So July has been a bit of a slow month for new games, and August isn’t offering a huge amount either, which is a shame. There are one or two games that have, or will be, released this month like, Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition and The Last of Us – Remastered, but there aren’t that many new games coming out for the end of Summer, especially on the consoles. So here is a roundup of the games that we’ve been playing to fill the void until September, when we’ll be graced with games like Destiny, FIFA/Madden/NHL 15 and, towards the end of this summer, the current-gen arrival of Diablo III.
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition
Unlike the majority of the games I’ll be talking about in this article, Guacamelee! STCE was released this month. It’s currently free on the Xbox One, so if you own a One you have no excuse for not trying the game. In the game, you play as a super-human luchador as you attempt to save the love of your life (and in the process, the world) from an evil moustachioed skeleton. The game is a beat em’ up platformer, and it’s incredible. I have a huge amount of love for this game. It’ll give you a good few hours of joy for relatively little expenditure, as you can pick it up for around £12 on most platforms. The design of the game is beautiful, the story is enchanting and the characters are fantastic; it really is the whole package. Fancy reading a full review? Check out what I thought in length here.
Sniper Elite III
(PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
This game came out late last month to a relatively warm reception. I’ve been slowly playing it over the past few weeks, jumping in and out here and there in my spare time. It can be a bit challenging on occasion, and it’s absolutely littered with bugs, but it’s a pretty decent game overall. Sniper Elite III is all about stealth, forward thinking and a steady aim… and slow motion x-ray style kill cams. The game is based in Africa during the Second World War and it is your job, as an American sniper, to stop the Nazi war machine. The game is apparently worse on the PS4 than it is on the other consoles, with constant glitches and a dumber AI that makes it quite inconsistent. I played it on the One and whilst it did have one or two glitches, none of them were ‘game ending’ for me. It’s well worth playing, but I wouldn’t say that it’s worth getting on the current-gen if you also own a last-gen console. You can pick it up for almost half the cost (£25) on the 360 and PS3, and I’d definitely recommend the game at that price.
Another World – 20th Anniversary Edition
(3DS, Android, iOS, OSX, PC, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xb0x One)
This one came out last month too, with a bit of a mixed reception. The IGN reviewer very much disliked it, but they did sound like the sort of person who doesn’t appreciate a good retro video-game. If you don’t hold it to modern standards, Another World is a fantastic little game. It has a real retro air about it, though it was first released in 1991 so it is retro by definition. The graphics are refreshing, with simple backgrounds and smooth edges (unless you play it in the original 1991 mode, which has even simpler backgrounds and incredibly rough edges). What really drew me to this little gem was the story. It’s short and sweet but really draws you in, with a fantastic relationship being formed between the main character and his alien friend ‘Buddy’ in such a relatively short time. I’ve written a review of this one too, which you can read here. The best thing about it is the price, and you can pick it up for around £6.50, which I think is well worth it.
Sky Force 2014
This game was released quite recently to mark the 10th anniversary of Sky Force on tablets and mobiles. Sky Force 2014 is pretty much a rail shooter, where you have to guide your fighter along a set path, destroying anything that gets in your way. The aim is to complete the run as quickly as possible whilst earning the highest score you can achieve… and not dying, of course. The graphics are absolutely stunning, considering that it’s a mobile / tablet game and the gameplay itself is incredibly addictive. In all, it’s a fantastic little game, and if you want to read more about it, check out our review here. But, even better, it’s currently free! So if you’re looking for a wonderful pick up and play game, look no further than Sky Force 2014.
Super Time Force
(PC – Summer 2014, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
Super Time Force came out in May on the Xbox One and the 360, and should be released sometime soon on the PC, maybe. At its heart, it’s a speed run shooter wrapped up in a platform game, a shoot em’ up platformer. You have 60 seconds to complete each mission, with around thirty lives to do it with. Each time you die, you can rewind your play-through to an earlier point in the run, giving you a tactical advantage as you repeat the run with either the same character or a new one. Each character has their own unique abilities, and every time you rewind the play-through the previous character will remain in the level as a ghost, repeating your previous run. The ghosts can kill / damage the enemies, so it’s always a good idea to think tactically and set up cover-fire or blockers to help you navigate the maps and defeat pesky bosses. The 8-bit art style is really appealing and the characters / writing is more than enough to keep you incredibly entertained. Want to know a little more? Head to my review here.
The Walking Dead: The Game
(Android, iOS, Kind Fire HDX, OS X, Ouya, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
I’ve been a fan of The Walking Dead for a long time now, and I was at first a little sceptical about Telltale creating this episodic game series. However, after the first episode I was completely hooked. The art style’s totally amazing, resembling the graphic novel series rather than AMC’s TV show. And, best of all, Telltale have nailed the whole ‘gut wrenching horror mixed with heart tearing emotion’ that fans of The Walking Dead have come to love from the various franchises, over the years. They’re currently working their way through the second season, with the fourth episode due for release this month, but the first season is available on disk for a pretty reasonable price. The first season is currently retailing at around £14, and I’d really recommend playing that before the second season (if you haven’t already). If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead, zombies or fantastic story telling, you’ll love Telltale’s episodic games series.
Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty!
(PS3, PS4, PS Vita and at some point PC, OS X, Linux, Wii U, Xbox One)
When I was a kid I absolutely loved following the adventures of Abe, the little green/blue alien. Abe was once a slave working for a meat processing factory where he would have eventually been turned into Abe steak, to be served to the overlord aliens. But Abe wasn’t like the other aliens, and he broke free, vowing to save the other slaves. New ‘n’ Tasty will follow on in much the same vein, though they will be throwing in new levels and missions here and there. I’m glad that Abe is back in another adventure, and even more glad after the recent announcement that the game will be coming to the One by the end of 2014. The original games filled my childhood with joy and even reminiscing about it now is putting a big ol’ smile on my face. This game’s coming out around the 23rd July, so you’ll have a couple of days to wait before you can play it. Still, as an indie/arcade game, I’m sure it will be just about long enough to hold your attention for the last few days of these slightly empty Summer months.
The Last of Us – Remastered
As an Xbox 360 gamer in the last-gen, there was one game that really made me wish I owned a PS3. That game was The Last of Us. I loved the look of the story, it was graphically impressive and I was truly swept up in the hype train, even though I didn’t own the console. Even looking back at it now, I’m slightly tempted to purchase a PS3 just so that I can play this game. I will, however, be getting myself a PS4 over the course of the next couple of years (eventually), so the release of the remastered version of The Last of Us has put a massive smile on my face – no need to buy a PS3 now, I’ll just wait a year or so and get it on the PS4. The remastered version will be much of the same, just slightly prettier on the current-gen console, so it’ll be more than worth a purchase; particularly if you didn’t get to play it the first time round.
Diablo III will be coming to the current-gen consoles around the 19th of August, so there’s still a bit of a wait for that one. It’ll be a good game to end the summer on and play until we’re graced by Destiny, possible the hottest game coming out this year. Can it live up to the hype? We’ll have to wait and see. Until then, I’m sure that Diablo III can more than fill the void.
So there we have it, a few great games to play this this month and August. Just because there aren’t many decent looking new games coming out, it doesn’t mean that you can’t play some of the older games that you might have missed. Hopefully there will be one or two titles in this list that spark your interest. If not, drop me a comment and I’m sure I can think of a few older games that you might enjoy!