It has been a dry couple of months, and with August having come up, it looks like the gaming dry spell is going to continue. Again, like the previous couple of months, there isnít any big-name release in August to get excited about. Thankfully, however, there are still some games that might entertain us.
Rare Replay (Xbox One) - August 4
Rare Replay is a collection of classic Rareware titles that we saw the studio make back in its heyday. The collection boasts of 30 different games, from 1983ís Jetpac to 2008ís Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts. Along with the impressive collection of games from Rareís history, Rare Replay also includes a documentary about the studio as well as concept art and information about unreleased Rareware games.
Zombi (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - August 18
A re-release of ZombiU Ė one of the Wii Uís launch titles Ė Zombi is a survival horror game set in modern day London. It made impressive use of the Wii Uís tablet controller to mount a considerable amount of tension, but Ubisoft hasnít elaborated on how this gameplay feature will carry over to the re-release. It also features permanent death for your characters, making you essentially restart the game if you face an early demise.
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD (PC) - August 18
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is an HD re-release of an old PSP title. The game is part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis series, which is a set of Final Fantasy games sharing the same universe. Unusually for a Final Fantasy game, the combat is real-time and has a hack-and-slash feel to it as opposed to the classic turn-based combat the series is famous for. Type-0 is also darker than the traditional Final Fantasy game, with a heavier focus on the sadness and casualties of war.
Volume (PS4, PS Vita, PC) - August 18
Made by Thomas Was Alone creator Mike Bithell, Volume is a stealth game reminiscent of the Metal Gear Solid series. The plot of Volume is a modern-day take on the Robin Hood legend. The gameplay of Volume takes clear inspirations from the classic Metal Gear Solid, from the VR Mission-styled aesthetics to the third-person top-down view of levels.
Gears of War Ultimate Edition (Xbox One) - August 25
Gears of War Ultimate Edition is a remake of the game that kickstarted the cover-shooting trend that got so popular with games of the previous console generation. It features high-definition art assets that make use of the Xbox Oneís improved hardware. On the gameplay side of things, however, Gears of War Ultimate Edition wonít see much in the way of changes considering how well the game was designed to begin with.
Dishonored: Definitive Edition (Xbox One, PS4) - August 25
If you missed out on playing Dishonored when it first hit consoles, the Definitive Edition may be right up your alley. It features the base game as well as all of the DLC that was released for it after its release, including the stellar story DLC that focused on the adventures of side-character Daud. Dishonored is a stealth-action game with a focus on open-ended environments that let you choose your own path through levels.
Until Dawn (PS4) - August 25
Until Dawn is a PlayStation-exclusive survival horror game with an emphasis on multiple playthroughs for players to fully understand whatís going on in the story. It introduces a mechanic dubbed the "Butterfly Effect", which promises that players' actions and choices will have major unforseen consequences further in the game. To take advantage of this, Until Dawn will be full of ethical and moral dilemmas that players will have to make choices in.