New Releases highlights some of the hottest video games launching each week, and there’s a double dose of freebies for Game Pass subscribers to jump into: Microsoft Flight Simulator and Battletoads. Meanwhile, Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time and PGA Tour 2K21 are getting multiplatform releases, while New Super Lucky’s Tale is getting PS4 and Xbox One ports.

Microsoft Flight Simulator — August 18

Available on: PC

The classic flight sim is back, letting you take off and land at airports all across the world. You can glide over tons of cities, mountains, forests, deserts, and more, in various weather conditions and through both the day and night. The game will also offer guidance tailored to your level of experience in the cockpit.

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Battletoads — August 20

Available on: Xbox One, PC


It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen Rash, Pimple, and Zitz, but the toads are back for a new beat ’em up adventure with really rad hand-drawn art. As you’d expect, you can play through the whole thing via three-player couch co-op. There’s no online option to play together, however.

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Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time — August 21

Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch

Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time
Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time

The Cartoon Network/Adult Swim classic returns, with a new adventure featuring the show’s voice cast. There’s lots of combat in this game, of course, but Jack wields more than just his signature katana. You can use more than a dozen weapons and special skills to complement your particular fighting style.

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New Super Lucky’s Tale — August 21

Available on: PS4, Xbox One

New Super Lucky's Tale
New Super Lucky’s Tale

Yes, Super Lucky’s Tale is already available on Game Pass on Xbox One, but this is a separate, enhanced version that was previously only available on Switch. All you really need to know is that it’s a cute platformer with both 3D and 2D levels. There are lots of collectibles, puzzles, and bosses to be found in them.

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PGA 2K21 — August 21

Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC

PGA Tour 2K21
PGA Tour 2K21

The latest 2K golf game lets you create a custom golfer to go up against the pros. You can play on 15 real-world courses, but if those aren’t enough for you, you can make your own custom courses too. Those can be shared online with other PGA players around the world.

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We still have some more August video games to come. Next week, New Releases will revisit Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition and the first episode of Tell Me Why.

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