The 8 Best New Video Games of August 2014

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If you’re going to spend your time playing video games, you might as well play the best ones. Many of the best titles that came out last month were re-releases or ports, but a few brand new titles made the list as well. To find out which games came out on top in August, let’s take a look at the ones that received the highest ratings.

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition

(PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Metacritic Score: 90

If you’re into hack-’n-slash RPGs, then look no further: This is the definitive edition of Diablo III, the latest installment of the classic series from Blizzard. This edition of the game comes with the Reaper of Souls expansion built in, so you get an additional chapter in the story, a new Crusader character, and a level cap of 70 rather than 60. If you want to play Diablo III, this is the way to do it.

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Metro Redux

(PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Metacritic Score: 86

After the apocalypse strikes, many survivors wind up living in the tunnels beneath Moscow. That’s the bleak setting of the two shooters collected here, Metro: 2033 and Metro: Last Light. Both games have been remastered from their last-gen originals to look great on the Xbox One and PS4. The game also comes with all DLC available for both games. Grab this one if you feel like going on a dark but riveting journey.

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The Swapper

(PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PS Vita)

Metacritic Score: 84

Any new side-scrolling platformer worth its salt these days needs a unique gameplay hook to make it feel fresh. In The Swapper, that hook is cloning. You can create endless clones of yourself a short distance away, which lets you reach ledges and bridge gaps you otherwise couldn’t cross. Once the new clone is created, the old one falls to the ground dead. Kind of morbid, but it works great as a gameplay device.

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Ultra Street Fighter IV

(Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)

Metacritic Score: 84

If you only play one installment of Street Fighter IV (and there have been many over the past few years) make it this one. Ultra Street Fighter IV represents the culmination and perfection of every little detail of the core game. It has every character, stage, mode, and update that’s been released for the game, plus a handful of new ones for good measure. It might not be worthwhile if you’ve already purchased an older version of SF IV, but newcomers can rejoice.

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Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited

(PS Vita)

Metacritic Score: 83

The turn-based strategy game Disgaea 4 originally came out for PS3 a while ago, but now this incredibly content-rich game is available on the go for the PS Vita. While the game’s complex systems take time to figure out if you’re not familiar with the series, learning them is a lot of fun. And if you want to squeeze every bit of gameplay out of this title, expect to sink over 200 hours into it. Now that’s a big game.

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Madden NFL 15

(PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

Metacritic Score: 82

The annual Madden releases have had their ups and downs over the years, but Madden NFL 15 is definitely a high point for the series. Not only does it look better than ever — particularly on Xbox One and PS4 — but EA has added a number of smart features to the series, while stripping away the ones that detract from the experience. The result is a game that focuses on the player having fun, rather than the game mimicking the real sport at the expense of enjoyment.

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The Walking Dead: Season 2 Episode 5 – No Going Back

(PC)

Metacritic Score: 80

If you want to dive into a bleak story, now is a great time to get into The Walking Dead: Season 2, a game whose final episode has just been released. This adventure game takes place in the zombie apocalypse you may know from the TV show or comic, but it introduces new characters to the setting. It’s a dreary world players enter, but with a protagonist as lovable as Clementine to guide you, it all seems worth it in the end.

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Professor Layton Vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

(Nintendo 3DS)

Metacritic Score: 80

The two titans of Nintendo handhelds finally meet in this crossover game that takes the best gameplay portions of each series and smashes them together. As Layton, you solve puzzles and scan crime scenes for clues. Then the action shifts to the courtroom, where Phoenix Wright takes over to interrogate witnesses and look for contradictions in their testimonies. Anyone with a fondness for either series should feel right at home in this game.

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