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Players’ Choice: FFXIV Shadowbringers Voted July’s Best New Game

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Players’ Choice: FFXIV Shadowbringers Voted July’s Best New Game

The massive new expansion to Square Enix's acclaimed MMO takes the Players' Choice crown for July 2019.

Darkness prevails in the Players’ Choice poll for July 2019. Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers has been voted as last month’s best new game by PS Blog readers, followed closely by Dragon Quest Builders 2 (congrats twice, Square Enix!) and Wolfenstein: Youngblood.

If you’ve ever been on the fence about checking out FFXIV, I can personally attest to its quality — but bear in mind that it’s an MMO, so it’s a commitment! , which will let you dive in to the base game and play up to level 30. That won’t get you into Shadowbringers, but it’ll give you a taste of the broader experience and help you decide whether it’s something you want to stick with.

So then… August. As we draw ever-nearer to the end of 2019 and its deluge of new games — what do you think will top this month’s charts?


It’s summer! Take a break from that bright, hot ball in the sky and treat yourself to some video games. You’re worth it.

July saw a few fun surprises like Wargroove, Sea of Solitude, and Songbird Symphony, as well as bigger hits like Dragon Quest Builders 2, FFXIV Shadowbringers, and Wolfenstein: Youngblood. But, as always, only one can wear the coveted Players’ Choice crown.

Take a moment to consider your options, choose your favorite new game, and click the appropriate button below to cast your vote. We’ll shut down the polls next Thursday, August 8, at 11:59pm, then reveal the winners a few days later. Go!

How does it work? At the end of every month, PlayStation.Blog will open a poll where you can vote for the best new game released that month. Soon thereafter, we’ll close the polls, tally your votes, and announce the winner at PlayStation.Blog. PlayStation Store will also showcase some top Players’ Choice winners throughout the year.

What is the voting criteria? That’s up to you! If you were only able to recommend one new release to a friend that month, which would it be? In keeping with our long tradition in the Game of the Year Awards, remastered or re-released games won’t qualify. Ambitious, larger-scale rebuilds and remakes like Shadow of the Colossus and Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy will.

How are nominees decided? The PlayStation.Blog and PlayStation Store editorial teams will gather a list of that month’s most noteworthy releases and use it to seed the poll. Write-in votes will be accepted.

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15 Comments

  • Mercenary09

    It will be interesting to see what wins this month. I personally voted for Dragon Quest Builders 2 but it will probably be FF14.

  • Dragon Quest Builders 2 hands down for me.

    I was worried the sequel would focus on MP and emphasise the building aspect and while both features are greatly expanded upon from the original, DQB2 is a fantasitc JRPG. It’s heavily connected to Dragon Quest 2 and is going to surpass the 146 hours it took for me to achieve the platinum for Dragon Quest XI.

  • YoungBlaise

    Gotta be FF 14 :D

  • Dragon Quest Builder 2

  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood is quite good. It’s rare that COOP FPS titles exist, let alone give each of you a character and not a random Clone that’s never seen or mentioned from within the story.

    It reminds me of the days plating Half-life: Decay on PS2.

    Arkane is such a great studio, mixing their level design with Machine Games IP and engine makes for an excellent experience!

    Probably won’t get as many votes as others on this list, but I recommend all Wolfenstein fans to check it out.

    • Agree that Co-Op FPS where you play 2 distinct characters and a game specifically designed for co-op is rare. Makes me interested to get into Youngblood.

      I voted for Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot because that is the only new game I played from the list.

  • Emerald_Swords
  • iamtylerdurden1

    Sea of Solitude

  • ElektroDragon

    I can’t keep up with game releases anymore thanks to the ridiculous indie flood.

  • I don’t like non of those games

  • Jefemaestro379

    I voted for the best game of july wich is wolfenstein: youngblood. It really is the best game of july and i really hope it gets voted like that, thanks.

  • DQ2 Builders. Although I got the Switch Version, I’m betting it plays the same on PS4.

  • AmethystVenom

    It says there’s a trial but it’s not available anymore. Anyone think it will be available again?

  • It’s all No Mans Sky Beyond for me this August!

  • Best pick ever. FFXIV: Shadowbringers surpasses any Final Fantasy single player story in over 18 years, and that’s why it was also the highest rated game that month too.

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