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Telekinetic teens, sentient salads and a… um… hotel simulator – it’s all to play for this month

By Jon Billinge, Writer

Clear that download queue and make way for these August-ingly good gaming winners that’ll have you hooked for the foreseeable (or, you know, until our next round-up comes along).

 

Whether you’re languishing for the long-awaited sequel to Double Fine’s finest, vying to vanquish an alien horde or simply wondering how on Earth hoteliers make those little swans out of towels, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Lemnis Gate

Available to play on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One from Tuesday 3 August

Pipe down yonder LOTR enthusiasts, it’s not the Elvish I Am Bread simulator you were toasting for [plus, that’s “Lembas Bread”, ye mishearing heathens, ye!]. For the unoffended still reading, Lemnis Gate is less two towers, more time-loopy madness, where you’ll tear into fellow faceless – and mightily umbraged – astronauts to lay claim to the yet-to-be-Elon-Musk’d outer reaches of outer space.

 

The Falconeer: Warrior Edition

Available to play on PS4, PS4 and Nintendo Switch from Thursday 5 August

The unofficial biography/game of musician Seal [NB: not really], The Falconeer has had Xbox and PC players flying high since late last year. And now, PlayStation and Switch players can finally take flight on their maiden voyage. And what a voyage it is. Arguably the best third-person combat game in recent times, it’s the Panzer Dragoon/Magic Carpet successor you’ve been waiting for (if you’re mad old and crusty like us).

 

Book Of Travels

Available to play on PC from Monday 9 August

This is something quite special indeed. Described as a “tiny MMO”, it’s description as juxtaposition, the likes we’ve not seen in recent memory. Live, travel and fight across pastoral scenes that feel truly lived thanks to the isometric-yet-more view. And then venture into deeper, more unforgiving realms, the consequences of which feel all the more real as your personal story is writ large before your eyes. Before you inevitably die, obvs.

 

Foreclosed

Available to play on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Nintendo Switch from Thursday 12 August

Know this. Whenever you browse for a game and see the words “cell-shaded”, just BUY the damn thing. It’s game tech-speak for “OMG this is literally like playing a cartoon”, and Foreclosed is the latest – and likely greatest – to be doing just that right now. Everything from gameplay to cinematics are experienced within the stylistic framework of a graphic novel. And in this day and age, what you doing reading actual books, son?

 

Hades

Available to play on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch from Friday 13 August

Xbox players can finally get their mitts on this Underworld-set dungeon crawler inspired by Ancient Greek mythology. If you’ve played the brilliant Bastion, you’ll have an absolute hell of a time with this.

 

Greak: Memories Of Azur

Available to play on PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S and Nintendo Switch from Tuesday 17 August

Game names don’t come more fantasy than this. Join Greak, Adara and Raydel (+3 fantasy) in this wonderful side-scrolling platformer, where careful consideration of their individual abilities is key to navigating the lands of Azur (+1 fantasy). Fantasy-tic.

 

Monster Harvest

Available to play on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch from Thursday 19 August

We know, we know, we’ve covered this farming sim/monster-catching mash-up here before. But now, after many delays, it’s officially harvest time baby! Pull up the parsnips, sort the celery and bag up the Brussels. Then have them fight each other in the vegetably arena of DEATH. Literally carrot wait.

 

RiMS Racing

Available to play on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch from Thursday 19 August

Vroom, vroom. If that noise got your motor(bike) running then RiMS is the simulator for you. Burning rubber, death-defying turns and a staunchly realistic approach make this the definitive video game motorbike racing experience. On yer bike, mate!

 

Twelve Minutes

Available to play on PC, Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One from Thursday 19 August

James McAvoy, Daisy Ridley and Willem Dafoe walk into a murder mystery game, and… well, work to figure whodunnit. OK, so terrible jokes are off the cards here but a classy top-down, time-loop thriller very much is. And did we mention it stars JAMES MCAVOY, DAISY RIDLEY AND WILLEM DAFOE???

 

Ghost Of Tsushima Director’s Cut

Available to play on PS4 and PS5 from Friday 20 August

The sneaky, stabby, samurai delight gets even more delightful with this awesome upgrade, which adds PS5-specific enhancements like DualSense controller haptic feedback, Japanese lip-syncing and more. There’s also a whole new island to explore, which undoubtedly contains a myriad things to stab and sneak around.

 

Aliens: Fireteam Elite

Available to play on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One from Tuesday 24 August

“They mostly come at night​. Mostly.” Well here they come from every flippin’ which way too, be it from the floors, walls or ceilings. Yep, everyone’s fave Xenomorphs are back in this intense multiplayer third-person shooter where you play one of a team of hardened marines fighting to avoid having their face ripped off. Good luck!

 

Psychonauts 2

Available to play on PC, Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One from Wednesday 25 August

We are SO psyched for this one. The long-awaited sequel to Double Fine’s brilliant – and bizarre – platformer is quite simply a must-play. Dive headfirst into the minds of its kooky characters to do a spot of mental housekeeping, buoyed by a bevy of psychic abilities.

 

Hotel Life

Available to play on  PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch from Thursday 26 August

Like The Sims? How about going on holiday? Then chances are you’ll love Hotel Life, which tasks you with creating the ultimate holiday experience for your guests in an idyllic beauty spot. No word on whether you can casually remove the pool steps to punish errant guests though…

 

No More Heroes 3

Available to play on Nintendo Switch from Friday 27 August

Travis Touchdown is back! Legendary game director and seemingly endless font of creative ideas Goichi Suda (SUDA51) delivers another epic entry in the hack-and-slash series, where ya boy Touchdown is forced to save the world from an alien army led by a galactic overlord prince and his ten assassins. As you do.

 

KeyWe

Available to play on PC, PS4, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch from Tuesday 31 August

What’s better than a co-op puzzler set in a whimsical post office? One in which you play a couple of kiwi birds called Jeff and Debra, that’s what! Help Jebra butt-slam – yes, butt-slam – their way across a sea of buttons, bells and levers to deliver the mail on time. Please, we can’t bear the thought of either one receiving their P45…

 

Rustler

Available to play on PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch from Tuesday 31 August

Not the service station-sandwich simulator you were perhaps hoping for (developers take note), Rustler is mega similar in look and feel to classic, top-down Grand Theft Auto. Only it’s set in medieval times. With horses instead of cars. Oh and you can literally throw poo at people. We’re IN.

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