Ah, August, the only month where I play most of my games on the beach, instead of the TV. Still, there are a few fresh videogame releases, fortuitously scheduled towards the end of the month and my vacation, I’ll definitely be checking out. Check out the list after the break!
23rd: Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Multiplatform)
30th: Tropico 4 (PC)
30th: Driver: San Francisco (Multiplatform)
The one thing certain about Deus Ex: Human Revolution is that every single one videogame journalist is wishing for it to be spectacular. The original was groundbreaking, back in 2000, it was the kind of title that gets people enamored with videogames and the business as a whole, but the 2003 sequel was mostly heartbreaking. So, everyone’s hoping “Human Revolution” will erase “Invisible War” from memory and live up to the original standard, but being a FPS in today’s market often comes with excess baggage that might just cripple it. From where I’m standing, it looks like Metal Gear Solid meets SWAT 4 and I’m relatively hopeful; at least it’s better than GTA meets Call of Duty.
If From Dust was my “gateway Populus“, Tropico 4 is my “gateway Sim City“. Even if they were somewhat lacking in the production values and challenge departments, the Tropico series have always been a fun, humourous spin on the classic city-building game and Tropico 4 looks like might be the best one yet.
I’ve always had a curious relationship with the Driver games: I always love the concept, so I always play them, but I never finish them as there always comes a point where they get too damn retarded. Still, it’s a variant to the straight-up racing game I’ll always favor, so I’m keen to check out San Francisco and see how far I can get, before uncontrollable nervous laughter forces me to put down the controller.