Monthly Video Game Releases: August

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Video games are more prominent than ever. 2019 will see long-awaited sequels, reboots, and new series available on multiple platforms — and it doesn’t look to be slowing down. Also, this month is PAX West, taking place in Seattle, Washington August 30 to September 2.

Regardless of the platform you use, Play Station 4 (PS4), Xbox One (XBO), Nintendo Switch (NS), Computer (PC) etc., there is a game for you to enjoy. Check out this list of some of the anticipated video games to be released in August!

Included in those games is a computer-based game called The Vale, which is an audio game for the visually impaired and sighted. “The Vale is a first step toward our ultimate goal to produce mainstream video games that sighted and blind gamers can play together.”

Also, just a mention for those who were looking forward to playing Shenmue III this month, unfortunately its release has been delayed until November 19.

August 1

Collapsed (PC)

Players can choose between four hunters that have to track their prey through hazardous levels in a post-apocalyptic world. Each hunter has its own set of skills and abilities, but also gains new ones on the way.

Forged of Blood (PC)

A fantasy world in the middle of a civil war finds players having to plan strategic tactical moves on the battlefield. Off the battlefield, choices made will determine the kingdom’s fate.

Lightstep Chronicles (PC)

Exploring an out-of-this-world underground crash site filled with alien technology, players take on the role of a military captain that can communicate with the AI in this text-based game.

Pandemic (XBO, NS)

There is a rapidly spreading disease that is killing off humanity. Players can try to find the cure and contain the infection either alone or with other players as one of the five specialists. This game is based on the 2008 board game.

Hamsterdam (PC, NS)

As a hamster with martial arts abilities, players can fight off bosses and attacking vermin while saving the city.

Chroma Squad (NS)

“It’s Morphing Time!” Five stunt actors leave their jobs and plan to start their own show, inspired by Power Rangers. Features of the game include customizing the TV studio and, once the camera is going, controlling what happens in the scenes.

Standby (NS)

It will take concentration and determination to get through the 54 challenging levels of this game. Players can slide, crush, or teleport through adrenaline-filled obstacles.

August 2

Madden NFL 20 (PC, PS4, XBO)

Players can become the face of the franchise and control their own NFL superstar journey. It starts with the College Football Playoffs, going all the way to the Super Bowl. Have you got what it takes?

The Church in the Darkness (PC, PS4, XBO, NS)

Infiltrating a 1970s religious cult in the South American jungle takes stealth and deception. The story changes with the player’s choices. Investigating the cult is vital, so that there are no innocent casualties.

Dry Drowning (PC)

This noir-styled game is a visual novel that takes place in a futuristic dystopian universe called Nova Polemos. Players must find the truth hidden in the riddles, clues, and events before it is too late, by making moral choices. The problems players go against include a serial killer that gets its strength from the dark and a tormented detective with an assistant looking for redemption.

August 6

Silver Chains (PC)

Waking up in an abandoned England mansion after crashing his car, Parker tries to find a way out. To do that, the player must find out what happened and what secrets the house holds. But why does it look familiar?

DC Universe Online (NS)

Creating a superhero or villain to fight beside the characters of the DC Universe, players control their character’s origin story in an epic fight.

Hearthstone: Saviors of Uldum (PC)

Along with the League of Explorers, players help stop the Arch-Villain Rafaam and his minions from stealing Uldum’s ancient secrets.

Metal Wolf Chaos XD (PC, PS4, XBO)

It is President versus Vice-President in this battle. Becoming the 47th President of the United States, players fight to take back their country in iconic landscapes, including the Grand Canyon and the White House.

Age of Wonders: Planetfall (PC, PS4, XBO)

The planet is up for grabs in this strategy game. Make it count while building a colony and protecting it from mutated zombies, dinosaurs, and creatures.

August 7

The Forbidden Arts (PC, XBO, NS)

Phoenix goes to the counsel of a druid to get help with his visions, but the druid awakens a power of fire within him. Players go through many worlds and levels, fighting off bosses and enemies while learning spells and skills along the way.

Legends of Aria – Steam Early Access (PC)

In a world where bonds are made and broken, this massive multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) lets players write their own story. With no levels, players work on their abilities with practice and tests.

Gibbous: A Cthulhu Adventure (PC)

Detective Don R. Ketype must get the mysterious evil tome, but before he can the librarian finds it and accidentally transforms his cat, Kitteh, into a walking, talking creature. Players travel around the world to deal with the creatures, voodoo, and other creations. “From Lovecraft Country to Transylvania, set off on a quest to get a very cynical cat to stop talking.”

August 8

Stone Story RPG – Steam Early Access (PC)

In a dark, ominous world, monsters plague the realm. To restore the light, players go on a quest to get the nine magic soul stones.

Necrobarista (PC)

“This is a story about death and coffee.” Going through the hipster coffee culture of Melbourne seems reasonable. The game features necromancy, robots, alchemical coffee, and Ned Kelly. The dead are coming back.

Steel Circus – Steam Early Access (PC)

It is the largest sporting event in the solar system, where heroes are celebrated. Set in 2350, factions come together to compete in a game of skill, tactics, and choices.

The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game (PC, PS4, XBO, NS)

To go against the dark forces of Sauron, players must build their decks as they go up against spiders, orcs, and more. Go on quests, collect weapons, and assemble a group of heroes to help and create your story.

Total War: Three Kingdoms – Eight Princes (PC)

Set 100 years after Three Kingdoms, there is a new generation fighting for the Jin dynasty’s future. Players can advance through different ranks like warlords to an imperial prince. The arrangement of Wealth, Spirit, Might, and Mind grant bonuses, events, and dilemmas based on character choices made. Will you help the emperor, or take over?

Subdivision Infinity DX (PC)

With over 30 missions all over the star system, players face bosses, prepare for battles, find relics, and explore. All this takes place with you in the cockpit of an intergalactic fighter, investigating why a mining facility goes radio silent.

August 13

Emberlight (PC)

“Every gift of power has its sacrifice; every ability has its cost.” As a Knight of the Ember Order, players can customize their character as they go through dungeons and quests. Gain strength by taking in powers of the enemies you kill, becoming faster and immortal without losing yourself in the process. Absorb, corrupt, repeat.

Friday the 13th: The Game Ultimate Slasher Edition (NS)

Based on the movie franchise, players can choose to be Jason Voorhees from the second through the ninth films or a camp counselor. This edition includes all the retail exclusive content and DLCs like new maps, new characters with customization, virtual cabin experience and more Jason kills.

Never Give Up (PC, NS)

This game is filled with dangerous traps designed to kill you, but players have no choice — it is the only way out.

Rebel Galaxy Outlaw (PC)

The big empty has lowlifes, pirates and more looking to make some money, problems, or both. Juno Markev is on the hunt for the person who killed her husband, and in the process she crashes her ship. With a new ship, players go back out there and try again.

August 14

The Great Perhaps (PC)

Returning to a destroyed earth, an astronaut finds a lantern that shows parts of another time in the past. As a hero trying to save the planet, players will face danger from both timelines.

Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark (NS)

As the Arbiter Kyrie, an agent of the Immortal Council, players leads their troops — which they can customize — through battles as they guard the land.

August 15

Ion Fury – Official launch (PC)

Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison used to defuse bombs for a living. But ever since the cybernetic cult was let loose on Neo DC, Bombshell starts setting off explosions instead of defusing them. Players go through multiple levels, secret areas, and enemies everywhere. “Stop taking cover and start running and gunning.”

Hot Shot Burn – Steam Early Access (PC)

This space gladiator-style game will have players competing in the ultimate blood sport. The heroes to choose from are a space wrestler, moth assassin, and a furry alien, each with their own style and skill set.

Train Sim World 2020 (PC, PS4, XBO)

Ready for new trains, routes, features and more? Players will be able to change the scenes, see their performance, and expand their train collection in this simulator-styled game.

August 16

Zeus Begins (PC)

Zeus has to go across Greece to get to Olympus to fight his dad, Cronus. On the way, he will have to fight other mythical creatures. Zeus Begins is inspired by 80s arcade games.

August 20

Remnant: From the Ashes (PC, PS4, XBO)

In a chaotic world caused by an other-dimensional ancient evil, people are struggling to survive. The survivors have the ability to portal to realms and realities to find where the darkness came from. If they can find it, they can stop and rebuild. Players fight against monstrous creatures, enemies, and more to retake what was lost. Locations you can portal to are Earth, Yaesha, Rhom, and more.

Hunt: Showdown – Official launch (PC, XBO)

“Hunt together. Die alone.” As part of a bounty hunters group, also known as bloodlines, players are out to get the monsters that are roaming the Louisiana swamps. Your life is always on the line in this strategic game. But, if you die, your characters experience will transfer to a member of your bloodline. Remember to use the dark sight, which lets you see between the veil as it is time to start the hunt.

Rad (PC, PS4, XBO, NS)

In a post-apocalyptic world, humans have faced Armageddon, twice. As the teenage protagonist, players go into the radioactive wasteland called the Fallow. Along with your bat and new abilities you get for being exposed to toxins, the future of humanity is up to you.

Yu-Gi-Oh: Legacy of The Duelist (PS4, XBO, NS)

Duel against characters from past and present. Using their cards, players can challenge others online.

August 22

Oninaki (PC, PS4, NS)

This is a tale about life, death, and reincarnation, where a character possessed by four daemons performs different jobs and acquires skills and powers.

Black Desert (PS4)

Players can either slay monsters and gods, or perform life skills like fishing and cooking.

August 27

World of Warcraft: Classic (PC)

World of Warcraft is going back to the beginning and releasing the version from 2006, before the first expansion. So fighting will be a bit slower, and moving around will take more time as well — just like in the beginning.

Wreckfest (PS4, XBO)

It is a fight to the finish line in this full-contact racing game. Players can customize their rides to race, crash, and try to get to the finish line of the insane courses.

Control (PC, PS4, XBO)

Jesse Faden is about control, and as the new director of a New York secretive agency that does not change. Players take on the role of Jesse and complete quests, decode ciphers, and try to stop an unexplainable threat from taking over.

Crystar (PS4, PC)

Rei is fighting through Purgatory to save her sister. Players can pick and uncover the pasts of four characters while letting tears fall. Your tears are your strength.

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey (PC)

Explore. Expand. Evolve. Set millions of years ago in Neogene period Africa, players go through human evolution. Choose skills to learn, eat, drink, sleep, and pass down your knowledge. The player’s story decides if you survive evolution.

Taste of Power – Official launch (PC)

In the Middle Ages, Europe, China, and the Middle East are trying to take over the continent. Players build troops and cities while thinking of strategies to defend their land.

Pagan Online – Official launch (PC)

“The Gods are gone.” With spells and weapons, players fight enemies of the darkness that has taken over. The game is based on Slavic myths and sagas. Players can also customize their heroes armor and weapons.

MXGP 2019 (PC)

This game features official riders, bikes, and teams. Players can build their tracks for the races.

August 28

Wanderlust (PC)

Ready to explore? This journey between worlds includes a dream world of a man who is addicted to illegal substances.

Headspun (PC, PS4, XBO, NS)

Theo Kavinsky wakes up from a five-week coma with no memory of how it happened. His subconscious and conscious voices in his head named Ted and Teddy help Theo figure out what happened. Of course, the voices do not always agree, but they must work together to help Theo recover.

August 30

Astral Chain (NS)

After a global disaster, a few survivors gather in the Megacity. Players must protect them from otherworldly invaders as part of a police task force.

Blair Witch (PC, XBO)

Inspired by the movie, this game is a brand new story filled with fear. Playing as a former police officer named Ellis, players join the search for a missing boy. During the search, Ellis must face the darkness.

The Dark Pictures Anthology – Man of Medan (PC, PS4, XBO)

This is the first in the Dark Pictures supernatural horror anthology, and it takes place on a ghost ship in the South Pacific.

The Ninja Saviors – Return of the Warriors (PS4, NS)

This is a reboot of the Super Nintendo 1990 game The Ninja Warriors Again. Included in the reboot are new graphics, characters, and a new soundtrack.

Root Letter: Last Answer (PS4, NS)

Players search for their pen pal Fumino Aya, who has been missing for fifteen years. Before going missing, Aya was involved in a murder, but did they do it? Past letters are used as clues to the truth.

Remothered: Tormented Fathers (NS)

Rosemary Reed goes to Richard Felton’s house looking for a missing girl named Celeste, and what happens after is a nightmare. The characters can go from human to monsters; nowhere is safe in this psychological thriller.

Re: Legend – Steam Early Access (PC)

On Vokka island with no memories, players raise a magical being called Magnus. While trying to get the lost memories back, players learn life skills, farm, and fight off dangers to survive.

Also being released in August sometime are:

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 – Winds of Magic (PC)

In this first expansion, there is a new enemy faction called Beastmen to go up against. Also included are five new weapons, levels, and game modes.

Pine (PC, NS)

Set in Albamare and looking for a new home, players become Hue and must trade, explore, and fight off smart creatures.

The Vale (PC)

This is an audio-based game for the visually impaired and sighted. Set in the middle ages, players are wardens of a castle outside the kingdom. They were placed there by an older brother who is now on the throne. The path that leads back to the castle is called the Vale, and it is full of secrets and dangers.

Which game are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments below!

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