The past few months saw what could have been the best stretch of quality games in recent memory. With games like the highly anticipated Final Fantasy VII Remake and Last of Us Part II, to brand new IPs like Ghost of Tsushima, one can only look forward to more as we head into the next generation.

August looks to slow down the pace a bit in terms of high profile releases but there are a number of gems spread throughout the month, like Horizon Zero Dawn for the PC, Battletoads for the Xbox One and PC, Fall Guys for the PlayStation 4 (which is free for PS Plus Subscribers), and No Straight Roads.

Here is your game release calendar for August 2020:

August 4

  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout (PS4)
  • Skully (PS4, Switch, Xone)

August 7

  • Fast & Furious Crossroads (PS4, Switch, Xone, PC)
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn (PC)

August 11

  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon: Infinite Combat (PS4, Switch)

August 13

  • A Total War Saga: Troy (PC)

August 14

  • UFC 4 (PS4, Xone)

August 18

  • Pathfinder: Kingmaker (PS4, Xone)
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator (PC)
  • Rogue Legacy 2 (PC)

August 20

  • Battletoads (Xone)

August 21

  • PGA Tour 2K21 (PS4, Switch, Xone)
  • Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time (PS4, Switch, Xone)

August 25

  • No Straight Roads (PS4, Xone, PC)
  • Monstrum (Xone)

August 27

  • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered (PS4, Switch)
  • Tell Me Why: Chapter 1 (Xone, PC)
  • Surgeon Simulator 2 (PC)

August 28

  • Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions (PS4, Switch)
  • Madden NFL 21 (PS4, Xone)
  • Project Cars 3 (PS4, Xone, PC)
  • Wasteland 3 (PS4, Xone, PC)
  • Windbound (PC)

August 31

  • Descenders (PS4, Switch)

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a smashing success. As reported a couple of months ago, sales of the latest title in the franchise hit staggering numbers, contributing largely to the spike in Nintendo Switch sales over the past quarter. Part of this can be attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing users to stay indoors and look for alternative ways to entertain themselves.

In the latest financial report, Nintendo is literally swimming in money right now as it has reported over a 500% increase in net profit on a yearly comparison. Over the past few months, Switch shortages have been reported nearly worldwide and it has become the hottest commodity in gaming.

The culprit? Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Since its release, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has sold 22.4 million copies, already outselling bestsellers such as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (19.99 Million), The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (18.60 Million), Pokemon Sword / Shield (18.22 Million), and Super Mario Odyssey (18.06 Million). As of writing, the only game it has not overtaken is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which stands at 26.74 Million units, making Animal Crossing the second best selling Switch title.

That’s quite the feat, considering its only been around for less than a year. A fully produced talk show has made the game its home, with celebrities like Danny Trejo and Elijah Wood enjoying the phenomenon as well. Almost everybody is playing the game.

How long before it overtakes Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? It probably just a matter of time and it would certainly be most impressive if the game can maintain this blistering pace. Whatever the case may be, the game is a certified hit, which Tom Nook is certainly enjoying.

Basketball season is here and it’s time to see your favorite superstars in action as 2K Games unveiled a first look at gameplay footage for NBA 2K21 running on current-gen consoles, featuring clips of many of the league’s brightest stars executing buzzer beaters, high-flying dunks, blocks and more.

Check out the brand new trailer below:

The game will feature extensive improvements across the board and deep, varied game modes, offering players a one-of-a-kind immersion into the culture of NBA basketball and culture.

Leading up to its release on September 4, fans can expect tons of news and updates about MyTEAM, MyCAREER, and so much more.

For more information on NBA 2K21, you can visit the official website or follow them through various social media channels like Facebook, TwitterInstagramTiktok, and YouTube

Coming from the widely successful Ever Darkness & The Secret Hideout, Reisalin Stout is back for a sequel in Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy which is scheduled to release this Winter for the PlayStation 4, Switch, and PC.

Check out the latest trailer of the game below:

Coming from a press release, Ryza returns for an all-new adventure, this time set three years after her heroic efforts in Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout. This dynamic sequel revolves around Ryza’s journey to the Royal Capital of Ashra-am Baird as she explores ancient ruins while seeking the truth behind the mystery of the lost legends.

Throughout her journey, Ryza will once again be joined by her fun-loving group of mischievous friends. The first of these old companions confirmed for Ryza 2 is Klaudia. The only daughter of a merchant family, Klaudia has been working in the Royal Capital, but all the while, thinking back to the adventure she had with Ryza three years prior. Klaudia still has the desire to live a more exciting life, and now finds her fate once again intertwined with Ryza as they regroup inside the Royal Capital. Also joining Ryza this time around is a mysterious creature known as Fi. The creature doesn’t speak, but is very expressive and full of emotion, bonding quickly with Ryza while helping her seek answers to the true meaning of the lost legends.

You can view some of the latest screenshots of the game below:

More information can be seen on the Atelier Ryza 2 official website.

Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy is scheduled for a Winter release later this year on the PlayStation 4, Switch, and PC.

While waiting for the 6th season of the show, fans will want to look to this to get their fill of the Shelby Family as the previously reported title is scheduled to release on August 20. as announced by publisher Curve Digital.

Set to retail for $24.99 or around PHP1,250, Peaky Blinders: Mastermind is a puzzle adventure game where as the player, you control members of the Shelby Family to see a plan into fruition.

An overview of the game reads as follows (Via Steam):

Peaky Blinders: Mastermind is a puzzle adventure game based on the multi-award-winning BBC and Netflix TV show.

Welcome to Birmingham, during the aftermath of the Great War. Set right before the events of Season One, Peaky Blinders: Mastermind lets you join the Shelby family’s criminal gang. Follow the rise of Tommy as he successfully uncovers a sinister plot to put the family out of business, proving himself worthy of being the true mastermind of the Peaky Blinders.

Mastermind refers to Tommy’s ability to plan complex scenarios in his head. As the player, you get to exercise this power by taking control of key members of the Shelby family including Tommy, Arthur, Polly and more. Become the Mastermind as you freely reset and rewind each character’s path in order to tune all of their actions for perfect coordination.

Achieve the highest mission rating by strategically utilizing characters and stealth to solve increasingly complex puzzles with optimum timing.

Key Features

True to the TV Show – Take control of Tommy, Arthur, Polly, John, Ada and Finn as they navigate through familiar locations including The Garrison Tavern, Charlie Strong’s Yard, Shelby Parlour and more.

The Rise of Tommy – When a Peaky Blinder is implicated in the murder of a Chinese opium dealer, Tommy embarks on a mission to find out the truth, slowly growing into the true Peaky Blinders’ Mastermind.

Become the Mastermind – Exercise Tommy’s power to plan complex scenarios in his head, by taking control of each key member of the Shelby family and perform their actions in parallel.

Manipulate Time – Each character’s actions are automatically logged in a timeline which you can freely reset, fast-forward and rewind, until the plan is perfectly adjusted.

Stealth and Strategy – Each mission is an increasingly complex puzzle to be solved undetected and on time. Choose the right characters and abilities to coordinate and execute the optimum plan.

Fans of farming games and Anime games can get both in one go as Doraemon Story of Seasons from Bandai Namco Entertainment Asia is now available in the Philippines via your favorite local retailers.

Enjoy growing crops, cultivating farm, caring for animals like horses and cows, and also a wide range of other activities like exploration, bug hunting, fishing and many more activities!

Both the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch versions of the game will get a free update that adds secret gadgets along with plenty of new ranch figurines, furniture, types of fish to be caught, plus a new pet dolphin. The update for the Steam version of the game will come at a later time.

Doraemon Story of Seasons is now available for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

After a Japanese release early this year, it seems that Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers will be making its Western debut soon.

While no specific date was listed, a Koei Tecmo financial statement (seen below) that covers the fiscal year duration until March 2021 showed titles slated for a future release. The listing is in Japanese, but the second entry here refers to the Persona 5 title in question, which will be receiving a release on both the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in the west, specifically North America and Europe, according to the statement.

As per Persona Central, Sega filed a trademark in December 2019 for the name Persona 5 Strikers including a logo, which could imply that this could be the title for the upcoming game when it releases in the West.

While we wait for an official announcement from Sega or Atlus, it would be safe to say that a Western release would be very logical, considering how well Persona 5 was received by the fans.

Kamen Rider fans will have a lot to look forward to as Bandai Namco Entertainment Asia has just announced that the latest console game, entitled ‘KAMEN RIDER memory of heroez’, is scheduled for an October 29 release for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

Yes, heroez with a Z.

You can check out the trailer below:

Dubbed as the very first Kamen Rider “Hero Chain Action” game, players can skillfully manipulate the form change of the Kamen Riders in battles and make full use of different actions with gadgets in the main story.

A KAMEN RIDER memory of heroez ‘Premium Sound Edition’ was also announced, which will allow BGM customization using a total of 60 songs, including opening songs, BGMs, and insert songs. A limited digital art collection is also exclusive to this edition.

An early purchase bonus has also been announced, which will include the following:

  • 3 types of special motions for Kamen Rider W, OOO, and Zero-One
  • Equipment item that increases experience and stamina (RP): Memory of Heroez [Attack UP (Medium)/ Defense UP (Medium)]

KAMEN RIDER memory of heroez is set to release on October 29 for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. For more information, head on over to the Kamen Rider website.

In the mean time, take a look at some screenshots below:

Seeing Stars? How about 108 of them?

A Tokyo based studio named Rabbit & Bear Studios, which consists of key members from the legendary Suikoden series, have announced what could be called as the ‘Spiritual Successor’ to the classic RPG.

Entitled Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, they’ve set a pretty ambitious target for the Fall of 2022, and will initiate a Kickstarter campaign aiming to raise $500,000 for a PC release. According to Gemtasu, there is one stretch goal, and console users will want to pay attention here, because that single stretch goal will determine a PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Switch port (or Next-gen Switch, as available).

The Kickstarter campaign is scheduled to run from July 27 at 9AM PT (That’s 12AM, Philippine time) to August 28.

IGN Japan shared a teaser for the project:

As per Gematsu, Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred heroes is being led by a team comprised by Suikoden I and II veteran scenario writer Yoshitaka Murayama, alongside series veterans Junko Kawano, Osamu Komuta, and Junichi Murakami. The project marks the first time these four creators have worked on a game together, as well as the first time Murayama and Kawano have collaborated in 25 years.”

Murayama further added that Eiyuden Chronicle is about war, or more importantly, the intention and feelings of the 100 heroes who fight that war from a variety of perspectives and for a variety of different reasons.”

Murayama also detailed some sort of base building mechanic similar to the RPG of old, saying that With each new character your ‘fortress town’ grows in size and ability. It is a key system in the game. As you increase your teammates, some members will be blacksmiths, some chefs and whether on the battlefield or not, each character will play a role in strengthening your resolve as an army. There are guilds that you can join which will largely change the visual make-up of your fortress town and grant different abilities. The more people you recruit, the stronger the snowball effect. As you level up, new trade options appear along with enemies and thieves that randomly attack your town in an effort to impede your progress. You need to make choices whether to strengthen your walls or hasten your progress. Each choice will make every play session feel different and have its own consequences.”

The demo for the extremely stylish RPG Cris Tales is now available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch as announced by publisher Modus Games.

Check out the announcement trailer below:

You can see the overview of the game below from the official website:

Cris Tales is a gorgeous, indie love letter to classic JRPGs with a new perspective. Peer into the past, act in the present, and watch as your choices dynamically change the future — all on one screen as you play! Beautifully hand-drawn 2D animations bring to life a world where your choices will change both the present and the future across more than 20 hours of gameplay.

A Love Letter to Classic JRPGs
Inspired by timeless JRPGs like Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy VI, Valkyrie Profile, and modern classics like Bravely Default and Persona 5, meet and recruit a unique cast of teammates, challenge myriad enemies, and make your way through an expansive world.

Experience the Past, Present, and Future Simultaneously
Peer into and learn from the past, decide on actions in the present, and alter the course of the future in ways that will reshape the world dynamically depending on the choices you make.

Master Strategic Turn-Based Combat
Warp your enemies into the past or future, synchronize attacks for enhanced group abilities, and master the timing of attack and defense to go beyond your party’s limits in combat.

Uncover a Fascinating Story & Characters
The Empress’ plot to destroy the world is complex and layered. Use your wits and recruit powerful allies throughout the world to uncover and undo her multi-faceted web and make your way to the True Ending of this enchanting tale.

Discover a Beautiful World
Climb aboard an airship or boat and traverse this handcrafted, dark fairytale world. From the shining kingdom of Crystallis to the slums of Vinez, discover each unique location and shape its future.

For the demo download links, click on the appropriate link for your console below: