Releasing This Month: August, 2013

Releasing This Month: August, 2013

The drought is over

It’s been a lean couple of months for most, with the big publishers taking a break from an oftentimes hectic release schedule, and very little has been trickling through to retail as a result. But no more; August has a bunch of big-name products dropping; as if they’re trying to avoid something that’s coming in September… hmm… what could that be…

In order, then, the list:

August 5th

Xbox 360 E Console

Yep, a new version of the Xbox 360. Announced at E3, this new design makes Microsoft’s aging console look a little bit like the upcoming Xbox One. Priced at $399 (just like the old version) and rocking a 250GB HDD, it will replace what we now know as the “Slim” when it releases next week.

August 8th

Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition

PC users finally get a chance (at retail, anyway) to try their hand at NetherRealm’s excellent Mortal Kombat reboot. The Komplete Edition includes all previously released DLC for the game (four characters, a bunch of skins, and some retro fatalities), and all at a budget price (around $40.)

August 9th

Tales of Xillia

The latest in the “Tales” series, Xillia once again features the popular Linear Motion Battle System the series is renowned for. If you’re keen on this one, pre-ordering is recommended; it’s the only way to get the limited edition, which includes fancy packaging and an art book, and will (if history repeats itself) be very hard to get after release.

The Sims 3: Dragon Valley

The latest addition to EA’s ever-expanding dollhouse simulation, Dragon Valley adds a bunch of new objects and items for your virtual people to interact with – including (perhaps obviously) actual dragons, which you can tame and play with.

August 15th

Payday 2

PS3, 360, PC
The next iteration in the breakout hit franchise sees players once again joining up in a cooperative, high stakes game of cops and robbers. There’s loot, multi-stage "jobs" (criminal activities of all varieties), and loads of customizable clothing options so you can look good while you pillage.

White 3DS XL System

If you’ve been holding off buying into Nintendo’s outstanding new handheld ecosystem due to the total absence (in New Zealand, anyway) of a simple white coloured console (outside of the Mario Kart 7 bundle), you’re in luck (or will be, on the 15th.) It’s otherwise identical to the other XL options out there, and plays all the 3DS, DS, and DSi software that they do.

August 16th

Dragon’s Crown

PS3, Vita
A highly stylized, side-scrolling, brawler-like action-RPG, Dragon’s Crown has tongues wagging for all sorts of reasons. Some are excited because it’s Vanillaware, some because it looks like a blast. Others are upset about the way it portrays women (as objects, essentially), which is much less acceptable today than even a few years ago. We’ll get to find out if it’s worthy of any kind of attention whatsoever when it hits in a couple of weeks. PS3 & Vita, it’s neither cross-play nor cross-buy, however it does support cross-save – should you happen to buy both versions.

August 21st

Disney Infinity

360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, 3DS
Disney’s play at the Skylanders cash cow, Infinity merges physical toys with videogame play – albeit with famous Disney franchises in place of Skylanders. They’re making a big investment in the game, with solid production and loads of toys releasing alongside the game. Will it pay off? We’ll be keeping a close eye on it, and in the way Activision respond with the next Skylanders game (SWAP Force) later this year.

August 22nd

Saints Row IV

360, PS3, PC
The irreverent open-world shooter that’s banned in Australia (twice – even now that there’s an R18+ rating in the country) is bringing its outlandish blend of shooting, super powers, and aliens to gamers everywhere in just three weeks’ time. If you like having fun and don’t mind crude jokes, chances are pretty good you’re as excited about this one as we are.

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist

PC, 360, Wii U, PS3
After a long hiatus, the Clancy-inspired super soldier is back and – if it plays anything like it looks – that’s something to be very excited about indeed. Terrorists have banded together and are taking out a list of high-profile targets; it’s up to you to stop ‘em. If you’re keen to help out, there’s a couple of different versions of the game, including one that comes with an actual watch.

August 23rd

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified

360, PS3, PC
If you like games that are good, you really need to be paying attention to this. A strategy third person shooter, the combat resembles that found in Mass Effect; strategically position and instruct your team as they use weapons and sci-fi magic to take down the invading alien forces. A shooter version of the hit strategy game, we were very impressed when we played it recently. It’s on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

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Comments Comments (12)

Posted by heavyrocks
On Thursday 1 Aug 2013 6:09 PM
That white 3DSXL is pretty damn sexy, glad i held off. WOot for options.

Lol @BoobsNThighs the sidescroller, it actually doesn't look to bad aside from those glaring obvious 'features'.
Posted by Kegz
On Thursday 1 Aug 2013 7:08 PM
Feeling a little silly for not keeping up with whatever is happening in September now.
Posted by Partos
On Thursday 1 Aug 2013 8:00 PM
1 August 2013, 07:08 PM Reply to Kegz
Feeling a little silly for not keeping up with whatever is happening in September now.
GTA 5 most likely
Posted by haydensomething
On Thursday 1 Aug 2013 9:27 PM
Ahh nice :D Looks like we are starting to head into the busy season of game releases, cant wait!
Posted by Seraphim
On Thursday 1 Aug 2013 10:13 PM
Might pick up that new xbox. I rarely play my 360 now because of the loud, consistent sound the power brick makes. SSR4 and XCOM look good too.
Posted by twisterjamz
On Thursday 1 Aug 2013 10:58 PM
Splinter Cell looks awesome, I think we will be running some game nights for it
Posted by atipuss
On Thursday 1 Aug 2013 11:15 PM
Some good titles but ps4 is around the corner plus GTA5 :P
Posted by Bank
On Thursday 1 Aug 2013 11:48 PM
goddamn yes our smexy xillia pre-order is coming!!!
Posted by sick_wierdo
On Friday 2 Aug 2013 6:45 AM
1 August 2013, 11:15 PM Reply to atipuss
Some good titles but ps4 is around the corner plus GTA5 :P
Exactly. I'm running on free PS+ games until GTAV comes out, and that will be the last game I buy for my trusty PS3, need to save for that PS4!
Posted by toner
On Friday 2 Aug 2013 12:09 PM
Nice. Hey NZGamer, any chance you can list the games that are being released for free on XBox Games with Gold and on PlayStation Plus each month? It'll be mighty helpful. Cheers
Posted by blargosaurus
On Friday 2 Aug 2013 4:29 PM
Splinter Cell looked pretty sweet in the gameplay demos I saw at PAX. I didn't want to queue for an hour to try it myself, though.
Posted by Deanology
On Monday 12 Aug 2013 7:10 PM
Dragons, insane.. Looks like everyone is getting in on dragons.

Splinter Cell does look good.