With so many games touching down this month, one can easily become overwhelmed. Hence we’ve highlighted those titles that might slip under the radar but are very-much worth checking out in the month of August.
23 August 2017 (PS4, Xbox One)
While SA isn’t big (or even remotely interested) in American Football, there is a small pocket of locals that love the Madden series, and if you’re part of that group, the next instalment is arriving this month.
Like FIFA 17’s The Journey, Madden NFL 18 will introduce a story mode known as The Longshot, which follows Devin Wade, a quarterback from Mathis, Texas, as he tries to reach the NFL, and will include high school games and college games, as well as the NFL Scouting Combine. It will also be the first game in the series to use the Frostbite engine.
29 August 2017 (PS4, PC)
Absolver is a hand-to-hand fighting game where players collect moves over time, and then string them together to create personalised fighting styles. The development team itself has a few members that are very deeply into mixed martial arts, and the animations show it.
Absolver even takes player stances into account, and every move in the game considers which direction the player starts off facing in. New players, called Prospects, can even become mentors to other players that they meet. By remaining loyal to their mentors, new players will be able to draw from an expanded moveset.
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
29 August 2017 (Switch)
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is unlike any other Mario game as it features turn-based combat, in addition to the franchise’s elements of exploration.
The bizarre yet interesting mashup game features eight playable characters: Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Yoshi from the Mario franchise, and four Rabbids dressed as the former.
The characters wield guns that shoot laser beams. The game also features two-player local cooperative play, which is a bonus too.
Resident Evil: Revelations
23 August 2017 (PS4)
Resident Evil Revelations first launches on the Nintendo 3DS back in 2012, and tried to emulate the tense resource management and dark atmosphere of the original RE trilogy, resulting in one of the better spin-offs in the franchise.
The game now makes its way to the PS4 and Xbox One (and Switch later this year) in full HD. Resident Evil Revelations takes place between Resident Evil 4 and 5, following franchise staples Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield as they infiltrate a seemingly abandoned cruise ship, the “Queen Zenobia.”
Things go south as you might expect, and all sorts of nautical nasties emerge from the depths to try and murder Jill and Chris, as they fight to prevent the virus from spreading to the ocean itself.
Ark: Survival Evolved
29 August 2017 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Ark: Survival Evolved has already garnered quite the community since hitting Steam Early Access, and now it makes its way to consoles and PC in retail format.
In the first-person dinosaur survival game, you must hunt, harvest resources, craft items, grow crops, research technologies, and build shelters to withstand the elements.
Players have to use their skill and cunning to kill, tame, or farm the leviathan dinosaurs and other primeval creatures roaming the land. You can also jump online and team up with (or prey on) hundreds of other players to survive.