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Top ten games to check out for August 2013

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Thursday brings the month of August and a brand new slate of games for the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and PS Vita. This month represents the beginning of the busy season for game releases as evidenced by the sudden surge of new titles at the end of the month. With the number of released games increasing, it’s time to start separating the wheat from the chaff with a list of the top ten upcoming games for August.

The top ten games for August list is filled only with games that have a confirmed release date for the month but does include at least one title that does not as an honorable mention. It’s a diverse group though with platformers, tactical shooters, RPGs, beat’em ups, sports titles and open-world action games. There's a little something for everyone so choose wisely based on your platform and genre of choice and the money you have available in your wallet.

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Pikmin 3 (Wii U)
Pikmin 3 (Wii U) Nintendo, Nintendo EAD Group No. 4

Pikmin 3 (Wii U)

Whoa, hold on. A Wii U game is on the list of top games for August? Indeed! The console’s sales are floundering and Pikmin 3 represents Nintendo’s opening salvo in a string of games through Christmas that will hopefully create some sales momentum. Business aside, this quirky strategy title is worth the look and should be placed on the “must buy” list for Wii U owners.

Release Date: Aug. 4, 2013

Dragon’s Crown (PS3, PS Vita)
Dragon’s Crown (PS3, PS Vita) Atlus, Vanillaware

Dragon’s Crown (PS3, PS Vita)

While likely the most controversial game on the August list thanks to the satirically exaggerated body proportions on a couple of the female characters, Dragon’s Crown is also likely the premiere beat’em up experience so far for 2013.  Choose from six different characters for some of the most hectic, gorgeous and challenging hack and slash available for the PS3 and PS Vita.

Release Date: Aug. 6, 2013

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (XBLA)
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (XBLA) 505 Games, Starbreeze Studios

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (XBLA)

This game is already being compared to last year’s award winning Journey due to its art work, tone and story-telling. As the name suggests, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons revolves around two brothers on a quest to try and save their ailing father. One is slow and strong while the other is quick but weak. Players must use the two together to get around various obstacles both environmental and monstrous.

Release Date: Aug. 7, 2013

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (3DS)
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (3DS) AlphaDream, Nintendo

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (3DS)

The latest in the Mario & Luigi series, Dream Team brings its mix of RPG and platforming elements together once again for the Nintendo 3DS. As a kicker, this time players can journey through Luigi’s dreams where they can also perform “Luiginary Attacks” as well as the Bros. Attacks in the non-dream world of Pi'illo Island.

Release Date: Aug. 11, 2013

Disney Infinity (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, Wii, 3DS, PC)
Disney Infinity (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, Wii, 3DS, PC) Disney Interactive, Avalanche Software

Disney Infinity (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, Wii, 3DS, PC)

Parents, hold on to your wallets as Disney Interactive has devised a game based on Activision’s Skylanders toy model but with Disney and Pixar characters, props and worlds instead. While Disney Infinity is potentially expensive, it also has potentially unlimited content thanks to a powerful editor that allows users to create their own levels and games. And, it looks fun to boot.

Release Date: August 18, 2013

Saints Row IV (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
Saints Row IV (PS3, Xbox 360, PC) Volition Inc., Deep Silver

Saints Row IV (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)

Fire up the Wub Wub Gun as the Third Street Saints are back but this time they’re in charge of the whole country thanks to the Protagonist  being elected President of the United States. Then things get even wackier with an alien invasion. Saints Row IV is crass, brazen and over the top. It’s everything that’s made the open-world action series stand out to begin with.

Release Date: Aug. 20, 2013

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified (PS3, Xbox 360, PC) 2K Marin, 2K Games

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)

This game has the most troubled development lifecycle of the bunch as it started out as a first-person shooter before shifting to a third-person squad shooter with tactical command elements lifted from XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Still, the early 1960s setting combined with challenging “You Only Live Once” death mechanic makes The Bureau worth a look.

Release Date: Aug. 20, 2013

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC)
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC) Ubisoft, Ubisoft Toronto

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC)

Sam Fisher is back and this time he’s leading his own counter-terrorism unit out to save the world from a terrorist organization calling itself “The Engineers” and its escalating attacks against the United States. Sam is armed with a slew of gadgets and a new “Killing in Motion” mechanic that allows him to take on multiple enemies while on the run in Splinter Cell: Blacklist

Release Date: Aug. 20, 2013

DuckTales Remastered (PS3, Wii U, PC)
DuckTales Remastered (PS3, Wii U, PC) Capcom, Wayforward Technologies

DuckTales Remastered (PS3, Wii U, PC)

Go ahead and start singing, “DuckTales Whoo Hoo!” as this classic Disney platformer from Capcom has been completely rebuilt for today’s consoles. Guide Scrooge McDuck around the world to five different levels containing treasure that can be played in any order.

While the characters may be unknown to today’s youngsters, it’s a perfect opportunity to introduce them to a classic cartoon from the late 1980s.

Release Date: Aug. 20, 2013

Madden NFL 25 (PS3, Xbox 360)
Madden NFL 25 (PS3, Xbox 360) EA Sports, EA Tiburon

Madden NFL 25 (PS3, Xbox 360)

In a clear sign that it is football season once again, Madden NFL 25 takes the field in August. This year’s new additions include improved running controls and physics plus the return of being able to relocate teams to new cities. Of course, the Ultimate Team is back and players will be able to earn coins, special packs and elite players depending on their performance.

Release Date: Aug. 27, 2013

Honorable Mention: Castle of Illusion HD (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
Honorable Mention: Castle of Illusion HD (PS3, Xbox 360, PC) Sega, Sega Studios Australia

Honorable Mention: Castle of Illusion HD (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)

It’s currently unclear if Castle of Illusion HD will make an August release but it will mark the second 90s Disney game remake that is worth checking out. Like DuckTales, Sega’s Castle of Illusion has been completely remade for modern hardware and it promises more classic platforming for older gamers to re-live and younger ones to discover.

Release Date: Currently listed as August

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