There are heaps of stellar video games coming out in August 2021, so we’ve compiled a list of the all the ones worth keeping an eye on.
Although we’re now approaching the back half of 2021, the video game industry is only just getting started with plenty of must-play titles on the horizon.
But while time and money are limited, here’s a handful of games across all the major consoles worth saving up for. Let’s get started…
Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut (PS4, PS5)
Release date: Friday August 20
We bloody loved Ghost Of Tsushima when it originally released last year and Director’s cut looks set to make the game even more impressive. You’ll not only score any DLC released so far, but you’ll also get to explore Iki Island – a whole new area containing a fresh adventure for Jin to take part in.
Buy it on PS5 and you’ll even be treated to enhancements to 3D audio, drastically improved load times, 4K resolution options and framerates targeting 60 FPS.
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Madden NFL 22 (PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, PC)
Release date: Friday August 20
Another year, another Madden. The good news is that this year’s iteration seems set to keep things fresh. First up is increased customisation for your created players. A new class system and player physiques allow you to play around with a whole range of options from skills to body type.
Then there’s the re-imagined campaign that’ll see you try to be the greatest gridiron player the world’s ever seen. Oh, and don’t forget the usual rock-solid moment-to-moment gameplay the series is known for. Tackling people to the ground has never felt better.
You can order Madden NFL 22 here.
Aliens: Fireteam Elite (PS5, PS4, PC)
Release date: Tuesday August 24
The team shooter is hardly a new concept in video games, but it is when that game is set within the Aliens universe.
This brings us to Fireteam Elite which sees you and two friends face off against waves of Xenomorph and Weyland-Yutani Synthetic foes. Think Left 4 Dead with more aliens.
With that in mind, you should expect plenty of enjoyable carnage and chaos that’s bound to elicit some laughs. For fans of the franchise, the game’s four campaigns will even introduce new storylines to the Alien universe. So long as it has nothing to do with Resurrection.
You can order Aliens: Fireteam Elite here.
Hades (PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO)
Release date: Friday August 13
If you’ve somehow slept on the instant-classic that is Hades, then you’ve made a grave mistake. A roguelike that takes some rather sexy liberties with Greek Gods, wowed fans and critics alike last year, winning countless awards.
Now it’s finally hitting PlayStation 5, allowing Sony fans the chance to help Zagreus, son of Hades, break free from the Underworld of Olympus. The action is buttery smooth and the story an incredibly addictive tale.
You can order Hades here.
No More Heroes 3 (Switch)
Release date: Friday August 27
If you like your games filled with equal amounts of action, punk-rock and off-the-wall humour, No More Heroes 3 is for you. This threequel sees a band alien assassins try to take over the world, leaving Travis Touchdown our only hope. You might not make much sense of it, but you get to use a laser katana and that’s pretty freaking sweet.
You can order No More Heroes 3 here.
Twelve Minutes (XSX, PC)
Release date: Thursday August 19
This real-time top-down interactive thriller isn’t getting a whole lot of press, but it really should. Namely because it features the voice acting of big name Hollywood Stars James McAvoy, Daisy Ridley, and Willem Dafoe.
The elevator pitch is also a devilishly interesting one. After a romantic evening with your wife ends with a police detective breaking into your home, accusing your wife of murder and beating you to death you’re then suddenly returned to that exact moment. Thus begins a classic time loop mechanic, leaving you to try and change the outcome. Keep this one on your watch list.
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