As July heads into the darkness and August steps out, the gaming release calender begins to heat up, with some notable titles arriving this coming month. Things get off to a slower-paced and intriguing start with the likes of The Long Dark and Aven Colony releasing this week.
Here are our picks for the games releasing 31 July – 4 August 2017:
The Long Dark
Release date: 1 August (PS4) | Also on: Xbox One, PC
The Long Dark is a thoughtful, exploration-survival experience that challenges solo players to think for themselves as they explore an expansive frozen wilderness in the aftermath of a geomagnetic disaster. There are no zombies – only you, the cold, and all the threats Mother Nature can muster. The game prides itself on having no hand-holding, as The Long Dark challenges players to improvise by providing the information but never the answers. You have to earn the right to survive by monitoring your vitals, hunting, exploring, collecting, and overcoming immense obstacles.
Release date: 1 August (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Fans of SimCity and management games, who are also looking for something a little edgier, may find Aven Colony incredibly alluring, and it releases in retail form this week. Instead of building a new town on Earth, Aven Colony hands players a new, unexplored planet, which they’ll have to colonise and build their new home for humanity on, but there are dangers with this new world. A low-oxygen atmosphere, extreme electrical storms, shard storms, dust devils, deadly toxic gas eruptions from geothermal vents, and days so long they have their own seasons, and of course, aliens. How you handle this new territory is up to you.
Release date: 1 August (PS4)
Patapon was one of the old greats of the original PlayStation Portable. Sony’s hybrid rhythm-tactical game captured hearts with its unique art style and approach to gameplay, and now it arrives on PS4 this week! In Patapon, players lead the namesake tribe through a series of battles, fighting opposing armies and huge monsters. Advancing, attacking, and defending all happens to the beat of the drum, in a unique meld of rhythm and strategy. The remaster will output in 4K and 1080p.
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