The Best And Worst From August 2016
It’s official folks, your summer holidays (if you were lucky enough to get any) are over. Parents everywhere are rejoicing as the rug rats are back to school; your dreaded vacation bills are rolling in; and Sony’s worst kept secret, the PS4 Slim, should be announced any day now. But before we look ahead to a busy fall and holiday gaming season, we take a look at the month of August where we saw a couple of heavily anticipated games finally hit retail. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and No Man’s Sky arrived with a ton of hoopla. Unfortunately, for many, both failed to live up to people’s rather lofty expectations. Likewise, Madden NFL 17 didn’t exactly blow us away either. This past month indie games stole the show demonstrating once again you don’t need a giant studio to make a brilliant game. So without further delay, let’s get right to the best and the worst from August 2016.
It’s short, isn’t exactly action packed and won’t appeal to the masses. So why in the blue hell is ABZÛ on our best of the month list? Because it’s just so damn good, that’s why. Those who have profoundly enjoyed titles like Journey or Flower, this game is without question for you. It’s truly is an unforgettable experience that pushes the concept of what a “video game” should be. We have no doubt many will enjoy this atmospheric underwater world as much as we did. It easily tops our list as the best game for August 2016. Do yourself a favor and check it out.
Hue is a game that came out of nowhere for us. We didn’t expect much from this indie puzzler but walked away incredibly impressed. It has been a good summer for indie puzzlers as Inside blew people away. Hue continues that trend with a memorable experience where even those who don’t really care for brain busting puzzle games will still find a way to enjoy this one. It is a standout indie release that impressed us far more that Deus Ex did. Can’t believe we just said that.
Obliteracers won’t replace Rocket League anytime soon but the mere fact we are talking about the game in the same sentence as Rocket League says a lot. The developers at Varkian Empire have crafted a remarkable game where the games multiplayer mode is pure chaos but in an amazing way. And just like Rocket League, the single player career mode is not the main attraction. Obliteracers is beautiful, hilarious, challenging, and simply a blast to play. Once again, a game with a limited budget making more of an impression than a multi-million dollar big studio game.
Click on through to PAGE 2 for the worst of August 2016.