Keeping track of all the latest video games coming out is becoming an increasingly complex task, some with multiple PC windows, Xbox One, PS4, Switch, mobile and more to keep track of, but don’t worry I’m here to help. Every month I tell you the games you need to keep an eye out for, from the big triple-A headliners to the intriguing indies you might otherwise overlook.
While August really doesn’t have huge AAA games, it may be the busiest month of the year so far, with a wide selection of mid-sized titles and indies to suit all tastes. The headliners of the month include Microsoft Flight Simulator, A Total War Saga: Troy and Wasteland 3, as well as the first major sports games of 2020, such as EA Sports UFC 4 and Madden NFL 21. Meanwhile, players on the indie front will be able to tackle the trippy rhythm extravaganza No Straight Roads, chill island exploration adventure Windbound and more!
Note: While I may have played demos or early access to some of the games recommended in this article, in most cases I just choose games that look promising and don’t guarantee the finished product. Wait for reviews before buying!
That said, here are the games to look out for in August …
A Total War Saga: Troy (PC, August 13)
A Total War Saga: Troy brings to life one of the most mythologized conflicts of all time this month. Chris Wray of Wccftech has had multiple chances to roll up his sleeves with Total War Saga: Troy, so read his previews of the game (here and here) …
[A Total War Saga: Troy] battles are engaging and smooth, as Total War should be. […] This is a game that interests me more and more every time I watch it. It helps that this is the first game I’ve really played since I built my new rig, making the most of it, getting a great experience with the new stylized visuals while being flawless at the same time Let it turn .
You can order A Total War Saga: Troy here. The game is free to play on the first day of launch.
EA Sports UFC 4 (Xbox One & PS4, August 14)
It’s been a few years since players were able to enter the Octagon, but the leg kicks and arm bars return in EA Sports UFC 4 this month. Many updates are promised for this year, including a much more extensive career mode with more diverse paths and reworked fighting mechanics with updated takedowns and more noticeable variation. The full roster of the game is yet to be revealed, but expect the latest stars, as well as some selected boxing big names. Pre-order the game here.
Microsoft Flight Simulator (PC, August 18)
Microsoft Flight Simulator is one of the most technologically ambitious games of the year. The game uses Bing Maps data to create beautiful ultra-detailed maps of essentially the world. If you can pinpoint a place on the map, you can fly an airplane over it. The game also includes real weather patterns and air traffic for an extra layer of realism. Microsoft will offer 20 to 30 planes and 30 to 30 to 40 “handmade” airports at launch depending on which version of the game you buy, and there will also be a built-in mod marketplace, so expect tons of content. Pre-order the game here.
Battletoads (PC and Xbox One, August 20)
Battletoads is back! Rare’s ultra-tough fighting series has been missing for over 25 years, but you can’t stop a good alien pad. Created by relatively unknown developer Dlala Studios under the supervision of Rare, the new Battletoads has a more over-the-top cartoonish style than previous entries in the series. Of course it’s the gameplay that matters, and Battletoads offers the 3-player co-op brawls you’d expect. Oh, and yes, there are Turbo Tunnel levels. My palms are already sweating in advance. Pre-order Battletoads here. The game is also available through Xbox Game Pass.
Project Cars 3 (PC, Xbox One and PS4, August 28)
Project Cars 3 will bring the gearboxes in more detailed racing sim action later this month. Developer Slightly Mad Studios promises a new career mode with over 120 events, redesigned controls that feel better for players playing on traditional controllers, and more. Of course, Project Cars 3 is still essentially about the cars themselves, with the game offering over 200 rides that can be customized to your heart’s content. Gentlemen, start your engines. Pre-order the game here.
Wasteland 3 (PC, Xbox One & PS4, August 28)
Looking for a game to beat the August heat? Wasteland 3, which takes the RPG franchise to the icy mountains of Colorado, might just be the ticket. Again, here’s Wccftech’s Chris Wray of these hands on Wasteland 3 preview …
Wasteland 3 is quirky, fun, and if the writing is good everywhere, it will most likely occupy you emotionally too. […] If there’s one thing that my time with Wasteland 3 has taught me so far, it’s that InXile has made progress in branching out the game and helping Microsoft boost the game’s development through their support of InXile.
Pre-order Wasteland 3 here. The game is also available through Xbox Game Pass.
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout (PC & PS4, August 4)
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout may well be the under-the-radar multiplayer hit of the year. Seemingly inspired by shows like Wipeout or The Floor is Lava, Fall Guys cheerfully unleashes chaos by throwing 60 online players into various crazy obstacle courses. The madness continues until only one player is big (good luck with that!) Here is the Steam page for Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout.
Peaky Blinders: Mastermind (PC, Xbox One, PS4 & Switch, August 20)
Wait what? Will there be a Peaky Blinders game? Yes, and it actually looks quite promising! Peaky Blinders: Masterminds is a strategy game that charges players with various raids and plots using favorite characters from the show, including Tommy, Arthur, Polly and more. Don’t worry if your plans go wrong – Masterminds allows you to rewind time and change plans. Time to make plans! Here is the Steam page for Peaky Blinders: Mastermind.
No straight roads (PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Switch, August 25)
One of the most interesting looking games of 2020, No Straight Roads is a unique blend of action adventure and rhythm game. Players control Mayday and Luke, who are looking to bring rock back to Vinyl City, which is currently dominated by the EDM realm. No Straight Roads is crisp, vibrant and the gameplay looks wildly varied, although in all cases listening to and responding to the game’s kickass soundtrack will be key to your success. This is exactly the kind of happy adventure we need here in 2020. Here it is Epic Games Store page for No Straight Roads.
Windbound (PC & Xbox One, August 28)
Windbound is the latest game that attempts to recapture the sense of adventure and freedom from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. Windbound casts players like Kara, who is lost on the mysterious Forbidden Island. Sail unfriendly seas, hunt, survive, explore and finally discover the secrets of the Forbidden Islands. Island getaways are out for most people this year, but this might just be the next best thing. Here is the Steam page for Windbound.
Full list of games worth checking out in August:
- Relicta (PC, Xbox One, PS4 & Stadia, August 4)
- Skully (PC, Xbox One, PS4 & Switch, August 4)
- Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout (PC & PS4, August 4)
- There is no game: wrong dimension (PC, August 6)
- Fast & Furious Crossroads (PC, Xbox One and PS4, August 7)
- Hyper Scape (PC, Xbox One and PS4, August 11)
- Risk of Rain 2 (PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Switch, August 11)
- Metamorphosis (PC, Xbox One, PS4 & Switch, August 12)
- Bite the Bullet (PC, Xbox One & Switch, August 13)
- Boomerang Fu (PC, Xbox One & Switch, August 13)
- A Total War Saga: Troy (PC, August 13)
- EA Sports UFC 4 (Xbox One & PS4, August 14)
- Microsoft Flight Simulator (PC, August 18)
- Peaky Blinders: Mastermind (PC, Xbox One, PS4 & Switch, August 20)
- Train Sim World 2 (PC, Xbox One and PS4, August 20)
- Battletoads (PC and Xbox One, August 20)
- PGA Tour 2K21 (PC, Xbox One, PS4, Switch & Stadia, August 21)
- Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time (PC, Xbox One, PS4 & Switch, August 21)
- No straight roads (PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Switch, August 25)
- Kandagawa Jet Girls (PC & PS4, August 25)
- Best Friend Forever (PC & Switch, August 27)
- The Dungeon Of Naheulbeuk: The Amulet Of Chaos (PC, August 27)
- Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition (PS4 & Switch, August 27)
- Moon: Remix RPG Adventure (Switch, August 27)
- Tell Me Why – Chapter 1 (PC & Xbox One, August 27)
- Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions (PC, Xbox One & PS4, August 28)
- Immortal Realms: Vampire Wars (PC, Xbox One & Switch, August 28)
- Madden NFL 21 (PC, Xbox One and PS4, August 28)
- Project Cars 3 (PC, Xbox One and PS4, August 28)
- Wasteland 3 (PC, Xbox One & PS4, August 28)
- Windbound (PC & Xbox One, August 28)
- Serious Sam 4 (PC & Stages, August)
And those are the games you should keep an eye on in the coming month. Which games do you plan to pick up in August? Did I miss something you are looking forward to?