August is finally upon us! We’re eight months deep into the year now and we’re steadily making our way through the scorching summer months towards the big holiday shopping rush when you’ll be flooded with choice.
It’s all about quality, not quantity, however, and just because August’s list of game releases looks a little thin, that doesn’t mean that the new titles are any less captivating. Let’s take a look at what’s in store.
Since the game launched in 2001, Blizzard Entertainment MMO World of Warcraft has received six expansions and each has shaken up the game significantly. The seventh expansion, called World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, is expected to be another huge, positive shift for the game.
In 2016 expansion World of Warcraft: Legion, Blizzard set up a conflict between the two rival factions of the Alliance and the Horde. Battle for Azeroth kicks things up a notch, seeing the factions travel to the continents of Kul Tiras and Zandalar in order to recruit allies to help with the war.
Battle for Azeroth is packed to the brim with continent. Kul Tiras and Zandalar are made up of three huge zones each, there will be 10 dungeons as well as the Uldir raid which pits players against the bosses Titan Keeper Hezrel, Red Queen, Fetid Devourer, Titan Discs, Blood of G'huun, G'huun. It also introduces Warfront, a new form of player versus environment (PvE) content that builds on Warcraft’s gameplay and focuses on base building, capturing and controlling territory and keeping a close eye on how resources are managed.
On top of all of this, the expansion also increases the level cap to 120, up from 110, giving players something more to work towards.
F1 2018 developer Codemasters is widely regarded as one of the best developers of racing games in the entire industry. When the Formula One simulation game arrives later this month, Codemasters will once again prove exactly why it holds that reputation.
The latest edition of Codies’ F1 series (which has been running since 2009) builds on many of the things that fans of the sport and the games love. This includes major improvements to the game’s career mode, as players can now have greater interaction with the media as they rise through the ranks. An NPC reporter named Claire will ask players questions and their responses will have an impact on how your team (and team bosses) see you, which can have a knock-on effect on your career.
On the actual driving gameplay front, Codemasters has expanded the line-up of classic cars, with gorgeous blasts from the past including the 2009 Brawn BGP-001 driven by Jenson Button when he won the F1 World Championship and the 2003 Williams FW25 driven by Michael Schuhmacher and Juan Pablo Montoya (these cars will be available as post-launch DLC or as the F1 2018 Headline Edition at launch). Improved graphics and painstaking recreations of courses such as the Monaco Grand Prix all help F1 2018 to become the “the most authentic F1 car simulation" yet.
While EA’s FIFA is known for its licenses, it’s Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer series that is known for its realism, its jaw-dropping graphics and the beautiful, flowing feel of its soccer simulation gameplay. With this year’s release, Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 (PES 2019), Konami is showing us once again why this holds true.
The big, new addition for this year’s game is a feature called “Visible fatigue” which means that you will be able to see exactly when a player on the pitch gets tired. Has a thrilling cup final been stretched out to extra time? Expect to see players stand with their hands on their knees as they wait for a potentially game-changing throw-in (this is just one example of how their fatigue levels will show). Fatigued players will also be more prone to injury but thankfully, PES 2019 will also have a quick substitution menu, making it easier than ever for you to bring someone off the bench if a player looks as though he’s getting tired.
Other gameplay improvements include tweaks to the Master League mode with new licensed leagues being added as well as the pre-season International Champions Cup tournament while transfer negotiations now include contract options for re-selling and clean sheet clauses. Changes to transfer negotiations and budget systems have also been made, which is good news for those who love handling the business side of their club. There are also 11 skill traits that players can have including: no look passes, interceptions, and penalty specialist. This will go a long way towards making the game’s superstars player the beautiful game just as they do in real life.