We decided to combine the preview for next month and the wrap-up for July into one given the overall lack of excitement during the summer drought. The official title for the month of August this year is now “August: The month of Generic Games”. Games like Deus Ex, Blood Rayne, another Tropico (which may be a fan-loved game but doesn’t catch our eye), and another Street Fighter and Madden game all contribute towards a pile of blah. Given that there is nothing that we’re head over heals looking forward to, this past month’s wrap-up might give us hope for a few sleepers.
July was forecast to be a complete waste for gaming. Harry Potter was one we thought we might look at, but completely ignored. What snuck up on us were Ms. Splosion Man and Warhammer 40k: Kill Team. Kill Team was a fantastic game of couch-coop arcade action. Coming in at about 2-3 hours of gameplay total, though, it’s bitter sweet to play at a $10 price tag. We reviewed the game and gave it a 3.5 which is smack dab in the average range. With more content, it would have been easily a must-buy. Ms. Splosion Man has a lot more content coming in at something like 100 levels with 50 single-player and 50 multiplayer all unique. It’s fun blow-yourself-up puzzle solving, thought provoking at times, and if you can handle the goofy teen girl pop song references it’s worth buying if you liked the first.
As for what else we did the rest of the month to keep us busy, it was all about oldschool. We streamed a plethora of old Nintendo games and have plenty more oldschool classics queued up and ready to go. Mass Effect made waves and is now the game of choice as we both play through and beat the two games (Graev for the 10th time and Keen for the 1st). Add in an Alpha test and a Beta and it was a month that turned out a little better than expected due to luck and a little self-motivated digging in the cupboards for old games. There’s hope for next month a we hunker down and push through to the end of the year bringing BF3 and the next wave of MMO releases.