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The best video games releasing in August 2022

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After a few slower summer months, August feels packed with new games and it should only get busier when the heat goes out and we move closer to the end of this year.

If starting a cult or building a criminal empire (or a college campus) is your thing, there’s a game for you this month. Sports fans have two reasons to get excited – EA Sports’ latest vision for the NFL comes Aug. 20, and a brand-new licensed series will hand over the reins of a Formula One team to you

There are some good old games coming to new platforms, too. PC gamers will be treated to yet another PlayStation exclusive while ‘80s and ‘90s kids (and everyone else, really) will get some iconic turtle games and a classic Pac-Man remake.

Here are the best video games releasing in August 2022.

Hard West 2

Hard West 2 is like XCOM but set in the American West. XCOM is like sci-fi chess, with turn-based combat where you need to carefully think about your every move. 

In Hard West 2 you command a supernatural outlaw posse of four, fighting darkness with guns and magic. Central to the game is a Bravado system that rewards you with more actions in your turn as you rack up kills. Positioning and having the high ground is as important for combat as is taking risks in a game where every action counts.

If you can’t wait for our review, you can find out more about how the game plays out in our Hard West 2 preview here.

Hard West 2 is coming Aug. 4 for PC via Steam.

Two Point Campus

Two Point Campus is a business sim game much like its predecessor Two Point Hospital by the same eponymous developers. As you’ve probably guessed, in Two Point Campus you manage a series of university campuses, from building them all the way to attending to each individual student’s needs.

If playing God and shaping other people’s lives to bring out the best of them is your thing, you should definitely check this one out. Besides, we spoke with Two Point Campus creative director Gary Carr about how the game has taken the noble task of teaching us some much-needed empathy.

Two Point Campus releases on Aug. 9 for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Switch.

Cult of the Lamb

It’s a roguelite where you play as a possessed lamb tasked with creating your own cult to worship The One Who Waits, who is also the one who saved you from being sacrificed by other cultists.

As you explore the world, you encounter other animals, recruit them to your cult and indoctrinate them so they can do tasks for you. As long as your cultists are happy they stay with you, so it’s another game about tending to others’ needs while you’re also completing dungeons and slaying bosses.

See why the game is poised to be the next indie summer hit in our Cult of the Lamb preview here.

Cult of the Lamb’s release date is Aug. 11 and it’s coming to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Switch.

Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered

After God of War, Death Stranding, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Days Gone, here’s yet another PlayStation exclusive coming to the PC. It’s been almost four years since Marvel’s Spider-Man originally released for the PS4 and finally PC gamers will get to play what is arguably the best Spidey video game of all time. 

The PC port of the PS5 remaster arrives in all its ray-traced reflective glory – if your machine is up to the task, that is. The game will also support the PlayStation DualSense controller on PC, so you can get those adaptive triggers and haptic feedback if you want to.

If you own a PS4 or PS5 and haven’t played the game, its original version is now available with the new PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium subscriptions, together with the Spider-Man Miles Morales sequel.

Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered is slated for an Aug. 12 PC release and has been out for PS5 for quite a while now with the original version also available on PS4.

Madden NFL 23

It’s that time of the year again when EA Sports is releasing its annual football sim video game, Madden. The latest instalment in the series is expected to improve on several critical features and will include an overhaul of Franchise Mode.

The game’s namesake, John Madden, who passed away last December, is returning to grace Madden NFL 23’s cover in a perfect tribute to a legend’s lasting legacy. The last time we saw him as the cover star was with Madden NFL 2000 back in 1999.

As usual, EA has released the player ratings ahead of the game’s launch so we sifted through the lists and picked the five most overrated and the 10 most underrated players in Madden NFL 23.

We also have the complete Madden NFL 23 team ratings, top QB ratings, the highest-rated wide receivers, and the top edge rushers in the game for you to check out.

Madden NFL 23 is arriving on Aug. 20 for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.

Saints Row

This new Saints Row is a reboot for the series that takes you to the fictional city of Santo Ileso, which is Spanish for St. Unharmed and is loosely based on Las Vegas. 

The city is controlled by three gangs each with different penchants. Your character is a former member of one of these who decides to do it their own way and seize power with a new gang known as The Saints. So, your main task in the game quickly becomes to build your own criminal empire, conquering the city district by district and enjoying the perks of each area as you increase your power.

Saints Row promises the largest open world in a game of the series yet, over-the-top sandbox action in side missions, more verticality to the gameplay and unprecedented customization options for your character, rides and weapons. 

It’s GTA but different and we have a Saints Row preview here. Spoiler alert: we think it’s fun. Also, we have a slew of other crime games for you to try while waiting on this one to come out.

Saints Row is releasing on Aug. 23 for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.

Pac-Man World Re-Pac

Pac-Man World Re-Pac is yet another trip down memory lane after the remaster compilations Sonic Origins and Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series which we got in June and July, respectively.

This ‘Re-Pac’ of 1999’s iconic PlayStation platformer Pac-Man World is not a remaster but a full-blown ground-up remake with more realistic visuals, 4k resolution at 60fps, the usual stuff. 

Much like other recent Pac-Man re-releases, it renames and replaces some of the characters, most notably Ms. Pac-Man who is substituted for Pac-Mom, due to ongoing litigation over the rights to one of video games’ earliest female characters.

Pac-Man World Re-Pac is coming Aug. 26 to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Switch.

Destroy All Humans! 2 – Reprobed

Destroy All Humans! 2 – Reprobed is a remake of the action-adventure game Destroy All Humans! 2, which was first released on the PS2 and the original Xbox back in 2006. 

The game takes place in the ‘60s and you play as Cryptosporidium-138, aka Crypto, an alien warrior who poses as the President of the United States while seeking revenge on the KGB for destroying his mothership.

Reprobed is rebuilt from scratch and apart from the expected visual improvements, it will bring Crypto skins from the first game and the option to change paint jobs on your flying saucer.

Destroy All Humans! 2 – Reprobed releases on Aug. 30 for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S.

F1 Manager 2022

Last month brought the latest licensed Formula One racing game, F1 22, where you can burn some rubber in the new open-wheelers and see how this season’s rule shakeup affects your driving. 

The end of this month will be all about being the principal of an F1 team as F1 Manager 2022 is finally coming out. Yes, F1 22 has a My Team mode, but the upcoming fully-fledged management sim promises to make it look basic and obsolete by giving you control over every aspect of team management.

F1 Manager 2022 is the first dedicated Formula One management sim in more than two decades after EA Sports’ F1 Manager, released in 2000. Developers Frontier have the license to make more games up until 2025.

F1 Manager 2022 arrives Aug. 30 for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.

TMNT: The Cowabunga Collection

Following the smashing success of Shredder’s Revenge, which released in June to rave reviews, here comes another Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game. Or actually 13 games. And they are not new.

TMNT: The Cowabunga Collection is another retro compilation that assembles classic TMNT titles originally released by Konami in arcade cabinets or for the NES, Super Nintendo, Game Boy and Sega Genesis, starting in 1989 and throughout the early ‘90s.

Like other retro compilations, this is not a true remaster nor a remake but it brings the classic games to modern platforms in all their pixel art glory alongside handy new features such as rewind, anytime-saving, online play, and a virtual museum with concept art, cartoons, and more. And yes, no matter which Tournament Fighters game you remember, it’s included.

TMNT: The Cowabunga Collection will be out Aug. 30 for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Switch.

Written by Stoyan Ovcharov on behalf of GLHF.

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