July was a dull and empty month with Fire Emblem: Three Houses being its only fantastic game, and Wolfenstein: Young Blood being its biggest insult. But, now that the barren month is finally behind us, gamers have a lot to look forward to this August 2019, with two of its most notable and attractive titles being the foreboding The Blair Witch and Man Of Medan. Below you'll find the 5 best and most promising games releasing on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch this month.
Friday The 13th: The Game Ultimate Slasher Edition (Nintendo Switch - August 13)
Unlike most Nintendo Switch titles, Friday The 13th isn't a kid friendly property that dazzles with wonder and charm. Instead, it's a bloody and brutal mess that sees a group of friends attempt to escape the teleporting behemoth that is Jason.
Based on the crazy series that saw Jason constantly terrorise atrociously bad actors who were better suited for x-rated movies, the Friday The 13th video game is a chaotic but fun multiplayer gem that can be enjoyed with up to seven people.
While a group of players take the role of the stereotypical horror teens that just want to party and have sex, one individual controls the hockey-masked brute whose job it is to punish the wicked rapscallions in devastatingly creative fashion.
It's bloody, it's gruesome, and it's a fun multiplayer game to play with both your mates and strangers online.
Control (PS4, Xbox One, PC - August 27)
Developed by Remedy, the fine folks behind the beloved Alan Wake and the less than reputable Quantum Break, Control is an enigma unlike anything else. It's undoubtedly pretty and flashy with its third-person, mind-bending combat, but there's uncertainty around whether it will be nothing more than style over substance.
The game takes place in an alternate version of America, one where supernatural phenomena is real rather than clickbait YouTube videos. As a red-haired lass named Jessie, it's up to you to roam about 'The Oldest House' in order to investigate a mysterious and disturbing force referred to as the Hiss.
While the array of telekinesis powers at your disposal will probably make the game a blast, it's the atmosphere, presentation, and storytelling that will determine whether the game is anything more than just a fun adventure. And things are looking promising.
The visuals are gorgeous with some inspired decors that pay homage to other iconic works of fiction, and the Metroidvania approach means players won't have their hand held the entire time. Control doesn't tell you what to do, it doesn't batter you over the head with its story, and it's the month's biggest experiment.
Blair Witch (Xbox One, PC - August 30)
We don't really know what to expect from the Blair Witch game other than that it will feature combat in some capacity, and that it has been superficially compared to the Outlast series because it boasts a first-person point-of-view with a video camera.
I can't confidently say that it will be one of the best and must buy games of August 2019, but I can say that it is perhaps the biggest and most notable purely thanks to its name.
The prospect of a Blair Witch video game isn't all that enticing as the movies are nothing more than directionless bores that showcase nothing but trees, leaves, and snot, but hopefully a video game will be more creepy and less dull thanks to pitting players themselves in the foreboding woods.
Again, the adaptation doesn't inspire much confidence thanks to it being developed by Bloober Team; the people responsible for 2019's worst game of the year so far, Layers Of Fear 2. But, if the Blair Witch game ends up being good, then it will be a massive title that PlayStation 4 gamers must to admire from afar.
Astral Chain (Nintendo Switch - August 30)
Described by Nintendo Life as the 2019 Switch title everyone should be talking about, Astral Chain is one of the most anticipated games of the year regardless of platform.
Made by Platinum Games, the people who really should get to work on Vanquish 2, the Nintendo Switch exclusive, Astral Chain, is a crazy experience with a unique set-up.
Situated on a giant floating city called The Ark, players inhabit a unique location that is infested with other-worldly monsters and beasts known as Chimera. Rather than eating everyone in sight, these cretins infect the population with a red substance referred to as 'Corruption'. As a member of the police force, it's your duty to tame these Chimera with domesticated monsters named Legion.
The best part of pretty much every Platinum-made video game is usually the combat, and Astral Chain is no different. One half of the gameplay sees players investigate areas for clues to piece together a crime scene, while the other half sees players kick butt in frantic combat.
Players will need to learn to work with Legion to really master the game's unique and in-depth fighting system, but attacks, shoots, and dodge can all be made independently.
The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man Of Medan (PC, PS4, Xbox One - August 30)
Unlike the Blair Witch video game, I don't have any insecurities surrounding the first instalment of The Dark Pictures Anthology, Man Of Medan.
Developed by Supermassive Games, the team responsible for the incredible PS4 exclusive Until Dawn, Man Of Medan is an interactive horror spectacle that will force players into the damp and p**s soaked shoes of stereotypical characters that are waiting to be feast on by maggots.
Man Of Medan will constantly greet players with difficult choices that have major ramifications. Supermassive Games has already revealed the title's size and its duration, but the amount of choices available and the impact they have on the game's narrative and characters' fates will make multiple playthroughs a must.
It's Until Dawn 2 in everything but name, setting, and characters, and it's the month's perfect game for those who want to enjoy and control an unpredictable horror movie.
Full list of PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch games for August 2019:
- Fortnite Season 10 [PC, PS4, XBO, Switch] – August 1
- Dry Drowning [PC] – August 2
- Madden 20 [PC, PS4, XBO] – August 2
- Age of Wonders: Planetfall [PC, PS4, XBO] – August 6
- Metal Wolf Chaos XD [PC, PS4, XBO] – August 6
- Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Complete Edition [Switch] – August 9
- Friday The 13th: The Game Ultimate Slasher Edition [Switch] – August 13
- Zeus Begins [PC] – August 16
- RAD [PC, PS4, XBO, Switch] – August 20
- Remnant: From the Ashes [PC, PS4, XBO] – August 20
- Life Is Strange 2 - Episode 4 [PC, PS4, XBO] – August 22
- Oninaki [PC, PS4, Switch] – August 22
- Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey [PC] – August 27
- Arizona Sunshine: The Damned DLC [PC VR, PSVR] – August 27
- The Bard’s Tale 4: Director's Cut [PS4, XBO] – August 27
- Control [PC, PS4, XBO] – August 27
- Taste of Power [PC] – August 27
- World of Warcraft Classic [PC] – August 27
- Wreckfest [PS4, XBO] – August 27
- Headspun [PC, PS4, XBO, Switch] – August 28
- Astral Chain [Switch] – August 30
- Blair Witch [PC, XBO] – August 30
- The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan [PC, PS4, XBO] – August 30
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