in groups of 4 as they engage against various powerful bosses with their arsenals of guns, weaponry, and accessories. Each characters has their own unique playstyle while bosses present interesting gimmicks that’ll provide players with engaging strategy and teamwork.

The First Descendant releases on July 2nd for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC (via Steam).

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Zenless Zone Zero

The First Descendant is not the only big free-to-play title as HoYoVerse returns with another gacha game in Zenless Zone Zero. Unlike their prior titles taking place in either fantasy or sci-fi. ZZZ is a more modern urban adventure as players take the role of agents doing battle within “the Hollow”.

As with their other games, ZZZ features numerous anime style characters each with their own unique personalities, backstories, and gameplay mechanics where anyone will be able to find a favorite.

Zenless Zone Zero launches on July 4th for PlayStation 5, iOS, Android, and PC (via Epic Games Store).

Anger Foot

Anger Foot is an over-the-top fps where players will be kicking ass, quite literally. They’ll be charging feetfirst against a variety of anthropomorphic gangsters set upon taking them out.

As they kick their way through their journey, players will upgrade their character by finding new shoes that’ll provide them with new ways to kick the ass of their foes as they run, gun, and kick their way to victory.

Anger Foot is set to launch on July 11th for PC (via Steam).

Princess Maker 2 Regeneration

Princess Maker 2 Regeneration is the remake of the classic princess raising game with the same title to celebrate its 30th anniversary. The new remake is based on the enhanced version of the game, which launched 20 years ago.

Featuring new artwork by Takami Akai, this remake will enhance the charm of the original game where players will raise a young girl from 10 into adulthood. How she turns out will be in their hands as they try to steer her in the right direction.

Princess Maker 2 Regeneration will release for Nintendo Switch and PC (via Steam) on July 11th.

Yaoling: Mythical Journey

Palworld won’t be the only early access launch of a monster collecting game this year. Yaoling: Mythical Journey is an autobattler with over 300 monsters for players to capture and control in battle.

However the role of Yaoling Keeper goes beyond just fighting as players will be tasked with discovering what is putting the entire world in jeopardy as well as putting the Yaoling creatures to work at home with gardening, mining, cooking, and much more.

Yaoling: Mythical Journey is set to release in Early Access on July 16th for PC (via Steam).

Nobody Wants to Die

In a cyberpunk dystopia where immortality has been achieved, Nobody Wants to Die follows the story of Detective James Karra who is assigned an off-record investigation on a string of murders.

Along with partner Sara Kai, the pair will uncover a conspiracy thanks to their tools as detectives with time manipulation to reconstruct crime scenes and ultimately find the killer behind the mystery.

Nobody Wants to Die will launch on July 17th for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC (via Steam).

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Splintered Fate

This new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle game takes a different approach to other entries. This time, players will embark on a roguelike adventure as the turtles to rescue Master Splinter after he’s kidnapped by Shredder and the Foot Clan.

As players fight their way through numerous levels, they’ll gain access to new powerups and abilities to help them in battle. Failure is not the end as they’ll be able to challenge the Foot Clan once again by starting over with new opportunities to succeed.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Splintered Fate is slated to launch on July 17th for Nintendo Switch.

Bō: Path of the Teal Lotus

While people are still waiting for Silksong, they’ll be able to scratch their metroidvania itch with a beautifully handcrafted game in Bō: Path of the Teal Lotus. In this adventure, players will follow a world heavily inspired by Japanese folklore.

Much of what fans can expect from a modern metroidvania is present here with tight controls for platforming and combat, interesting unlocks as you progress, and secrets to find upon revisiting old areas with new tools at their disposal.

Bō: Path of the Teal Lotus is slated to release on July 18th for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, and PC (via Steam).

Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn

Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn features a showdown between gods and guns with soulslike action as players fight to save humanity. Players will take the role of Nor Vanek, a member of an elite army, who is aided by a fox spirit known as Enki.

Together they’ll battle against powerful foes with melee, guns, and magical powers to succeed together through unstoppable teamwork as their foes get as powerful as literal gods.

Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn releases on July 18th for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC (Steam and Epic Games Store).

EA Sports College Football 25

Many thought this would never happen, but EA has returned to the college football sphere for the first time since the NCAA controversy with EA Sports College Football 25. This new game features appearances of many actual college athletes and their respective NCAA schools.

Those who have been stuck playing an now decade old game for their college football fix can now enjoy all the new improvements seen over the years while playing many familiar game modes such as the ability to run their own college dynasty.

EA Sports College Football 25 rushes in on July 19th for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.

Kunitsu-Gami: Path of the Goddess

Kunitsu-Gami: Path of the Goddess is another game coming out this month that’s heavily inspired by Japanese folklore, this time with the backing of gaming giant Capcom. Much of Japanese culture, such Kagura dance, masks, as well as the game’s soundtrack are in full display in the setting of Mt. Kafuku.

Players will take the role of Soh, who is tasked with protecting the maiden of the mountain from the Seethe. She won’t be doing it alone though, as she’ll have the aid of villagers whom she’ll command to handle their respective roles to help out.

Kunitsu-Gami: Path of the Goddess launches on July 19th for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC (via Steam).

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