The games of August 2013

August 28

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Platform: Xbox 360

The heroes in a half shell are getting a spot in Xbox Live Summer Arcade's sunshine. The four-player actioneer will star Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael in an original adventure based on the current Nickelodeon cartoon. Fans of the pizza-eating ninjas will be treated to a fresh “hyper-realistic” take on the turtles as well as combo-based combat designed to show off each of the hero's individual fighting styles.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is being developed by Red Fly using the Unreal Engine 3 game engine, which we found to link it more closely to TMNT creators Eastman and Laird's original (and grittier) version in our TMNT: Out of the Shadows preview. Look for a PS3 version to release in September.

August 29

Pokemon Rumble U

Platform: Wii U

Itching to use that fancy NFC technology in your Wii U GamePad? Scratch away with Pokemon Rumble U, the first downloadable title that will make use of the controller's ability to read real world objects and translate them into the game. In this case, players will have the ability to scan optional Pokemon figures and insert them into large scale Pokemon battles.

Pokemon Rumble will star all 649 Pokemon through Black and White 2, with battles taking place in familiar locales such as Sparkly Playland, Blue Sky Park, and the Mysterious Forest. It will come pre-loaded with a ton of Pokemon, meaning you don't actually have to pay extra for the 18 real-world figurines. But let's face it, if you're a fan, you've already put aside the cash.

August 30

Painkiller: Hell and Damnation

Platform: PS3, Xbox 360

At long last, US console owners will get the chance to go toe-to-toe with the denizens of the underworld in this sequel/remake to 2004's Painkiller. The Farm 51's remake returns hero Daniel to the spotlight in a story that finds him striking a deal with Death to collect 7,000 souls as payment for reuniting with his deceased wife. Lo and behold, things do not go according to plan and Daniel must re-visit old haunts to carve a path through Lucifer's army.

Painkiller: Hell and Damnation is an updated take on Painkiller and Painkiller: Battle Out Of Hell. The game will also include numerous PvP and co-op, and loads of refinements for all gameplay modes. Witness us hack our way through local co-op in Painkiller: Hell and Damnation- Watch us play local co-op on Xbox 360.

August 31

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F

Platform: PS Vita

Japan's top vocaloid is making her way west again this August. Hatsune Miku, the animated diva famous for her hologram concerts and music games, is slated arrive on the PS3 with over 40 songs and a cast of synthesized singers. The rhythm game will also allow players to create their own music videos and content through the game's Edit Mode.

Hatsune Miku is one of the most popular vocaloids on the scene. She recently starred in a Domino's Pizza app, which we attempted to understand in spring's When pizza and gaming collide.