The big build up of the year is here banging at our doors waiting to give us our first helping into the bounty of beautiful games that we can expect from the latter half of 2017.
Yakuza Kiwami – 29th for PS4
The Yakuza series of games are absolutely fantastic and luckily for us western gamers the series has been (slowly) getting ports of every major part of the series. Yakuza Kiwami is a remake of the original Yakuza game on new generation hardware and follows the story Kazama Kiryu and his life in and out of jail, whilst utilizing the great game engine created for the prequel Yakuza 0.
Sonic Mania – 15th for PS4, Xbox One, PC and Switch
I can’t think of a Sonic game in recent memory that was anything better than mediocre at best. Sonic Mania could be the end to this cycle taking all the speed and frenetic energy of the originals for the Sega systems and bringing it forward for a whole new generation to enjoy. From what I’ve seen this looks like the game that could put Sonic back in the good graces of jaded fans.
Uncharted: Lost Legacy – 22nd for PS4
After Uncharted 4 ended the thrilling saga of plucky hero Nathan Drake many lamented the ending of one of gaming’s most exciting series. Luckily for them, and you, the uncharted universe is much bigger than just Mr. Drake and so we can now look forward to game featuring female protagonists Chloe that take place during and after the events of Uncharted 3 and 4.
Absolver – 29th for PS4 and PC
Set to be one of the most intricate brawlers we’ve ever seen, Absolver also looks to be one of the most fun. Giving you the persona of the wondering warrior and letting you fully customize everything from your appearance to your stats and even the way in which you clench a fist. I’m calling it already and saying that this will be a dark souls competitor that people like me (who have a higher interest in martial arts) can really get into.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle – 29th for Switch
From the moment I saw Mario + Rabbids at the Ubisoft presentation at E3 I knew it was something I had to have. Mixing the red hat wearing plumber with the over the top Rabbids surrounded by game play that focuses on turn based tactics with elements of RPG thrown in is too much of a strange juxtaposition not to fall in love with. Also there’s a big Donkey Kong Rabbid!
So that’s it for the games of August, and there’s more out than just this list so keep an eye out for anything I’ve missed.
Author: Hal, Plymouth store