It took long enough, but it seems the games industry has finally woken from its slumber, and the first few [of so many] incredible titles we saw at E3 have started to trickle onto store shelves.
The variety of games this month has given me the luxury of picking some highly-anticipated titles, as well as a few more interesting projects I’ve had my eye on for a while now…
Interestingly enough, no game on this list is part of the same genre, so fingers crossed that no matter what you’re into, you can find the title for you!
Remedy, the Finnish studio, known for creating AAA cinematic and story-driven action games such as Max Payne and Alan Wake, has been teasing us for a while with their new project, Control, which looks to be out of this world!
Announced over a year ago now, Control is an action-shooter, with an emphasis on the story and atmosphere. You play as Jesse, FBI agent, fighting back against an ambiguous otherworldly threat using a combination of slick gunplay, devastating supernatural abilities and distorting the reality of the world around you.
You can start the adventure on 27th August on PC, PS4, and XB1. Pre-order Control here.
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World of Warcraft: Classic
I might be bending the rules a little here since this is a re-release of a game that was launched all the way back in 2004. But in the age of remasters and remakes, I thought it would be interesting to include a game that is (technically) inferior to the most recent addition to the game.
Since it’s release, WoW has constantly been updated, tweaked and had a variety of full-fledged expansions that have ensured it’s remained relevant in the MMO sector for a decade and a half.
Because of this, there’s now a certain audience who remember the “good old days” before the game was diluted and overly monetised, who yearn to return to the simplistic days of the early stage World of Warcraft.
Whether this project will be an excellent addition to provide a bit of variety to the current industry, or if it will be further nostalgia-exploiting for a quick buck, remains to be seen
You can return to the realm of Azeroth on the 27th of August on PC, and see for yourself!
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Now for a bit of an indie choice, with the upcoming RAD. This gem first caught my attention when I saw it was being developed by the extremely talented team at Double-Fine games, creators of much loved Day of the Tentacle, Broken Age and Psychonauts (let's hope to see the sequel to this on my hotlist list soon!)
Straying from the path of the classic adventure titles Double Fine are previously known for, RAD will be an action rogue-like adventure. Although it’s very much a different genre, RAD will still feature the charming and colourful worlds that Tim Schafer and the team are known for making.
Jump into the land of RAD on the 20th of August, on PC, PS4, XB1 and Switch. Pre-order Rad here.
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Age of Wonders: Planetfall
It’s been a while since we’ve had a Grand-strategy game on here, but after seeing some early gameplay, I just had to include this awesome looking Sci-Fi 4X game.
The Age of Wonders franchise, developed by Triumph Studios, has been a long-running one, dating all the way back to 1999. Previously, the series has been primarily focused on more of a fantasy theme but has now made the leap to the realms of science fiction.
It’s also worth noting that is the first release of Triumph studios, since being acquired by the industry-leading strategy publishers, Paradox, which hopefully means the team have had all the resources necessary to craft the ultimate strategic space sim, which you can try for yourself on the 6th of August, via PC, PS4 and XB1.
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The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan
Supermassive Games, creators of cinematic horror masterpieces, return with their first AAA title since their original hit, Until Dawn, for another creepy and supernatural adventure.
Unlike their previous title, Man of Medan will allow for co-operative play, meaning you and up to 4 friends can each control an individual member of a group, trapped on a ghost ship, lost in the intimidating South Pacific. Whilst playing through, try to remember the first rule of a horror film: Don’t split up (Also the jock dies first, but I don’t think that’s relevant here…)
Embark on the terrifying experience on the 29th August on PC, PS4 and XB1. Pre-order your copy of The Dark Pictures Anthology here.
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That's it for August, and we really hope there's something in there you like the sound of as much as I did! As ever if you’d like to discuss any of the titles I’ve talked about this month, have chat about what’s coming out next month, OR if you have something you’d like us to review… you can reach me on Twitter @SansonWray.
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