Hello Single Player gaming enthusiasts! We’re half-way through the Summer months in North America and headed towards the busy Fall. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any good releases to talk about for August. If your weather is anything like it’s been on the West Coast this year, there’s still plenty need to find ways to beat the heat and here are three strong August releases – in no particular order – that can help.
Until Dawn – (Release: Aug 25 on PS4)
Until Dawn began life as PS3 exclusive from UK-based developer Supermassive Games way back in 2012 with a projected 2013 release window. The game was purported to be a “teen horror” styled narrative with gameplay reminiscent of Heavy Rain. It was originally intended as a Playstation Move controller showcase piece, where you used the peripheral as a flashlight. Jumping ahead to Gamescom 2014, the game was re-revealed to have been completely remade exclusively for the PS4.
The title had dropped the Move emphasis and seemed destined for Project Morpheus territory. However, now the horror-survival title with more than a little bit of the film slasher genre influence nears release with what looks like standard controller support (Morpheus is still a little ways off). Players will need to play through the game multiple times in order to “reveal the full story” and each decision made has consequences that will effect later game sequences. The ultimate goal is to keep all eight characters alive. Keep an eye on this one and gamers outside of the U.S. should look for the extended and steelbook editions.
Gears of War Ultimate Edition – (Release: Aug 25 on Xbox One)
If you’d been paying attention, the Gears of War Ultimate Edition announcement at E3 2015 wasn’t too much of a shock – the remastered title was leaked a few months prior in April. However, E3 did provide a few intriguing facts. The first was in the visual department. The game looks pretty spectacular visually, heading towards full next-gen remake territory. The second surprise was that the game was already almost done — and here we are with the game releasing next month. The third surprise was for PC gamers, as the title was also announced for their platform and making use of the power available — less surprising was Microsoft later announcing that “Gears on Win10 is later than the Xbox One version”, with no firm date announced.
For Xbox One owners you will finally get access to the extra 90 minutes of campaign previously exclusive to the original, little-remembered PC Port of the game. Along with upgraded visuals, you’ll also get remastered 7.1 surround sound, and “modernized gameplay with smoother movement and updated controls”. Most of the remaining new and remastered features are centered on multiplayer.
Shadowrun Hong Kong – (Release Aug 20 on PC)
The third installment of the rebooted/reimagined Shadowrun series, following Returns and Dragonfall, is slated for August as well, with Shadowrun: Hong Kong. Very happy with their more than $1.8 million in donations for Shadowrun Returns, Kickstarter backers once again heeded the funding call with $1.2 million for Shadowrun: Hong Kong. The title seeks to build on the success and features of the previous entries and promises expansions and upgrades across the board, with a story featuring an entirely new group of runners.
Harebrained Schemes lists revamped art and gameplay, transitional animatics, enhanced sounds, dynamic combat music and a reworked inventory system that makes management an easier task. In addition, players reliant on spells and/or cyberware will have new objects and skills to explore. The developers describe the title as “a perfect entry point to the setting for those with no prior Shadowrun experience, while providing plenty of classic Shadowrun characters and tech for veteran players to sink their teeth into.”
Honorable Mention: Armikrog – (Release Aug 18 on PC)
Armikrog gets a special mention as this nearly $1 million Kickstarter success seems to be a little bit under the radar for some gamers. The reason you should be interested in this title is simple: it comes from the original creator of Earthworm Jim and The Neverhood, Doug TenNapel. These two classic 90’s games are stand-outs in the platforming and adventure gaming genre respectively. The Neverhood in particular seems to be the biggest influence on Armikrog as they both showcase a claymation art focus.
Armikrog will also be an adventure game, in fact it’s being billed as a spirtual successor to the Neverhood, so fans of that title are understandably excited. The story follows the adventure of Tommynaut, a space explorer who ends up the prisoner at a strange fortress after crash-landing on a remote planet. His companion is a blind, talking dog, called Beak-Beak. I swear, if they hurt the dog… This game will also be eventually making its way to PS4 and WiiU.
Those are our three games to look for in August. Which one is the most interesting to you? What other upcoming games are you most looking forward to? Drop us some comments below with your thoughts. As always look for us on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.