The Twelve Games of Christmas 2011 – Day Eight: August

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Electronic Theatre ImageAs we begin with the brand new year, Christmas may seem like a long time ago. However, officially, it’s still not over. Here on the eighth day of Christmas, Electronic Theatre revisits the best releases from the eighth month of 2011: below you’ll find the best treats that the month’s retail release schedule offered gamers, and maybe get a hint of something to look for in those January sales.

Skirting around the end of summer and quickly approaching the mad autumn rush, a few select publishers made the wise decision to release some of their hottest properties a little earlier. Deus Ex: Human Revolution would Electronic Theatre Imagearguably have received plenty of attention whenever it launched, but for a franchise appealing to an audience that has long since been governed by the likes of Gears of War, Uncharted et al, launching a little earlier than the latest instalments in those series was surely a smart move.

Honourable Mentions:


May’s Mysteries: The Secret of Dragonville


Rugby World Cup 2011


Super Meat Boy: Ultra Edition!



Runner Up:

Age of Empires Online


Age of Empires Online was a distinct change of pace for the series most commonly known for its oppressive desire for realism. Typically performing as an acute version of a real world economy, Age of Empires videogames take pride in penalising the player for aspects of their taxation or foreign policies that had been overlooked. Not so in Age of Empires Online: built from the ground up to accommodate all players, fans and newcomers, Age of Empires Online is a deep and methodical videogame that builds slowly from it’s welcoming foundations to the point at which the player becomes the ruler of entire kingdoms, constructing monuments as easily as sending warriors to their death on a whim.



Best of August 2011:



Deus Ex: Human Revolution


As if the franchise needed any introduction, Deus Ex has been at the forefront of player manipulation for more than a decade. It’s simple really: face a challenge, manipulate your opponent, friend or self to overcome that challenge, move on to the next. Exactly how to translate that into an enjoyable videogame experience however, is a more difficult conundrum. In Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Eidos Montreal hit the nail right on the head.

It’s very true that Deus Ex: Human Revolution tends to push the player along specific paths – it’s mush easier to play stealthily than it is going in all-guns-blazing, but the fact that the videogame has been designed to accommodate these and other options, leaving nearly every scenario open to player interpretation, is nothing short of remarkable. It does occasionally struggle, especially with the likeability of it’s protagonist, but regardless of the issues Deus Ex: Human Revolution is still an easy recommendation for someone looking to try a big budget release that deviates from the path most well trodden.


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