Six Games to Play in August 2012

The Dinobots rage, Death gets his revenge, NFL football returns and more!

Erik Norrisby Erik Norris


July was, putting it mildly, a very weak month for video games. Thankfully, August is picking up some of the slack and offering a few worthy games to check out to put an end to this awful dry spell the industry is currently stuck in. Here are six games worth putting on your radar in August.

Sleeping Dogs

Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC / Release Date: 8.14.2012


Sleeping Dogs is a title that caught us by surprise. We played the game at this past year’s PAX East convention and were blown away. It’s essentially Grand Theft Auto with an eastern twist. The game looks great, the gameplay is addictive and the story feels an Asian “The Departed,” which is definitely a good thing. If you’re looking for an open-world crime game to dive into, Sleeping Dogs comes highly recommended.

Darksiders II

Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC / Release Date: 8.14.2012


THQ and Vigil Games return with a new Darksiders title, this time starring War’s brother, Death. Everything about Darksiders II is bigger and badder than its predecessor. The original Darksiders was kind of a sleeper hit, combining the dungeon exploration of The Legend of Zelda and the combat of God of War. If that sounds like something that would interest you, give Darksiders II a shot when it releases on August 14.

New Super Mario Bros. 2

Platform: 3DS / Release Date: 8.19.2012


Everyone’s favorite plumber is back with a new side-scrolling adventure. New Super Mario Bros. 2 sees the return of the Super Leaf to the series, and it’s also the first Mario title that puts a stronger emphasis on coin collecting. Coins aren’t just a distraction for points anymore; they’re absolutely vital to the gameplay experience.  If you dig Mario, and who doesn’t really, pick this one up for your on-the-go gaming sessions.

Transformers: Fall of Cybertron

Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC / Release Date: 8.23.2012


Finally! High Moon Studios returns with a direct sequel to their smash hit Transformers game, War for Cybertron. Transformers: Fall of Cybertron picks up the story where the first game left off and, best of all, introduces the Dinobots into the mix. That’s right, folks, Grimlock will be playable. Furthermore, the multiplayer component of Fall of Cybertron has been expanded with an awesome customization feature, allowing you to create your very own Transformer to take online.

Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition

Platform: PC / Release Date: 8.24.2012


After a fan-created petition gathered over 92,000 signatures, Namco Bandai and From Software decided to bring their popular Dark Souls title to the PC market. The “Prepare to Die” Edition of the game brings new content such as bosses, enemies, equipment and NPCs. If you’re a glutton for punishment, Dark Souls will be right down your alley.

Madden NFL 13

Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii / Release Date: 8.28.2012


It’s that time of year again, time for a new version of Madden NFL football. This year’s model includes a number of new tweaks and updates. But most importantly, EA Sports has finally redone the commentary for Madden NFL 13, introducing CBS’ Jim Nantz and Phil Simms to the broadcast booth to liven things up a bit. That right there almost makes Madden NFL 13 worth picking up. Just so you never have to listen to Chris Collinsworth ever again. Ever.