The sun is finally out, sure, but video games are still giving us plenty of reasons to stay inside. This is especially the case for the upcoming month of August, which after a fairly quiet start really kicks into high gear during the latter weeks. From tried-and-tested sports franchises touting all-new tech to the return of a classic 3D platformer that’s been two decades in the making, August 2021 has plenty of treats in store for us to play – providing you can hold out a little longer.
It’s that time of the month where we look ahead to what we’ll soon be playing and enjoying, running through every big game releasing on PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch in August. We’ll even make it easier to know which titles to spend your hard-earned cash on by listing each game featured below at its lowest available price. Here’s what’s in store throughout the following month…
Paw Patrol: Adventure City Calls (August 13th)
In addition to being a beloved children’s show, Paw Patrol has been the subject of countless video game spin-offs. The latest in this long line is Paw Patrol: Adventure City Calls, which releases on PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch this August 13th. The difference this time, however, is that Chase, Marshall and Skye are joined by new Paw Patrol member Liberty, exploring the entire metropolis and visiting locations from Paw: Patrol: The Movie. Younger players won’t want to miss this.
Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut (August 20th)
Those who missed out on Sucker Punch’s Japanese open-world epic last year on PS4, fear not. Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut launches exclusively on PlayStation 5 this August 20th, bringing with it Dualsense controller enhancements, improved lip-synching and even a new island. The best part is that any progress made in the PS4 version is also transferrable to this Director’s Cut, letting returning players pick up where they left off. Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut has lots to offer.
Madden 22 (August 20th)
The first big annual sports series from EA to release this year is Madden 22, marking the first time American football has made its ground-up debut on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Experience the thrill of the NFL by taking the updated roster of teams onto the field, working your way up from the bottom to the top of the league. Next-gen stats make for more realistic AI in every NFL superstar, and it’s all thanks to a new form of tech called Gameday that’s powered by real human data. It releases on August 20th.
Aliens: Fireteam Elite (August 24th)
A direct continuation of the look and tone of James Cameron’s 1986 action classic, Aliens: Fireteam Elite is a three-player co-op shooter that pits you and friends against the infamous Xenomorph. There are five different classes to play as each boasting unique perks, all of which let you unleash various combat abilities that makes firefights a lot fairer. Surviving the hive will be tough, true, but it’s worth it to experience all-out action set in the Disney’s Alien universe. August 24th is when the xenomorphs are unleashed.
Psychonauts 2 (August 25th)
The original Psychonauts was a seriously inventive 3D platformer that saw you jump into various people’s minds to complete puzzles. This creative ethos successfully remains intact for this long-awaited sequel, which launches on both PS4 and Xbox One on August 25th after almost two decades. Picking up directly from where the first game left off, Raz and the rest of the titular squad team up continue his psychic research. This involves exploring all-new levels that take place in the mind and restoring order to Psychonauts HQ.
No More Heroes III (August 27th)
Travis Touchdown is back this August 27th thanks to the arrival of No More Heroes III on Nintendo Switch. It’s not just other Santa Destroy inhabitants he’ll be battling with this time, though. Now he’s forced to defend the whole of Earth against an alien race. This crazy concept is backed up by the franchise’s classic staple of creative boss fights and satisfying hack-and-slash combat, all of which help make No More Heroes III the most over-the-top entry yet.