The Gaming Month Ahead – August 2014


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August this year brings a number of remastered titles, a lot of Vita love, Diablo 3 on consoles and Wasteland 2 coming out of Early Access. Sacred 3 and Risen 3: Titan Lords dominate the first half of the month. Both titles come to PC and 7th gen consoles, but are conspicuously absent from 8th gen. Sacred 3 returns to the main series after the brief 2d side-scroller, Sacred Citadel, which acts as a prologue to the new title. Sacred 3 changes lots of the old classes, adding new ones like Lancer and Safiri Warrior. It also features 4-player co-op, which teams the player up with 3 AI when not playing with fellow humans. Risen 3 meanwhile eschews the pirate setting of Risen 2 and returns to the first game’s more medieval locale. It seems a strange choice and just makes Risen blend in with other RPG’s, rather than standing out as a pirate themed adventure, as the second one did.

8th gen is largely serviced this month by remasters and ports – Diablo 3, Metro Redux, Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate, and The Last of Us Remastered. It’s not a bad line up, though if you’ve played them all before, you might feel a little hungry for new stuff this month, especially for XBone users. Ultra Street Fighter IV meanwhile comes out now as a stand alone on consoles (not just the digital DLC that was released weeks ago) and also comes to PC as stand alone and upgrade for SS4AE.

Elsewhere, the Vita gets quite a number of releases, like Disagaea 4 and Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth.  The WiiU ship keeps on sinking, with no new releases this month, while the 3DS gets only one or two titles. Either way, its next month that we’ll start seeing some of the bigger titles of the year, like Destiny.

1st

  • Last of Us Remastered (PS4)
  • Kick Ass 2 (PS3/X360)
  • Sacred 3 (PC/PS3/X360)
  • LEGO Ninjago Nindroids (Vita/3DS)

6th

  • Metrico (Vita)

7th

  • MX Vs ATV: Supercross (PC)

8th

  • Ultra Street Fighter IV (PC/PS3/X360)

13th

  • Hohokum (PS4/PS3/Vita)
  • Me & My Pets 3D (3DS)

15th

  • Risen 3: Titan Lords (PS3/X360)

19th

  • Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition (PS4/XBone/PS3/X360)

20th

  • Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment (Vita)

22nd

  • Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare (PS4/PS3)
  • Tales of Xillia 2 (PS3)
  • Imouto Paradise (PC)

27th

  • Hyperdimention Neptunia Rebirth 1 (Vita)

29th

  • Wasteland 2 (PC)
  • Metro Redux (PC/PS4/XBone)
  • Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate (PS4/XBone)
  • Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited (Vita)

PSPlus August:

Leaving PS Plus:
6th August: TowerFall Ascension (PS4)
6th August: Strider (PS4)
6th August: Dead Space 3 (PS3)
6th August: Vessel (PS3)
6th August: LEGO Batman 2 DC Superheroes (Vita)
6th August: Doki Doki Universe (Vita)

Entering PS Plus:
6th August: Road Not Taken (PS4)
6th August: FEZ (PS4)
6th August: Crysis 3 (PS3)
6th August: Proteus (PS3)
6th August: Metrico (Vita)
6th August: LEGO Harry Potter 5-7 Years (Vita)

Games with Gold August:

Xbox One
1st-31st Crimson Dragon
1st-31st Strike Suit Zero Directors Cut

Xbox 360
1st-16th Motocross Madness
116th-31st Dishonoured

PC Origin:

On the house
Peggle

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