Video Game Releases – August

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August is definitely not one of the best months that gamers have seen.  The amount of new titles coming out are very minimal but we do have a few highlights to look forward to!

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

The game takes place during the year 2027, 25 years before Deus Ex. Nanotechnological augmentations have yet to be developed and biomechanical augmentations are the current state of the art. The main protagonist, Adam Jensen, is a private security officer with Sarif Industries, a leading company that specializes in human augmentations. After he witnesses a chilling attack on his company which leaves him horrifically injured and forced to undergo augmentation to survive, “the conspiracy begins.” The visuals are a combination of cyberpunk and Renaissanceaesthetics, resulting in a futuristic-looking Baroque world. Adam Jensen is performed by actor Elias Toufexis. The player will visit five cities over the course of the game, including Detroit, Shanghai and Montreal. In addition, the protagonist will have his own apartment where he may store his secrets and collected information. The events in the game will lead to the formation of UNATCO from the original game.

Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad

Red Orchestra 2 is a first person shooter with realistic gameplay elements. Guns behave realistically, with bullet drop and spin taken into account. The game also does away with elements of a traditional HUD like an ammo counter, forcing players to remember, or manually check, how many bullets are left in the gun’s magazine.  The game’s first person cover system allows players to hide behind objects in the world to avoid gunfire. While in cover players can peek out to take more accurate shots or fire blindly. However the shape, size and composition of the object will change it’s effectiveness at protecting the player. Smaller objects may not cover the player’s entire body and some may not stop bullets. Health does not regenerate over time or by use of medical equipment, but wounds must still be bandaged so more health is not lost through blood loss.

Bodycount

This is the story of Jackson, a former American soldier recruited by an enigmatic organization called “The Network”, who has normally resolved conflicts between the States where even the UNcould not. Over time, Jackson realizes that wars are caused by some mysterious individuals. The game will be set in first-person. One of the most talked about features is the environment destructibility; nearly everything in the game is expected to be destructible. Environments and most of everything in them will be destroyed realistically, creating a dynamically-changing playing environment. By scoring kills, the player can unlock deadly power-ups such as air strikes that further decimate the environment. There will be a unique cover system where the player will have near complete freedom while in cover. Multi-player will be a feature with Team Deathmatches being mentioned. Co-op will also be an available feature in the game.

Lord of the Rings: War in the North

War in the North is an upcoming action-role-playing game from Snowblind, the studio that made the awesome Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance. The War in The North features three playable protagonists: a man, elf, and a dwarf. Eradan is a male human ranger, he has a fast fighting style and is an excellent archer. Andriel is a female Elf who specializes in magic techniques. She has a sword and staff for close quarters, can shoot magic bolts as a ranged attack, and she has the ability to use both offensive and defensive magic techniques. Farin is the male dwarf of the party and the primary tank. Farin is heavily armored and stongest at close quarters. He does possess long range axe throwing abilities, but his strength lies in melee. The game will feature stronger graphic violence than previous Lord of the Rings games and is expected to be the first game in the series to receive an M rating from the ESRB. Which makes it that much more awesome.

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