August 4th – Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout (PS4/PC)
August 7th – Horizon: Zero Dawn Complete Edition (PC)
August 11th – Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon (PS4/PC)
August 11th – Willy Morgan and the Curse of Bown Town (PC)
August 11th – Hyper Scape (PS4/Xbox One/PC)
August 13th – Dying Light: Hellraid (PC)
August 14th – Dying Light: Hellraid (PS4/Xbox One)
August 18th – Rogue Legacy 2 (PC)
August 18th – Microsoft Flight Simulator (PC)
August 20th – Peaky Blinders: Mastermind (PS4/Xbox One/PC/Switch)
August 20th – Battletoads (Xbox One/PC)
August 21st – Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time (PS4/Xbox One/PC/Switch)
August 25th – No Straight Roads (PS4/Xbox One/PC/Switch)
August 27th – Tell Me Why (Xbox One/PC)
August 27th – Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition (PS4/Switch)
August 28th – Wasteland 3 (PS4/Xbox One/PC/Linux/Mac)
August 28th – Project CARS 3 (PS4/Xbox One/PC)
August 28th – Windbound (PS4/Xbox One/PC/Switch)
August TBA – Baldur’s Gate III (PC Early Access)
Many of WellPlayed’s staff hail from Melbourne, which is resembling Dark Souls’ Blighttown more and more each day – annoying amounts of poison, poor lighting, terrible platforming and a dismal framerate, Melburnians are doing it tough. For those who have had spare time thrust upon them against their will, gaming is a logical choice to distract oneself from the horrors unfolding outside. So what’s got WellPlayed’s iso warriors tight in the jask (jean masks for those playing at home) while they try and keep the existential crisis at bay?
Now, I could sit here and tell you how stacked of a month August is and how many excellent-looking games I’m keen to play. I could tell you about Brisbane-based Level 5 Studio’s enchanting survival crafting RPG Windbound, a game that I’ve played in preview and can’t wait to play in full. I could say much the same about No Straight Roads, a musical action-adventure that oozes style. I could wax hyperbolic about returning to the world of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles or subjecting myself to more emotional torment in the form of DONTNOD’s next episodic tear-jerker in Tell Me Why.
All of this would be disingenuous though, because I only care about one thing this August. Fall Guys is here. Fall. Fucking. Guys. Get your PlayStation Plus subscriptions in order, download it on August 4th, and I’ll see you there.
In retrospect I’m glad that No Straight Roads got a cheeky delay. I’ll have drained every last moment of gameplay out Ghost of Tsushima by the time this music action game drops, so I’ll be able to give it the attention that it deserves.
Yeah look that was going to be the case and I was going to cruise through August, casually playing a selection of games, but then it was announced that Fall Guys was releasing right at the beginning of the month. Not only that, but it’s one of the PlayStation Plus games as well, meaning that all of my mates will be battling it out for the crown as well. So yeah, everything else is out the window, I’ll be exclusively playing Fall Guys and I suggest you do the same.
Though I have a lot of plans to play other games during August, that hasn’t stopped the industry from throwing some big hitters towards me and I’m not sure how I’m going to manage. Kicking things off, Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition is finally going to be on PC and I can’t wait. I still have my PS4 copy but I never actually went back to the game to play the Frozen Wilds DLC. This seems like as good an excuse as any. There’s also Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time. I have no idea what the game will be like but I loved Samurai Jack as a kid so there’s some intrigue. Windbound also looks really cool and I’ve been keeping my eye on it from a distance. More Aussie-made games are always welcome! Lastly, there’s the one game with an unspecified release window, Baldur’s Gate III. I love Larian Studios and Divinity: Original Sin 2 is what I’d regard as the best turn-based RPG made. If Larian keeps up the good work, I’m sure I will love BG3, even in its early access.
I really thought August was going to be the month that I finally got to catch my breath. However, that appears to be wishful thinking given the number of games releasing this month that have caught my eye. Despite not being enthralled with the demo and having a confusing name, I’m keen to see where Willy and the Curse of Bone Town goes. Then there’s Microsoft Flight Simulator, which I am somewhat keen to check out. I couldn’t tell you why – maybe it’s because my boys and girls at Asobo Studio (A Plague Tale) are behind it. The biggest title for me this month is the return of Battletoads. I’ve been keen on this since it was shown off at E3 2018, and after Streets of Rage made a stunning return in SOR4, I am hoping Battletoads can have the same result. Then rounding out the month is PGA Tour 2K21 (there’s something relaxing about playing a round of digital golf), Street Power Football and Tell Me Why (hopefully another banger from DONTNOD). Big month. Pledges are cooked.