5 Big Game Releases in SA this Week

We take a look at what games are hitting local stores and online retailers this week.

From barcoded assassin’s to ballerina heroes, this week’s game releases have a little bit of everything. Here are our picks for the games releasing 15-19 August 2016:


Release date: 16 August 2016 (PS4)

While we’ve become so used to having a marine or rugged badass as our video game protagonists, Bound is a stylish 3D platformer starring a ballerina – yeah, that’s right. Bound is designed with a focus on narrative to tell a “mature story.” The art house project has a gorgeous visual style to match, with environments inspired by modern art. There’s also an element of danger in the game, and players will have to use their grace and wit to outsmart enemies.

Grow Up

Release date: 16 August 2016 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)

Grow Up is the sequel to last year’s, Grow Home, Ubisoft Reflections’ surprisingly solid robot-starring platformer. The follow-up marks the return of B.U.D., the tiny climbing robot who starred in Grow Home, and this time, he’s heading to the moon. There’s set to be a whole lot more climbing, jumping, and exploring, with players having to once again control B.U.D’s two hands individually to grab the environment, which makes for a lot of fun.

The sequel has a lot at stake for B.U.D. though, as he is searching for M.O.M., the spaceship that took care of him in the last game. He has to explore and scale environments to find the missing pieces and rebuild his ship.

Hitman: Episode 4 – Bangkok

Release date: 16 August 2016 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)

Everyone’s favourite bald-headed assassin is back in Hitman Episode 4: Bangkok. The new episode sees Agent 47 touch down in Thailand as he tracks his next target to the Himmapan luxury hotel and resort, just outside of Bangkok. There, a world-renowned rock band has been recording their next highly anticipated release. Unfortunately for the band, it seems that their lead singer and bassist – Jordan Cross – has been a bit of a naughty boy. He has managed to find himself in a spot of trouble; and must now pay with this life. That’s where Agent 47 enters the equation.

Hitman Episode 4 Bangkok

F1 2016

Release date: 19 August 2016 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)

F1 2016, the official video game of the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship, is said to have the most immersive career mode ever seen in the franchise. Players select their character, helmet and race number, and which of the 11 official teams they wish to join to start their journey, as well as which member of the team will be their team mate. The higher ranked teams will have steeper expectations for the player. Players will then have to master the in-game racing mechanics that has garnered the F1 franchise such a fan-base over the years, and work alongside your mechanic, agent, and team to build the ultimate racing machine and support staff around you and your career.

The Huntsman: Winter’s Curse

Release date: 16 August (PS4, PC)

The Huntsman: Winter’s War gave moviegoers a glimpse of a fantastical world with great promise of epic tales. Now, you can embark on your own unique journey within the expanded universe of The Huntsman: Winter’s Curse. With gameplay inspired by the time-honoured adventure and RPG genres, The Huntsman: Winter’s Curse follows Elisabeth, a courageous young woman trying to uncover the whereabouts of her missing brothers in this surreal, animated world.

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