Last week, the editorial staff here at Push Square sat down to work out our coverage schedule for August, and as we ran through the month's release dates, we couldn't quite believe our eyes. Usually, August is a relatively quiet summer month with most publishers gearing up for September and beyond. This year, however, August is absolutely packed, and this supreme ultra bumper edition of Promising PS4 Games proves it.

You can find a full list of August 2017 PS4 release dates through the link.

Patapon Remastered (PS4 Exclusive)

Publisher: Sony
Release date: 1st August

Pata-pata-pata-pon! Pata-pata-pata-pon! Pon-pon-pata-pon! We're tempted to just keep that going until we've filled up a whole paragraph, but we at least need to point out how downright charming the Patapon series is. These cute little rhythm adventures see you assume control of strange tribal creatures as you guide them about their business, and the first title is being remastered for PS4 next month. Can't go wrong.

Shadow Tactics: Blade of the Shogun

Publisher: Daedalic Entertainment
Release date: 1st August

We've already reviewed Shadow Tactics: Blade of the Shogun, and the 9/10 it received means that it absolutely has to feature on this list. Blending stealth with strategy, this is a tense and satisfying samurai romp that's wrapped up in a very pretty art style. One of the best tactical titles on PS4, this one certainly shouldn't be left in the dark.

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (PS4 Console Exclusive)

Publisher: Ninja Theory
Release date: 8th August

Ninja Theory’s first stab at what it describes as “AAA indie” is not lacking in ambition. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is not only leveraging some innovative new motion capture technology, but the Cambridge-based studio has also designed the Celtic character action in conjunction with mental health organisations in order to raise awareness.

LawBreakers (PS4 Console Exclusive)

Publisher: Nexon
Release date: 8th August

An online shooter where the laws of gravity don't apply (get it? LawBreakers?), LawBreakers is the upcoming project of Cliff Bleszinski's studio Boss Key Productions. The game was originally meant to be free-to-play, but that idea was scrapped in 2016 as development progressed. A roster of nutty characters, two defined teams, and a bunch of game modes are on offer for those feeling a bit floaty.

Agents of Mayhem

Publisher: Deep Silver
Release date: 15th August (NA), 18th August (EU)

Despite some disastrous marketing, we're still kind of looking forward to Agents of Mayhem. From the same folks who turned Sanits Row into the most mental sandbox series on the market, we're hoping that this latest project doesn't overdo things. We're not quite sure why it isn't called Saints Row 5 or Saints Row: Varied Playable Heroes with Distinct Powers Edition, but we're up for some good old fashioned mayhem all the same.

Cities: Skylines

Publisher: Paradox Interactive
Release date: 15th August

More city building on PS4? Yes please. It may feel like Cities: Skylines is at least a few decades old by this point, but we can't wait to watch our little virtual worlds evolve on Sony's console. With the After Dark expansion included, this is shaping up to be a robust package for those interested in watching civilisation flourish.

MatterFall (PS4 Exclusive)

Publisher: Sony
Release date: 15th August (NA), 16th August (EU)

Mere months after the outstanding Nex Machina, the ever-dependable Housemarque is back with its take on the side-scrolling shooter, Matterfall. Voxels are once again the order of the day, as you chain together attacks in this Mega Man-esque arcade blaster. Have you got what it takes to save the last humans all over again?

Nidhogg 2 (PS4 Console Exclusive)

Publisher: Messhof
Release date: 15th August

Building on the already incredibly simple but devilishly addictive gameplay of its predecessor, Nidhogg 2 is more of the same on a surface level, but it's got more bits and bobs under its skin. We can't see this sequel disappointing anyone who enjoys a solid couch gaming session with friends, even if we're still not keen on the change in art direction.

Sonic Mania

Publisher: SEGA
Release date: 15th August

That one Sonic game that actually looks good, Sonic Mania is taking the blue hedgehog back to his roots as he and all of his furry little friends race around retro looking levels. The hope is that we end up with a 2D Sonic title with no dips in the action and a reasonable running time -- things that the property hasn't got right in quite a while.

Undertale

Publisher: tobyfox
Release date: 15th August

One of those indie hits that everyone wouldn't stop going on about back when it launched on PC in 2015, Undertale is basically a traditional RPG with some really weird but enjoyable twists. Thought-provoking and driven by player choice, it's one of those games that you just have to experience for yourself -- or so we're told on a regular basis.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (PS4 Exclusive)

Publisher: Sony
Release date: 22nd August (NA), 23rd August (EU)

Otherwise known as Uncharted 4: A Bit More of That, Please, The Lost Legacy is a standalone adventure featuring Chloe Frazer, who's blasting back into our lives as she tracks down treasure and shoots a whole bunch of baddies. It's business as usual for Naughty Dog, with the title boasting sharp writing, cinematic gameplay, and a cast of cool characters.

Absolver

Publisher: Devolver Digital
Release date: 29th August

A multiplayer martial arts action RPG, Absolver has always seemed like an ambitious project, and next month, we'll finally get to see whether its unorthodox structure can stand strong. In order to develop your character, you'll traverse a strange world and stumble across other players. You'll either cooperate, fight to the death, or go your separate ways.

Everybody's Golf (PS4 Exclusive)

Publisher: Sony
Release date: 29th August (NA), 30th August (EU)

It’s taken Clap-Hanz almost half a decade to tee off on the PlayStation 4, but Everybody’s Golf – employing its Japanese and European namesake for the first time in North America – is finally ready to hit the next-gen links. The most ambitious entry in the oft-conservative series yet, this colourful arcade putt-‘em-up adds a heavy online emphasis, as it incorporates MMO-esque open world courses – and a bunch of minigames to boot.

Pillars of Eternity

Publisher: Paradox Interactive
Release date: 29th August

The PS4's now got a decent number of more traditional RPGs under its belt, and unless something goes horribly wrong, Pillars of Eternity won't disappoint fans of the genre. Already a highly rated title on PC, big old dialogue boxes, deep characters, and loads of player choice combine in Obsidian's well crafted fantasy adventure.

Warriors All-Stars (PS4 Console Exclusive)

Publisher: Koei Tecmo
Release date: 29th August (NA), 1st September (EU)

Hey, it's actually been a reasonable amount of time since a Warriors game last hit the market, and we daresay that taking a break from all of that hacking and slashing has helped us get just a little more hyped for Warriors All-Stars. A crossover brawler featuring various Koei Tecmo characters, it's a bright and colourful celebration of the publisher's properties.

Windjammers (PS4, Vita Exclusive)

Publisher: DotEmu
Release date: 29th August

WindJammers’ competitive Frisbee format has gleaned a new lease of life lately, whether it’s the original being streamed on sites such as Giant Bomb or imitators like Disc Jam trying to take its place. A remaster of the original with online multiplayer incorporated, this should prove popular among fans of the original and newcomers alike. It’s also cross-buy with the Vita, so you can take your spinnin’ ring flingin’ wherever you go.

Yakuza: Kiwami (PS4 Exclusive)

Publisher: SEGA
Release date: 29th August

We hope you've polished off Yakuza 0, because Kaz is coming back quicker than ever before. A full remake of the very first Yakuza game on PS2, Kiwami is our second helping of SEGA's series this year, and we simply can't wait to bust up a few more mob bosses. If memory serves us correctly, newcomers are in for some top notch crime drama propped up by an amazing cast of seedy characters.

Life Is Strange: Before the Storm

Publisher: Square Enix
Release date: 31st August

As one of the main characters in Life Is Strange with next to no screentime, Before the Storm aims to explore protagonist Chloe Price’s relationship with the mysterious Rachel Amber. An outstanding student at Blackwell Academy and one of the most popular girls in Arcadia Bay, just what is the deal with Miss Amber? And what was her relationship with Chloe like prior to her disappearance? All will be revealed in this mini-series.


Phew, that's a lot of potential gaming, isn't it? Which titles are you most looking forward to? Vote in our poll, and then let the hype flow in the comments section below.

Which August 2017 release are you most looking forward to? (156 votes)

Absolver

2%

Agents of Mayhem

1%

Cities: Skylines

3%

Everybody's Golf

6%

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

12%

LawBreakers

1%

Life Is Strange: Before the Storm

8%

MatterFall

1%

Nidhogg 2

  0%

Patapon Remastered

2%

Pillars of Eternity

5%

Shadow Tactics: Blade of the Shogun

1%

Sonic Mania

10%

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

36%

Undertale

3%

Warriors All-Stars

2%

Windjammers

  0%

Yakuza: Kiwami

5%

Other

3%

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