Games Watch: the 5 best new games coming out in July

From big hitters to indie titles, here are the console and PC games that have got us talking this month

Between button-mashing and VR stick-waving, it's all too easy to miss some magnificent game releases.

Not any more, though. See, we're always on the hunt for the next game to steal months of our lives - and the last thing we want is to miss it because we're too busy playing the last one.

So, with that in mind, here's your monthly compendium of the five most scintillating new releases coming before August rolls around. You can thank us later.

Destiny 2 Beta – 18-23 July

Destiny 2 releases in September, but you don't have to wait until autumn to start looting and shooting in Bungie's next big time sink: just hit the beta test later this month.

It'll be a brief taste, of course, but it's sure to set our excitement on overdrive all the same. If you pre-order the game, you'll gain access on PS4 starting 18 July and on Xbox One starting 19 July, giving you extra time to dig in.

Everyone else who doesn't pre-order the game can start playing on the 21st, and it's all done for everyone on the 23rd. As for PC players, well… you'll have to wait until late August for your beta to begin. Sorry.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One

Price: Free

Pyre – 25 July

Pyre is the latest effort from Supergiant Games, makers of Bastion and Transistor, so we're automatically onboard – and naturally, given its heritage, it also looks really fascinating.

It's a party-based action role-player, and you'll bring a trio of combatants into ritualistic battles that feel a bit like sport, as you try to put out the burning pyre on the opposite end. And there's a clever twist: even if you fail in battle, the game never ends. You'll just have to deal with your defeat going forward. Add in an expectedly dazzling hand-drawn look and this could be a serious late-month indie treat.

Platforms: PC, PS4

Price: £16