It’s already August. On one hand, we’re that much closer to being done with the God awful year that is 2020. On the flip side, if you live in the northern hemisphere like me, we’re that much closer to that white frost covered hell that is winter.
To stem the tide of crushing depression that such thoughts bring, I’ve dug up 10 neat looking titles releasing this very month. As always, I do not list the heaviest hitters. I prefer to focus on games you might otherwise miss out on. Let’s get started.
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Fall Guys is a different take on battle royal in videogames: you won’t find any guns or loot pickups here. Instead, 60 players compete against each other in various fast-paced and chaotic events, obstacle courses, soccer, and more. A certain number of players get eliminated each round until one player takes the crown in the finale.
Each round is pretty quick and the game is simple to play. Every minigame is frantic, with some degree of physics playing a part and it looks like a ton of laugh out loud fun.
It was also recently announced that Fall Guys is going to be a PlayStation Plus game for subscribers the moment it drops. So you if already subscribe to PS+ for any reason, you just scored pretty big. The game looks to be a great pick up and play title that could be easy to learn, hard to master. It features a lot of unlock-able cosmetics too!
Undermine 1.0 Release
Undermine is a super snazzy action rogue-lite that has had a good early access run and is prepping to hit the big red button. It features all sorts of item combos and neat abilities with solid rogue-lite elements.
The bosses look incredibly menacing and fun to fight against. The game looks to be highly replayable, even for a rogue-lite, a genre built on the concept of replay value.
I’m a big fan of roguish games and Undermine has the potential to be one of the better ones this year. Only a few days left until its full release!
Risk of Rain 2 1.0 Release
I own Risk of Rain 2 on Xbox One, and I can tell you that it is phenomenal and one of the best co-op rogue-lites on the market. I am incredibly disappointed that consoles won’t receive the full release until later. However, there is still plenty to be hyped about if you have or are interested in getting it on PC.
Risk of Rain 2 a third-person shooter rogue-lite with a great roster of characters that all play very differently. It has a huge array of items that stack, epic bosses, and plenty of secrets. Its game-play loop is incredibly addictive and highly re-playable.
The 1.0 will be bringing a final level and new character to the mix. I haven’t reviewed the early access game officially, but I highly recommend it anyway.
Pop Up Dungeon
Popup Dungeon is an incredibly customizable roguelike RPG claiming to be one of the most re-playable games out there. I am inclined to believe it. Popup Dungeon isn’t just a strategic dungeon crawler, but a content creation tool too.
It features incredibly robust creation tools allowing you to create abilities, enemies, characters, and more. It also features a variety of modes including co-op and hot seat.
The paper-craft style is super charming. I love the game’s unique look and tabletop feel. Popup Dungeon is quite ambitious, but if it lives up to its own expectations it could be a game-changer for the genre.
Parkasaurus 1.0 Release
Parkasaurus Steam early access on August 13th, 2020.
Freaking dinosaurs! I was pretty disappointed in another fairly recent Dinosaur Park building game, but Parkasaurus is finishing up its early access run very soon.
It has a cutesy aesthetic but really does seem to hide an interesting simulation game beneath its charming veneer. The 1.0 launches with new dinosaurs, a full campaign, and more.
I want dinosaurs to be the new zombie trend so badly; the dino reckoning will come someday! Until then, I am totally ready to snuggle up with Parkasaurus.
Dreamscaper releases to Steam on August 14th, 2020.
Dreamscaper is another incredibly interesting rogue-lite. You play as Cassidy and delve into her dreams to battle her nightmares with an array of weapons and lucid powers.
During the day you see the other side of her and your actions can influence that night’s slumber. The combat looks exceptionally polished and fluid while the special effects are visually satisfying.
The weapons are dream-inspired, with Yo-Yos, finger guns, and mental powers, and the game claims to have a deep item progression system. The concept fits the style of a rogue-lite perfectly and the entire game seems to be very thematic with its concept of lucid dreaming.
Remnant: From the Ashes – Subject 2923
Remnant: From the Ashes – Subject 2923 releases to Steam, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on August 20th, 2020.
Subject 2923 is the second expansion for the game and continues the story of the base game. It offers a slew of new content including zones, weapons, enemies, and bosses as well as updates to existing modes.
Remnant is already an incredible game and more of it will never be unwelcome. If you like a challenge and haven’t already checked out the main game, you definitely should.
Ruinarch enters Steam early access on August 25th, 2020.
Ruinarch is an evil overlord simulator and storytelling generator inspired by games like Rimworld. You invade the peaceful lives of civilized races and interfere in dastardly ways of your own choosing.
Cast spells, summon minions, and perform other evil deeds. Ruinarch attempts to tell emergency stories in a similar way to the games that inspired it. The trailer alone showcases things like turning an unsuspecting villager into a werewolf who was then killed by his neighbors.
Ruinarch is an early access game but already features a deep living roadmap you can look at it. Take it from me, that’s a good sign. This could be a great game to pick up early and watch it grow over time.
Windbound is a gorgeous survival exploration game where you are stranded among a set of islands. You have to live off of the land and construct a raft to venture from island to island.
Many creatures in the game are fantastical in nature and you have to make sure your raft is properly designed to handle dangers you may encounter while at sea.
Survival games remain some of my favorites and Windbound looks to be high quality. I’ll always love my janky survival games, but I’d love for a truly polished one to take off and set the gaming world aflame.
Nexomon: Extinction releases to Steam, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch on August 28th.
Have you ever wanted to play Pokemon, but not Pokemon? I know I have. I love the monster raising genre, and I will froth at the mouth for any good looking one. At least until I get a new Monster Rancher game. (I never will, so frothing I shall do, followed by crying.)
The art in Nexoman is really good, and the monster designs look nifty. It features 300 Nexomon through 11 elemental types. That’s a lot of monsters.
It also boasts a dynamic adaptive difficulty that I am super interested in seeing in action. A pitfall of the genre is a lot of them tend to be very easy. If Nexomon can get it right, that is an absolute win.
That’s the list for this month folks. I hope you found at least one game to be excited about. If you missed it, you might wanna look at my July 2020 list, though a couple of games on it did get delayed.
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Until next time, happy gaming!