August Games Preview: Madden NFL 22, King's Bounty II, New World, and More!

There's a ton of games releasing in August across all platforms. Let's check them out!


August is a month shy of big releases. With the postponement of Kena: Bride of Spirits to September, the month recycles some games and releases more minor but still noteworthy games. Hades finally arrives for Playstation and Xbox to further enshrine itself. The Falconeer: Warrior Edition follows the same logic and extends its availability from Xbox and PC to Playstation and Switch.

Tom Brady e Patrick Mahomes star Madden NFL 22 cover

Regarding new game releases, we have Madden NFL 22 that promises more immersion for players, King's Bounty II for strategy lovers and orphans of the Heroes of Might and Magic series, and the return of Travis Touchdown in the stylish and rowdy No More Heroes III.

Later this month, New World will finally launch for PC. This Amazon Studio's MMO raises its own expectations by promising dynamic and rewarding PvP warfare never seen before - and it will be, provided they fix the unstable latency of having hundreds of visual effects clustered around 100 players.

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In Sound Mind

Release Date: August 3 (PS5, Xbox Series, Nintendo Switch, PC)

In Sound Mind was developed by studio We Create Stuff and published by Modus Games, publisher of the Remothered franchise. The game is a psychological horror that promises to bring experiences similar to chase and exploration games with frenetic puzzles. In Sound Mind will have unique boss fights with new combat mechanics like an FPS.

You will have to escape the one place where there is no tangible way out, your mind. In Sound Mind terrifies players by putting them in remote locations while facing dangers amidst a haunting atmosphere. Players will have to solve puzzles and abuse stealth to overcome horrors. When in need of haven, you can pet your feline companion to retain a bit of sanity.

The Falconeer: Warrior Edition

Release Date: August 5 (Playstation 4|5, Nintendo Switch)

From the hands of one man, Tomas Sala, Falconeer arrives for Playstation and Nintendo Switch in a robust version, containing all the content released in the Xbox and PC versions and the DLC "Edge of the World," with a new story, maps, and missions.

We control a Falconeer and must explore the oceans and face different factions and clans scattered in The Great Ursee. Each Falconeer class has its own attributes, weapons, and warbirds, which can be upgraded after completing quests and winning battles.

If you own an Xbox or PC version, you will have to buy the DLC "Edge of the World" separately.

Dodgeball Academia

Release Date: August 5 (Playstation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)

You play as Otto in the dodgeball academia and will train to become the best champion ever seen. With an RPG schematic, players will be expected to complete quests and side quests across multiple episodes while recruiting a diverse cast of players with customizable progression.

The dodgeball matches are dynamic and include flashy moves that encourage you to choose your party well when facing opponents and the game's bosses. Otto will also need to explore the academia and unlock its well-guarded secrets. The game features an online mode where you can blow your friends' faces off with your balls (well, that came out wrong).

FORECLOSED

Release Date: August 12 (Playstation 4|5, Xbox One|Series, Nintendo Switch, PC)

FORECLOSED was announced at Summer of Gaming 2020 and claims to have an interactive comic book with an immersive narrative and action-adventure gameplay. Developed by Antab Studio and published by Merge Games, the game is filled with a cartoonish comic book style.

With an RPG-like skill system (as with most games recently), the game puts us in the perspective of Evan Kapnos, who recently had his identity Foreclosed. On top of that, he lost his job, access to the city Block-chain and must escape it before his brain implants and identity are auctioned off. Black Mirror stuff.

In addition to modified weapons with explosive or stealth bullets, players will need to learn to control Evan's special abilities like telekinesis and hack the implants in the enemies' heads.

Cardaclysm: Shards of the Four

Release Date: August 13 (Xbox One, Nintendo Switch)

Publisher Headup and developer Elder Games will release Cardaclsym: Shard of the Four, a collectible card game with procedurally generated dungeons, RPG, and action elements for Xbox One, Series, and Switch. The game had Early Access for Steam in July 2020 and full release in February 2021.

In Cardaclysm, we play as a dark mage who has abused his magic experiments a tad and unleashed The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, a regular Thursday for any master of the obscure arts. With five factions, over 240 cards, and 40 artifacts, we must send them all back to their hellish dimension before the Apocalypse dooms every living thing.

Hades

Release Date: August 13 (Playstation 4|5, Xbox One|Series)

Supergiant Games' most highly regarded title graces new consoles to win over even more audiences. Winner of awards in the category of the best game of 2020, this rogue-like RPG brings all the basics and particularities of the genre for those who love it without forgetting vogue and flair.

As the name already indicates, Hades takes us to the underworld of Greek mythology in control of Zagreu, son of the god of the dead. Zagreu is trying to escape his father's kingdom to reach Olympus. Hades does not facilitate the protagonist's escape, but fortunately, other Olympians provide abilities to help the player overcome the procedural challenges that lie ahead.

Greak: Memories of Azur

Release Date: August 17 (Playstation 4|5, Xbox One|Series, Nintendo Switch, PC)

In Greak: Memories of Azur, we play the title's eponymous protagonist and his two siblings. The three are of the Courines race and must survive the invasion of the Urlags faction. The hand-drawn side-scrolling game presents players with several puzzles that must be faced by alternating the use of siblings while facing enemies and bosses in fast-paced combat similar to Hollow Knight.

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Each sibling has different skills that must be exploited to the fullest to escape their homeland and build an aircraft. At first, we play as Greak, and throughout the story must find his older siblings and explore the magical lands of Azur.

12 Minutes

Release Date: August 19 (Xbox One|Series, PC)

12 Minutes was introduced during Microsoft and Bethesda's E3 conference this year. The game is a top-down point-and-click thriller that puts the player in a 12-minute time loop in an intrigue involving murder and relationships. You have to change the outcome with your previous life-and-death cycle knowledge.

The title features big names in the cast, such as Willem Dafoe, James McAvoy, and Daisy Ridley. 12 Minutes is published by Annapurna Interactive, publisher of What Remains of Edith Finch and Outer Wilds.

Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut

Release Date: August 20 (Playstation 4|5)

One of the most beautiful games of the past generation returns with the mission to maintain its crown, now on PlayStation 5. Ghost of Tsushima surprised gamers by the subtlety of its systems and the fantastic scenery, which uses new ways to indicate the path or show the main character's alignment, divided between the fight for freedom and the teachings of the samurai.

In the director's cut, Ghost of Tsushima returns with a brand new content, the island of Iki, with new stories, combat, and teachings to explore. Across all platforms, the protagonist also gains additional mounts, armor, and abilities. PS5 owners enjoy enhanced DualSense control capabilities, high resolution in dynamic 4k that aims to keep a steady 60 FPS, and sound improvements.

Madden NFL 22

Release Date: August 20 (Playstation 4|5, Xbox One|Series, PC)

EA Sports' biggest American football game franchise returns with Madden NFL 22. The game promises to bring more immersion and realism to the controls.

Madden NFL 22's main novelty is the so-called Dynamic Gameday, which attempts to transport the emotion of big matches to the games with pre-match strategies, the atmosphere of the stadiums, and the personality of players and fans altering the course of the plays.

Some of the new features EA brings to the game include state-of-the-art statistics and a star-based AI, with an immersive game atmosphere to deliver an increasingly enhanced experience compared to previous titles.

Aliens: Fireteam Elite

Release Date: August 24 (Playstation 4|5, Xbox One|Series, PC)

Aliens: Fireteam Elite pits humans against the xenomorphs of the Alien series. The game is a cooperative shooter for up to three players to survive in an unknown alien world.

We are 23 years after the events of the Alien 3 movie, aboard a military ship carrying the best human fighters. Aliens: Fireteam Elite focuses on distinct campaigns, with short stories that permeate the missions and the characters' progression, with different classes and specializations available.

King's Bounty II

Release Date: August 24 (Playstation 4|5, Xbox One|Series, Nintendo Switch, PC)

From 1C Entertainment with publisher Deep Silver, King's Bounty II is a turn-based strategy game. It features an interactive and cinematic story, a combat terrain that imports its layout during battle, a character development system, unique squads, and tactical depth on the battlefield, similar to Heroes of Might and Magic.

The game is set in the world of Nostria, where darkness takes over. Conspiracy, sabotage, and necromancy are overshadowing the country. The aging King Claudius has been poisoned and cannot lead the kingdom, so his son, Prince Adrian, must unite the struggling lands as his power and faith come under attack.

Psychonauts 2

Release Date: August 25 (Playstation 4, Xbox One|Series, PC, Linux, Mac)

From developer Double Fine, Psychonauts 2 is the sequel to the acclaimed first platform adventure game with cinematic style and tons of customizable psychic powers. We will dive deep into our protagonist story, Raz, while the Psychonauts are just a shadow of what they used to be.

Raz will hone his PSI-abilities to solve mysteries and end evil plots. The game will feature an invincibility option if you want to enjoy the game's story without worrying about your lacking game skills.

No More Heroes III

Release Date: August 27 (Nintendo Switch)

The laid-back jokester Travis Touchdown returns triumphant to Santa Destroy and finds an artificial metropolis flying into the sea and mysterious objects in the city. The assassin must battle Prince Fu, who is bent on conquering the earth with the help of criminal aliens.

In No More Heroes III, the protagonist must reach the top of the Galactic Superhero Rankings, eliminating the most cartoonish characters a game can muster. So get your toilet paper and batteries ready because the most murderous otaku in the gaming world is about to return.

New World

Release Date: August 31 (PC)

Amazon Studio's New World, one of the most anticipated MMOs, is finally going to be released. A year after its alpha test, the game promised to extend its release in order to apply player feedback and improve it as much as possible before the game reaches the public.

In New World, you are a castaway on the supernatural island of Aeternum. With no classes or races, the only thing that defines your progress is your ability and hours logged into the game. Each weapon has its own skill tree and level, and the various trades can be mastered intermittently.

The focus of New World is definitely on PvP and warfare. The faction and company that controls a settlement or territory will gain bonuses in that area. Still, you better be prepared because as soon as an antagonist declares war on your settlement, expect a 50x50 player conquest, a lot of bickering, stranded allies, and latency issues to define the victor.

Update: New World has also been bitten by the delay bug and has postponed its launch to September 28.

Murillo Zerbinatto
Murillo is a passionate lover of role-playing games, fantasy books and super powers' anime. Also plays a lot of RPGs on Twitch from time to time with his alias, Ryu Akechi.