As we head into the dog days summer, R.A.G.E. Works brings you the New Releases This Week for the beginning of August! The front end of this month is not as glamorous as the tail (Giggity) but there is still a good deal of content for you to choose from. As always, we kick things off with gaming.
The Long Dark – Season One: Wintermute
August 1, attempt to survive the quiet on PC, PS4 and Xbox One
The Long Dark is a thoughtful, exploration-survival experience that challenges solo players to think for themselves as they explore an expansive frozen wilderness in the aftermath of a geomagnetic disaster. There are no zombies — only you, the cold, and all the threats Mother Nature can muster.
DEEP SURVIVAL SIMULATION GAMEPLAY WHERE EVERY DECISION MATTERS. EXPLORE A LARGE OPEN WORLD IN SEARCH OF RESOURCES.
Patapon™ is an innovative, rhythm-based 2D platform/action game marching to PlayStation®4 with revitalized graphics output in 4K resolution and 1080p. An iconic PlayStation game, players are tasked with leading the colorful Patapons, a brave and noble tribe, through a series of epic battles against opposing armies and gigantic monsters. In a distinct gameplay twist, action and rhythm are intertwined as players utilize drumbeats to march, attack, and defend, ultimately leading the Patapon tribe to victory.
CastleStorm VR Edition
Not quite sure why anyone would play this in VR, but it hits PSVR August 1.
Get ready to raze castles and conquer your rivals in CastleStorm VR, an exciting new take on the tower-defense action-RPG phenomenon! Experience CastleStorm, a super genre mashup of 2D physics destruction mashed with a tower defense brawler, in full VR that catapults you onto the battlefield. Throw yourself into the heat of battle as you pit knights, soldiers, archers and even griffins against formidable foes in castle vs. castle combat!
Demetrios – The Big Cynical Adventure
Choose your level of toilet humor on PS4 and Xbox One August 1 and August 2, respectively.
Demetrios is a quirky point and click adventure game inspired by classics like Broken Sword, packed with tons of humor!
Bjorn Thonen, a slob of an antique dealer living in Paris, is robbed one night after coming home drunk. Forced to conduct his own investigation with the help of his neighbor Sandra, he ends up involved in a murky, mysterious affair.
Will these unlikely heroes be able to rise up and discover ancient secrets?
Cowboys and dinosaurs . . . on PSVR August 1.
Dino Frontier lets you build and manage a frontier settlement in a world where the wild west and Jurassic collide. You assume the role of Big Mayor overlooking your settlement in tabletop scale VR. You must carefully balance resources while growing your town. Wild dinosaurs roam the land acting as both dangerous foe and tantalizing asset.
This game sounds like an instant PS4 classic. . . Unless you cannot draw. August 1.
DrawFighters is a turn-based combat game where fighters drawn by you face each other in tournaments. The goal is to reach glory in the Tournament of Three Volcanoes. Enjoy a funny and amazing look and feel mixing cartoon drawings with middle age combat and Mexican wrestling. Your PS4 will never be the same.
Save some college babes August 1 on PS4.
You are Mr. Falco Frisk, private detective of Frisk Investigative Solutions! Develop your relationships with your team as you take on your very first case. Dive into a sexy and strange adventure of hot babes and killer clowns!
August 1, find out if you are worthy of redemption on Steam.
Play as Vasily, an elite operative who once worked for one of the biggest arms industry corporations in the world. Officially working in security, you were tasked with infiltration, assassination, extortion and even torture. When eventually the corporation decided to get rid of you, you manage to narrowly escape to a secluded monastery deep in the snowy mountains.
For 20 years you tried to find peace and harmony amogst your fellow monks, but you are still too haunted by your murderous past to find either. Now after all of these years the corporation is finally closing-in on your location, and in so doing they have given you one last shot at redemption.
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun
August 1, PS4 and Xbox One employ some Shadow Tactics.
Shadow Tactics is a hardcore tactical stealth game set in Japan around the Edo period.
Take control of a team of deadly specialists and sneak in the shadowsbetween dozens of enemies. Choose your approach when infiltrating mighty castles, snowy mountain monasteries or hidden forest camps. Set traps, poison your opponents or completely avoid enemy contact.
The group is composed of very different personalities. Working together as a team seems impossible at first. Yet over the course of many missions, trust is won and friendships are made. The characters develop their own dynamic and each member will have to face their own personal demons.
On August 2, despite the voices all around you, you are alone.
The Venturis Corporation wants their AI back. That’s where you come in. Tacoma is a narrative adventure set aboard a high-tech space station in the year 2088. As you go about your mission, you’ll explore every detail of how the station’s crew lived and worked, finding the clues that add up to a gripping story of trust, fear, and resolve in the face of disaster.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel
Usually PC games come to PlayStation. August 2, it's the other way around.
Among the nations on the Zemurian continent, the mighty Erebonian Empire has been quick to stake its claim militarily; yet politically, ugly bouts of internal conflict between the upper class and commoners struggling to rise to power have been steadily intensifying with each passing month. The Noble and Reformist Factions have been none too kind to one another over the years, and tensions between the two only stand to worsen if compromises aren't reached in the very near future.
Rean Schwarzer, like any other citizen of the Imperial nation, is no stranger to these rising conflicts: the class system has been deeply interwoven into the tapestry of Erebonian culture since the days of old. As a seventeen-year-old student preparing for his new life at Thors Military Academy, however, he notices that his crimson uniform differs from the standard outfits issued to his peers—typically green for commoners, and white for nobles.
Enter, Class VII of Thors Military Academy. For the first time in the prestigious academy's history, rank means nothing and skill means everything. With nine hand-picked students of various backgrounds and abilities, Rean included, Class VII readies itself to dive deep into the political quagmire that threatens not only them, but the very foundations of the Empire.
The reverse journey of Lemmywinks hits the Switch on August 3.
Slime-san was minding his own business, sliming around in a peaceful forest when suddenly…A giant worm appeared and gobbled him up! Now deep within the worm's belly, Slime-san has to face a decision: Be digested by the incoming wall of stomach acid… Or jump, slide and slime his way through the worms intestines and back out its mouth!
Retro City Rampage DX
Homage to the original Grand Theft Auto hits the Switch August 3.
Retro City Rampage reimagines the open world crime genre in the '80s! Rampage the city, steal cars, or play over 60 story mode missions!
This remastered pop culture send-up features a full Story Mode of open world missions, along with Arcade Challenges for quick pick-up-and-play action. Explore the city by foot or by car, and discover minigames, customizations, collectibles, special guest stars, and more.
That is going to wrap things up for gaming this week. That was a lot and I assure you that the month has a lot more in store! As we move on to the theatrical side of things, eighties babies are in for a real treat as a huge pop culture icon makes his “resurgence.” Without further ado, let's get things started with…
Shin Godzilla (Slick's Pick of the Week)
In this retelling of the classic kaiju monster's origin story, a baby mutant lizard wades out of Tokyo Bay and quickly grows into a laser-shooting behemoth intent on destroying the city. Government officials must scramble to stop the threat.
Godzilla fans MUST see this film. As much as I love the new look Legendary has given the King of the Kaiju, this is a remake of the 1954 Japanese classic.
Going In Style
Three elderly friends and retired steelworkers (Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin) are outraged to learn that their pension fund has been raided by a shady corporation. In response, they decide to rob one of the corporation's banks to get their hard-earned money back. This is a remake of the 1979 film of the same name.
A young woman (Emma Watson) lands a job at a successful social-media company that preaches the value of complete transparency and inspires a cult-like devotion in its employees. However, she soon learns that the corporation and its messianic founder (Tom Hanks) are hiding a nefarious agenda. Based upon the novel written by Dave Eggers.
This found-footage horror movie purports to show what happened to a group of teenagers who vanished in Phoenix in 1997 while filming a UFO sighting.
After breaking up with her boyfriend and returning to her small hometown, a down-on-her-luck woman (Anne Hathaway) is shocked to discover that a Godzilla-like monster rampaging through South Korea is controlled by her movements while she's drunk. However, things get even more complicated when her monster battles a gigantic robot controlled by a childhood friend of hers (Jason Sudeikis).
A young street magician in Los Angeles (Jacob Latimore) becomes a drug dealer in order to provide for his younger sister (Storm Reid). But when he runs afoul of his boss (Dulé Hill), he is forced to use his talent for illusions to free himself from the criminal underworld.
From a House on Willow Street
A quartet of kidnappers set their sights on the teenage daughter of a wealthy family, only to realize they've made a grave mistake when it's revealed she's possessed by a demon.
S.W.A.T.: Under Siege
A SWAT compound comes under fire from an international terrorist who relentlessly and violently pursues a mystery man who was apprehended by Seattle SWAT after a raid went horribly wrong.
The Legend of Ben Hall
The final months of Australian outlaw Ben Hall (Jack Martin) are recounted in this historical biopic directed by Matthew Holmes. Hall is drawn back into a life of crime in the 1860s by a former colleague, and he navigates the bush of New South Wales with his marauding gang while becoming the most wanted man in the country.
A forensic psychologist (Josh Charles) saves a young man (Avan Jogia) from drowning, and realizes that the youth is someone he helped send to prison for murder years earlier. The incident soon prompts him to begin re-investigating the case.
A lawyer and family man (Bryan Cranston), unable to deal with life's frustrations any longer, starts living in the attic of his suburban home. He then spies on his wife (Jennifer Garner) and children, who believe he has vanished without a trace.
This would normally be the end of the home video section. I usually will only feature new movie releases or those coming to an HD format for the first time. However, New Releases This Week has to give an honorable mention to a new HD release of this film. A true classic, full of great one-liners and action. It even spawned a now-infamous South Park fight scene:
They Live (August 1, 2017 Steelbook Release)
John Carpenter wrote and directed this science fiction thriller about a group of aliens who try to take over the world by disguising themselves as Young Republicans. Wrestler Roddy Piper stars as John Nada, a drifted who makes his way into an immense encampment for the homeless. There he stumbles upon a conspiracy concerning aliens who have hypnotized the populace through subliminal messages transmitted through television, magazines, posters, and movies.
When Nada looks through special Ray-Bans developed by the resistance leaders, the aliens lose their clean-cut “Dan Quayle” looks and resemble crusty-looking reptiles. Nada joins the underground, teaming up with rebel-leader Frank (Keith David) to eradicate the lizard-like aliens from the body politic.
Rest in Peace, Rowdy Roddy Piper. This is but one of many memorable moments you gave us.
The Dark Tower
Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), the last Gunslinger, is locked in an eternal battle with Walter O'Dim (Matthew McConaughey), also known as the Man in Black. The Gunslinger must prevent the Man in Black from toppling the Dark Tower, the key that holds the universe together. With the fate of worlds at stake, two men collide in the ultimate battle between good and evil.
A typical afternoon in the park turns into a nightmare for single mother Karla Dyson when kidnappers snatch her young son Frankie. With no cellphone and no time to wait for police, Dyson jumps into her car to follow the vehicle that holds Frankie. As the pursuit turns into a frantic, high-speed chase, Karla must risk everything and push herself to the limit to save her beloved child.
The senior year of a girls' high school step team in inner-city Baltimore is documented, as they try to become the first in their families to attend college. The girls strive to make their dancing a success against the backdrop of social unrest.
Another installment of New Releases This Week in the books folks. Sorry that it took the whole week to get it out. Gonna start on next week's article now and try to get it to you by Tuesday or Wednesday. As always, keep it here at R.A.G.E. Works for all the entertainment news you need!