Top 5 New Games | Best New Releases August 2021

Twelve Minutes gameplay preview: Voice acting makes a huge impact - Polygon

August is here, and the game release calendar is as hot as the weather. There’s something for everyone this month, including the long-awaited arrival of two of our most anticipated games of 2021.

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17th August – PC, Google Stadia, macOS

Humankind is an all-new historical strategy game that tasks you with one ambitious goal– to “rewrite the entire narrative of humankind”. No big deal, right?

In Humankind, you’ll create an entire civilization from the ground. Everything from the history, culture, technology and values will be yours to customise. By combining influences from up to 60 real historical cultures, it’ll be up to you how far (and in which direction) you’ll push humankind.

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12 Minutes

19th August – PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S

12 Minutes is an innovative new indie title brought to you by the publisher of What Remains of Edith Finch. Through a top-down view of an apartment suite, the player lives (and re-lives) 12 life-altering and ever-changing minutes in an effort to solve a mystery. The game features a star-studded cast of voice talent; and after 6 long years of development, we can’t wait to finally play this creative psychological thriller (on Game Pass!).

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RiMS Racing

19th August – PS4, PS5, PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Series X|S

RiMS is for all-around motorbike enthusiasts; combining realistic racing challenge with mechanics and engineering for the first time! Enjoy the thrill of the ride, and then optimise the performance of your bike to make it even faster next time. Everything from swapping out parts to analysing mechanical information in real-time is possible with RiMS.

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King’s Bounty II

24th August – PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox One

New factions, enemies, features, and epic story await in the eagerly-awaited sequel to one of the most iconic turn-based fantasy RPGs. All brought to you by none other than the minds behind Outward, Iron Harvest, and Kingdom Come: Deliverance.

“Darkness descends over the world of Nostria,” developer/publisher 1C Entertainment explains. “Conspiracies, sabotage, and necromancy are overshadowing the country. But maybe a saviour – the kingdom’s last hope – is already here, to fight back and finally restore peace and order in Nostria!”

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Psychonauts 2

25th August – PS4, PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, macOS

After multiple unfortunate delays, Psychonauts will finally make its triumphant arrival later this month. Thanks to a crowdfunding campaign in 2015, the return of this colorful and kooky platformer looks insanely fun. Not to mention, that Psychonauts 2 will feature a star-studded cast of vocal talent; including the recognizable voice or actor/comedian/YouTube gamer Jack Black!

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