Can you smell the pollen in the air? If you have allergies, you definitely have. It’s time for spring, baby! It’ll take a while before all the frost settles, but you can definitely feel the sun making its triumphant comeback, ready to sizzle us mere mortals with its powerful rays. It’s also the start of gaming’s silly season and the months after this one are going to be ludicrous in terms of game releases. September is no slouch itself either, so let’s have a gander at what’s in store for us.
Gears 5 – PC, XBO – September 10
The legendary franchise is coming back for another one and the stakes have been thoroughly raised. A lot was established in Gears of War 4, but you could tell that it was just the first initial stepping stone into a new story featuring rampaging locusts and extremely big-boned COGs.
The game will tell the story of Kait Diaz, who was just a supporting character in the previous game, but after the events of the last game, she has some big mystery behind her and it was clear that she was going to be a future protagonist. Our lovable gaggle of COGs are also present, including the Fenix family and if you’ve ever played a Gears game, everything will feel very familiar in terms of gameplay and style.
Prediction: Hopes aren’t super high that they will knock it out of the park, considering that Gears of War 4 fell a little flat, but with Kait being a very interesting protagonist and the series’ penchant for well-scripted campaigns, I’m hoping for an 8/10 here.
GreedFall – PC, PS4, XBO – September 10
Spiders, the development studio, and Focus Home Interactive have a pretty huge stake in what I like to call Eurojank. Their games all follow a similar pattern where they have these incredibly ambitious and well thought out ideas that are often marred by sub-standard gameplay and a lack of budget. Some of the Spiders developed titles hold a very special place in my heart while some hold a very lukewarm place in my stomach.
GreedFall is their next excursion and it promises to be a huge RPG adventure featuring pirates, elves and a grand world. The game looks a lot less jank than the other games in the developer’s repertoire, but their DNA can still definitely be found all over. It’s a relative unknown at present, but hopes are high that this might be Spiders’ big break.
Prediction: This one is super tricky. It can honestly be a total flop or a masterpiece since this is how the studio rolls. I won’t be surprised to see a 9/10, but I’ll also not be surprised at all if it’s a 5/10. Time will tell.
Borderlands 3 – PC, PS4, XBO – September 13
Arguably one of the biggest releases of the year, Borderlands 3 sure has a lot to live up to. The beloved series hasn’t seen a main entry in years and despite all the games being playable on it, this will the series’ first current-gen title which is a trip to think about. We’ll be heading to much more diverse locations this time around since Pandora isn’t the only place on the destination list.
From all the reveals we’ve gotten so far, it looks and plays like how you would expect a Borderlands game to be, but you can see a lot of modern sensibilities and improvements that make this a truly new instalment into the legendary franchise. It’ll be tough to bung this one up, but that possibility is always on the table.
Prediction: In my mind, I’m thinking an easy 8 to a 9/10. There’s already so much to love from what we’ve seen and it’ll be really difficult to mess up the rock-solid formula that this game has.
The Surge 2 – PC, PS4, XBO – September 24
The Surge made a very average and middling splash when it released and it coasted a lot off its comparisons to the Souls series. It was widely regarded as the futuristic Dark Souls that’s not as good but had some interesting ideas. With the sequel, it looks like they’re taking things just a step further and trying to create something unique with this little experiment they did with the original game.
Instead of a large factory, we’ll now be able to play in Jericho City which offers a lot more environmental exploration and possibilities and the game’s signature limb-based combat is still intact and getting refined. This is also an iffy title to really evaluate since there’s a lot of room for things to go wrong, but something tells me we should pay attention to this little franchise.
Prediction: Being another Focus Home Interactive game, it can honestly go either way as well. It can be fantastic and can be considered a worthy contender to the Souls franchise or it may just be seen as the game that copied Miyazaki’s notes again. 7/10 is the safe bet, but I’d love to see this go much higher.
Code Vein – PC, PS4, XBO – September 27
Anime vampires. What could possibly go wrong? Code Vein was shrouded in mystery for a long time, but over the course of time we got to see what it’s all about. It’s an action RPG and another game on this month’s list that took some notes from Dark Souls. The game is set in this dystopian world full of blood-sucking anime characters and you can already tell that some hijinks will be afoot.
While the gameplay videos showed some promise, it also made me a bit fearful that this might just not be good enough. Combat looks somewhat fun and fluid, but it’s also something we’ve seen a lot of times in the past which casts a spell of doubt on this vampiric anime adventure.
Prediction: I predict that Code Vein will be ridiculous, kooky and ultimately forgettable. I’d love to be proven wrong, but this is just going from what I’ve seen so far of this game that was drip-fed over the past few years.
Here are the other games releasing for September:
Catherine: Full Body – PS4 – September 3
Children of Morta – PC – September 3
Final Fantasy 8 Remastered – PC, PS4, XBO, Switch – September 3
Last Oasis – PC – September 3
Phoenix Point – PC, XBO – September 3
Spyro Reignited Trilogy – PC, Switch – September 3
Green Hell – PC – September 5
WRC 8 – PC, PS4, XBO – September 5
Creature In The Well – PC, XBO, Switch – September 6
Gun Gun Pixies – Switch – September 6
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne DLC – PS4, XBO – September 6
NBA 2K20 – PC, PS4, XBO, Switch – September 6
Blasphemous – PC, PS4, XBO, Switch – September 10
eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020 – PC, PS4, XBO – September 10
Daemon X Machina – Switch – September 13
NHL 20 – PS4, XBO – September 13
AI: The Somnium Files – PC, PS4, Switch – September 17
Bus Simulator – PS4, XBO – September 17
Castle Crashers Remastered – Switch – September 17
Destiny 2: New Light – PC, PS4, XBO – September 17
Destiny 2: Shadowkeep DLC – PC, PS4, XBO – September 17
Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son – PC VR, PSVR – September 17
Truck Driver – PS4, XBO – September 19
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening – Switch – September 20
Lego Jurassic World – Switch – September 20
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch – Switch – September 20
Ni No Kuni Remastered: Wrath of the White Witch – PC, PS4 – September 20
The Sojourn – PC, PS4, XBO – September 20
Untitled Goose Game – PC, Switch – September 20
Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition – PS4, XBO, Switch – September 24
Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear – PS4, XBO, Switch – September 24
Baldur’s Gate 2: Enhanced Edition – PS4, XBO, Switch – September 24
Cat Quest 2 – PC – September 24
Contra Rogue Corps – PC, PS4, XBO, Switch – September 24
Dead By Daylight – Switch – September 24
Hell of Men: Blood Brothers – PC – September 24
Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition – PS4, XBO, Switch – September 24
Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition – PS4, XBO, Switch – September 24
Darksiders 2 Deathinitive Edition – Switch – September 26
Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones – PC – September 26
Dragon Quest 11 S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition – Switch – September 27
FIFA 20 – PC, PS4, XBO – September 27
Tropico 6 – PS4, XBO – September 27
September is also the month of sports games, but if you guys need me to tell you about the latest sport releases then something has gone horribly wrong somewhere. September is already really crowded and some of these games have been anticipated for years. It’s the kickoff to the grand finale of 2019 and boy, are we in for some shenanigans.