In terms of video game releases, there always used to be something of a Summer lull. All the big games would come out around Christmas, the ones that didn’t want to compete with the big hitters would come out early into the next year, and then very little until Autumn comes around. Less so these days. There tend to be big games coming out all the time these days, but the upcoming batch of releases aren’t really grabbing my attention. Here are a few that I might take a look at though.
I enjoyed playing the co-op in the original Rage (even though my wife doesn’t remember playing it!) but this feature seems to be missing from the sequel. I still like the look of it, but I’m not in any particular rush to play it. I like that it has a brighter colour scheme and more energetic than the fairly drab initial release, but I don’t think that’s enough to get my money. I’ll wait and see what the reviews are like and have a think about it.
A Plague Tale: Innocence
The aesthetic of this is really quite fantastic – dark, grim, and utterly wretched which makes a great deal of sense considering this alternate history France has been overrun by swarms of rats that will devour anything they can get near. How do you defend yourself? You don’t! Your characters, Amicia and Hugo, must find a way to survive this horrifying world, using light to keep the creatures at bay. I like the sound of this one, but I worry that it might be a little too slow for my liking. I have no problem with stealth mechanics, so long as they work well. Again, I’ll be looking at reviews for this, but I’m more likely to grab this than Rage 2.
Team Sonic Racing
The Sonic & All-Stars kart racing games were great! Certainly on par with Mario Kart (for me anyway) but they didn’t seem to get the same level of attention. No matter, because here comes Team Sonic Racing. It has co-op now! But it doesn’t have the characters, tracks, or transforming vehicles that made the previous racer (Transformed) unique. I don’t think I’m in the market for another kart racer, but I’ll keep an open mind.
This should be something I’m all over. A creepy, atmospheric, story-driven horror game! I didn’t really get on with the original though, so this hasn’t really caught my attention beyond the fact that I like a good horror game. Maybe if it’s a little less obtuse than Pathologic I’ll give it a go.
Layers of Fear 2
FORGET EVERYTHING I SAID MAY IS THE BEST MONTH!
I loved Layers of Fear, in spite of its foibles. It was a great horror game that managed to play with your surroundings in ways that I hadn’t seen before. If the sequel even comes close to the original then I’m going to be very happy. I’ll be devouring this the second I get my hands on it.
Well, at least one thing that I’m pretty up for. There are a few other releases this month, but I’m really not grabbed by any of those either! Is there anything coming out in the next few weeks that has you excited? Should I be excited for them too?