Hello to you and hello to August! July has come and gone and what a month it was. It may have been quiet, but often the quiet months surprise us out of nowhere. August is also shaping up to be yet another quiet month in gaming and probably in life, but this time there’s a little more chutzpah in the form of some new IPs making their debut from some acclaimed developers. Let’s jump into our releases for the windy month of August!
Control – PC, PS4, XBO – August 27
Remedy is one developer that almost has a perfect record. All the games in their repertoire are either classics of the genre or beloved gems that people often cite as some of their favourite games. I particularly enjoyed Quantum Break since it had some fresh new ideas and tackled the difficult maze that is time travel stories in a polished and clever way.
Control is their next big outing and we only really got solid info on the game in the past few months. You’ll be playing as Jesse Faden, the new director of the Federal Bureau of Control, which is in charge of monitoring, you guessed it, phenomena which violate the laws of reality. An enemy arises called The Hiss and it’s on its way to corrupt our reality and has to be stopped.
The game is steeped in mystery and I love it like that. Remedy are masters at creating these mysterious worlds and then pulling the rug out from under you and giving this massive release where everything suddenly makes sense. Hopefully, their near-flawless record stays that way.
Prediction: Like I alluded to, most of what Remedy touches turns to gold. Control was a little more low-key than their other releases, but it’s still something that can be extremely good if they get it right. I’m hoping for a 9/10 here and I’m putting a lot of faith into the game.
World of Warcraft Classic – PC – August 27
The prospect of getting into a new MMO is pretty scary sometimes. With World of Warcraft, it’s even more so. The game has been around for 15 years which is a staggering amount of time for an MMO and it has pretty much shaped MMOs as we know it. Throughout all these years, so many new things were brought into the game with its regularly releasing expansions and updates.
WoW Classic is your chance to jump in during the genesis of this landmark game. Experiencing things just like they were 15 years ago when the game launched, for better or worse. It’s the perfect entry point for those new to the online genre and also a potential nostalgia trip for the hardcore veterans out there.
Of course, this version will be warts and all which means some areas might shock some of our modern gaming sensibilities, but that’s half the fun of it, I think. Experiencing something truly old school. It can be a grand old time.
Prediction: I think this game might be the weirdest one to review. The flaws that it might have are intentionally in there because this is before the slew of patches and expansions that fixed some of those growing pains in the early years. Still, I think this will probably nab an 8/10 or better.
Astral Chain – Switch – August 30
There’s only really one thing you need to know and that’s that this game is from Platinum Games. It will be a fast and frantic character action game filled with weird but oddly sensible stuff and it’s anime as hell. You’ll be fighting inter-dimensional aliens as part of the police force known as Neuron.
It will be a very cop focused game with investigations you have to do and the police headquarters being kind of your hub world. Platinum Games are seldom known for their stories – even though they’re genuinely entertaining most of the time – and most of the focus is being put on the combat. Combos, special moves, Devil May Cry style mechanics and so on.
Prediction: I will never say that Platinum Games are a perfect developer, but their track record speaks for itself. They are the masters of the discipline they chose and Astral Chain looks to be just another continuation of that. I’m thinking this one will get an 8/10 as well, but I won’t really be surprised if it scores a little lower.
The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan – PC, PS4, XBO – August 30
I honestly had no idea what this was until about a month ago. It’s the new title from Until Dawn creators Supermassive Games and it’s an anthology series where they plan on releasing a game every six months inside the series. It’s extremely inspired by Until Dawn and the first entry Man of Medan has you taking control of five people trapped aboard a ghost ship.
The game looks gorgeous as can be with motion captured actor performances from some rather big names in Hollywood. It looks like an interesting horror experience and Supermassive definitely knows how to make those. We’ll have to see how this anthology holds up with its first release.
Prediction: As I said, Supermassive Games know what they’re doing. The storytelling and dialogue are where it’s going to be at and the visuals will also probably carry a lot of the experience. I am worried by how short it might be considering the game is relatively cheaper than other new releases. I have no clue how this is going to pan out, so I’ll reserve a rating for this one.
Here are some more games for this month:
- Dry Drowning – PC – August 2
- Madden 20 – PC, PS4, XBO – August 2
- Age of Wonders: Planetfall – PC, PS4, XBO – August 6
- Metal Wolf Chaos XD – PC, PS4, XBO – August 6
- Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Complete Edition – Switch – August 9
- Friday The 13th: The Game Ultimate Slasher Edition – Switch – August 13
- Zeus Begins – PC – August 16
- RAD – PC, PS4, XBO, Switch – August 20
- Remnant: From the Ashes – PC, PS4, XBO – August 20
- Life is Strange 2 – Episode 4 – PC, PS4, XBO – August 22
- Oninaki – PC, PS4, Switch – August 22
- Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey – PC – August 27
- The Bard’s Tale 4: Director’s Cut – PS4, XBO – August 27
- Taste of Power – PC – August 27
- Wreckfest – PS4, XBO – August 27
- Headspun – PC, PS4, XBO, Switch – August 28
- Blair Witch – PC, XBO – August 30
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is August all wrapped up in a convenient little package for you. Also, look out for Blair Witch near the end of the month. I didn’t really have enough info on the game to do a full entry, but that one might be a surprise hit or a big stinker. Regardless, we have another varied month this month with some interesting titles and a couple of new IPs that have to impress us. Let’s get cracking, shall we?