Games to Watch Out For This August

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August is typically a very quiet month for game releases, but it seems we’ve got more than a handful to look forward to this time around.

While there are no HUGE games releasing this month, there’s plenty of titles dropping that we’re excited about – and a nice mix of AAA, indie and everything inbetween too.

Whether you’re into sports games, action games, RPGs, racing games, or something to play with the kids, there’s something for everyone set to release this August. We’ve rounded up our picks of the games to watch out for this month, so read on to see what should be on your radar.

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Hunter’s Arena: Legends

Hunter's Arena Legends

  • 3rd August
  • PS4 and PS5

It’s been out in early access on Steam since July 2020, but a version of the game is now making its way to PlayStation consoles. Better yet, if you’re a PS Plus subscriber, it’s included as part of your subscription. It’s an action-packed online battle royale with both PvP and PvE gameplay, so if that’s your cup of tea, Hunter’s Arena: Legends is worth keeping your eye on.

Shadowverse: Champion’s Battle

Shadowverse: Champion's Battle

  • 10th August
  • Switch

Shadowverse: Champion’s Battle is a colourful RPG with a card-based battle system. It’s based on Shadowverse, a strategic battler available on PC and mobile – but if you’ve never heard of it, it doesn’t matter; Champion’s Battle is very much its own thing. You play as a new student at the Tensei Academy, where you join their Shadowverse club. Expect a fun story, lots of card battles and a lovely anime art style. In fact, you can read our preview by clicking here to find out more.

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Paw Patrol The Movie: Adventure City Calls

  • 13th August
  • PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC

Here’s one for the younger players. Practically every kid aged six and under adores Paw Patrol, right? And so this latest game is sure to feature highly on any kid’s want list. Adventure City Calls is based on the latest Paw Patrol movie, and features Chase, Skye, Marshall and pals on an all-new adventure set in a busy city. Expect exploration, collectibles, light puzzle solving and co-op play.

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Hades

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  • 13th August
  • PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S (already available on PC and Switch)

Hades took the world by storm when it released last year on PC and Switch. Now, the hell-based roguelike is making its way to PlayStation and Xbox consoles, opening itself up to a whole new audience. If fighting your way out of hell sounds like your cup of tea, then this is a game not to be missed. Read our Switch review of Hades by clicking here.

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Madden NFL 22

Madden NFL 22

  • 17th August
  • PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC and Stadia

EA Sports’ yearly Madden is just around the corner, so if you’re a fan of American football, then this one is for you. If you’re a regular player, you’ll know what to expect, though this year’s iteration promises brand new features: Gameday Atmosphere, Gameday Momentum and Next Gen Stats: Star-Driven AI all work together to change up the gameplay in every mode of the game.

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Greak: Memories of Azur

  • 17th August
  • PS5, Xbox Series X, Switch and PC

Greak: Memories of Azur looks gorgeous. While its beautiful art style is enough to get us intrigued, its gameplay looks to be a lot of fun, too. It’s a side-scrolling adventure that sees players take on the role of three siblings, Greak, Adara and Raydel. With each having their own skills and powers, you’ll need to alternate between the three of them in order to progress through the game.

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RiMS Racing

RiMS Racing 4

  • 19th August
  • PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch and PC

From NACON and RaceWard Studio, RiMS Racing isn’t just about being the fastest rider on a bike. It’s also about maintaining your motorcycle, ensuring it’s in tip-top condition and is sporting the best parts. If you like the idea of equal amounts racing and mechanical tinkering, then this may be one for you. Find out more about the game in our preview by clicking here.

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Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut

Ghost of Tsushima

  • 20th August
  • PS4 and PS5

We loved Ghost of Tsushima when it released on PS4 last year. And we’re looking forward to loving it all over again when the Director’s Cut drops. On PS5, it’ll of course sport enhanced visuals and PS5-centric features, but new content and a whole new location to explore – Iki Island – makes this a worthwhile purchase even on PS4.

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King’s Bounty II

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  • 24th August
  • PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch and PC

Here’s one for the RPG fans among us. King’s Bounty II sees you take on the role of a hero with a rather tall order resting on their shoulders; you see, evil forces are poised to take over the kingdom, and you’re the last hope of defeating them and restoring order to the land. That means building your personal army, adventuring across the world, and taking down more than your fair share of terrifying foes. Find out more about King’s Bounty II by reading our preview.

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Aliens: Fireteam Elite

Aliens: Fireteam Elite

  • 24th August
  • PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC

Aliens: Fireteam Elite might not be the follow-up to Alien Isolation we’ve been hoping for, but we’re happy for any excuse to jump into the terrifying universe of AlienFireteam Elite is a co-operative third-person survival shooter that sees you play as one of a group of marines. Set 23 years after the original Alien trilogy, you find yourself stationed on the UAS Endeavor – though it isn’t long until Xenomorphs rear their ugly head, threatening to destroy you and everything around you. Best get ready to shoot a lot of them.

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No More Heroes III

No More Heroes III

  • 27th August
  • Switch

Travis Touchdown is back, and ready to ward off a new alien threat to Earth. Wielding his legendary Beam Katana, Travis will need to fight his way through hordes of alien enemies – though he’s got lots of new tech and some wrestling moves to help him out this time. If you’ve played a No More Heroes game before, you’ll know the level of madness to expect – and we doubt No More Heroes III will be any different.

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Baldo: The Guardian Owls

  • 27th August
  • PS4, Xbox One, Switch and iOS

We don’t know a great deal about Baldo: The Guardian Owls, but when it was first announced last year, one glimpse of its gorgeous Studio Ghibli-esque artstyle was all we needed to fall in love with it. Explore a beautiful world, solve puzzles and meet a cast of weird and wonderful characters, all in the name of saving the world (isn’t it always?).

KeyWe

KeyWe

  • 31st August
  • PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch and PC

KeyWe sounds incredibly bizarre, and that’s why we can’t wait to play it. It sees you working in a mail room, organising messages and packaging – but you’re no normal mail worker; oh no, you’re a Kiwi bird. Playable in both single-player and co-op, this is designed to be a chaotic but fun puzzle game all about trying to stay in control.

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