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Video game release highlights, week of August 31, 2020

Published: 20:09, 31 August 2020
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This week's releases are quite alluring but sports fans are getting some of the best treats among the bunch with three out of six highlighted games belong in the genre.

Highlighted releases this week are not as scuffed as the ones from the week prior since the six featured games will release across three days with two games coming out together on all three occasions.

Iron Harvest is almost upon us as it's one of the two games from this list that is releasing on September 1, 2020. For those not in the loop, it's an RTS set in alternate dieselpunk history where the factions of Polania, Saxony and Rusviet are duking it out with mechs. Yes, the Rusviet faction has a mech that uses sickles for weapons but it's Polania that is featured in the trailer below due to it being released most recently.

Another strategy game is coming out on the same day, although it's a grand strategy rather than one about building bases, troops and machines of destruction. If you're wondering what the main difference is - it's that Crusader Kings 3 players can use military forces for imposing their dominion but also politics, deception, assassination and other similar cutthroat disciplines.

Two days later, on September 3,  we are in for Spellbreak is a battle royale where magic is all the rage. It will likely remind players of Realm Royale at its launch which was probably the game's best state since it also differed from other battle royales due to having classes. Hi-Rez removed the mechanic from their game and fans have been lamenting the removal ever since but Proletariat's game might just be what they are looking for. 

The trailer below is tied to closed beta but it is more representative of the final game than the cinematic one which is more recent.

From this point on, it's all about sports games, although WRC 9 could be classified as a racing title as well. It is another entry in the rally series and one of the main features is that it will mark the return of Rally Japan to the franchise.

NBA 2K21 is probably the most anticipated game this week as it is another instalment in a long-running successful series. This year's entry features the late NBA legend, Kobe Bryant, on the cover for the Mamba Forever Edition . The game will be out on September 4, 2020.

The remaining sports game is Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2. It's a combination of the first two Pro Skater games as well as a remaster since releasing them with graphics from the turn of the millennium wouldn't make much sense. Then again, a literal pile of blocks is one of the most popular games in the world so judging a game based on a combination of graphics and substance is definitely better than just focusing on one of those.

Either way, you can see some graphics comparisons in the announce trailer below.

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