For the gaming crowd, there’s no denying that the summer video game release schedule typically leaves one much to be desired. In fact, most use June, July, and August to catch up on their backlog before the big fall games begin releasing.
But this summer is different. In June, we were given Tekken 7, ARMS, and a brand new Final Fantasy XIV expansion (if you’re into that kind of thing). In July, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age and Splatoon 2. And for August, there are so many games being released that we don’t know how we’re going to play them all.
Typically speaking, January and August are the low points of the year when it comes to getting new video games. But, in 2017, that’s simply not the case. Whether you’re a PC or console gamer, there are numerous new releases coming next month that should definitely be on your radar. Getting your hands on your eagerly awaited game can be strenuous so start saving right away so that you don’t have to wait long to start playing after they’re released. Buy your favorite game using coupon codes available on Frugaa for extra saving.
With that in mind, here are five badass games coming in August:
1. Madden NFL 18
Developer: EA Tiburon
Publisher: EA Sports
Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One
Release Date: August 25, 2017
One thing we CAN expect every August is the yearly iteration of the Madden NFL franchise from EA Sports. This year’s game is Madden NFL 18, and it features New England Patriots poster boy and one of the most-hated quarterbacks in the league right on the cover: Tom Brady. If you can stomach having a game box with Brady plastered on its cover, Madden NFL 18 is likely going to be a great game to pickup in August.
So what makes this year’s Madden release so badass? For starters, and for the first time ever, Madden will introduce a story mode named The Longshot that will follow a small-town high school quarterback by the name of Devin Wade as he tries to make his way to the NFL. Secondly, the franchise will be running on the glorious Frostbite engine for the first time ever (the same engine that Battlefield 1 and the Star Wars Battlefront franchise runs on. That will likely mean better, smoother animations during gameplay.
2. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Developer: Ninja Theory
Publisher: Ninja Theory
Platform(s): PS4, PC
Release Date: August 8, 2017
So many action-adventure games nowadays are filled with meaningless side quests, crafting, and other tasks that are simply there to extend the gameplay to over 100 hours. But Ninja Theory’s upcoming Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice takes a more succinct route, claiming to not be loaded with all of the fluff. Instead, they’ll present a strong character story that actually matters.
The game follows Senua as she embarks on a journey through an underworld made up of her own psychotic manifestations, bringing to life all sorts of hellish demons and creatures. The dev claims the game will have a strong emphasis on delivering a deep character set in a twisted world, and it will have combat that is brutally unforgiving. Its Senua’s Sacrifice’s intriguing lead character that makes Hellblade one of August’s most anticipated games.
Developer: Boss Key Productions
Platform(s): PS4, PC
Release Date: August 8, 2017
If you guys are looking for something that can be considered a more mature (ie. M-Rated) Overwatch then LawBreakers from Boss Key should definitely be on your radar this August. The game is an FPS multiplayer game that aims to be a grittier, bloodier version of Overwatch (which is one of the most popular games of the past decade).
But it’s more than just a reskinned hero shooter, as LawBreakers brings in some new elements. The game (which, by the way, is designed by Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski) also takes a more aerial approach than any hero shooter before it, bringing an emphasis on omnidirectional multiplayer combat unlike anything we’ve seen to date.
The game will have nine unique roles with over 18 characters available at launch, with each character having their own thrilling ability combos that can devastate their opponents. Each character also moves in different ways, with some using hooks and others using jetpacks. It’s a game that’s played fast and furiously, which is an entirely different pace than what other, similar shooters offer.
4. Agents of Mayhem
Publisher: Deep Silver
Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: August 15, 2017
If you loved the ridiculous, ludicrous side of Saints Row IV, then you’re going to want to check out Volition’s latest game, Agents of Mayhem. The game takes place within the same universe but has a more cartoony feel to it. The characters in Agents of Mayhem are loaded with attitude, each with a unique playstyle and vibe.
The moment-to-moment gameplay of Agents of Mayhem sets you in various missions, and it’ll essentially play like a Saints Row V. Expect big explosions, hilarious dialogue, and fun combat. You’ll go in guns-blazing to complete awesome action sequences using your character’s unique abilities to take out your foes and complete your mission. In fact, it’s Agents of Mayhem‘s highly stylized over-the-top action that sets it apart from other, similar games. If you love explosions, guns, and great combat, AoH is one badass game you aren’t going to want to miss this August.
5. F1 2017
Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: August 25, 2017
Developer Codemasters is well-known in the gaming community for their quality racing games, ranging from the high-octane thrill of Fuel to Dirt to the more arcadey racing game franchise, Grid. But one of their most popular video game franchises in their repertoire is the F1 series, and this year’s new release, F1 2017, will release on August 25th.
Each year, the series gets better and better, receiving higher review scores and more praise from its fans. This year’s title is based on the 2017 Formula One season and it’ll include all twenty circuits, twenty drivers, and ten teams. The game will also bring back classic Formula One cars, which we haven’t seen since F1 2013. Like its predecessor, it’ll take place on the EGO Engine 4.0 system that will bring ultimate high-fidelity racing that rivals the best racing games in the business.
Which of these games are you most excited for?
Sony Is Releasing A Mini PlayStation Classic With 20 Built-In Games
Sony is following in the footsteps of Nintendo and others with the release of their own retro console, the PlayStation Classic.
As with the NES Classic Edition, SNES Classic Edition, and Commodore 64 Mini, Sony is now following much the same formula, offering up a miniaturized version of the iconic console that comes pre-loaded with 20 classic titles, including fan-favorites such as Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, and Wild Arms. (The full lineup of games will be announced at a later date)
Seeing how successful Nintendo was with the NES and SNES reboots, it makes total sense for them to jump into the fray and try to get a slice of that nostalgia pie. And the timing honestly couldn’t be better, with the PlayStation coming up on it’s 25-year anniversary.
The mini console is approximately 45% smaller than the original PlayStation, and it emulates the original’s look and feel by featuring similar controllers and packaging. Long-time fans will appreciate the nostalgia that comes with rediscovering the games they know and love, while gamers who might be new to the platform can enjoy the groundbreaking PlayStation console experience that started it all. All of the games will be playable in their original format.
Each console will also come with an HDMI cable to connect to their TV, a USB cable, and two controllers for local multiplayer within compatible titles. PlayStation Classic will be available for $99.99 on December 3, 2018 – a historic date for PlayStation.
If this is anything like the Nintendo craze, you’re definitely going to want to place a pre-order for the PlayStation Classic. Otherwise, you might be waiting quite awhile to get your hands on one, especially with Christmas right around the corner!
Are you going to purchase a PlayStation Classic this holiday season?
5 Must-Visit Destinations For Gamer Guys
When most people put together their ultimate travel bucket list, they dream of admiring the pyramids in Egypt, standing on the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, or following the Inca trail to Machu Picchu in Peru. However, if you’re a gamer, places with quirkier attractions are probably much more appealing. When you’re making travel plans, put these exciting game-related destinations on the top of your wish list.
Tokyo, Japan: Asia’s Gaming Capital
Few cities take gaming as seriously as Tokyo does. The Japanese capital has always been at the cutting edge of technology, so there’s plenty here for video gamers to see and do.
You could spend days at Sega Gigo, where arcade and prize machines fill 6 stories. For a more immersive gaming experience, visit Tokyo Joypolis. While there are arcade games, it’s the virtual reality attractions that really set this amusement park apart. VR Park Tokyo offers more virtual reality fun, boasting eight different VR games that help you feel like part of the action.
Gamer bars are also big business in Tokyo. Places like Capcom Bar, Game Bar a-Button, and 8bit Café let you enjoy retro video games with your favorite bar snacks and beers. Before heading home, make sure you stop at top local video games stores like Akihabara Electric Town, Trader Akihabara #4, and Tokiwa Museum for souvenir shopping.
Seoul, South Korea: The Home of e-Sports
Competitive gaming, known as e-Sports, is big business in Seoul. Here competitive gamers are worshipped as celebrities and command eye-popping salaries. You can watch local heroes in action at the city’s Yongsan e-Sports Stadium, the world’s first stadium made specifically for e-Sports. The atmosphere is electric whenever OnGameNet broadcasts its Starleague and Proleague events. Yongsan e-Sports Stadium also has an auxiliary room where you can play games and meet popular gaming industry personalities.
If you fancy breaking into the big leagues or simply want to refine your gaming skills, sign up for the GameCoach Pro Gaming Training Camp. Suitable for all ages, the training camp offers instructions in Overwatch, League of Legends, and other popular titles. There are plenty of English-speaking instructors available, so you needn’t worry about the language barrier. Your camp fees cover your accommodation and meals during the entire training program.
Weirs Beach, USA: Home to Funspot
Weirs Beach may be a small New Hampshire village, but it deserves a place on any old-school gamer guy’s bucket list. It’s home to Funspot, the largest arcade in the world according to Guinness World Records. Admittedly, there’s not much else in Weirs Beach, but for many gamers this sleepy town doesn’t need any other attractions.
Funspot boasts more than 500 video games, ticket redemption machines, and pinball games, most from the late-1970s to the mid-1980s. You’ll find all your retro favorites here, including Arkanoid, Pac-Man, Galaga, and Frogger, as well as more recent machines from the 1990s and 2000s. While video games are the main attraction, Funspot also has a mini golf course and bowling alley.
London, United Kingdom: Connect With Other Gamers
Some of the best vacations are the ones where you meet new people who share your interests. If you want to connect with like-minded gamers, visit London. The British capital offers more interactive gaming experiences than many other cities. If you visit in early April, be sure to attend Now Play This, a three-day interactive gaming festival held each year at Somerset House. It’s fun for all ages, with retro and cutting-edge video and tabletop games, ranging from the straightforward to the staggeringly complex. Hit the multi-player games to make some new friends.
The Heart of Gaming, or The Hog to regulars, is another great venue for forging connections. This non-profit arcade was founded by gamers for gamers. Hours spent at regular arcades can put a dent in your traveling budget, but The Heart of Gaming charges a flat rate for its gaming sessions, which can last as long as 36 hours for serious gamers.
Like Tokyo, London also has its fair share of gaming bars. The Loading Bar is a friendly spot that regularly hosts trivia nights and tabletop game tournaments. The martial arts-themed Pimpshuei has some of your favorite retro combat arcade games. Wall-mounted TVs show e-Sports tournaments rather than football games at Meltdown.
Moscow, Russia: Culturally Rich Gaming Hub
Russia is one of the world’s largest video game markets, a nation which officially recognizes e-Sports and produces a leading video game magazine, Igromania. Head to the capital and you can enjoy the current video game culture while looking back at the past.
Moscow is home to the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines, which houses a unique collection of arcade games from the time when the nation was known as the U.S.S.R. And unlike many museums, the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines encourages you to play with its displays. The graphics might be dated, but getting your hands on arcade games more than 40 years old is a real thrill.
Explore Moscow’s modern side at the Gaming Club of Virtual Reality 3D-VR, the city’s largest virtual club. Here you can travel to the Moon or other worlds, battle zombies, or relax under the sea, all thanks to virtual reality technology. Its interactive displays are at the cutting-edge of gaming technology.
Leave the well-worn tourist track to the other travelers. When you’re searching for some rest and relaxation, it’s best to go your own way and indulging your passion for gaming at these fantastic destinations.
Get Excited Racing Fans, Because ‘NASCAR Heat 3’ Is Finally Here!
After months of anticipation, NASCAR Heat 3 is finally here, and it delivers the most exciting and comprehensive racing experience yet!
Featuring the biggest names in motorsports, NASCAR Heat 3 features more tracks, improved multiplayer with online tournaments, and an even deeper career mode featuring a totally new dirt-racing challenge: the Xtreme Dirt Tour. Dirt racing, how freaking cool is that?!
The Xtreme Dirt Tour brings the competition to 8 new dirt tracks, building up to the authentic NASCAR career racing experiences of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Players can also own and manage their own race teams.
What’s more, those who purchase NASCAR Heat 3 will receive a $50 race-ticket coupon (while supplies last) that can be used towards the purchase of any NASCAR-sanctioned event ticket through 2019 at any of Speedway Motorsports, Inc’s 8 tracks, as well as Dover International Speedway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Given that the game retails for $49.99, it makes the game basically free, assuming you were planning on taking in a race next year!
NASCAR Heat 3 players can also compete in NASCAR Heat Champions: Road to Miami, an all-new esports tournament on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Weekly winners will be flown to Miami for the finals during Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Still need more convincing? Then check out the trailer for NASCAR Heat 3 below:
Pretty sweet, right? NASCAR Heat 3 is available starting today on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC, with a retail price of $49.99, so don’t delay and order your copy now!