The end of July is just around the corner, meaning just one thing: a whole new month full of great releases you can’t wait to get your hands on. For your convenience, we’ve put a description of each one on a single webpage.
N.B. All dates are those of North American releases – please note that other regions may have to wait just a little while longer (it’s still summer, a real world adventure outside may be a good idea).
Cloudberry Kingdom – August 1st (WiiU)
To start the month off, why not get your friends over to play a brand new platformer with you? Or, you know, play on your own and cry into your bowl of crisps because your friends are gathered at the beach, enjoying the summer. Cloudberry Kingdom follows the story of your hero, who appears to live in a papercraft world, as you save the day… again. Unlike most other platformers though, this one randomly generates each level, making sure it challenges your ability, whether you’re a pro-jumper or taking your first baby steps.
Pikmin 3 – August 4th (WiiU)
For once America, the rest of the world got hold of this game before you and so far, everyone loves it, even if it isn’t long enough for some people. Once more, you are given control over your own army of Pikmin to do your dirty deeds. By dirty deeds, we mean collect food to save your starving planet. So actually a very noble deed. All hail you!
Disney’s Planes – August 6th (WiiU, Wii, 3DS, DS)
Yet another children’s movie tie-in, this time based on the Cars series’ baby brother – Planes. Perfect if you have a young child to entertain or you’re just really young at heart. Otherwise, this videogame probably isn’t worth the money. But hey, don’t let me tell you what to do, if your lifelong dream is to become a plane who races against other planes then it’s a wonderful addition to your collection.
Dragon’s Crown – August 6th (PS3, PSVita)
Despite being an action role-playing game, Dragon’s Crown looks like your old-fashioned side-scrolling games in which you relentlessly beat enemies up until the game tells you you’ve won. However, this being 2013, this medieval adventure is a bit more detailed. This time you travel with your friends through dungeons in order to find shiny objects to take home with you. See – much more detailed.
Tales of Xillia – August 6th (PS3)
This game is finally stepping out of Japan and coming to the rest of the world – hurrah! A must-have for fans of the Tales series and any JRPG lovers, Tales of Xillia follows Jude and Milla as they fight dangerous terrorists. The story is actually a lot more detailed and better than my description, involving two separate worlds and secret military research potentially putting your world in danger, but that’s more confusing and will no doubt unravel as you play. I prefer to keep my descriptions simplistic, so it’s you vs. terrorists. Probably not the stereotypical terrorists with bombs though.
Mario and Luigi: Dream Team – August 11th (3DS)
Most areas of the world saw this game released last month, apart from poor North America, who still have a while to wait. While doing so, why not read our review of the game here? Like most other Mario and Luigi games, you control the brothers as they make their way in an RPG adventure across non-typical Mario worlds. Only this time, Mario can enter Luigi’s dreams too. This is both creepy and… nope. Just creepy. Lucky for you, all of Luigi’s dreams are PG.
Angry Birds Trilogy – August 13th (Wii, WiiU)
No doubt you’re familiar with this popular pastime, but for those living under a rock, Angry Birds is a game in which your catapult lots of tiny birds into structures in an attempt to kill bright green pigs. Why you’re attacking obviously sick pigs, I’ll never understand. This trilogy includes the original game along with Seasons and Rio. If you don’t own these two consoles then unfortunately you’ll have to wait until September. Until then, just carry on playing on your phone. It’s the same game anyway.
DuckTales: Remastered – August 13th (PSN, WiiU, Windows)
As the original game hits its 23rd birthday (feel old now?), Capcom is releasing a high-definition remake, allowing fans to sit down and relive their childhood once more. Join Scrooge McDuck as he sets out to make himself even richer than before (can we expect anything else of this man), only this time there will be extra levels and story elements to get your teeth into. It’s like Christmas come early.
Europa Universalis IV – August 13th (Windows, Mac, Linux)
This August, you’ll be able to take control of your nation and take over the world once more. The game takes place over 400 years, allowing you to watch with glee as you become top dog, before heading off to your 9-5 job and listening as your boss drones on about your recent lacking performance. But hey, at least your little men can’t wait to listen to your every command at home.
Payday 2 – August 15th (Windows, PS3, Xbox 360)
If you like robbing banks, then you’ll love Payday 2. Though, if you like robbing banks, a virtual substitute may not suffice and the police outside your door won’t be very happy. The sequel to Payday: The Heist plays similarly to its predecessor, just with a few improvements to make it more realistic. Please note that it still won’t be realistic enough to plan your own heists, so don’t bother trying.
Disney Infinity – August 18th (WiiU, Wii, PS3, Xbox 360, Windows, 3DS)
Much like Skylanders, this new Disney game will have you collecting more figures than you have room for so that you can explore numerous Disney worlds with your favourite characters. Now I know that this is initially aimed at young children, but I must admit I can’t wait for its release. Woody, meet your new best friend – Perry the Platypus.
Saints Row IV – August 20th (Windows, PS3, Xbox 360)
The over-the-top sandbox is back! This time around you play as the President of the USA. With alien powers. Expect all the madness of previous Saints Row games and more this month as you do whatever the hell you want. You are the president after all. The only real downside is that the incredibly difficult decision you made at the end of Saints Row III doesn’t matter one bit. But then again, who didn’t save Shaundi?
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified – August 20th (Windows, PS3, Xbox 360)
Aliens are attacking America and we need your help. This new addition to the XCOM series has been in development since 2006 and it’s finally making an appearance, though doesn’t seem to be getting much buzz around it. Not only will you learn about aliens, you’ll also talk about the 60s culture. A history lesson? Oh goody!
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist – August 20th (Windows, PS3, WiiU, Xbox 360)
Fans will be happy to learn that this videogame still has its main focus on stealth and killing your enemies from the shadows. However, Kinect can also play a part in the new addition to the long-running series. Not only can you control your character with your body, but you are also able to shout obscenities at your TV in order to distract others. If anyone is planning to play the game this way, please film it and let me laugh at you. At least this option isn’t forced upon the player.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – August 27th (Windows)
Two years on, PC gamers will finally be able to get their hands on this addition to the Castlevania series, controlling Gabriel Belmont through a gripping love story as he sets out to save his wife. What? It’s not a love story, but a dark story full of beating your enemies to death with a chain? Whoops, I guess “whipping others with your chain” wasn’t what I was thinking.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn – August 27th (Windows, PS3)
Five years after the events of the giant flop known as Final Fantasy XIV you’re back in action to save the land of Eorzea once more. However, it’s not five years later in the way you’re thinking – your character travels through time to escape the apocalyptic events thanks to the gods. Yep, they took you out of one devastating problem and placed your right at the start of another. Thanks gods, that’s the last time I waste my precious moments praying to you.
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F – August 27th (PS3)
Now for a game to touch your more feminine, fun-loving side, Project DIVA F is a rhythm game no doubt filled with crazy colours which set out to bring about an epileptic fit in everyone. It’s Japanese; you know I’m right (and totally not being racist.). You get to DIVA your way through each level until you become top DIVA. In fact, you’re so DIVA already that lower-case letters just aren’t good enough for you.
Killer is Dead – August 27th (PS3, Xbox 360)
Set in the future, you play as Mondo Zappa, an average guy who works for a cyborg, killing all the bad people in the world. Not only do you get a badass looking sword to help you do so, your left arm can also become pretty much any weapon Zappa wants it to be. Hello future? Yes, I’d like to visit now please.
Lost Planet 3 – August 27th (Windows, PS3, Xbox 360)
Going back to the more story-driven approach, Lost Planet 3 is set before the first game, back when the planet of E.D.N. III was still a frozen ball of cold. NEVEC starts off as a good company, helping to make the planet a better place for everyone to live, while you work to send important minerals back to Earth. As the game progresses though, you’ll slowly see NEVEC turn into the antagonists you know so well from previous games.
Madden NFL 25 – August 27th (PS3, Xbox 360)
Yes, it’s time we strap on our boots and get ready to play some good old American football under the dazzling sun and- oh right, we’re gamers, there’s no need to step outside, EA has us covered. There’s really no possible description for this game beyond “American football”, as usual, you pick your team and play your way forward to victory. No singing puppies or gunfire (unusual for America) in this game. Sorry.
Painkiller: Hell & Damnation – August 30th (PS3, Xbox 360)
After spending a year on PC and suffering from a bout of “mediocre gaming”, Hell & Damnation still troops on, with its fingers in its ears, blocking out all the average reviews and makes its way onto your console. Players are given the task of killing lots and lots of enemies in order to collect souls for Death in order to see your wife. So you’re telling me I need a reason to go on a slaughter-fest? Okay then.
War for the Overworld – August 30th (Windows, Mac, Linux)
All too often you’re given the task of traversing through dungeon after dungeon in search of treasures, without giving any thought to how the dungeon came about. Well, in War for the Overworld, you’ll finally learn, as you take control of an Underlord who must build these dungeons and fill them full of possible death. Of course, the best way to protect your treasure is to not build a dungeon – those things just invite adventurers in.
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons – August (Windows, PSN, Xbox Live Arcade)
Most people with siblings will mistake this game with one full of bickering and arguing about which tree you just passed, but in this game, you’re forced to work together. You are given control of both brothers and must solve numerous puzzles to progress. Where one brother lacks in a certain skill, the other will excel, so learning your brothers inside and out is a must. As is helping each other. Good job this isn’t a game about you and your brother.