Wow, June has been a big one. Between tons of events and big showcases, all the way to a whole host of great games and movies making their debut, the past month has been one to remember. But with so many exciting games, movies and new technology coming up, what are the best of the bunch? We thought about that.
Street Fighter 6
We have been blessed with AAA games this month. Starting in June was the latest installment in one of the longest-running game series of all time, when Capcom finally debuted Street Fighter 6. This amazing fighting game made many fans realize why they fell in love with the Street Fighter franchise in the first place, even if the World Tour mode was not quite what anyone expected. Mortal Kombat 1 will have a lot to accomplish if it wants to become the king of fighters in 2023.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
It was a very tough challenge to live up to the brilliance that was Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, but the talented team at Sony Animation has done just that. Across the Spider-Verse is a brilliant sequel that uses awe-inspiring animation styles and techniques to highlight and capture its characters. The clashing styles work wonderfully, and the performances are once again elite. All in all, it is a film that sets audiences up for a truly exciting, trilogy-ending finale.
LG knows how to make great TVs. We’ve known that for a long time. So it’s probably no surprise to hear that the LG C3 is another great screen, capable of bringing movies and TV shows to life in truly vivid and beautiful ways. With an OLED Evo panel operating at up to 4K / 120Hz, this TV is also great for current-generation gamers who want to play the latest titles with the best graphics, all without skimping on performance.
After Street Fighter came the return of yet another beloved franchise, with Blizzard debuting the next phase in the Diablo series with Diablo IV. This action-RPG seemed to replicate and enhance the previous installments by giving the player a larger role in the story, and that certainly worked in its favor. With a collection of instantly iconic characters and enemies and plenty of loot to drool over, it’s no wonder the game sold like hotcakes when it launched.
Amnesia: The Bunker
The Amnesia franchise has always been a staple of the horror series. In June, Amnesia: The Bunker finally arrived, after a few last minute delays, and proved exactly why this series has stood the test of time. With gruesome moments, plenty of scares and fears and an atmosphere that made every one of your hairs stand on end, The Bunker was a fitting addition to the legendary series.
As audiences, we love a good fast-paced action movie. After the remarkable John Wick Chapter 4 debut earlier this year, Chris Hemsworth was ready to take center stage for the sequel to the fan-favorite Netflix movie, Extraction. Extraction 2 built on its predecessor with more meaningful plot and character development, but still looked to cater to its returning fans with a collection of death-defying stunts and scenes that made your mouth drop open. With record viewership, it’s no surprise that a third Extraction has already been confirmed.
Codemasters has always been very good with its F1 games, but after a rather flat 2022 title, the developer got back on track with its 2023 edition in the series. F1 23 brought back the narrative Braking Point story and then enhanced the experience with a host of single-player and multiplayer modes to make a mega installment in the motorsports series. If you love racing, F1 23 has something for you.
Layers of fear
Yep, a second horror game. No, it’s not October. Bloober Team seemed to show off its talents with the powerful Unreal Engine 5 technology earlier this month when it debuted its remake of Layers of Fear. Perhaps more of a reboot, this game incorporated some of the original games, except with modern graphics and tools that were used to really up the ante when it came to the fear factor. If you’ve been sleeping too well lately, Layers of Fear is a great way to bring some more anxiety back into your night.
Final Fantasy XVI
Concluding June’s series of AAA titles comes the long-awaited 16th mainline installment in the Final Fantasy franchise. Developed by Square Enix, Final Fantasy XVI has led many to debate what makes a Final Fantasy game or not a Final Fantasy game, but one thing everyone can agree on is that this is a very immersive and entertaining title that is perfect for action-RPG fans, dark fantasy fans and new and veteran Final Fantasy fans alike.
MSI MEG 342C QD-OLED
Monitors don’t come cheap, especially if you want the best of the best. However, if you have the money to splurge and want something with a design that is eye-catching to say the least, the MSI MEG 342C QD-OLED is a great monitor to look at. With a vibrant OLED screen, a 175 Hz refresh rate and a resolution that is close to 4K, this system is perfect for gamers looking for a little bit of everything when it comes to graphics and performance.
Wes Anderson has become one of the most unique and interesting directors in all of film. The filmmaker, who recently delivered The French Dispatch, made a return to the big screen in June when the star-studded Asteroid City was delivered and Anderson once again put his expertise of quirky film styles, set designs and character portraits to the test. It may not be the best Anderson film out there, but it’s a great example of why we love the famed director.
Dave the Diver
Rounding out this month’s series of games is the life-simulation indie title, Dave the Diver. This cute pixel title combines underwater exploration and spearfishing with that of running a thriving seafood restaurant and is the perfect game for anyone looking for something to sit down with to enjoy a lazy summer weekend.
MacBook Air 15
It may seem strange to say it when talking about the MacBook Air family of devices, but size really does make a difference. With Apple taking the typically thin systems and then simply elevating them with larger screens and more powerful hardware, the latest batch of Air MacBooks is ready to be discussed in the same conversation as that of the MacBook Pro line.