by Jessica Ham
August has been an exciting month for me when it comes to video games. Several games I have been waiting for finally arrived this month. From horror games to story driven choice games, the possibilities are endless when it comes to gaming right now.
Life is Strange 2: Episode 4 released on August 22 for PC, Xbox One, and PS4. The third episode released in May, so it was quite a long wait in-between episodes. Episode three left off on a crazy cliffhanger so the fans, myself included, were highly anticipating the release of episode four. The episode, titled “Faith,” focused on some heavy topics such as religion, sexuality, conversion therapy, racism, and child abandonment. Critics and fans agree that the game developers DontNod do a great job at tackling these issues. This episode was a dramatic setup for the finale of Life is Strange 2, and I am excited to see how the game ends.
Man of Medan the first game in the Dark Pictures horror game anthology released on August 30 for PC, Xbox One, and PS4. The game features five teens who embark on a boat trip and soon find out that something sinister lies in the ocean. This game was made by the developers of the popular horror game Until Dawn. Man of Medan is different however because it includes co-op and online multiplayer versions of the game. Players can betray each other, and it makes for quite a fun game to play at a party. I am so excited to play this game as I am a huge fan of Until Dawn.
Blair Witch released on August 30 on PC and Xbox One. The game is set in the same universe as the famous movie The Blair Witch Project. It all takes place in 1996 when a young boy disappears in the Black Hills Forest and former police officer Ellis goes to the woods to search for him with his dog. Game mechanics include managing the dog and using a flashlight to scare off enemies. Petting the dog is an option in the game, which people are very excited about. While the game is scary, critics and fans say it is not quite as scary as the films.
One of the biggest news in gaming this month is that Ninja, the most popular Twitch streamer, announced he is moving from Twitch to Mixer. Mixer is the streaming service led by Microsoft. Many are concerned that this will lead to Twitch’s downfall as Ninja was a big draw to the platform.
As the summer is coming to a close, it is time for the gaming world to prepare for the best time of the year for video games, the holidays.