After a little bit of ‘quiet time’ in the gaming release schedule, things begin to heat up once with August’s incoming titles. From cooking chaos to hospital heroics, there are some incredible games arriving this month; and we’ve rounded up the best you need to look out for:
Release date: 7 August 2018 (PS4 | Xbox One | Switch | PC)
If you’re looking for something to rope in some friends with, Overcooked 2 is a must-buy! The sequel follows the premise of the first game, which is quite simple: run a kitchen as smoothly as possible in order to get food orders out. However, when earthquakes, rats, ghosts, and other bizarre interruptions hit the kitchen (what kind of a restaurant is this, anyway?), things can get a bit tricky. It’s simplicity is matched by the creativity of each scenarios, resulting in an easy-to-play, difficult-to-master experience that’s best played with a bunch of mates.
Monster Hunter World
Release date: 9 August 2018 (PC | Already on: PS4 | Xbox One)
Already a massive hit on Xbox One and PS4, Monster Hunter World now comes to PC with a few additions in tow, including all the content and improvements that have been made to the console versions since launch. Of course, the core gameplay is the real hook here: giant, seamless maps, 4-player online co-op, and of course, a ton of colossal monsters to hunt down and kill in what’s easily the most ambitious entry to-date.
Release date: 9 August 2018 (Switch | Already on: PS4 | Xbox One)
One of the most underplayed-yet-brilliant games of all time is getting a re-release on Switch this week. For those who may not be familiar, Okami was originally released for PS2 in 2006, developed by Clover Studio, a now-defunct subsidiary of Capcom that also produced the Viewtiful Joe series. Okami garnered universal acclaim thanks to its beautiful visuals, which were inspired by traditional Japanese sumi-e paintings, and its Zelda-like gameplay.
We Happy Few
Release date: 10 August 2018 (PS4 | Xbox One | PC)
As a first-person survival game, this Kickstarter title looks like someone threw Fallout,Bioshock and Dishonored in a blender. Set in an alternate dystopian 1960s Britain, the populace of Wellington Wells is in the grip of a drug named Joy, which temporarily erases bad memories. The player, one of the drug-free minority, is tasked with blending in with the violent, Joy-addled citizens and escaping the city. The hellish concept blends well with the twisted cartoon style, and having to hide in plain sight should make for a tense experience.
Release date: 28 August 2018 (PS4 | Xbox One | PC)
Strange Brigade is a tongue-in-cheek, rip-roaring, 1930s-inspired third-person shooter from Rebellion, the team behind the acclaimed Sniper Elite series. The game allows up to 4 players to team up to take on hordes of the undead, mummified armies, and mystical creatures in a campaign which gives you some interesting weapons and powers to do so. Thankfully, the environments are at your disposal, too, and players will be able to utilise traps, dangers, and obstacles to fend off the threats at hand.
Release date: 30 August 2018 (PS4 | Xbox One | PC)
The latest instalment of Konami’s football sim returns this month, bringing with it the complex yet satisfying gameplay fans have grown to love, along with a ton of new improvements. Among the new features detailed by Konami are visible player fatigue on the pitch, improved ball physics and player positioning, and greater player individuality. There’s also the usual roster of new animations, new celebrations, and improved in-game graphics, as well as a new menu interface.
Two Point Hospital
Release date: 30 August 2018 (PC)
Fans of old-school management simulators from yesteryear will be glad to know that a new hospital sim game is arriving this month. Much like Theme Hospital. Two Point Hospital recreates the quirky yet meticulous sim experience, requiring players to run a hospital constantly riddled with new challenges. You will be able to design and customise your own hospital, hire staff (who require their own management), and do whatever it takes to treat some totally bizarre cases and illnesses. The game also allows you to expand outside of your hospital in order to research illnesses and develop new inventions to compete with rival healthcare companies, and to take your medical empire online to compete in some multiplayer challenges.
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