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by Han Cilliers (Lola)  Posted Thursday, August 01, 2013 12:43:00 PM

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Good times ahead gamers! August will bring you a few long awaited releases. Let’s take a look.

Dragon's Crown

Release Date: August 6

Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita

Age Restriction: T for Teen

Price: 49.99 USD

Genre: Action

Synopsis: The game takes place in a fantasy world where vast labyrinths and catacombs lie beneath civilization. Magic-users seeking a legendary treasure known as the "Dragon's Crown" have used their sorcery to link each of the ruins together in order to search for it, which they plan to use for a sinister purpose. Players must take up the role of one of six adventurers to keep the crown out of their hands, as well as search for treasure of their own.

Gameplay: Dragon's Crown is an action role-playing game structured like a traditional side-scrolling beat 'em up where players move their characters across the screen into the background or foreground attacking enemies. Players may choose between one of six characters—Fighter, Amazon, Elf, Sorceress, Wizard, and Dwarf—who must travel through a number of environments using standard attacks as well as magic spells to defeat enemies. The game features an online mode over Sony's PlayStation Network which allows up to four players to experience the game simultaneously.

Reviews: Joystiq  4.5/5, RPGamer 4/5, IGN 8.5/10, metacritic 83/100

Publisher: Atlus

Developer: Vanillaware

Official Homepage: Dragon's Crown

Duck Tales Remastered

Release Date: August 13

Platforms: PC, WiiU

Age Restriction: Pending

Price: 14.99 USD

Genre: Platformer

Synopsis: DuckTales Remastered follows the adventures of Scrooge McDuck as he explores differently themed worlds to collect their treasures and become the world's richest duck.

Gameplay: The game sees players in the role of Scrooge McDuck as he travels across the world in search of five treasures to further increase his fortune. Scrooge is able to attack enemies and get around using his cane. On the ground, Scrooge can swing his cane to attack enemies and break open or throw certain objects. Players can visit the game's five levels; African Mines, The Amazon, The Himalayas, Transylvania and The Moon, in any order, revisiting them in order to access new areas unlocked after collecting certain items.

Publisher: Capcom

Developer: WayForward Technologies

 

Disney Infinity

Release Date: August 18

Platforms: PC, WiiU, Nintendo 3DS, Xbox 36o, PlayStation 3

Age Restriction: Pending

Genre: Action

Synopsis: Disney Infinity unlocks the freedom to play with some of your favorite Disney and Disney/Pixar worlds like never before! You can experience adventures in the worlds of Pirates of the Caribbean, The Incredibles and Monsters University.

Gameplay: There are two main modes in this game, Play Set and Toy Box. Each play set is essentially a self-contained world with its own gameplay, based on a specific movie or series with recognizable characters and storylines. Characters from one world cannot enter into another world, but players can put any character together in Toy Box mode. Toy Box is a sandbox mode that players can fully customize and explore.

Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios

Developer: Avalanche Software (USA)

Official homepage:  Disney Infinity

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WiiU

Disney Infinity Starterpack R649.95

PlayStation 3

Disney Infinity Starterpack R649.95

Xbox 360

Disney Infinity Starterpack R649.95

 

Saints Row IV

Release Date: August 20, in North America & August 23, in Europe

Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

Age Restriction: Mature +

Genre: Action

Synopsis: Five years after the events of the "Save Shaundi" ending in Saints Row: The Third, the leader of the Third Street Saints is elected President of the United States. It's not long before an alien invasion occurs and the Protagonist and the Saints are kidnapped by aliens known as the Zin and their leader Zinyak, The Player is transported to a virtual version of Steelport where The Player can use super powers to fight against the Zin empire.

Gameplay: Saints Row IV lets players delve into an arsenal of alien weaponry and technology that will turn each Saint into an ultimate entity of destruction. Utilize out-of-this-world superpowers to fight all the way to the top. With intensified action and enhanced customization, players can use their newfound superpowers and leap over buildings, outrun the fastest sports cars, or send enemies flying with telekinesis in the greatest, most insane installment of Saints Row yet.

Publisher: Deep Silver

Developer: Volition

Official homepage:  Saints Row IV

 

Splinter Cell: Blacklist

Release Date: August 20

Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation , WiiU

Age Restriction: Mature +

Genre: Third-Person Action

Synopsis: Following the events of Splinter Cell: Conviction, Patricia Caldwell, the President of the United States, shuts down the corrupt Third Echelon and replaces it with a new special operations and counter-terrorism unit called Fourth Echelon – a team of elite operatives drawn from different agencies, who operate in a mobile environment and perform missions assigned directly by the Commander in Chief, led by former Third Echelon agent Sam Fisher. When a group of twelve terrorists calling themselves "The Engineers" initiate a deadly countdown of escalating attacks on United States assets called "The Blacklist", Fisher and his team are assigned to hunt them down and stop the Blacklist countdown before it reaches zero.

Gameplay: Blacklist introduces a new gameplay mechanic called Killing in Motion, allowing the player to highlight targets and take them out in quick succession while on the run. The game is set in a third-person perspective so the protagonist and the objects around him are visible. As well, there will be voice integration with Xbox 360's Kinect peripheral, which will allow players to say things to distract enemies and then attack. The player can also use the Kinect sensor to control the protagonist with their body instead of the Xbox 360 controller. In the Wii U version, the Gamepad controller's touchscreen acts as an interface to access gadgets and other features from the protagonist's arm-mounted computer, or OPSAT. It also incorporates the screen and motion controls to highlight enemies through thermal vision when using the Killing in Motion mechanic.

Publisher: Ubisoft

Developer: Ubisoft Toronto

Official homepage: Splinter Cell: Blacklist

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PC

Splinter Cell Blacklist: D1 Edition R329.95

Splinter Cell Blacklist: Ultimate Edition R489.95

Xbox 360

Splinter Cell Blacklist: D1 Edition R509.95

Splinter Cell Blacklist: Ultimate Edition R649.95

Splinter Cell Blacklist: 5th Freedom Edition R649.95

PlayStation 3

Splinter Cell Blacklist: D1 Edition R509.95

Splinter Cell Blacklist: Ultimate Edition R649.95

Splinter Cell Blacklist: 5th Freedom Edition R889.95

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

Release Date: August 27

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3 & PlayStation 4

Age Restriction: T for Teen

Genre: Online RPG

Synopsis: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn takes place in the fictional world of Hydaelyn, specifically in a region called Eorzea. The four major city-states in Eorzea feature a wide variety of climates and biomes: the forest nation of Gridania is surrounded by a dense thicket called the Black Shroud; Ul'dah is a sultanate with a predilection for commerce situated in the Thanalan Desert; the thalassocracy of Limsa Lominsa finds its home on the island of Vylbrand; and Ishgard is a theocracy built in the snowy mountains of Coerthas. Eorzea is connected to a larger continent to the northeast which has largely been conquered by the Garlean Empire. Other political entities include the beastmen tribes who perennially assault the civilized nations; Sharlayan, a scholarly city to the northwest; and Ala Mhigo, a city-state which was occupied during the first Garlean invasion twenty years prior to the events of the game. The four nations formed the Eorzean Alliance to repel this invasion but Ishgard abruptly withdrew, leaving the remaining three allies in name only. This conflict also resulted in the desolation of Mor Dhona, a once-vibrant region in the center of the continent that is now a barren wasteland.

Gameplay: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is an MMORPG and features many of the trappings of the genre. Players create and customize their characters for use in the game, including name, race, gender, facial features, and starting class. Unlike in the original release, players may only choose a Discipline of War or Magic as a starting class—Disciplines of the Hand and Land are initially unavailable. Players must also select a game world for characters to exist on.

Publisher: Square Enix

Developer: Square Enix

Official homepage: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

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PC

Collector's Edition R499.95

Pre-Order Special Edition R279.95

PlayStation 3

Collector's Edition R599.95

Pre-Order Special Edition R499.95

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified

Release Date: August 20

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360

Age Restriction: Pending

Genre: Third-Person Shooter

Synopsis: Set in the United States in 1962, the game tells the story of special agent William Carter, working for the US "Bureau of Strategic Emergency Command", tasked with investigating and stopping an extraterrestrial incursion on American soil. According to PC World, the game is "less Starship Troopers, more X-Files" than the classic X-COM series. It was announced that part of the game will explore the struggles of a scientist named Dr. Weir, who is persecuted for both his homosexuality and his political views. Furthermore, the game will explore other cultural tensions of the 1960s.

Gameplay: In the spirit of the XCOM franchise, The Bureau's calculated combat design requires players to think and act tactically. The game's third-person perspective gives the player a sense of spatial awareness and grants them the freedom to transition in and out Carter's unique Battle Focus ability seamlessly -- heightening the tactical shooter action. The Bureau also fully embraces the concept of permanent consequence. As our last line of defense, every command can mean the difference between life and death for Carter, his squad and mankind.

Publisher: 2K Games

Developer: 2K Marin

Official homepage: The Bureau: XCOM Declassified

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified specials on Kalahari.com

PC

Pre-Order Special: Codebreakers DLC R329.95

PlayStation 3

Pre-Order Special: Codebreakers DLC R509.95

Xbox 360

Pre-Order Special: Codebreakers DLC R509.95

Lost Planet 3

Release Date: August 27

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360

Age Restriction: Teen +

Genre: Action

Synopsis: The game takes place long before the events of the first game, and hence the planet of E.D.N. III is still in an ice-age like environment rather than the tropical environment of the second game that occurs after the events of the first game. It takes place during the time of the first few human colonists on E.D.N. III sent there by the Neo-Venus Construction company or NEVEC, who later become the main antagonists for the series. The game follows the story of Jim Peyton, a colonist who is working for NEVEC and helping mine the planet and sending minerals back to Earth, where his family awaits him. The game, however, doesn't feature militarized VS bipedal mechs like previous entries in the series, and instead features mechs called Rigs that are the predecessors of VS mechs, given the timeline of the game. Unlike VS mechs, Rigs aren't militarized with weapons and instead are equipped with drill arms and claw arms for mining.

Gameplay: The game's gameplay will be more similar to the first game with a story-driven adventure rather than the second game which replaced the story-driven narrative with a simple co-op and grind-heavy campaign. Using the game's mission-based mechanics, players can choose to take on core quests that progress the story, or side-quests to help out fellow colonists on the planet. The game will allow players to openly explore areas in a style similar to role-playing games with the ability to talk to non-player characters, obtain side-quests, upgrade equipment and build their own bipedal rigs using items gathered throughout the campaign. Thermal energy will no longer be tied to the characters life support, and instead will primarily be used as a form of currency, giving the player more freedom to explore E.D.N. III. Once again, the antagonists of the game will be the Akrid, "aliens" indigenous to the planet of E.D.N. III.

Publisher: Capcom

Developer: Capcom

Lost Planet 3 specials on Kalahari.com

PC

Pre-Order Special: Freedom Fighter Pack DLC R429.95

PlayStation 3

Pre-Order Special: Freedom Fighter Pack DLC R599.95

Xbox 360

Pre-Order Special: Freedom Fighter Pack DLC R599.95

 

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