After the relatively quiet July, we’re now in for a heck of a month of game releases in August. Arguably the best month of the year to date, in fact.
From the most quirky of Japanese quirky games, to intense RPGs, and the latest in the Madden franchise, it’s hard to imagine anyone this month won’t have something meaningful to play. So what’s on your radar? Let us know in the comments!
Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed – PS3, Vita – Release Date 5/8/2014
In this game players rip clothes of men and women throughout Akihabara in order to expose them to sunlight. Because they’re vampires, see? It’s amazing this game even got greenlit for localisation, but there we go.
Sacred 3 – PS3, 360, PC – Release Date 5/8/2014
It has been a long, long time since Sacred 2 was released, and for fans of the original’s sheer scale and size, Sacred 3 has been high on our wish lists. Now it’s finally due for a release, and as a Diablo clone with a soul all of its own, we’re anticipating that Sacred 3 will chew up all kinds of time when we get it in our hands.
Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited – Vita – Release Date 12/8/2014
Disgaea 3 on the PlayStation Vita was brilliant. A massive, hugely strategic game with nearly endless play value for on-the-run fun? The game alone justified the purchase of the Vita early in its life. And now the even better Disgaea 4 is also coming to the console? With this release the Vita continues to cement its role as the home of JRPGs.
Risen 3: Titan Lords – PS3, 360, PC – Release Date 12/8/2014
Risen is a B-grade RPG franchise, but not one without merits. It offers up an interesting enough world to explore and a “page-turner” style narrative which might not have rivalled Dragon Age for complexity, but it was enough to keep players interesting through to the end. It’s likely that Risen 3 won’t appear on the game of the year lists either, but there is a place for these kinds of pulp-fantasy games, and I’m looking forward to this one.
Tales of Xillia 2 – PS3 – Release Date 19/8/2014
Tales of Xillia is one of the most respected titles in Bandai Namco’s long running franchises, so much so that it gets the rare privilege of a direct sequel. You can expect plenty more of the same JRPG action and quirky characters from this one, and I can’t imagine anyone who enjoyed the first not picking this sequel up.
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1 – Vita – Release Date 26/8/2014
The first Hyperdimension Neptunia game was a fun little concept that sadly features some truly terrible gameplay quirks. Quirks that Compile Heart fixed to its great credit in the second and third games, which have both become essential games for otaku JRPG fans. Now, Compile Heart has gone and remade the first game so it plays like the sequels, and that is going to make for a special Vita game indeed.
Madden NFL 15 – PS3, PS4, 360, XB1 – Release Date 26/8/2014
You can’t keep a good Madden game down. Madden NFL 15 will be the first to truly take advantage of the next gen hardware’s power and should make for the most atmospheric Madden game to date. We just hope that it plays just as well, too.
Ultra Street Fighter IV – PS3, 360, PC – Release Date 8/5/2014. The PC version is an upgrade and needs Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition to play.
Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare – PS3, PS4 – Release Date 8/19/2014
Diablo III Ultimate Evil Edition – PS3, PS4, 360, XB1 – Release Date 8/19/2014
Metro Redux – PS4, XB1, PC – Release Date 26/8/2014 Please note that the PS4 and Xbox one versions of the game come with remastered Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light while the PC version you must buy them separately. You can do so at a discounted price if you own the originals.
Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright – 3DS – Release Date 8/29/2014
– Matt S.
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