Well, it’s been a little quiet as of late on the gaming front in terms of new releases, hasn’t it? It’s been very quiet since The Last of Us’ release in May, and since then, as usual in the summer, there tends to be a gaming drought before the blockbusters start to release through September to December. However, August is a surprisingly packed month with some noteworthy releases, as well as Microsoft’s official ending to the Summer of Arcade – for this generation, at least.
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (Aug 7)
There’s always one game that shines the brightest out of the bunch in Microsoft’s yearly Summer of Arcade promotion, and this year I’m willing to bet that game is going to be Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. Little has been shown of the game, but what has been shown suggests that this could be this year’s answer to Journey. I’m a sucker for adventure games and I can’t wait for this one to hit XBLA.
Charlie Murder (Aug 14)
From Ska Studios, aka the team that brought us The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile (2011) and The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai (2009), as well as numerous Indie titles, comes the new IP Charlie Murder. It has the same unique art style as The Dishwasher series, but this time there’s an added blend of gorgeous colours to boot. Think Scott Pilgrim, Alien Hominid and Castle Crashers, but with a violent punk rock vibe.
Flashback (Aug 21)
A remake of the 1992 game upscaled into HD, as well as numerous other tweaks and changes being made by the original creator Paul Cuisset and developer Vector Cell. From the footage shown, it looks like Shadow Complex in an Uncharted-like 2D jungle environment. Much like the plot of Total Recoil, the protagonist wakes up in a sci-fi world without any memory or recollection of where he is. Let’s just hope it doesn’t bomb like the movie, then.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (Aug 28)
We’ve – almost – been spoiled of late with everyone’s favourite turtles; we’re coming up to IDW’s two year anniversary of their fantastic reboot of the comics, and we’re approaching the end of a great first season of the Turtles’ TV debut on Nickeledoen. But just when was the last time we had a decent TMNT game, though? It’s been a while, so let’s hope developer Red Fly Studios can finish XBLA’s Summer of Arcade on a high note with a turtles game to remember.
The Wonderful 101 (Aug 23)
Anything Platinum Games make has my attention and, pretty much, my money too. I honestly don’t know too much about Wonderful 101 other than that it’s being made by the creator of the Viewtful Joe series, and that like most games Platinum make, it looks pretty insane. Wii U owners rejoice – there’s some games to play this month!
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist (Aug 23)
Unpopular gaming confession: I’ve never played through a Splinter Cell game. I always hear good things about Tom Clancy’s top stealth franchise, but me and stealth get along like Metal fans and Beliebers. The only thing I do know about the game is that fans were a little upset when they found out original voice actor Michael Ironiside of protagonist Sam Fisher had been replaced by someone else. It’s a first world problem indeed.
Saints Row IV (Aug 23)
I have a confession to make: I didn’t like Saints Row 3. Yes I know there was an escort mission involving a tiger in the passenger seat and there was all kinds of craziness going on, but I’m much more of a fan of games that take themselves seriously. Take Grand Theft Auto IV; there was fun to be had but there was a story too. Saints Row IV looks like more of the same, and if you’re buying this instead of GTA V, then.. well, I feel for you, I really do. Have fun, though!
Rayman Legends (Aug 30)
Owners of a Wii U and Rayman Origins fans alike were majorly disappointed at the start of the year when Ubisoft announced they were pushing Rayman Legends’ release back six months! A positive can always be taken out a negative though, (can’t it?) as its delay has meant it’s now multiplatform. For me, I’ll be buying the Vita version on day one. Although I’m sure it’s going to be equally just as great on Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii U.
Lost Planet 3 (Aug 30)
Unlike the previous two games that were developed internally by Capcom, and despite it being the third entry in the series, it’s actually a prequel, with events set before the first game took place. Following the recent trend of Capcom games being externally developed by Western studios, Lost Planet 3 is being made by Spark Unlimited. The risk certainly seemed to pay off for Dante earlier in the year with Ninja Theory’s reboot of DmC: Devil May Cry.