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The best games to play on PC in August 2021

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I know these monthly lists often highlight the 10 games that you should keep an eye on over the next month, but I’ve bumped it up to 12 for August. Because, if you haven’t heard, video games are back, baby!… And they might disappear again at any moment, so please just let me celebrate the fact that there are more than 10 computer games coming out over the next four and a bit weeks.

If you’re not ready to step outside your front door yet, hopefully there’s something in this list that can keep you entertained over the next few weeks. So, let’s crack on, then. Here are the top 12 video games coming to PC in August, 2021.

A lot of countries are getting a bit farther away from that virus with every passing day, allowing developers to get back to making the games. Thus, allowing us to resume playing the things they make. I say “ a lot of countries,” because have you seen those U.K. numbers? Woof. I’m already looking forward to Freedom Day II.

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The original Psychonauts is the one of the best games I’ve played in 2021. I missed it the first time around, and I was keen to give it a go before the second one launched. I’m so glad I did. The luchadors of Black Velvetopia, the tabletop game of Waterloo World, the G-men of the Milkman Conspiracy: it all holds up… except the Meat Circus, obviously. I now can’t wait to see what Double Fine have done with the long-awaited sequel. While I’m relatively confident the weird and wonderful minds behind this 3D puzzle-platformer will have the puzzling aspect down, I’m a little concerned about the platforming part.

Psychonauts 2 (August 25th)

Humankind (August 17th)

With Humankind, it’s pretty clear that Sega are fluttering their eyelashes at everyone who has rinsed Civ VI for all its worth. But I’d be doing this 4X game a disservice to position it as a mere clone of Firaxis’ long-running series. Instead of leading one group of people from day dot up to modern times, you choose different cultures at the dawning of each era. Also, there’s only one way to win in Humankind: fame. If you want to live forever, you need to complete objectives in every era of the game – reach a certain level of influence, build a specific number of districts, and so on.

Icarus (August 12th) Zombies no longer concern Dean Hall; after all, aliens are the real threat. Specifically, all the beasts that’ll have you quaking in your little space boots, in co-op survival game Icarus. Unlike DayZ, Rocketwerkz’s first game is session-based, so while you’ll be visiting an alien world, your resource gathering trips are time-restricted. You can go it alone, if you like, but you’ll also be able to bring along seven other pals on your expeditions, if you’d prefer company. While Icarus is indeed launching this month, it’s worth keeping in mind that this is the first chapter of something Rocketwerkz have said will be a multi-year kind of deal.

Twelve Minutes (August 19th) This narrative-driven adventure game has been on tons of most anticipated lists for years, and we’ll finally get to play it this August. Developed by Luis Antonio, Twelve Minutes sees you assume the role of man trying to break out of a Groundhog Day-like 12-minute time loop. The majority of this game plays out in a young couple’s television-less sitting room, where you’ll be combining items, chatting to your wife, and getting roughed up by Willem Dafoe. Twelve Minutes’ cast is pure Hollywood: the Speed 2: Cruise Control star is joined by Wimbledon’s James McAvoy and Peter Rabbit’s Daisy Ridley. We’ll see whether all that talent equals a stellar video game in just a few weeks time.

Skatebird (August 12th) In the middle of August, we’ll get to see whether Skatebird is more than just an excuse for games journalists to use “Tony HAWK, amirite!?!11” for article straplines. While I haven’t dumped tons of time into the most recent demo, I’m hopeful that there’s something in this arcade skateboarding game. It plays like a more forgiving Pro Skater, but Skatebird also appears to take inspiration from Tony’s later games – Underground and what came after – by including a story mode. Fingers crossed the big tricks and narrative feels result in a game that’s been worth the multi-year wait.

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