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The games of August 2010

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AUGUST 17

Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days

Platforms: 360, PS3, PC
EU release: August 20

Yeah, the first one didn't go over so well. But this sequel to 2007's most controversial game has enough fresh and interesting ideas in store that we're willing to give the titular criminals another chance. Switching the main protagonist to Lynch – the crazier, uglier, scarier and more prone to fourth wall-breaking hallucinations of the two – might have been the developers' smartest move, but we're also eager to experience their documentary-style attempt at realism. The game plays out in real-time, the camera shakes and jitters as if held by an amateur filmmaker, image quality occasionally breaks down in a visual manner akin to YouTube and particularly gory violence (like headshots) is censored with blurry, hastily added pixel blocks.

Could be cool, or could grow tiresome… either way, at least we'll be judging the product and not the controversy.


City of Heroes: Going Rogue

Platform: PC
EU release: TBA

This massive expansion of NCSoft’s mega-successful superhero online game grafts on a topsy-turvy mirror universe named Praetoria, in which most of the main characters’ roles are reversed. For example, Praetoria’s version of CoH’s noble Captain America-alike, the Statesman, is a ruthless tyrant known as Emperor Cole. And one of our first jobs for him was to assassinate a rebel leader named Belladonna – known in the normal CoH timeline as undead archvillain, Ghost Widow.

The missions are filled with moral choices (defuse the bomb and let the enemy escape, or run him down and let the bomb wipe out civilians? Join the rebellion, or stay loyal to a corrupt government?) which adds gravitas. Add all that to a wealth of smaller tweaks and additions, such as elementally-themed ammo for your dual pistols and neutral NPCs who won’t attack unless you do, make this the most intriguing CoH add-on since 2005’s City of Villains.


Ys Seven

Platform: PSP
EU release: TBA

Ys has never really had a moment in the spotlight in the US. If it were ever popular, it was back in the early ‘90s, and on the Turbo Duo. So yeah, not the biggest draw. 2005’s Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim was a competent throwback to simpler times (and had a bitchin’ opening song) and kept the action-RPG series alive for a bit longer, leading us to Ys Seven, a fairly similar sequel that enables you to switch between characters and set attack parameters for your AI buddies.

To be straight, Ys is a dead-simple series, but it’s almost like Dragon Quest in a way, refusing to grow up while managing to hang on to the old-school charm that other series lose as they adjust to the 21st century. Hey, at the very least it’s gonna have a bad ass soundtrack.


Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar

Platform: DS
EU release: TBA

OK, so, this is more or less the same “build an adorable farm” game you’ve either played or avoided for years. Till the soil, milk the cows, mingle with your neighbors, generally live a wholesome frontier life – that’s the goal. But now there’s a big ol’ place to share and sell your wares (the Grand Bazaar, naturally) and that’s warranted an entirely new release. That’d bring the total to FIVE Harvest Moons for the DS, by the way.



AUGUST 18

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

Platform: XBLA
EU release: TBA

Conspicuously (and intentionally) lacking the Tomb Raider moniker, Lara Croft’s new adventure won’t play anything like previous entries. It’s an isometric, almost Diablo-esque co-op puzzler/shooter. There’s a huge emphasis on working with your partner – Lara’s buddy being Totec, an Aztec/Maya-looking warrior. It’s played twin-stick style, with the action being fast and arcadey but punctuated with quiet puzzle moments.

While the game will function as casual, pick-up-and-shoot fun, it will also cater to the hardcore with tons of Achievements/Trophies to chase, as well as multiple solutions and pathways that can be taken to complete levels. Choices of paths are designed to reward creative or observant play – you’ll get nice goodies for finding the lesser-known route through an area. The Guardian of Light has quite the appealing look to it, with wonderfully detailed tombs that look absolutely ripe for raiding.

This Xbox Live Arcade version is the first to arrive; expect PSN and PC to follow in September.

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44 comments

  • Tronto13 - August 2, 2010 9:03 p.m.

    I'm looking forward to.... one of these games. Bit of a bad August methinks BRING ON SEPTEMBER< OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER!!!
  • AngryScotsman - August 2, 2010 9:05 p.m.

    You might say that Horrid Henry looks... horrid? PAH!
  • CaptainSpatula - August 2, 2010 9:08 p.m.

    really looking forward to Kayne and Lynch 2 just because of it's unique documentary style. Mite b cool.
  • 510BrotherPanda - August 2, 2010 9:15 p.m.

    I have Other M reserved already. Hope the dev team isn't pulling our leg about the isolation part.
  • RufusRuthless - August 2, 2010 9:17 p.m.

    RAWR i can't wait for scott pilgrim!
  • Teazey - August 2, 2010 9:20 p.m.

    Mafia II is the only guaranteed title that I will be buying.
  • theamazingmrpotato - August 2, 2010 9:24 p.m.

    why does europe get shafted on accurate release dates? cant the uk just split off and get US releases? we dont speak a different language ffs.
  • Chickenfoot - August 2, 2010 9:26 p.m.

    Lara Croft, not tomb raider? Must be something more.... sinister. And really, how much more interesting could a game about jets be....
  • Corsair89 - August 2, 2010 9:36 p.m.

    Valkyria Chronicles 1 is one of way all-time favorite games, so VC2 is an instant buy for me. Other M is the only other game I care about this month.
  • Corsair89 - August 2, 2010 9:37 p.m.

    *my not way >_<
  • garnsr - August 2, 2010 9:41 p.m.

    I've had to resort to playing X-blades, which I got cheap, since I've already finished all the other games I have. I'm even playing Red Dead multiplayer, and I don't get into multiplayer in too many games. And there's not much coming until October! I tried to preorder Scott Pilgrim, but the Ubisoft site won't let me order in Hawaii, or Alaska, just the contiguous states and, oddly, the territories, which are islands! I still want the game though. Terrible summer.
  • GamesRadarCharlieBarratt - August 2, 2010 9:45 p.m.

    X-Blades?! My God, man...
  • Strangleme - August 2, 2010 9:53 p.m.

    I have to be honest, August doesn't look very promising. However I am looking forward to Mafia 2 and Metroid: Other M. Thank god there are only 2 I want because I really can't afford a month of multiple awesome titles. I definitely go broke when that happens. I'm also happy to fire up my Wii after leaving it dormant for over a year!!! Lots of awesome Wii games coming aout soon!!!
  • Strangleme - August 2, 2010 9:54 p.m.

    Shit!! I meant out.
  • grizzly311 - August 2, 2010 9:55 p.m.

    Looks like I am going to finally have time to do some catching up. I think the only ones I'll be picking up will be Monday Night Combat and Metroid.
  • sleepy92ismypsn - August 2, 2010 10:02 p.m.

    Looks like some great games but I'll have to pass. I think the thing I'll be buying in August is that RDR dlc. I really wish they would spread out the great games because all the must buys for me come out this November.
  • CH3BURASHKA - August 2, 2010 10:07 p.m.

    Metroid: Other M has been extremely polarizing. I used to hate it, but now I've been won over. I can't wait to play it see which me, past or present, was correct.
  • shyfonzie - August 2, 2010 10:12 p.m.

    Man, I'm interested in Ivy the Kiwi?
  • Baron164 - August 2, 2010 10:38 p.m.

    I'm interested in Scott Pilgrim and Shank but other then that I'm gonna be catching up on my back catalog of games. I think I'll finally pick up Uncharted 2 for my PS3 and give that a play through.
  • TonyBlue05 - August 2, 2010 10:42 p.m.

    Oh goody, I get to spend the next 2 weeks listening to people having orgasms over the next Madden. Yay... ReCaptcha: "your terrified" Even the security systems don't know the proper "your."

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