The flood of new AAA game releases has already begun in full force. Over the next couple weeks I’ll have reviews up at The Koalition for several of the most anticipated games of the season, at least for their target demographics. Check out the list of games after the jump!
Dishonored: Brigmore Witches DLC (review already live) – http://thekoalition.com/2013/08/dishonored-brigmore-witches-dlc-review-deadly-finale/
Saints Row IV (PC, received from Deep Silver)– “the player controls the leader of the Third Street Saints, who has now become the president of the United States. The game returns to the fictional city of Steelport from The Third, which will be redesigned as a retro-futuristic dystopia with elements of Washington, D.C.”
Madden NFL 25 (PS3, received from EA) – “an American football sports video game based on the National Football League and published by EA Sports for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as a launch title. The game is one of the first to run on EA Sports’s Ignite game engine. It is also planned to be released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.”
Tales of Xillia (PS3, received from Namco) – “The game takes place in a fictional world called Rieze Maxia and follows Jude Mathis and Milla Maxwell. The two discover a military research that involves spirits and will endanger the world. The plot’s central theme is Yuruginaki shinnen no RPG (揺るぎなき信念のRPG?, lit. “RPG of Unwavering Convictions”).”
Lost Planet 3 (PS3, waiting to receive from Capcom) – “The game is the prequel to Lost Planet: Extreme Condition and Lost Planet 2 and takes place on the same planet of E.D.N. III. The game will take a more story-driven narrative approach to the campaign similar to the first game. Unlike previous games in the series, which were developed internally by Capcom, the game will be developed externally by Spark Unlimited.”
Some of those games I received my review copy a bit later than some of the larger outlets out there, but that’s the way things go – publishers and PR can’t supply an infinite number of copies to every outlet and writer, they have to prioritize in waves of review copies. It’s a part of the industry a lot of people on the outside don’t always understand.
Personally, this is a good month for me. Reviewing multiple games in a short time frame can be daunting, but I welcome the opportunity. Any chance to improve my writing and analysis of the industry is a good thing!