It seems as if that dreaded summer drought is finally coming to a close. Between GDC Europe and Gamescom taking place down in Cologne, Germany over the next few days, there should be plenty of news hitting the information super-highway straight into your mind. But if following every last piece of information isn’t your thing (but really, why wouldn’t it be?) then don’t worry, I’ve got the biggest scoop of the year right here for you. Are you ready? Seriously, you should sit down or something…
There are games coming out this week.
Yes! Actual honest to goodness games, and not just one AAA title with a couple of other examples of mid-ware from developers you’ve never heard of, parsing out the iOS market. There’s at least two pieces of big budget genuine interactive entertainment for you to sink your teeth into. No need to pinch yourself; this really is happening.
Coming out this week:
Iron Brigade – August 13th for PC
From what I understand, this is the same old Iron Brigade but now you can play it with a mouse and keyboard, which is probably the optimal way to play.
Darksiders II – August 14th for PC, PS3, X360
As someone who never played the original Darksiders, I’m less interested in playing as Death than I am curious about how they’ll tackle Famine (or maybe even Jesus!) in future sequels, should this franchise continue.
The Last Story — August 14th for Wii
I’ve heard this Japanese RPG is really, really good, but not recently. No, I heard this 6 months ago when The Last Story came out in Europe. I get that Persona 4 Arena might take a month to bring to Europe, but what’s Nintendo’s excuse here?
Mama’s Combo Pack Vol. 1 and Vol.2 – August 14th for NDS
Honestly didn’t know that the Mama series was still a thing. Shows how much I know. If you’re still into it, however: Why? No, seriously, if you’re still into it, here’s two Mama collections. You’re welcome. Now go over there, away from me.
Papo & Yo – August 14th for PSN
I’ve heard the odd mention of Papo & Yo every so often for a while now, but never actually, ya’know, listened. So when I noticed a release trailer I figured I’d check it out, integrate myself, so-on and so-forth.
What. The. Hell.
Sleeping Dogs – August 14th for PC, PS3, X360
For that one guy out there who really loves the True Crime series, here is True Crime 3, reskinned! It’s weird that there’s two games coming out in one week that both received a lot of attention for their titles changing, huh? (Hint: The other one used to be called Trenched)
Dust: An Elysian Tail — August 15th for XBLA
Here we have a high quality independent title, created in it’s entirety by practically one guy, coming to consoles about 9 months after it’s original release date and all I can think about is that it’s subtitle reminds me of An American Tail. I bet if I watched that film today, I’d pick up on all manner of subtext.
New Super Mario Bros. 2 – August 19th for 3DS
Oh, hey. Mario. Still Mario.
I also find myself with the distinct suspicion that The Walking Dead: Episode 3 will be showing up on PC, PS3 & X360 this week, but Telltale are being as cagey as ever. Don’t take my word for that, though. It’s just a guess.
That’s all for now, but keep checking back throughout the week for the latest in high quality video-game news, reviews and general musings. Like I said up-top, this week should be fairly busy.