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You know it and we know it: there are just so many entertainment choices out there these days, that sometimes it’s tough to decide what you what to spend your down time doing. Let’s face it, movies are absolutely incredible and it would be so easy to slip away for a couple of hours to enjoy the newest sci-fi, superhero or action extravaganza. Or, if you prefer the small screen, television is enjoying a new Golden Age where binging has become as commonplace as breathing. And then there are video games.
Just think about it: there’s little about movies and TV that require you to be proactive. You sit there, the entertainment is fed to you and hopefully you step away from the “table” full. But with video games, you’re put in control and engaged in another adventure that can take you to all corners of the Earth, into deep space or backwards in time where you can battle everything from warriors to alien beings and even dinosaurs; where matters of life and death are in your hands. Feel like playing some virtual football? Hey, go for the touchdown! Car racing more your thing? We've got a game for that, too. Or maybe you haven't quite outgrown video games from your youth and are looking forward to new adventures of Sonic The Hedgehog and Mario. The possibilities are endless, and that’s part of the appeal, too. Unlike a movie or TV show, the ending can change depending on what you do,
Whatever it may be, there's a game with your name on it. And what follows is the start of FHM's monthly guide to the latest video games. What we’ve done — and will continue to do in the months to come — is take a look at everything coming out over the next 30 days, and break it down to what we believe are the strongest and most fun titles.
From Fullbright (Gone Home), Tacoma is described by TheVerge.com as follows: “While Gone Home’s setting was unique, it focused on traditional elements of video game environmental storytelling, indirectly delivering its story through notes, tapes, books, and objects around an empty house. Tacoma is more like a play, or more specifically, an immersive theatrical production in the vein of Sleep No More. In the game’s fiction, an augmented reality system captures the every move of six crew members, who are represented as brightly colored silhouettes. When your protagonist arrives, the station is abandoned after a major malfunction, but these recordings remain. Her ostensible goal is to simply to recover data, but in the process, players will experience the drama of the characters’ last days on board.” Single-player game. Platforms: Linux, Microsoft Windows, macOS, Xbox One.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (August 8th)
The story is based on Celtic mythology and Norse mythology. The game is focused on Senua's (Melina Juergens) point of view, as she embarks on a very personal journey through a hellish underworld made up of Senua's psychotic manifestations of her reality and mind. (Wikipedia) Single-player game. Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4.
LawBreakers (August 8th)
Two teams of five players must work together to complete the objective of the match, with one side playing as "Law" and the other side playing as the "Breakers." Though teams may not play as characters from the opposite side, the chosen roles have the same equipment and play-style regardless of team (Wikipedia). First-person shooter, multiplayer. Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4.
Sudden Strike 4 (August 11th)
As with other entires in the series, this one takes place during World War II, with the player given the ability to take command of the German, American, British and Soviet armed forces in three battle campaigns. Says gamepressure.com, “The players can choose from more than one hundred varied units and from large variety of tactical options such as ambushes, using buildings as strong points, calling for air support or taking advantage of tanks' weak points. The greatest novelty introduced in this installment are much larger maps and the addition of nine generals based on historical figures. Their unique abilities can turn the tide of battle.” Both single-player and multiplayer. Platforms: Microsoft Windows, macOS, SteamOS. PlayStation 4 to be added on August 15th.
Agents Of Mayhem (August 15th)
The game takes place in a futuristic version of Seoul, South Korea, billed as "the city of tomorrow." The game features twelve different agents, and players can choose three agents from them to complete missions and explore the world. Single-player. Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One.
Ken Follett’s The Pillars Of The Earth (August 15th)
12th century, England: In a time of poverty and war, a small town begins the construction of a cathedral to claim wealth and safety for its people. In their struggle to survive, lives and destinies intertwine. A game in three parts based on Ken Follett's world-bestseller ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ (steampowerred.com). Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox
Matterfall (August 15th)
Matterfall is a side-scrolling shooter game with platforming elements. The game is set on a futuristic science fiction world that has been infected by an alien material known as "Smart Matter”. The player takes control of Avalon Darrow who dons an armored battle suit. Darrow can jump, dodge, and blast aliens. Darrow can also create platforms to explore the environment and generate shields to deflect attacks of enemies. (Wikipedia). Single-player. Platform: PlayStation 4.
Observer (August 15th)
Observer is a survival horror video game played from a first-person perspective. It is set in 2084 Poland following a "digital plague" that cost the lives of thousands, resulting in war and rampant drug use. The player controls Daniel Lazarski, a Cracovian detective of the Observers police unit tasked with hacking their targets' memories and fears with a device known as the Dream Eater. Equipped with augmented vision split into Electromagnetic Vision—which scans for electronic devices—and Bio Vision—which scans for biological evidence—he is able to analyze and highlight certain objects in his environment, which in a hacked brain is subject to active change. Objects can be interacted with and examined. To exchange dialogue with non-player characters, a conversation tree appears to the player with two options (Wikipedia). Single-layer. Platforms: Linux, Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 4, Xbox One.
Sonic Mania (August 15th)
Sonic Mania is inspired by the original Sonic the Hedgehog games released for the Sega Genesis, and features 2D graphics and remastered versions of stages from previous games alongside new stages. The player controls Sonic the Hedgehog and his companions Miles "Tails" Prower and Knuckles the Echidna as they venture to defeat their nemesis Doctor Robotnik. (Wikipedia). Single-player and multiplayer. Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One.