After the amazing Steam sales that started off the summer, I was lucky enough to clear out some time to play Dear Esther this weekend. It’s a decidedly unique experience, of course – an atmospheric first-person “story” with no violence or combat and an engaging, haunting narrative.
Developer thechineseroom is now hard at work on the title’s spiritual successor, this time exploring the idea of the rapture, called, aptly, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture.
After the experience on Dear Esther’s island, I’m very much looking forward to the next story/exploration based piece from thechineseroom.
We’re in the downloadable dog days of summer now. But don’t worry, that’s far from a bad thing. On Wednesday, August 8, Xbox Live’s Summer of Arcade continues with Hybrid, a third person shooter with funky, futuristic tech. It’s developed by 5th Cell, the lovely folks who created Scribblenauts.
Also on the August 8, Hero Academy, the uber-addictive iOS tactical RPG, arrives on Steam. On August 14, the utterly delightful – and thematically deep – Papo and Yo is due out on PSN. On August 15, the gorgeous-looking Dust: An Elysian Tail arrives on XBLA.
By the middle of the month, AAA games will start trickling out. The party starts on August 14, with Darksiders II, the sequel to the best, most badass Zelda clone this side of Nintendo’s official series. Sleeping Dogs – a hard-boiled action title set in Hong Kong. On the same day, The Last Story arrives on Wii – it’s a hardcore RPG, and certainly one of the last “big” Wii games to hit the system. Finally, on August 19, the 3DS’ next big thing – New Super Mario Bros. 2, arrives, as does the super-sized 3DS XL.