The Best Games of 2013: August releases

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With the summer slowly coming to an end and kids everywhere heading back to school, video games releases are finally starting to heat up again. August is the rare month where we will be treated to an absurd amount of new releases that are destined to keep every type of gamer busy for quite awhile. The following list highlights 20 games coming out this month along with videos and links for more info on each game. Without further ado, here are the Best Games of 2013 for the month of August.

Full Title: Pikmin 3
Developers: Nintendo EAD Group No. 4
Publisher: Nintendo
Platforms: Wii U
Release Date: August 4th (North America) Available Now in Europe

Nintendo's popular real-time strategy based video game series is finally getting the sequel that diehard fans have been waiting for. Pikmin 3 expands on the gameplay elements of previous entries and allows players to control a team of up to 100 creatures, utilizing each individual's talents to explore worlds, solve puzzles, and uncover treasures. Fans who enjoyed Pikmin 2 on the Gamecube need not hesitate to pick this game up when it launches in the US on August 4th.

Full Title: Dragon's Crown
Developers: Vanillaware & Atlus
Publisher: Atlus
Platforms: PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita
Release Date: August 6th (North America) TBA (Europe)
Dragon's Crown is a unique action-role playing game that functions primarily as a stylized traditional side-scrolling beat 'em up. Set in a medieval world full of swords and sorcery, players will have the ability to play with up to 3 of their friends and experience all the action and excitement of the main campaign together.If you're a fan of action RPGs and you happen to own a PlayStation Vita, then you owe it to yourself to tryout this game.

Full Title: Tales of Xillia
Developers: Namco Tales Studio
Publisher: Namco Bandai Games
Platforms: PlayStation 3
Release Date: August 6th (North America) August 9th (Europe)
Tales of Xillia is a popular Japanese role-playing game that was originally released in Japan way back in 2011 and is now getting a localized US release this month. If you ever got a chance to check out any of the games in the Talesseries, then you should already have a good idea of what to expect from this game.

Full Title: Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Developers: Starbreeze Studios
Publisher: 505 Games
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC
Release Date: August 7th (North America and Europe)
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is a story-driven adventure game in which two brothers must work together to find a cure for their ailing father. While the game is one of the title's listed on Microsoft's Summer of Arcade promotion, it will also be available on both the PlayStation 3 and PC on the same day.

Full Title: Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
Developers: AlphaDream
Publisher: Nintendo
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: August 11th (North America) Available now in Europe
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team is a role-playing game in which players can explore environments together and participate in grueling turn-based combat battles with enemies.The Nintendo 3DS has had a phenomenal year full of great releases and this game easily adds to that list.

Full Title: Payday 2
Developers: Overkill Software
Publisher: 505 Games
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC
Release Date: August 13th (North America and Europe)
Overkill Software's insanely popular Payday series receives a sequel that promises more improvements and gameplay tweaks than the previous release. Payday 2 ups the ante considerably by adding unlockable heist missions and ways to upgrade weapons and items. If you were a fan of the first then you should find yourself right at home with this one.

Full Title: DuckTales Remastered
Developers: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Wii U, and PC
Release Date: August 13th (North America and Europe) September 11th for the Xbox 360 Version
Capcom's remastered version of the popular DuckTales video game features several new performances by the original voiceover cast. In addition to the rich HD graphics, fans can expect the same gameplay experience that made the original game a classic.

Full Title: Europa Universalis IV
Developers: Paradox Development Studio
Publisher: Paradox Interactive
Platforms: PC, Mac OSX, and Linux
Release Date: August 13th (North America and Europe)
Europa Universalis IV is a grand strategy game set within the time period between November 11th, 1444 and January 1st, 1821.Fans who are heavily into strategy based war games should definitely check this out.

Full Title: Charlie Murder
Developers: Ska Studios
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Platforms: Xbox 360
Release Date: August 14th (North America and Europe)
From the makers of The Dishwasher comes a heavy metal stylized RPG brawler about a band on a mission to settle debts and defeat adversaries. Charlie Murder is not only the hottest title on the Summer of Arcade lineup but it's also the most unique of the bunch. If you enjoyed any of the Dishwasher games then do yourself a favor and pick this up on day one.

Full Title: Disney Infinity
Developers: Avalanche Software
Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios
Platforms: Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U, PlayStation 3, PC and Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: August 18th (North America) August 20th (Europe)
Taking inspiration from Skylanders, Disney Infinity is an action-adventure platformer that allows Disney and Pixar characters to team up and go on adventures together.The game will feature two distinct play modes in which separate worlds and gameplay scenarios are created based off of individual movies. This ambitious game is aimed at kids and diehard fans of both Disney and Pixar animated films.

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