Whether you’re into investigating a supernatural skyscraper in Control, surviving a haunted shipwreck in Man of Medan or crashing some realistic cars in the destruction derby-inspired Wreckfest, our guide to the top new games releasing in August 2019 has something for everyone. And that’s just the beginning.
Astral Chain on Nintendo Switch looks set to satisfy fans of anime and manga, while sports fans can earn that coveted professional football career in Madden NFL 20. Remember Duke Nukem 3D? Well, the original creators are back with the retro-inspired Ion Fury. Finally, RAD is an upcoming roguelike bursting with radiation and consequently mutation. RAD rounds out our top new games releasing in August 2019.
Control – PC, PS4, XB1
When an otherworldly threat invades a secretive New York agency, Jesse Faden is forced to take the lead and fight to regain control. In this supernatural 3rd person action game, players master a combination of supernatural abilities, weapon loadouts, and reactive environments while fighting through a dark and unpredictable world.
Explore diverse environments and shifting architecture all set within a sprawling New York skyscraper. Harness dynamic environmental destruction for exciting combat possibilities and master complex rituals to alter your surroundings. Side-quests and secrets are everywhere. Works with other Bureau agents to decode cryptic cyphers and discover strange experiments.
Control comes from Remedy Entertainment, the studio behind Alan Wake, Quantum Break and the original Max Payne. It’s also our pick of the best looking title from the new games releasing in August 2019. Available August 27
The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan – PC, PS4, XB1
Man of Medan brings supernatural horror to the South Pacific. Five friends set sail on a holiday diving trip, searching for a rumoured WWII shipwreck. As a storm rolls in, their trip soon changes into something much more sinister. Who will live, who will die? It’s up to you. Can you save them all? All playable characters can live, and all can die. The choices you make will decide their fate.
Man of Medan is the latest title from Supermassive Games, the studio behind the excellent horror title Until Dawn. Man of Medan is the first game within The Dark Pictures – a series of stand-alone, cinematic horror games, designed to present new, terrifying experiences regularly. Each game is unconnected and will feature a brand new story, setting, and original cast of characters.
Progress between games is witnessed by The Curator, an omniscient voyeur of our choices. The Curator is timeless, recording stories of life and death in his small section of a vast repository containing every story ever told. Available August 30
Wreckfest – PC, PS4, XB1
Remember Destruction Derby on the PS1? Well so does Bugbear, the developer of the upcoming Wreckfest. Players can expect to burn rubber and shred metal in this ultimate driving playground. Featuring epic crashes, neck-to-neck fights over the finish line and brand-new ways to bend metal.
Witness insane car fights on high-speed circuits with true-to-life physics. Face total destruction madness on courses with intersections and oncoming traffic, or go for demolition dominance in derby arenas.
Within Career Mode, players battle for championships, earn experience and unlock new cars and upgrades to become the all-time Wreckfest champion. In Challenge Mode, things get crazy with crop dusters, lawnmowers, three-wheelers and more. You better believe there’s online multiplayer to complement the experience — available August 27
Astral Chain – Switch
As the rookie officer within an elite police task force, you are part of humanity’s last hope against an inter-dimensional invasion. In Astral Chain, players pilot a series of living weapons known as “Legions,” each with different combat styles and abilities.
Use a Legion in battle, for investigating crimes and solving environmental puzzles. Throughout the game, players will also uncover the secrets of the alternate dimension called the Astral Plane, home of the mysterious invaders. The apocalyptic cityscape is full of intricate details and interesting characters, including other members of the special police task force, and even your twin sibling.
The team behind Astral Chain have an impressive catalogue of work including NieR: Automata and the Bayonetta series. Astral Chain is available August 30
Madden NFL 20 – PC, PS4, XB1
In 2019, football fans can become the face of an NFL franchise and experience the journey to becoming an NFL Superstar. Players create an original college quarterback before playing through the College Football Championship playoffs for a shot at the NFL Draft. Once selected to a team, engage with Madden’s new Scenario Engine, which generates personalised playable scenarios, events, and dynamic challenges that build a unique story for your NFL career.
Franchise and Ultimate Team modes return in Madden NFL 20 for that well-established Super Bowl action. Plus UT mode promises content drops and updates throughout 2020.
There is an all-new abilities progression system called Superstar X-Factor and Playbooks are calibrated to be unique from team-to-team. Plus, the new On-Field Trainer is a modernised teaching system that introduces new in-game mechanics over time. Madden NFL 20 is available August 2
Ion Fury – PC
’90s icon Duke Nukem was the clear inspiration behind the modern throwback Ion Fury. Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison earned her codename defusing bombs for the Global Defence Force. When evil transhumanist mastermind Dr Jadus Heskel unleashes the members of his cybernetic cult onto the streets of Neo DC, Shelly knows it’s time to start causing explosions instead of preventing them.
Players can experience the original Duke Nukem 3D engine on steroids, pumped up and ready to rock again after 20 years – with a few upgrades including widescreen, improved physics and the satisfying headshot.
Duck, jump, climb, swim, and blast your way through 7 hand-crafted zones packed with multiple levels of mayhem. Make use of an inspiring arsenal of devastating weapons, including tri-barrelled revolvers, grenade launchers, and heat-seeking smart bombs.
Ion Fury is available now in Early Access before scoring a full retail release on August 15. A console release is expected at a later date.
RAD – PC, PS4, XB1, Switch
Humanity has faced Armageddon not once, but twice. Players venture into an ever-changing, radioactive wasteland filled with unknown and unspeakable creatures seeking a solution to transform the cracked, barren landscape into a rich source of new life.
But humanity’s future comes at high personal cost, as the deeper you journey into unknown lands, the more you are exposed to gnarly toxins which wreak havoc on your human form. The fate of the world depends on you, your trusty bat, and whatever strange new abilities you gain as the world around you ravages your body — twisting and mutating you into something far less than human, but far more powerful.
RAD is a 3D action roguelike set in a procedurally-generated wasteland where no two playthroughs are the same. It comes from the minds behind classic games like Psychonauts, Broken Age and Headlander. Available August 20