Video Game Releases to look out for in August 2020
August is never a fantastic month for game releases. It hits in the big lull after E3, it’s the month right before September, which is the start of the big fall pre-holiday season. This year is particularly bad, considering many game releases have been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are mere months away from the release of next-generation hardware which means current generation releases have slowed even more. Simply put, you are never going to find a slower month than this month right here.
But that doesn’t mean there is nothing to play. You might have to dig deeper into the indiesphere, or look at genres you might not have played before, but there is plenty here to keep you busy throughout the last of the summer months. It just goes to show you that big blockbuster releases aren’t everything. In fact, when I started digging I found a much larger list than I expected. It’s just that a lot of these titles haven’t been marketed nearly as heavily as big name releases usually are.
Luckily you have us to point you their way.
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout (August 4 – PC, PS4)
A battle royale game unlike anything you have ever seen before, Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout pits a bunch of players against each other in wipeout style obstacle courses. You all play at once, either trying to platform to the end, collect the most objects, or purposefully push your opponents into hazards, and the last one standing wins.
Hellbound Campaign (August 4 – PC)
Hellbound is basically Doom. Now I know you are thinking Doom is the only Doom but what is more Doom than having a bunch of clones that try to mimic its fast paced shooter gameplay? Hellbound’s survival mode has been out for a while, but its campaign mode is dropping this August, allowing you to blow up the denizens of hell with a number of brutal unholy firearms.
Relicta (August 4 – PC)
It’s been a while since we had a good physics based puzzler. The concept of Relicta is fairly simple. Use a bunch of telekinetic powers to solve puzzles. It’s a bit like Portal meets The Witness. But there’s something else that Relicta has that most other physics puzzlers don’t: plot. Instead of just giving you a tongue in cheek reason to press switches, there is actually a fairly hefty plot about a sci-fi artifact that goes out of control here. It’s a bit of a refreshing spin on a genre that has been mostly played by-the-numbers at this point.
This platforming action adventure game is one part Marble Madness, one part Medievil. You play as a reanimated skull, rolling around the environment, looking desperately for a body to possess to do your bidding. Luckily, there are a bunch of golems hanging around just waiting for you to take control of them. Each body has different skills that you will use to defeat enemies and solve simple puzzles.
There are a lot of flaws with this game, from its PS2 graphics to its clunky controls, but it’s basically the only Fast & Furious game out there, complete with voice actors from the movie. You know exactly who you are if you are going to pick this game up. Sometimes, a franchise is all you need to sell a game.
A Total War Saga: Troy (August 13 – PC)
The next chapter of the Total War series of RTS games is here, this time taking on the Tojan War. Play through multiple different scenarios, each with a different historical interpretation of what the Trojan Horse really was. Recreate the Iliad in several different ways ranging from the fantastical to dark and brutal.
This year’s UFC installment has basically overhauled everything. New control schemes, new dynamic camera, new career mode, it’s basically a new game. It’s also the only UFC video game in town. That’s one thing about August, it’s a haven for yearly sports releases. So if you are into the MMA scene, then this is a title to check out.
Mortal Shell (August 18 – PC, PS4, Xbox One)
The souls-like genre is well known for its punishing difficulty. But what if every death was a new opportunity, a new corpse that you could wear like a meat suit and take into battle. That’s what Mortal Shell is all about. Instead of building up one character with one class and one weapon, you can experience every class and every weapon as you hop from body to body.
Microsoft Flight Simulator (August 18 – PC)
This is the original name in flight sims back and modernized. You’ll be able to fly all sorts of different planes around real world locations. And when we say real world, we mean real world. The maps in this game are based off of map data for, you know, Earth. You might even be able to see your actual house, depending on where you are flying over.
Rogue Legacy 2 (August 18 – PC)
This was originally the indie game to look out for last month, but unfortunately it, like many other games, got delayed. That’s why we are kicking it forward to our August list. Rogue Legacy is still one of the original rogue-like genre twisters, importing rogue-like mechanics into the metroidvania formula. It was one of the major titles in the indie boom last generation, and we can’t wait to see what the sequel will bring.
Battletoads (August 20 – PC, Xbox One)
The original giant beat em’ up toads are back with a brand new look, a brand new attitude, and new desperation for work. Following in the footsteps of the NES original, this new adventure will be just as much a multi-genre mash-up as the first, with elements of platforming, beat em’ ups, shoot em’ ups, and of course, the dreaded speederbike levels. Will the toads ever find their much sought after fame? Or will they languish in gaming obscurity for all eternity? You get to decide.
PGA Tour 2K21 (August 21 – PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch Stadia)
Another yearly sports release, PGA Tour 2K21 features an all new career mode that puts you on track to become the FedExCup champion. You can even customize what khakis your golfer can wear!
Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time (August 21 – PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch)
Samurai Jack Is one of Cartoon Network’s most iconic cartoons. Now you can play through his entire story in this new action video game. Make use of many different weapons, armor, and Jack’s iconic sword, as you battle through the future in an attempt to slay Aku.
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition (August 27 – PS4, Switch, iOS, Android)
This cult classic Final Fantasy title wasn’t played by many, if only because it required four Game Boy Advances, four link cables, and a Gamecube to play. Well this new remastered edition takes away all those requirements and lets you play with anyone on a PS4, Switch, or mobile device.
Tell Me Why: Chapter One (August 27 – PC, Xbox One)
Tell Me Why is Dontnod’s latest cinematic adventure game, featuring the story of a trans man and his twin sister, and their strange psychic link. They must return to their hometown to uncover dark secrets of a possibly supernatural origin. Definitely pick this one up if you enjoyed Life is Strange.
Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions (August 28 – PC, PS4, Switch)
OK, I am a big fan in this turn for game development. Usually sports games are just the same yearly simulation games with small updates. However, Captain Tsubasa allows us to play bonkers anime soccer with speedlines! There are so many good sports anime out there, and if this game does well, maybe we will see crazy anime football, basketball, baseball, and more.
This is a combination turn based tactical RPG and card game featuring warring vampire clans. Take control of famous mythical vampires, like Vlad Dracul himself, sire a bunch of followers, and lay siege to your enemy territory. It’s vampires with a heavy dose of war and politics, a great way to kill some time while you wait on Castlevania season 4.
Another year, another Madden. Look, none of us are going to be going to a stadium any time soon. But this is definitely the next best thing. With new controls, another revamped career mode, and new user controlled celebrations, this is about the closest you can get to actual football in the time of quarantine. Go ahead, indulge. Let your fan flag fly.
Project CARS 3 (August 28 – PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Sim racing fans are a bit nervous about Project CARS 3 which seems to be going down a more arcade route with its development. It’s focusing on customization with a brand new progression system, but this is very different from earlier installments that gave you everything up front and let you race to your heart’s content. It’s trying to walk a middle line between sim racers and arcade racers, and it’s yet to be seen whether they will end up pleasing everyone, or disappointing everyone.
Can you survive post-apocalyptic Colorado? Wasteland 3 will answer that question. Build a squad, build a base, and choose what post-apocalyptic life will look like as your actions have an effect on Colorado’s people and society. Also, you can fight gigantic robot statues of Ronald Reagan that shoot lasers out of their eyes.
Windbound (August 28 – PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia)
Windbound is Breath of the Wild meets Windwaker. You get to explore a large open world, climbing anything and everything and harvesting the land for survival, except much of that land is contained on separate islands that you have to sail to. This game wears its Breath of the Wild influence on its sleeve, and that’s fine. It’s going to be a while before Nintendo gives us any info about Breath of the Wild 2 so this is a pretty good way to hold you over until the next Nintendo Direct.
Surgeon Simulator 2 (August TBD – PC)
Wacky physics based surgeon puzzles are back, and now you can play with friends. Nothing says multiplayer like ripping someone’s heart out and chucking it against the wall. Customize your surgeon and your operating room. Use surgical robots to pluck out eyes. Master surgery in a moving vehicle. The world of surgery is yours to experiment with. Besides, people can survive without their brains right… right?
Serious Sam 4 (August TBD – PC, Stadia)
Finally we have yet another hardcore 90s revival FPS in Serious Sam 4. Kill aliens, dual wield anything, and generally blow stuff up. Oh and there’s a plot here. It’s a prequel to Serious Sam 3 or something, but you don’t care about that. You care about gun and this game has guns.