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Video game release highlights, week of August 24, 2020

Published: 14:42, 24 August 2020
Updated: 15:09, 24 August 2020
PC, PS4 and Xbox One video game releases in August 2020
PC, PS4 and Xbox One video game releases in August 2020

August 2020 is coming to a close in big fashion as its last week features some highly-anticipated video games and should be filled to the brim with titles that are likely to bring PC, PS4 and Xbox One players mountains of joy.

Covid-19 pandemic still has everyone in lockdown, which should be a bit easier for gamers to endure, as usual. This is especially true with this week's releases as almost every genre is getting interesting additions that will be available on all three mainstream platforms.

Street Power Football is opening the release madness on August 25, 2020. It is all about freestyle football, or soccer in some cases, in a game that doesn't take itself too seriously. Players will assume control of caricatured athletes and face some of the sport's iconic faces. Furthermore, realism goes out the window in place of superpowered fun as everyone will get to perform shiny and extremely potent moves.

The rest of the releases are all crammed into Friday, August 28, 2020. Nexomon: Extinction will offer a new experience as players return to the world of totally-not-Pokemon and enjoy a brand new story with a classic take on capturing creatures and making them fight each other for our amusement. This didn't sound as horrible back in our GameBoy days.

Captain Tsubasa needs no introduction and as such, the development and trailers of his adventure in the Rise of New Champions has been closely monitored by fans ever since the announcement. Some have expressed concern over how the gameplay will feel as some of it looked clunky. We will find out whether it's got potential on Friday.

However, this is the sole exception on the list since the game is not getting released on Xbox One.

Shing! is an indie that's coming out on the same day as the rest of these potential blockbusters, although it was technically released back in February. Come August 28, this up-to-four-player co-op beat 'em up will take us down the nostalgia road on PC, PS4 and Nintendo Switch in addition to the platforms it was already available on.

Stepping away from cartoony art styles and into the ones chasing realism, Project CARS 3 is is sure to give fans of the series a lot to have fun with over the weekend. It's the old formula in a new edition as players will get to experience their own journey from the minor leagues to professional racing in their slew of highly customisable and upgradeable vehicles.

Last but by no means the least is Wasteland 3. Many fans have been anxiously waiting for more turn-based goodness from inXile Entertainment, years before they got acquired by Microsoft. It is possible the scope of the game wasn't as big back when it was crowdfunded on Fig but the wait is finally over and we get to journey with the Desert Rangers through the icy wasteland of Colorado as we step out of Arizona's searing sun.

If the three games over 32 years didn't sell you on the idea of wading through the frozen hellscape, keep in mind that the first game is what inspired the creation of Fallout series and the third game in the trilogy features some amazing songs that sound great both on their own but also amplify the bleak nature of the world that's still reeling from a nuclear apocalypse.

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