7 Video Games You’ll Want to Buy in August

As summer comes to a close, publishers are pushing out some must-buy games before the holiday rush. Add these gems to your shopping cart and get playing.
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7 Video Games You'll Want to Buy in August

If variety is the spice of life, August is looking pretty darn spicy. There’s a notable boost in video game releases this month, and the titles hitting store shelves are surprisingly unique to boot.

July is a tough act to follow. Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers alone boasts hours upon hours of MMORPG goodness, jam packed with Final Fantasy nostalgia and a surprisingly engaging narrative. Dragon Quest Builders 2 is a thoroughly charming Minecraft-like Dragon Quest game that features the same iconic artwork as the mainline series, as well as quirky survival and crafting mechanics.

August does its damnedest to meet your expectations, and depending on your tastes it may very well deliver. Blizzard unleashes World of Warcraft Classic this month to satiate old-school fans, delivering a pre-expansion iteration of the world to explore and socialize in. Those in the mood for something action-heavy have Astral Chain; this brand new IP from Platinum Games features over-the-top action and combo potential the likes of which only it can deliver.

Read on for seven video game picks for you to try this month. If you’re itching for some psychological horror, unfettered patriotic action, or perhaps even a Japanese-styled RPG, have a peek at the list below.

  • Metal Wolf Chaos

    Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One
    Release Date: August 6
    MSRP: $ 24.99

    This absurd third-person shooter puts you in the cockpit of a hyper-armed mech, piloted by none other than the President of the United States. You must do battle with the rogue American military to take down the former Vice President Richard Hawk, who has led a coup to overthrow you. Metal Wolf Chaos XD is a remaster of the Xbox original game, and boasts some of the silliest dialogue and hilarious misrepresentation of American government ever witnessed.

  • Oninaki

    Platform: PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch
    Release Date: August 22
    MSRP: $ 49.99

    This curious hack-and-slash action RPG from Tokyo RPG Factory is set in a world that embraces death and reincarnation. Protagonist Kagachi is tasked with guiding restless souls to the next world, no matter the cost. He stumbles upon a girl from his youth who is hunted relentlessly by a timeless demon, and is swept up into a story greater than he imagined.

  • Control

    Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4
    Release Date: August 27
    MSRP: $ 59.99

    This curious action adventure game from Remedy Entertainment drops you into a massive, supernatural tower in New York City that is home to spacetime defying phenomenon, and the secret government agency trying to contain it. While it seems to be inspired by SCP – Containment Breach, Control has plenty of Metroid-like exploration and backtracking as well. It also uses Remedy’s unique Northlight Engine, which was last seen in Quantum Break.

  • World Warcraft Classic

    Platform: PC
    Release Date: August 27

    World of Warcraft has expanded into a monstrous behemoth in its genre, the likes of which few other MMORPGs can even compare. But there are many who hearken to the halcyon days of the original, pre-expansion game. After all, it’s not uncommon to hear fans bemoan that the game died after such-and-such expansion. If you’re one of those old fogeys, or are simply curious to see what the hullabaloo is all about, dive into the original iteration of one of the most influential MMORPGs to date this month.

  • Astral Chain

    Platform: Nintendo Switch
    Release Date: August 30
    MSRP: $ 59.99

    It’s a brand-new action game from Platinum Games. Enough said. Need to know more? In Astral Chain, you play as a special police unit tasked with defending a futuristic city from invading interdimensional creatures. Equipped with a sapient weapon called Legion, you and your combat echo can make short work of the threat with stylish combos and creative system mechanics.

  • Blair Witch

    Platform: PC, Xbox one
    Release Date: August 30

    This first-person horror/adventure dumps you into the dark and haunted forests surrounding a small town in Maryland. You search for a lost boy within the woods, but become entangled in something far more sinister in the process. Protagonist Ellis has a spotty past, and the forest brings that past to the forefront. If exploration and spooks are your cup of tea, give Blair Witch a spin at the end of the month.

  • The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan

    Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One
    Release Date: August 30
    MSRP: $ 29.99

    Man of Medan is an interactive video game drama in the same vein as Until Dawn, which is not a surprise since the same developer is at the helm of both. You assume the role of several characters who find themselves trapped on a ghost ship. Decisions you make with each character significantly impacts how each scenario plays out, and the ultimate goal is to make to to the end of the story with all characters alive.

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