What’s New in Video Games: August 2019

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 9:04 am

Astral Chain challenges players to save the world on Switch.

August is almost here, and with it comes a bunch of new video game releases. While there aren’t many big-name games this month, there are a few standouts, including Astral Chain on Switch and Blair Witch, a game that’s only appropriate for adults.

Astral Chain
Rated T
Appropriate for: Teens who enjoy fast-paced action

In this action game from the company behind the Bayonetta series, players will join an “elite police task force” called Neuron, which is challenged to save the world from an “interdimensional invasion.” Players will partner with a living weapon called a Legion, and they’ll control both their main character and their Legion at the same time. There are multiple Legions to control (each with its own abilities), and players can swap between Legions whenever they want during combat. Legions will also help players solve cases and puzzles as they progress through the game.

Great if your kids love: Final Fantasy XV, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Monster Hunter: World

Madden NFL 20
Rated E
Appropriate for: Older kids who are comfortable with console controllers

The newest installment in this yearly football franchise will feature 50 players that have “Superstar X-Factor Zone abilities” that players can unlock as they play. In addition, players will be able to complete a new Career Campaign called “Face of the Franchise: QB1.” It will allow players to create a college quarterback and guide them through the process of being drafted into the NFL and beyond.

Great if your kids love: Previous Madden NFL games, sports

The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game
Rated E10+
Appropriate for: Older kids who enjoy with strategic thinking

The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game has been in Early Access on PC for some time, but it’s ready to officially launch on Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in August. The strategy card game will allow players to take on a variety of enemies, like Uruks, orcs, and more, as they complete single-player quests using a 30-card deck that they can customize along the way. The game is based on The Lord of the Rings tabletop card game from Fantasy Flight Games.

Great if your kids love: Hearthstone, The Elder Scrolls: Legends

Blair Witch
Rated M
Inappropriate for young teens and children

Inspired by the Blair Witch horror film franchise, this psychological horror game (set in 1996) allows players to become a police officer named Ellis, who enters the Black Hills Forest in search of a missing boy. Blair Witch has been rated M for Mature by the ESRB, meaning it’s only recommended for players 17 and up. The game has Content Descriptors for “Blood and Gore,” “Intense Violence,” and “Strong Language.”

Try This Game Instead: Hello Neighbor (Note: There are very few horror games that aren’t rated M)

Full List

Notable kid- and teen-friendly titles are in bold.

Disclaimer: Release dates can change at any time.

Thursday August 1, 2019

Pandemic, Switch, Xbox One

Solo: Islands of the Heart, Switch

Obakeidoro!, Switch

Hamsterdam, Switch, PC, iOS, Android


Robbie Swifthand and the Orb of Mysteries, Switch

Chroma Squad, Switch

Shinobi Spirits S: Legend of Heroes, Switch

Fobia, Switch

Illusion of L’Phalcia, Switch

Sudoku Relax 2 Summer Waves, Switch

Dungeon Warfare, Switch

Doughlings: Invasion, PC

Friday August 2, 2019

Burger Chef Tycoon, Switch

Wreckin’ Ball Adventure, Switch, PC

Swaps and Traps, Switch

The Church in the Darkness, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Saboteur II: Avenging Angel, Switch, PC

Super Wiloo Demake, Switch

Madden NFL 20, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Varenje, Xbox One

Asdivine Menace, Xbox One

Super Star Blast, Xbox One

Meow Motors, Xbox One

Monday August 5, 2019

FIA European Truck Racing Championship, Switch

Corpse Killer – 25th Anniversary Edition, PlayStation 4

Tuesday August 6, 2019

Guacamelee! One-Two Punch Collection, Switch, PlayStation 4

DC Universe Online, Switch

Gravity Ghost: Deluxe Edition, PlayStation 4

Age of Wonders: Planetfall, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Metal Wolf Chaos XD, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Sagebrush, PlayStation 4

Illusion of L’Phalcia, PlayStation 4, Vita

Wordsweeper by Powgi, PlayStation 4, Vita

The Angry Birds Movie 2 VR: Under Pressure, PlayStation VR

Wednesday August 7, 2019

The Forbidden Arts, Switch, Xbox One, PC

Damsel, Switch, Xbox One

Must Dash Amigos, Xbox One

Animus, Xbox One

Sagebrush, Xbox One

Thursday August 8, 2019

Subdivision Infinity DX, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Doughlings: Invasion, Switch

Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition, Switch

Wordsweeper by Powgi, Switch

Fatal Twelve, PlayStation 4

Machiknights -Blood Bagos-, PlayStation 4

Wonder Boy Returns Remix, PlayStation 4

Friday August 9, 2019

Turok 2: Seeds of Evil Remaster, Switch

Tactics V: “Obsidian Brigade”, Switch, PlayStation 4, PC

Sagebrush, Switch

Roarr! Jurassic Edition, Xbox One

Tuesday August 13, 2019

Friday The 13th: The Game Ultimate Slasher Edition, Switch

Never Give Up, Switch

Exception, Switch, Xbox One, PC

Stellaris: Console Edition – Utopia [DLC], PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Ancestors Legacy, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

PC Building Simulator, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Vasara Collection, PlayStation 4

Gravity Duck, PlayStation 4, Vita

Genesis, PlayStation 4

Wednesday August 14, 2019

Edna & Harvey: Harvey’s New Eyes, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Exception, PlayStation 4

Vasara Collection, Xbox One

Slay the Spire, Xbox One

Gravity Duck, Xbox One

Thursday August 15, 2019

Rogue Singularity, Switch

Cryogear, Switch

Vasara Collection, Switch

Tactics V: Obsidian Brigade, Xbox One

Shinobi Spirits S: Legend of Heroes, PC

Friday August 16, 2019

Gravity Duck, Switch

Aritana and the Twin Masks, Xbox One

Sunday August 18, 2019

Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark, Switch

Monday August 19, 2019

Petoons Party, PlayStation 4

Pirates of the First Star, Xbox One

Tuesday August 20, 2019

Rad, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution, Switch

Remnant: From the Ashes, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Mekabolt, PlayStation 4, Vita

Roarr! Jurassic Edition, PlayStation 4

Wednesday August 21, 2019

Afterlife, PlayStation VR

Rex Rocket, Xbox One

Smoots Summer Games, Xbox One

Pato Box, Xbox One

Mekabolt, Xbox One

Gift of Parthax, Xbox One

Thursday August 22, 2019

Oninaki, Switch, PlayStation 4, PC

Path of Sin: Greed, Switch

Black Desert, PlayStation 4

Doughlings: Invasion, PlayStation 4

Life is Strange 2: Episode 4 – Faith, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Dobutsu Shogi World (Let’s Catch the Lion!), PlayStation 4

Friday August 23, 2019

Mekabolt, Switch

Injection, PlayStation 4

Tokyo Chronos, PlayStation VR

Gnomes Garden: Lost King, Xbox One

Strength of the Sword Ultimate, Xbox One

Path of Sin: Greed, Xbox One

Tuesday August 27, 2019

Eight-Minute Empire, Switch

Wreckfest, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Control, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Crystar, PlayStation 4, PC

MXGP 2019, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

The Bard’s Tale IV: Director’s Cut, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Hunt: Showdown, Xbox One, PC

Thursday August 29, 2019

The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Bubsy: Paws on Fire, Switch

Friday August 30, 3019

Astral Chain, Switch

Remothered: Tormented Fathers, Switch

The Dark Pictures – Man of Medan, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Blair Witch, Xbox One, PC

Brandy Berthelson

Brandy Berthelson has been writing about video games and technology since 2006, with her work appearing on sites including AOL Games, Digital Spy, and Adweek. When she’s not gaming, Brandy enjoys crafting, baking, and traveling with her husband.

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