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11 Biggest Games of August 2017

Here are the most-anticipated games coming your way in August!

The mid-year lull of gaming releases has begun to pick up, and August is set to deliver one of the most exciting months for gamers. Here’s our picks for the games releasing in August 2017:

The Long Dark

Release date: 1 August (PS4) | Also on: Xbox One, PC

The Long Dark is a thoughtful, exploration-survival experience that challenges solo players to think for themselves as they explore an expansive frozen wilderness in the aftermath of a geomagnetic disaster. There are no zombies – only you, the cold, and all the threats Mother Nature can muster. The game prides itself on having no hand-holding, as The Long Dark challenges players to improvise by providing the information but never the answers. You have to earn the right to survive by monitoring your vitals, hunting, exploring, collecting, and overcoming immense obstacles.

Aven Colony

Release date: 1 August (Xbox One, PS4, PC)

Fans of SimCity and management games, who are also looking for something a little edgier, may find Aven Colony incredibly alluring, and it releases in retail form this week. Instead of building a new town on Earth, Aven Colony hands players a new, unexplored planet, which they’ll have to colonise and build their new home for humanity on, but there are dangers with this new world. A low-oxygen atmosphere, extreme electrical storms, shard storms, dust devils, deadly toxic gas eruptions from geothermal vents, and days so long they have their own seasons, and of course, aliens. How you handle this new territory is up to you.

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Ark: Survival Evolved

Release date: 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.

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Lawbreakers

Release date: 8 August 2017 (PS4, PC)

Coming from the mind of Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski, Lawbreakers is a team-based arena shooter. This PC and PS4 only title focuses on futuristic law enforcement officers attempting to repel marauding gangs which have clubbed together and attempted to take the US. The moon was also the subject of clandestine testing and has shattered, leading to pockets of zero-gravity which can be exploited. It looks and sounds pretty interesting, and with the creative talent behind it, we’ll be keeping a close eye on Lawbreakers.

Agents of Mayhem

Release date: 18 August 2017 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Volition, the studio behind the successful Saints Row series have always had a knack of creating tongue-in-cheek games that, while admittedly silly, were actually pretty good. And the offbeat studio’s next project follows those lines but adds a dose of super-powered task-force into the mix. Agents of Mayhem takes cues from stereotypical A-team-inspired action shows, and throws them into a single-player, open-world third-person game set in Seoul. What makes Agents of Mayhem different is that before each mission you choose three out of the 12 agents to bring with you, and you can switch between these three at will.

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Sonic Mania

Release date: 15 August 2017 (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch)

Sonic Mania will try to tap into what made the original set of Sonic games so beloved back in the 16-bit era, and features classic-style visuals, gameplay, and both original levels and remixes of classic levels. It pretty much sounds like the Sonic game fans have been begging for for decades, and, at least based on the trailer, it looks like it might finally deliver.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Release date: 23 August 2017 (PS4)

Following on from the stellar Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is essentially a standalone spin-off following the exploits of two tough female characters from the Uncharted universe, Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross. The story follows the two as they set aside their differences to work together to obtain an ancient artefact. Expect similar climbing, gunfights, emotional story beats, and high-octane action that the Uncharted franchise has become known for.

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Madden 18

Release date: 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 JourneyMadden 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.

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Absolver

Release date: 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

Release date: 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.

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Resident Evil: Revelations

Release date: 29 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.

What game are you most excited for this week? Let us know by tweeting @MenStuffZA and commenting below.

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