Another month means another selection of Game Pass additions for PC and Xbox One stampeding over the horizon, and August’s newly revealed offerings include Final Fantasy 7 HD, The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan, and Darksiders: Genesis.
Starting with August’s console-only additions, Darksiders: Genesis and Man of Medan both arrive tomorrow, 6th August. The former offers a top-down, dungeon-crawler-inspired spin on the long-running action-RPG franchise, this time featuring War and Strife as playable characters, and is supposedly pretty entertaining. Eurogamer’s Christian Donlan reckoned it offered “the same old pleasures for this entirely pleasurable series,” in his review, “albeit with the odd new trick and delivered from a new perspective.”
The spookily enjoyable Man of Medan, meanwhile, is developer Supermassive Games’ first entry in its Dark Pictures horror anthology series – a sort of smaller-scale extension of the team’s Until Dawn. Like that game, it’s a heavily cinematic narrative yarn, in which players are able to direct the action – and determine who lives or dies – to some degree, based on their choices. Man of Medan’s nautical tale of teen horror doesn’t quite stick the landing, but it’s still a decent couple of hours entertainment, particularly with friends.