I know that I am ssuuper late with this post since Mid-August is already approaching, but due to circumstances I was not able to finish this post earlier. Sorry for that! August is also more packed with games than usual, which didn’t help at all, but hopefully the September post should be on time again!

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel

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J-RPG fans on the PC are in for a treat since The Legend of Heroes Trails of Cold Steel is getting a PC port in August! Naturally it will support much higher resolutions than the console versions and also feature around 5000 additional voiced lines! I’ve written a detailed review on the game here so check that out if you are interested! (Also play Trails in the Sky first please :P).

Platform: PC (already available on PS3 and PS Vita)
Developer/Publisher: Nihon Falcom / XSEED Games
Release Date: August 2nd

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

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Hellblade is the newest game from British studio Ninja Theory and serves as an attempt by the developer to develop a AAA-Indie game. It basically means that this game is a game that is self-published but still feels like it could be a polished AAA title with all the production values that go with that. The game is a 3rd Person Action-Adventure in which Senua, the protagonist of the game has to fight through a dark underworld that is basically a manifestation of her own mental illness. It is definitely a subject matter that hasn’t been touched by many games yet and I am kinda curious about how well the game can handle this sensitive topic.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PC
Developer/Publisher: Ninja Theory
Release Date: August 8th

Agents of Mayhem

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Agents of Mayhem is the newest game set in the Saints Row universe and probably could be described as an over-the-top parody of superhero organisations. I am not familiar with the Sainst Row IP at all, so I unfortunately can’t give any additional insights into this title.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Developer/Publisher: Volition / Square Enix (NA); Deep Silver (EU)
Release Date: August 15th (NA); August 18th (EU)

Matterfall

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Just shortly after the release of Nex Machina Housemarque already has another game in the pipeline. Matterfall is a side-scrolling shooter that once again shows HM’s talent in designing tight shooter games with great visual effects. Fans of the genre are probably in for a treat again.

Platform: PlayStation 4
Developer/Publisher: Housemarque / Sony
Release Date: August 15th (NA); August 16th (EU)

Sonic Mania

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Sonic the Hedgehog is celebrating his 25th anniversary this year and could there be a better way to celebrate this than with a new game that looks like a Genesis game? While the Sonic name is still famous across the industry the quality of Sonic games has been pretty low for what feels like an eternity. I think SEGA is doing the right thing with making a new Genesis style Sonic game since the fast-paced platformer has never worked as well in 3D as it did in 2D am from what I’ve seen thus far Sonic Mania looks absolutely fantastic. Similar to Mega Man IX and X this could become a real turning point for the franchise itself.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC
Developer/Publisher: Headcannon & PagodaWest Games / SEGA
Release Date: August 15th

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

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Although Uncharted 4 was the final chapter of Nathan Drake’s personal storyline, the Uncharted franchise is still living on with this upcoming stand-alone adventure called The Lost Legacy. This will be the first Uncharted game that doesn’t star Nathan Drake as the playable protagonist, but features Chloe and Nadine as playable characters instead. The game is sold as a budget title and developer Naughty Dog has said that the game would be longer than the “Left Behind” DLC for The Last of Us, but shorter than Uncharted 4 which leaves us with a pretty big range of 4-14 hours. Fans who are a bit concerned about the game length should probably wait until reviews come out, but the game itself should be good, given Naughty Dog’s track record.

Platform: PlayStation 4
Developer/Publisher: Naughty Dog / Sony
Release Date: August 22nd (NA), August 23rd (EU)

White Day: A Labyrinth Named School

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White Day: A Labyrinth Named School is a remake of a Korean horror game from 2001 that has become a cult classic for horror game fans. I am not huge into the genre so I don’t know much more about this, but it’s refreshing to see a Korean game being localized in the West that is not a MMO.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PC
Developer/Publisher: ROI Games & Gachyon Soft / PQube
Release Date: August 22nd (NA + Steam), August 25th (EU)

Absolver

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Absolver is a Multiplayer Fighting game that is set in an open or semi-open world in which players can try to master and develop their own martial arts style. The combat looks very cool since every player seems to have a lot of customization options and I can already feel that 1 on 1 fights will feel very exciting similar to For Honor. I am not sure how well the multiplayer component will work and whether it can keep the player engaged for a long time, but the combat definitely looks interesting.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox One (release later)
Developer/Publisher: Sloclap / Devolver Digital
Release Date: August 29th

Ark: Survival Evolved

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Even before its official release this month Ark has already been a huge success for developer Studio Wildcard. The game has been in Early Access for the last 2 years and has already sold over 5 million copies by now. The mixture of survival and dinosaurs made for a very compelling package and just as with Minecraft, the release of the finished product doesn’t even feel like a huge deal since the game was successful way before already anyway.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC (Win, Mac, Linux)
Developer/Publisher: Studio Wildcard
Release Date: August 29th

Everybody’s Golf

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Everybody’s Golf might not be the most famous First Party title that Sony has to offer, but it is definitely one of the more consistent ones, that has graced every Playstation Platform to this date. It is therefore not surprising that the PS4 will now get its own version of this beloved arcade Golf game as well. I’ve played a lot of Everybody’s Golf 6 on the Vita and still like to boot it up once in a while since it’s a lot of fun in short sessions. The PS4 version doesn’t look groundbreaking visually, but if they manage to keep the gameplay as fun as in the previous games I am sure that it will be worth my time.

Platform: PlayStation 4
Developer/Publisher: Clap Hanz / Sony
Release Date: August 29th (NA), August 30th (EU)

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

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Ubisoft was probably the biggest Western supporter of the Wii U and it is therefore not surprising that the French giant is once again investing ressources into Nintendo’s newest console, the Nintendo Switch. When this Mario x Rabbids Crossover game was leaked ahead of this year’s E3, many people had their doubts about whether such a game could be good. The first presentation during E3 managed to wisk most worries away since the game looks pretty good for what it wants to do and seems to be a solid tactical RPG.

Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developer/Publisher: Ubisoft
Release Date: August 29th

Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition

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Pillars of Eternity was one of the biggest early Kickstarter sucesses when it was released to critical acclaim in 2015. Two years later the Baldur’s Gate inspired CRPG is making its ways to consoles including all DLCs and adjusted control options for gamepads. I am not sure whether this will control well with a pad, but it’s good to see it coming to consoles nonetheless.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Developer/Publisher: Obsidian Entertainment / Paradox Interactive
Release Date: August 29th

Warriors All-Stars

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Love it or hate it, but Omega Force is definitely one of the more productive development studios out there and with Warriors All-Stars a new entry to the popular Warriors-Series is releasing in the West. This time it is a crossover game of all major Koei Tecmo IPs and therefore features characters from Dynasty Warriors, Samurai Warriors, Dead or Alive, Ninja Gaiden, Atelier, etc. The character roster is not as huge as in the other big crossover project “Orochi”, but should still offer plenty of variety for Warrior-Fans.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PC
Developer/Publisher: Omega Force / Koei Tecmo
Release Date: August 29th (NA), September 1st (EU)

Yakuza: Kiwami

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It’s been almost 11 years since the original Yakuza was released in the West on PlayStation 2 and while the series has never been as popular in the West than in Japan, Yakuza 0 seemed to have a rejuvenating effect. Yakuza Kiwami is a remake of the first Yakuza game and releases at the perfect time since newcomers to the series who might have started with 0 can jump into this game without any worries. The remake does not only feature improved graphics, but also added gameplay improvements from later installments of the series, making this game the definite version of Yakuza 1. Hopefully we will see a Kiwami 2 as well, since that game is only playable on a PS2 unless you know Japanese (since a PS3 Remaster exists).

Platform: PlayStation 4
Developer/Publisher: SEGA
Release Date: August 29th

Ys Seven

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Ys Seven was the first Ys game that I’ve played and I still have very fond memories of it. The game was the first game that threw out the original structure of the Ys games and instead of only controlling Adol on his solo-adventure he had a party with him. This change did not please all veteran players since the platforming elements of previous games was removed as well, but the general reception was positive nevertheless and Falcom is determined to go ahead with the party structure for the future of the series as seen in Ys: Memories of Celceta and Ys VIII. This month, Ys Seven is getting ported to the PC for the first time and everyone who has not played it on their PSP or Vita yet should definitely try it (It worth playing for the kickass soundtrack alone actually)

Platform: PC (already out on PSP)
Developer/Publisher: Nihon Falcom / XSEED Games
Release Date: August 30th

Life is Strange – Before the Storm

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Life is Strange was one of the sleeper hits in 2015 and it’s therefore no surprise that Square Enix greenlighted another game in the franchise. Before the storm is not a direct sequel though but tells a prequel story about Chloe instead. I haven’t finished Life is Strange myself yet, but what I’ve played thus far was interesting enough, so I am definitely glad that another game is made although it is not developed by the original team.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Developer/Publisher: Deck Nine / Square-Enix
Release Date: August 31st (Episode 1)

 

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