There are a wide range of diverse new titles coming out this week which is nice because I feel like the past few weeks have mostly been exciting on the ports/re-makes side. Hopefully you’ll find something to enjoy!
We Happy Few (PC/PS4/Xbox One) – Releases Aug. 10th
What began life as a Kickstarter campaign in 2015 and a brief early access run in 2016 has now blossomed into a full-fledged title for the PC, PS4 and Xbox One. In We Happy Few you play as one of three characters who lives in the fictional island city of Wellington Wells, surrounded by white masked inhabitants who are all on a drug called “Joy” as they try to suppress a horrible atrocity they made during World War II. There are hints of Bioshock style gameplay elements found in the trailers, as well as a look that screams The Prisoner. Can this mid-budget action/adventure game break out from the pack and start a new franchise, or will it be just another mediocre one-off title that is forgotten long after its release?
Dead Cells (PC/PS4/Switch/Xbox One)
This pixel art metroidvania game has been getting rave reviews ever since it entered early access on Steam last year, and is poised to probably be one of the biggest indie titles of the year. As seems to be the norm for most of these games, you are exploring an ever changing castle with no lives and no check points. Once you die you go right back in and try to get just a little farther than before, leading to both a rewarding and punishing experience.
Flipping Death (PC/PS4/Switch/Xbox One)
From the creators of Stick It To The Man comes a rather unique looking adventure platforming game. You play as Penny Doewood, a recently deceased young woman who must now alternate between the land of the dead and the land of living in a quest to help ghosts fulfill a variety of tasks. You do this by possessing living people, or objects they are holding maybe, and making them perform the tasks you no longer can because you are now dead. The art style for this game is bizarre, bordering on the unsightly, but there is a certain charm to it, like a mix between Coraline and Psychonauts. This could be a surprise hit.
Overcooked 2 (PC/PS4/Switch/Xbox One)
If you’ve played the first Overcooked then you know how frantic and fun it can be; an almost perfect and pure couch co-op experience. Overcooked 2 looks to be more of the same, but dialed up just enough that you’re given a reason to upgrade. More kitchen types, more chefs, more types of food to make, it’s going to be wild!
Madden NFL 19 (PC/PS4/Xbox One) Releases Aug. 10th
I’ll admit that I have no real connection to this franchise, as big as it is. The trailer above is slick and features some pretty big names, but it does nothing for me. Do any of you play Madden, or sports games in general? I haven’t played a football game regularly since Sega’s ESPN NFL 2K5, a series I found to always be vastly superior to Madden, so I almost take Madden’s release for granted. The best thing I can say about this series is that it brings non-gamers into the fold and helps to continue legitimizing video games as a whole. Plus the Chargers left San Diego, so fuck the NFL.
Ports and Re-releases:
Monster Hunter World (PC). Releases Aug. 9th. Now PC players can finally experience the grind that PS4 and Xbone players have been able to enjoy since January. If you have never played a Monster Hunter game (shame on you) the premise is that you accept quests from town and head out into the wild to hack, slash, stab, shoot, and beat up monsters of various types and sizes. The game can be played solo, but in order to beat some of the largest monsters you will need to enlist the aid of your fellow hunters, giving the game a sort of MMOish feel.
Hyper Universe (Xbox One) – Some Steam user reviews:
- Amazing Fun game but sadly…game is dead now, and also f*** cencorship .
- Stunning visual, sound effect and character design. And it’s more fun than awesomenauts in my opinion. Need more player though.
- Gamebis sweetness. Except it is dead. So other people may not think it is the sweetness
Minit (Switch) – Releases Aug. 9th. The ports continue for the Switch as the micro-adventure game is set to hit the home/portable system this week. Your games will last 60 seconds at a time, so you must quickly explore and solve puzzles if you want to progress. Sounds like the perfect bus ride game.
Okami (Switch) – Releases Aug. 9th. I’m not sure I need to say much about this game; it’s a modern classic and you deserve to play it on as many systems as possible.
Ni No Kuni II – Adventure Pack (PC/PS4) – Releases Aug. 9th. This DLC is free and comes with new bosses to fight, quests to undertake, and floors to explore in the Faraway Forest cave.
Hearthstone – The Boomsday Project (Android/iOS/PC) – The ninth expansion to Blizzard’s hit card game. The theme seems to center on science and technology where you use wacky inventions to defeat your opponent.
Slam Land (PC/PS4/Switch) – A 4-player couch co-op game that had the unfortunate luck to be released the same day as Overcooked 2.
City of the Shroud (PC) – Releases Aug. 9th. This is an interesting looking game. You will take part in a story based, tactics game that unfolds over 4 chapters. According to the designers the game will change based on how the entire community plays, not really sure how that will happen, but it could be fascinating.
Terratech (PC/Xbox One) – Releases Aug. 10th, PS4 release on Aug. 14th. An open world sandbox game that has you building vehicular death machines that you use to explore an alien world. Reminds me of the vehicles you would build in Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts. It’s been in early access on Steam since 2015.
Sword Legacy: Omen (PC) – Another medieval fantasy tactical fighting game for your PC. Do you have enough already? No, the answer is always no.