This week, one of the biggest games of 2016 finally touches down, a new-era dungeon-crawler breaks onto the scene, and we see the return of one of PS2’s greatest titles.
Here are our picks for the games releasing 8 – 12 August 2016:
No Man’s Sky
Release date: 10 August 2016 (PS4), 12 August 2016 (PC)
After numerous delays, No Man’s Sky finally arrives this week. The ambitious space exploration title allows players to travel to and discover near-infinite worlds on your journey to the centre of the universe, mapping out planets as you go. It is a gigantic game to explore with a massive 18 Quintillion planets to discover. Players won’t explore the galaxy alone. They’ll be making their way to the centre of the universe along with tons of other pilots via the game’s multiplayer component.
If you’re the first pilot to a planet, you can “tag” it with your official colonisation flag and be forever immortalised as the person to found it. Each planet has tons of plant and wild life, both friendly and hostile, and you’ll need to fight in order to continue your adventure. Pilots will be fighting both on land and in the sky. Planet side, players will have to use guns to take down hostile wild life and deadly robots. In space, pilots will take part in epic space battles.
Release date: 9 August 2016 (PS4)
Brutal re-imagines classic ASCII dungeon crawlers with 3D visuals but keeping the same old-school gaming feel. Players will choose their heroes from four classes: Ranger, Mage, Warrior or Amazon. Once you’ve chosen your hero, you’ll be tasked with clearing twenty-six floors in a procedurally generated world. At the top you’ll have to best the terrible Guardian of the Dungeon to reign supreme. You can also try to reach the top with a trusted friend thanks to the game’s local co-op.
The game allows players to craft weapons, enchant them, brew potions, and forge talismans. Weapon crafting and enchantment is done through careful working of ASCII characters, and potions are always a mystery because players won’t know their effects until they use them.
Indigo Prophecy Remastered
Release date: 10 August 2016 (PS4)
Before narrative-driven cinematic games like Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls, there was Indigo Prophecy (known as Fahrenheit in the US). Indigo Prophecy was a bold experiment for the PlayStation 2 and sought to explore the extent of interactive storytelling with player choices to affect a story’s outcome. It arrives in digital format for PS4 players this week.
In this paranormal thriller, New York City is stunned by a series of mysterious murders that follow the same pattern: ordinary people become possessed and kill absolute strangers in public. Play both sides of this breathtaking murder conspiracy and uncover the supernatural forces behind these crimes.
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