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15 game releases to watch out for in August 2019

Including Control, Ancestors and Man of Medan.

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There were some decent game releases to choose from in July. My top picks for the month were Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Sea of Solitude and Blazing Chrome.

August represents the end of the summer drought of big releases and brings us plenty of new games to choose from. For August I was a bit spoilt for choice so decided to pick an extra 5 releases over last month. As usual there’s something for everyone with new releases across each of the platforms.

Of all of the August releases, I’m most looking forward to Control which is arriving on PC, Xbox One and PS4. I’m also keen to check out The Dark Pictures – Man of Medan and of course World of Warcraft: Classic.

Here’s a full list of my 15 games to watch out for in August 2019:

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Please note that the dates mentioned are the currently expected UK release dates and subject to change, dates for other regions may vary.

2nd August

Dry Drowning (PC)

Dry Drowning is an investigative thriller-oriented visual novel set in 2066 in the dystopian universe of Nova Polemos, a fictional north European city. It follows the story of Mordred Foley, an unscrupulous private detective haunted by his dark past. The game promises over 20 hours of gameplay with 150 story branches and 3 different endings.

Madden NFL 20 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

Madden Season kicks off with gameplay innovations including Superstar X-Factor abilities, signature animations, and brand-new playbook updates. Win the College Football Playoff on your way to becoming the next QB1 in Franchise Mode. Feel like an NFL superstar and call your offense like a pro. EA Access players can check out the game from 25th July.

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6th August

Metal Wolf Chaos XD (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

Metal Wolf Chaos XD is a modernized re-release of FromSoftware’s 2004 mech shooter with upgraded visual fidelity, refined controls and gameplay, a new save system, and 4K + 16:9 support for modern displays. The country is in peril as President Michael Wilson defends the nation against a full-scale rebellion led by Vice-President Richard Hawk and the mechanized legions he commands. As the 47th President of the United States, it is your sworn duty to take your country back by any means necessary!

15th August

Ion Fury (PC)

The game recently changed its name from Ion Maiden to avoid certain legal issues. Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison finally has a deadly date on her calendar with Dr. Jadus Heskel and his army of cyber-cultists. With signature weapons including her Loverboy revolver and Bowling Bombs, every cyborg she sees is about four seconds away from being nothing but gibs n’ gore. The game is also set to release for consoles later in the year.

20th August

Rad (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch)

From Double Fine Productions and Bandai Namco comes a 3D action rogue-like set in a post-post-apocalyptic world, where humanity has faced Armageddon not once, but twice. Players take on the role of a teenage protagonist who must venture into the Fallow — an ever-changing, radioactive wasteland filled with unknown and unspeakable creatures. The fate of the world depends on the player, a sweet bat, and whatever strange new abilities they gain as the world around them ravages their body — twisting and mutating them into something far less than human, but far more powerful.

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Remnant: From the Ashes (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

Remnant: From the Ashes is a third-person survival action shooter set in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by monstrous creatures. As one of the last remnants of humanity, you’ll set out alone or alongside up to two other players to face down hordes of deadly enemies and epic bosses, and try to carve a foothold, rebuild, and then retake what was lost.

22nd August

Life is Strange 2 – Episode 4 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

After a tragic incident, brothers Sean and Daniel Diaz run away from home. Fearing the police, and dealing with Daniel’s new telekinetic power, the boys flee to Mexico for safety. August sees the launch of the fourth episode as the brothers continue their journey.

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Oninaki (PC, PS4, Switch)

In ONINAKI, players will follow the story of Kagachi, a young watcher whose duty is to usher Lost Souls into the next world. After meeting a mysterious girl named Linne, his fate becomes entwined with blood and death.

27th August

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey (PC)

From the creator of Assassin’s Creed, embark on the most incredible odyssey known to humankind: human evolution. Spanning from 10 million to 2 million years ago, begin your journey, “Before Us,” in Neogene period Africa. Explore a beautiful yet ruthless world from swinging through tree branches in the jungle to stalking prey across the golden savannah grasslands. Decide what attributes to learn and hone in order to pass down knowledge to future generations, from crafting tools to enhancing evasive tactics against predators. Just like real life, make sure to eat, drink, and sleep to stay alive and have the energy to face any danger that may come your way.

Control (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

After a secretive agency in New York is invaded by an otherworldly threat, Jesse Faden become the new Director struggling to regain Control. Players will follow Jesse on her personal search for answers about her past and are challenged to master supernatural abilities and reactive environments while fighting through a deep and unpredictable world, in this upcoming supernatural action-adventure game.

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Pagan Online (PC)

Pagan Online combines classic top-down action RPG gameplay with session-based PVE action, unique characters, and combat that will challenge even the most seasoned players.

World of Warcraft: Classic (PC)

World of Warcraft Classic is a faithful recreation of the original World of Warcraft from 2006. Combat mechanics, original character models and skill trees all contribute to a truly authentic experience, as do your interactions with other players. Your reliance on others to take on the world was at the heart of the original WoW and is at the heart of World of Warcraft Classic.

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30th August

Blair Witch (PC, Xbox One)

From the creative minds behind the critically acclaimed Layers of Fear, experience firsthand the toll that fear can take on the mind in an original story based on the legend of Blair Witch. The upcoming title is a first-person psychological horror game that studies your reactions to danger and stress.

Remothered: Tormented Fathers (Switch)

In Remothered the player assumes the role of Rosemary Reed, a woman investigating the disappearance of a girl, Celeste. She arrives at the home of Celeste’s adoptive father, Richard, to search for clues but is quickly stonewalled. She sneaks back to the home in the evening and finds herself fighting for her life in a waking nightmare.

The Dark Pictures – Man of Medan (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

Man of Medan is the first game in the Dark Pictures Anthology, bringing supernatural horror to the South Pacific. Four friends and their captain set sail on a holiday diving trip., with a rumoured WWII wreck to find. As the day unfolds, and a storm rolls in, their trip soon changes into something much more sinister. Who will live, who will die? It’s down to you. Can you save them all?

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EF Games will bring you our top gaming picks for September 2019 towards the end of August. In the meantime, let us know what you’re playing and looking forward to via our Twitter and Facebook pages. Remember to give us a Follow or a Like while you’re there!


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