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Celebrate National Video Game Day With These 5 Must-Play Franchises

* July 8 is National Video Game Day
* There are several new releases that dropped this summer
* Whether you’re a fan of combat or galactic journeys, there’s something for you

In honor of National Video Game Day, we present a curated list of the best recent video game drops that every gamer should have in their collection. We recommend getting your hands on them ASAP so that you can be the first to give them a go.

1. Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood

The latest Final Fantasy has some major updates, including a new alliance raid, new jobs and an increased level cap up to 70. As per usual, the graphics are stunningly lifelike, simulating a 3D experience each time you play.


2. Valkyria Revolution

Set in Europe during the industrialization era, Valkyria Revolution takes players into another world through real-time combat and tactical strategies to fight the Ruzi Empire. In addition to enhanced graphics, the video game is set to a new energizing soundtrack composed by Yasunori Mitsuda.


3. Star Trek: Bridge Crew

Designed for virtual reality and based on the popular franchise, Star Trek: Bridge Crew takes players on a galactic journey aboard the U.S.S. Aegis. This game allows you to serve as an officer or commander, making strategic decisions through hand tracking, full avatars and lip sync capabilities.  


4. Tekken 7

Tekken 7 has a roster of fan favorite characters to choose from, as well as several new additions–each equipped with unique moves and fighting specialties. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by this fighting game’s impressive PC visuals. Tekken’s cinematic actions scenes feel surprisingly immersive, yet otherworldly at the same time.


5. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III 

Set in the world of Acheron, this apocalyptic video game is centered upon the discovery of a mysterious, catastrophic weapon. Players will be faced with taking on the obstacles of survival amongst a full-fledged war and a planet under siege by the enemy.

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