I could spend time writing a clever opening, or I could just say there are 8 excellent reasons for you to stay indoors this August and none of them have anything to do with the cold weather. August is a big month for gaming and there really is something for everyone.
Overcooked 2 – Available Now – PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Overcooked returns with a brand-new helping of chaotic cooking action. Journey back to the Onion Kingdom and assemble your team of chefs in classic couch co-op or online play for up to four players.
Cook in new kitchens ranging from sushi restaurants, magic schools and underground mines. Travel through teleporters, across moving platforms and save time by throwing ingredients across dynamic kitchens that shift and evolve. Cook up a range of new recipes including cakes, burgers and pizzas. You’ll knead to work together as the kitchen gets increasingly chaotic. Hold onto your aprons!
We Happy Few – Available Now – PC, PS4, Xbox One
In this alternative 1960s England, a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people are trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial in the city of Wellington Wells. You’ll fight or blend in with the drug-addled inhabitants, most of whom don’t take kindly to people who won’t abide by their not-so-normal rules.
Discover the retro-futuristic city’s dark history as you play through the intertwined narratives of three quietly rebellious citizens of Wellington Wells, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, as they face their pasts, prepare for the future, and engage in activities that aren’t exactly status quo in the artificially enthused society.
As you hide, conform, or fight back, you will encounter dark humour, a spot of hope, and even some redemption along the way. The procedurally generated world will ensure that your experience with We Happy Few is different and unique. We Happy Few is available digitally right now. Physical copies won’t arrive in Australia until the 17th.
Madden NFL 19 – Available Now – PC, PS4, Xbox One
Achieve gridiron greatness in Madden NFL 19. Prove your on-field stick-skills with more control over every step, with stunning game-changing moments achieved through Real Player Motion. Take control over how you build your dynasty powered by all-new strategic team building tools and the first ever custom draft class creator in Franchise. Dominate the competition with all new ways to build and progress your NFL stars from the past and present in Ultimate Team.
Devin Wade and Colt Cruise return in Longshot, the story mode first introduced in Madden NFL 18. Longshot is easily one of Madden’s best new features. Overall, the new gameplay concepts and additional options for Franchise and Ultimate Team should give football fans plenty of reasons to jump on board for Madden NFL 19.
Guacamelee! 2 – 21st August – PC, PS4
The long-awaited sequel to a personal favourite of mine is almost here: Guacamelee! 2 brings luchador Juan Aguacate out of retirement for a stunning new Metroidvania-style adventure, where he must face his greatest challenge yet – one that threatens to tear apart the very fabric of the Mexiverse!
Explore a huge, hand-crafted world inspired by Mexican culture and folklore, filled with sassy new villains, weirdos and a few old friends. Learn a deep repertoire of bone-crunching wrestling moves to fend off the skeletal hordes and overcome skilful platforming challenges… and who said anything about a Chicken Illuminati?
Featuring drop-in 4-player local co-op for you and your best amigos! There’s also a brand new upgrade system, new vibrant, colourful landscapes and an absolutely Fuego electro-Mexican soundtrack.
F1 2018 – 24th August – PC, PS4, Xbox One
The latest entry in this racing series will immerse players deeper into the world of Formula One than before. More historical cars have been added along with the official teams, drivers and circuits from the 2018 F1 season.
Featuring the most in-depth career mode ever, including the ability to select your own rival and negotiate team moves during the season. The Career mode also expands the player’s research and development options, with each F1 team now having a unique technology tree with differing strengths and weaknesses.
F1 2018 has also undergone a significant graphical uplift with new visual elements, including environmental mist, track mirage effects, engine heat haze and off racing line dirt kick-up which brings it even closer to the real sport.
Strange Brigade – 28th August – PC, PS4, Xbox One
Egypt, 1930’s. Erased from ancient history and buried in a nameless tomb for 4,000 years, Seteki the Witch Queen has risen once again. Only one troop of daring heroes can stand against her fearsome power and army of mummified monstrosities: The Strange Brigade!
Explore remarkable ruins, solve perilous puzzles and uncover tantalising treasure while blasting your way through an array of undead enemies in thrilling third-person action that’s certain to bring out your inner adventurer.
Hunt through a rip-roaring campaign filled with dangerous dig sites, prodigious pyramids and crumbling caves packed with bountiful foes to send back to the afterlife. Explore alone or team up in 2-4 player online co-op.
Travel the ancient world as one of four dashing agents trained to tackle the supernatural. Unleash devastating magical powers and unload powerful prototype weapons such as the fire-spitting Krakatoa, the ice cold Chill Burster, and the brain-busting Blunderbuss to name a few.
Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate – 28th August – Switch
Hunters face off against the largest roster of unique monsters in any Monster Hunter game to date. Players take on the role of a brave hunter challenging larger than life beasts that yield valuable resources used for crafting unique weapons and equipment.
Accept hundreds of quests solo or with friends in this nostalgic look back at the series’ beginnings and evolutions. Along the journey, you must defend each of the game’s four villages from major threats including the dangerous new Elder Dragon. With a blend of classic gameplay and unique new twists, brand new areas to explore and monsters to slay, this series debuts on the Switch in style!
OK. So it’s not the incredible Monster Hunter World on Switch, but it’s the next best thing.
Divinity: Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition – 31st August – PC, PS4, Xbox One
Enter a world of near-endless possibilities in a sandbox RPG like no other. Create a character or take on one of the 6 Origin Stories and adventure through a land that continually reacts to who you are, and what you do. Each hero’s story is unique, often conflicting with one another. Friendships will be tested in and out of combat. Harness the elements and combine powerful Source magic and wield hundreds of skills. Combine fire, ice, poison, rain, and more. Imbue these elements with cursed energy. Battle to survive Divinity: Original Sin 2’s lauded tactical combat. Solve quests and puzzles in almost countless ways.
The Definitive Edition brings thousands of changes based on critic and player feedback since the game’s original launch. New features include a journal, map markers, tutorials and a new difficulty mode, as well as a complete rework of the game’s final act, makng this highly acclaimed RPG even better.