Game releases to look out for in September 2019
Well everyone, the summer dry season is over. September marks the start of the mass deluge of game releases that stretches from here to the holiday season. So put away your beach towels and pick up your controllers because there are a lot of new video games coming out in September. Too many to reasonably play them all in September! Hopefully this list will help you pick and choose the ones that you want to sink your time into.
Catherine: Fully Body is so much more than a port of 2012’s acclaimed puzzle game meets social simulator: Catherine. There are new stages, new story elements, an expanded multiplayer mode, and so much more. It’s one of the biggest port treatments we have seen, the deluxe Atlus treatment that they tend to give their Persona titles. If you were a fan of the original, or if you missed it the first time around and are just now getting to experience it, this is one port you don’t want to let slip you buy, or it will haunt you in your dreams.
Conan Chop Chop (Sep 3 – PC, PS4, XB1, Switch)
What started as an April Fool’s joke became a real top down stick animated adventure game based off the Conan universe, and it looks awesome. Bring a group of friends into this hack and slash rogue-like, gather loot, and see how long you can survive in this cartoony take on a brutal warrior’s world. It’s kind of funny how so many good games come about as a result of April Fools jokes, isn’t it?
Warsaw (Sep 4 – PC)
Warsaw is a different breed of World War 2 game. This turn based tactical RPG is dark, gritty, and more importantly tells history from the perspective of the losers. You aren’t going to be beating away the Nazi menace with super soldiers in this one. You are going to try and hold out to the bitter end and forge a story more focused on what you do during this doomed uprising, than how successful you are.
River City Girls (Sep 5 – PC, PS4, XB1, Switch)
River City Ransom is back and this time it’s the boys that were kidnapped and the girls who are doing the face beating. This is a project between Way Forward and Arc System Works, two companies that are known for expertise in sprite based action/fighting/beatemup games, as well as retro game revivals. This game is packed full of charm, retro gaming references, and tons of guys to beat to death with bludgeoning implements
You know the drill. We have new graphics, new maneuvers on the court, a remade career mode, all the improvements that you are used to, plus major roster updates and a bunch of microtransactions. There’s only one NBA game out there, and if you want it, you already know if you are going to get it. That’s just how the world of sports games works.
eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020 (Sep 10 – PC, PS4, XB1)
Soccer is one of the few sports that actually has competing properties making video games for it. PES sports a variety of club partnerships including Barcelona, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Juventus, and Arsenal. It also features a brand new Matchday Mode, where an important match between two teams will be announced and players will take control of one of these teams online. The team that wins the most games will win the Matchday. If you are looking for soccer distilled down to its roots, this is the franchise you want to go with. It’s also one of the only games Konami still publishes.
One of Microsoft’s flagship series is back and is ready to let you chainsaw gun your way through your enemies. The protagonist Kait Diaz is having visions of the Locusts, and she must uncover the origins of these visions as well of the Locust and Kait’s family line. How will she interact with the rest of the Gears crew and will it be enough to survive yet another apocalypse? Well you’ll have to play the game to find out. Oh and check out the new changes to Horde mode, online co-op and many more multiplayer modes as well.
It’s the 17th century and colonial forces have just discovered an island paradise teeming with magic, monsters, and riches beyond your wildest dreams. How does your nation approach it? Will you wipe out the local elves and plunder their riches for yourselves? Will you ally with the locals and learn their secrets? Will you just venture off into the wilds and kill some dragons? It’s an open world fantasy colonialism simulator complete with combat, diplomacy, stealth, and more.
Gearbox’s looter shooter returns with its warped sense of humor and it’s incredibly enjoyable explosions. Join four new vault hunters as you hop across the universe from planet to planet, uncovering the mysteries behind the vault and the civilization that made them. Also… explosions!
Maybe you are more of a giant robots kind of guy when it comes to shooters. Well then Daemon X Machina is the game for you. In the best traditions of games like Armored Core, Daemon X Machina lets you customize everything from your pilot’s appearance to your mech’s limbs and weapons. You can even scavenge parts from defeated enemy mechs.
Like I said before, the sports treadmill means that most yearly sports releases are mostly roster updates, but NHL 20 does have a few new features for Hockey fans. A new Squad Battle game mode has been introduced, a new commentary team along with random celebrity guests will be taking over the reins from the old NBC Sports team, there will be a new shooting engine implemented that will better replicate signature shots of iconic players, and new weekly challenges and events will be integrated into the game as well.
A series of murders has broken out and it’s up to you, detective Kaname Date, to solve them. Date will do on the street grunt work, examining crime scenes and piecing together clues, while his A.I. partner, Aiba, will dive into witnesses mind-scapes in order to probe out information that they might be hiding. It’s also worth noting that AI is a pun on the Japanese word for love, and considering that this game is made by Spike Chunsoft, the same people responsible for games such as Zero Escape, Danganronpa, and Zanki Zero, you can be assured that the plot is going to be screwed up in all the right ways.
Police Stories (Sep 19 – PC, PS1, XB1, Switch)
If this game looks a lot like Hotline Miami, well, it is, but only on the surface. In Hotline Miami you had to cause as much carnage as possible as you murdered your way through stage after stage. Police Stories tasks you with making your way through different situations while causing the least amount of death and carnage as possible. So while it shares the top down shooter point of view as Hotline Miami it’s a lot more like a puzzle game, and that’s an interesting blend of mechanics that’s worth checking out.
For Nintendo’s next traditional Zelda they remade the least traditional of the traditional Zelda’s. Stay with me here. Link’s Awakening was always a quirky side-story. Mario characters made cameos, the story was surprisingly dark, Link could jump, it was all weird! Now it’s coming back in HD with an amazing art style that mimics the Rankin and Bass Christmas specials of our youth.
Contra: Rogue Corps (Sep 24 – PC, PS4, XB1, Switch)
Contra is coming back in something of a weird form. No longer a 2D shoot em up, now it’s a top down twin-stick shooter featuring cyborgs and mutants and aliens and it’s all a little too tongue-in-cheek to be the Contra we love. But hey, maybe it will still be a decent game, and you can just ignore the title. I’m not ready to judge until I get my hands on a controller.
The Surge 2 (Sep 24 – PC, PS4, XB1)
What’s the story of The Surge 2? Who cares! This is a numbers game, pure and simple. Customize your character’s avatar, get a bunch of cool technologically enhanced weapons, wander a post-apocalyptic future city, and dismember some robots and psychos. You can even leave some graffiti for other players, if you are the artistic type. This is a game that is selling itself on its gameplay, specifically it’s targeted damage and loot salvaging systems.
Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger IX (Sep 24 – PC, PS4, Switch)
If you have been sleeping on the Azure Striker Gunvolt franchise, then now is a great time to catch up. It’s classic 2D platform shooter gameplay, similar to the Mega Man X series. This one is a spin-off that stars Copen, the anti-hero from previous chapters. Copen fires a weak blaster shot normally, but if he dashes into an enemy first, all of his shots will increase in power and home in on his target no matter where they are on the screen. It’s a great spin on standard 2D jump and shoot formula.
It’s post-apocalyptic anime vampire Dark Souls. What more do you want? Code Vein has been delayed quite a few times since its announcement, but it seems like Bandai Namco wants to get this right. With an incredibly deep class system, fun and strategic combat, and a convoluted but interesting mystery surrounding the ruined landscape, this is definitely one to check out if you like Souls-alikes.
While PES is going the professional route, FIFA 20 is going to introduce you to the underground world of street soccer. Play on courts made of different materials, of different sizes, with different sized teams, Play no rules full contact style with no ref. Play elimination style as you take out player after player. Who would have thought that there was such an active world of street soccer.
That’s a whole lot of new games coming out. Which ones will you be picking up? Let us know in the comments.