The Month in Games – August 2019

Madden NFL 20 

Change the game in the latest Madden NFL release. In Madden NFL 20 players will have the chance to become the Face of the Franchise in a brand-new story mode. Starting out trying to make the cut in college, players will be able to play solo or online with friends as they make their way through the ranks of the iconic sport. As a quarterback, players will be right in the middle of the action all the way to the bright lights of the Super Bowl.


Players who pre-order the Standard Edition will receive five gold Team Fantasy packs, a pick of an Elite Player for Madden Ultimate Team and a pick for a Legend Superstar Ability for the player character in Face of the Franchise: QB1 mode. The superstar Edition includes the game, three days early access, 12 gold Team Fantasy packs, a small Training Quicksell pack for Madden Ultimate Team and the Elite Player and Legend Superstar Ability picks. The Ultimate Superstar Edition includes the game, three days early access, 15 gold Team Fantasy packs, an Elite Player pick, a large Training Quicksell pack for Madden Ultimate Team, one past and one present Elite Player Pack, one Madden Championship Series pack and the Legend Superstar Ability pick. 

Madden NFL 20 will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC from August 2*

Remnant: From the Ashes

Interdimensional threats await in this action shooter. In Remnant: From the Ashes, players are among the last survivors of humanity after Earth has been attacked by the Root, an ancient evil from another world. With all manner of hideous creatures now roaming the world, players will have to travel across worlds in order to find out the truth behind the Root’s origins in order to find a way to stop it. Working either alone or with two other players, it will be up to the player to help humanity get a foothold back on Earth long enough to survive.



Players who pre-order will receive three exclusive character armours – Doomslayer Ex-Cultist, Gladiator Scrapper and Nightstalker Hunter – along with the Survivor Pack, which includes additional crafting and medical supplies along with a temporary XP boost, as well as gaining access to the VIP Preview Weekend taking place shortly before the game’s official launch. 

Remnant: From the Ashes will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC from August 20*

The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game 

The road goes ever on in this tabletop style RPG. Taking the beloved characters and setting of JRR Tolkien’s iconic saga, The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game is a new digital experience where players can choose any three of the Free Folk to start their adventure. Take on quests, fight deadly foes and forge alliances as you make your way across Middle-Earth.



Already available on Steam Early Access, this title will bring new and old fans to Middle-Earth once again. Players will be able to play solo or co-op with their own unique sets of heroes bringing their own skillset to the story. With a strong emphasis on narrative, this title looks to explore the lore of Lord of the Rings in new ways, while staying true to the classic tales. 

The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game will be available on Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch from August 8*


A search for family leads to something a whole lot bigger in this action-adventure from Remedy. In Control, players take on the role of Jesse Faden, who arrives at the Federal Bureau of Control looking for her brother, who was taken by the Bureau as a child. Upon arrival, however, Jesse finds the FBC under attack from the Hiss, who is slowly corrupting the building and the agents inside. With a new responsibility thrust upon her by the bureau’s leadership, players will have to help Jess retake the building and defeat this Hiss in order to get the answers she needs.



Players who pre-order any edition will unlock a Tactical Response gear pack and a crafting pack at release. The retail Deluxe Edition on Xbox One includes the game in a Steelbook case along with a selection of art cards and the bonus gear and crafting packs, while the PlayStation 4 version has two unique themes – Explorer and Black Rock Quarry – along with an Astral Dive Suit. The PlayStation 4 Digital Deluxe Edition includes the game, Tactical Response and Urban Response gears, Astral Dive Suit, three dynamic player themes, weapon and player mods, crafting resources, the exclusive side mission Isolation, player avatar and access to the first two expansions for ControlThe Foundation and AWE – post-release.

Control will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC from August 27*

Blair Witch 

The horror classic gets a new chapter with this first-person adventure. Taking players back to 1996, Blair Witch follows Ellis, a former police officer who has travelled to Burkittsville, Maryland to help look for a young boy. Last seen in the Black Hills Forest, players must venture into the woods to find clues about the fate of the boy, while also discovering the truth about the mysterious force that calls the forest it’s home – the Blair Witch.



This original story will test players every step of the way with a captivating story weaved into an atmospheric setting, bending the rules of time and space. Players will have to tread carefully, as every action and reaction will be tested – along with the limits of Ellis’s mind as he must face the horrors of his own past that he has tried to escape for so long.

Blair Witch will be available on Xbox One and PC from August 30*

The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan

A dream holiday soon turns sour in this dramatic horror. Inspired by the tale of the SS Ourang Medan, a haunted shipwreck from the 1940s, Man of Medan puts players into a group of American tourists holidaying in the South Pacific. Forced to take refuge from a storm, the group soon find themselves trapped in a sunken ghost ship along with its captain. The number of players will then dictate how the story goes – players can either go it alone in the Solo Story, play 4-player couch co-op Movie Night Mode or the 2-player online co-op Shared Story mode, where decisions made by each player also affect their partner.



Players who pre-order will receive the Curator’s Cut, featuring new scenes, new information and new secrets to find and giving players a fresh perspective on the game allowing for new choices and outcomes to be made and explored. Players with the Curator’s Cut will also gain early access to the game. 

The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC from August 30*

Free to Play

Xbox Gold subscribers will have four new titles to download and play for free with this month’s Games with Gold. On Xbox One, Gears of War 4 will be available from August 1-31* with Forza Motorsport 6 available from August 16 – September 15*. On Xbox 360 – and Xbox One via backwards compatibility – Torchlight will be available from August 1-15 followed by Castlevania: Lords of Shadow from August 15-31*.

Over on PlayStation, active Plus subscribers will be able to pick up two new titles this month. From August 6*, both Sniper Elite 4 and WipEout Omega Collection will be free to download and play on PlayStation 4.

Full details on this month’s Twitch Prime games and loot can be found on the official Twitch Prime website.


Also Released This Month

August 1* – Collapsed (PC), Forged of Blood (PC), Lightstep Chronicles (PC), Chroma Squad (Switch), Pandemic (Xbox One, Switch), Hamsterdam (PC, Switch, iOS, Android), Battle Chasers: Nightwar (iOS, Android), Chroma Squad (Switch), Doughlings: Invasion (PS4, PC), Illusions of L’Phalcia (Switch), Legends of Amberland: The Forgotten Crown (PC), Lightstep Chronicles (PC), Mutant: Elysium (PC), Pandemic (Xbox One, Switch), Robbie Swifthand and the Orb of Mysteries (Switch), Street Kart Racing (iOS)

August 2*Dry Drowning (PC), The Church in the Darkness (Xbox One, PS4, PC, Switch), Pushy and Puffy in Blockland (Xbox One, PX4, PC, Switch), RADtv (Oculus Rift), Wreckin’ Ball Adventures (Switch, PC)

August 6*Silver Chains (PC), DC Universe Online (Switch), Hearthstone: Saviours of Uldum (PC, iOS, Android), Metal Wolf Chaos XD (Xbox One, PS4, PC), Age of Wonders: Planetfall (Xbox One, PS4, PC), Gravity Ghost: Deluxe Edition (PS4)

August 7*The Forbidden Arts (Xbox One, PC, Switch), Legends of Aria (PC – Steam Early Access), Damsel (Xbox One, Switch), Gibbous (PC), Must Dash Amigos (Xbox One)

August 8*Steel Circus (PC – Steam Early Access), Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition (Switch), Room 208 (PC), Smoots Summer Games (Xbox One), Subdivision Infinity DX (Xbox One, PS4, PC)

August 9* – UglyDolls: An Imperfect Adventure (Xbox One, PS4, Switch), Ultra Wings (Switch)

August 13* – Emberlight (PC), Friday the 13th: The Game (Switch), Rebel Galaxy Outlaw (PC), Never Give Up (PC, Switch)

August 14* – The Great Perhaps (PC), Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark (Switch)

August 15* – Exploding Babies (PC – Steam Early Access), Ion Fury (PC), Hot Shot Burn (PC – Steam Early Access), Train Sim World 2020 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)

August 16*Zeus Begins (PC)

August 17* – Type II (iOS)

August 20*Rad (Xbox One, PS4, Switch, PC), Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution (Switch)

August 22*Oninaki (PS4, PC, Switch), Black Desert (PS4), Life is Strange 2 – Episode 4 (Xbox One, PS4, PC), Assassin’s Creed Origins + Odyssey (Xbox One, PS4), Black Desert (PS4)

August 23* – Snooker 19 (Switch)

August 27* – World of Warcraft: Classic (PC), Wreckfest (Xbox One, PS4), Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey (PC), Taste of Power (PC), Pagan Online (PC), Paranoia – Happiness Is Mandatory (Xbox One, PS4), MXGP 2019 (Xbox One, PS4, PC), Wreckfest (Xbox One, PS4), Collection of Mana (Switch), The Bard’s Tale 4: Director’s Cut (Xbox One, PS4)

August 28*Wanderlust (iOS, PC), Headspun (Xbox One, PS4, PC, Switch)

August 30* – The Ninja Saviours – Return of the Warriors (PS4, Switch), Root Letter: Last Answer (PS4, Switch), Tempest 4000 (Xbox One, PS4), Astral Chain (Switch), Children of Morta (PS4, PC, Switch), God Wars – The Complete Legend (Switch), Re:Legend (PC), Remothered: Tormented Fathers (Switch), Unlucky Seven (PC)


*Dates refer to UK release only. International dates may vary and are subject to change. All information correct at time of writing.


Words by Megan Roxburgh

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