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Preview: August 2017 in Games

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What are the XTgamer editors looking forward to in August apart from running past sweaty nerds in filled to the brim convention halls? Find out!

Game Title: Sonic Mania

Genre: Jump'n'Run

Release Date: 15.08.2017

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(Francesco)

A game that I’m waiting since it was officially announced, this is the glorious return to 2D games us Sonic fans were waiting for. They also hired some guys who made amazing mods for the MegaDrive games, so they definitely know how 2D Sonic should feel and we can be sure to expect a great game!
SEGA has listened to its fans, and the upcoming Sonic Forces will be another proof of that. And if this game sells well, we can expect even more!

Game Title: Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Genre: Action-Adventure

Release Date: 22.08.2017

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(Francesco)

If you saw my top 5 2016 games, you already know how big of an Uncharted fan I am. Instead of having a single DLC for Uncharted 4, the work became so big and polished that we’re actually gonna get a standalone game version, and it will still give you access to the official multiplayer mode as well.
Can we expect the same quality of the 4th game? Maybe not, but we can still expect more hours of story (it will continue after the 4th chapter’s conclusion) and exploration. Also, having more Chloe story is always a plus for me.

Game Title: Yakuza Kiwami

Genre: Action-Adventure

Release Date: 29.08.2017

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(Patrick)

After having a high period in the last console cycle and the beginning of the current generation remasters are in high demand, especially remakes in which publishers not only present the game visually in a new fashion but also adapt the gameplay to current standards, see Shadow of the Colossus, Final Fantasy VII and Resident Evil 2Yakuza is a little less popular in the West but since the localization thriller that was Yakuza 5 the series is blooming outside of Asia. On August 29th Yakuza Kiwami launches, a remake of the first game which launched 11 years earlier on PlayStation 2 and gained at the time fame quickly for its terrible English voice work. In Asian territories a HD edition of the first two games launched on PS3 and Wii U and now we can finally experience young Kazuma Kiryu’s adventures. Great timing, SEGA, since the game’s prequel Yakuza 0 was released at the beginning of the year. After I finished it in the Let’s Play with you, I’m looking forward to playing the remake of the first game since part 3 was my starting point and another fantastic contemporary reworked Yakuza story is always a reason to celebrate to me. After Kiwami I’ll also finish Yakuza 5 in our battered Let’s Play (licenses can be a drag).

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In June I was lucky enough to met the nice guys and girls of Hamburg-based developer Daedalic. Strangely enough I had to fly to Los Angeles and attain E3 to accomplish that. Ken Follet’s epos The Pillars of the Earth gets turned into an adventure with great visuals, a fantastic atmosphere and well-written dialogue. There’s plenty of characters to play and space to explore. At first glance it reminded me of Telltale’s Game of Thrones and the developers are aware of the similarities. There will also be a complex plot full of conspiracies like in George R. R. Martin’s fantasy universe. An exciting fact ist that it’s all based on true history. Playing it for a very brief time created an appetite for more. From August 15th on we can play the entire first volume. The later chapters get added on free of charge. No Early Access. That’s a policy we’d like to see more.

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