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Top New Game Releases This Week On PS4, Xbox One, And PC -- August 19-25

This week marks the return of Shenmue 1 and 2, along with sequels like Guacamelee 2 and F1 2018.

This week's games are ready for a fight--and not just over your wallet. Ryo Hazuki can throw a punch like his dad taught him in Shenmue I & II, Juan Aguacate is ready to wrestle his way through Guacamelee 2, and a whole bunch of indie characters are coming together for a bout in Brawlout. Electronic musicians can experiment with Track Lab, and racing fans can get their fix with F1 2018. Let's take a look at some of the biggest new releases of the week!

Shenmue I & II -- August 21

Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC

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The Sega Dreamcast classics are coming back. Even though these aren't remasters or HD remakes, they do come with a slew of new features: modern and classic controls, an updated UI, scalable resolution, and both English and Japanese voiceovers. This double pack should make for a great appetizer before Shenmue 3 arrives next year.

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Guacamelee 2 -- August 21

Available on: PS4, PC

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There's a new threat out there, and luchador Juan Aguacate is coming out of retirement to stop it. Fortunately, he's got some new abilities, like the Eagle Hook, to help him conquer this Metroidvania sequel. Juan's chicken form has also been upgraded with wrestling moves of its own, and you can play the entire adventure in drop-in, drop-out four-player co-op.

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Brawlout -- August 21

Available on: PS4, Xbox One

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate may be coming in December, but Brawlout is making its PS4 and Xbox One debut this week. This mascot fighter features the aforementioned Juan from Guacamelee, along with the protagonist from Hyper Light Drifter and the titular heroes of Yooka-Laylee. Even the lead from Dead Cells will be joining the fight in a free update this fall.

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Track Lab -- August 21

Available on: PS4

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If you haven't broken out your PSVR headset in a while, Track Lab might be the game to change that. You can create your own music simply by reaching out with the Move controllers, grabbing the sound you want, and dropping it on the track. You can share your masterpiece with others online too.

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F1 2018 -- August 24

Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC, iOS, Android

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Speaking of tracks, you can also take a lap this week with the latest F1 racing simulator. Car customization has been simplified for this year's installment, allowing you to dump all your points halfway through a championship. Just be careful, as rule changes might compromise that amazing car you've been tuning up.

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Next week, New Releases will return with one last batch of August titles. We'll take a look at Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate on Nintendo Switch and Yakuza Kiwami 2 on PS4. Then next month, we'll dig into even more big names like Dragon Quest XI and Marvel's Spider-Man.

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solid_snake1461

Let's hope that shenmue 3 would be good. I just can't help comparing it with Yakuza 0. And so far, 0 is the clear winner.

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Jimbowesker

Shenmue 1-2 is one I have always wanted to try out. Think I'll grab it and see what all the hype was about back n the day!

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XRavishX

@Jimbowesker: Do that. I have both on the Dreamcast, but never actually played but a few minutes of the 2nd. One thing I have to mention: Play with English VO's first. This way, you can really appreciate how bad the voice acting was. Not convinced? Here's a 13 second compilation of some of the worst you can experience at least in the first game:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JEJ5A32icI

The entire game sounds nearly as bad. I'm happy that this new release has the Japanese dubs. I won't be looking back.

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Jimbowesker

@xravishx: Will do!! Thanks for the info. I can only imagine how the voice overs have aged!!

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dylan35

@Jimbowesker: probably will buy on Dreamcast the first was amazing for its graphics and for me depiction of walking around in Japan. Collectables sold in vending machines (sonic etc figures) and walking into arcade with a few games you could play. I'm thinking it won't hold up at all. Enjoy it's in my memory as an amazing beautiful sight to behold back then 🤖

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Jimbowesker

@dylan35: yeah, i know what ya mean. Although I never did play it back in the day, I had a few friends who were totally absorbed by it, and all these years later ppl are still talking about it, so it must have something special within it. To be honest, I've always wanted to play it just never could cuz I didn't have a Dreamcast back in the day!!! So, I'm looking forward to it!!