This is where it all begins, the lead up to the packed Christmas period which see’s a flurry of big video game releases, all aiming to be a best-seller this year. We really have got so much too look forward to this coming September, such as huge AAA big hitters, potential Indie survival horror darlings, sporting giants and much more. This is where our wallets really begin to take big hits, so we better get saving up!
Also as notable mentions, we have two big beta’s arriving this September with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Ghost Recon: Breakpoint. Please keep in mind that release dates can change in an instant and can differ depending on your region, that said, here are my highlights for this coming September 2019.
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Expansion (PS4 and Xbox One) – September 6th
Monster Hunter: World Iceborne is the first massive expansion for the latest game in this long-running series. To say that this is a beast of an expansion is an understatement, as its size and content compares to that of a fully-fledged game in its own right. Iceborne brings new areas, new monsters to hunt, new quest and much more. It’s worth noting however that will you have had to finish the main campaign of Monster Hunter: World and reach a Hunter level of 16 to access it. Will you be teaming up this September with friends or will you go it John Rambo, Han Solo? Monster Hunter: Iceborne will release for PC sometime in January, 2020.
eFootball PES 2020 (PC, PS4 and Xbox One) – September 10th
The first of the two football big hitters to release this September and its seemingly Konami’s only big franchise that they appear to care about, it’s none other than Pro Evolution Soccer 2020 or as Konami now likes to call it, to jump on the eSports bandwagon, eFootball PES 2020. New name aside, all I care about is how the game plays and looks, and this year’s PES looks to carry on the trend of the beautiful game on console and PC. Konami has also pumped some extra cash into this year’s release, bagging even more rights than ever before, which includes exclusive rights to Italian giants, Juventus, thus forcing rival FIFA to use a fake team name and kits for the club! Will PES 2020 do enough to topple FIFA 20 in the sales charts? I very much doubt it, but at least this series is giving it a good fight this year.
Gears 5 (PC and Xbox One) – September 10th
Along with Halo, Gears of War is the reason I own an Xbox console, at least for the last two generations. I know this series never really seems to evolve all that much in terms of gameplay, but there’s something special about its lore, its music, intense cover-based gunfights and brutal chainsaw duels. Gears of War 4 acted as somewhat of a reboot for the series, introducing a new cast of characters, new enemy types and locations, and Gears 5 will follow on from where Gears 4 left off with Kait Diaz leading the charge in the pursuit to finding the answers to her own existence. Whether it’s playing the campaign solo or in co-op, multiplayer or horde mode, there’s still plenty of life in this old dog yet.
Borderlands 3 (PC, PS4 and Xbox One) – September 13th
I admit it, as much as I’ve tried, I’ve never really gotten into the Borderlands franchise, but I know its fourth main entry in the series is going to be one of this year’s biggest hits (if the previews are anything to go by). Offering up-to four-player co-op, first-person, action-RPG gameplay and an addictive looting system for that epic weapon combination, not to mention its wealth of charming (or not so charming) characters, Borderlands 3 looks to be another big hit for Gearbox Software. Will you be one of the Vault Hunters returning to the world of Pandora this September and beyond?
Daymare: 1998 (PC) – September 17th
Now this inclusion may take some by surprise and seeing as I’m not a PC player, I’ve not been able to try out the recent demo released on Steam, but I can’t help but be excited by survival horror throwback, Daymare: 1998. It’s not been the easiest of roads for the small indie team at Invader Studios, but it’s certainly been an interesting one. What started out as a fan-made Resident Evil 2 remake, using the RE4 engine back in 2014, Capcom soon shut this non-profit project down as they already had plans for their own official remake. However, Capcom invited Invader Studios to their HQ to provide some inspiration and guidance, and around five years later we have Daymare: 1998 arriving to PC (and to consoles later in the year). This indie survival horror could be a flop or it could be a surprise success, but either way, I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Daymare: 1998!
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Nintendo Switch) – September 20th
Along with Gears 5, this is probably my most hyped game this September, a remake of The Legend of Zelda classic on the iconic Game Boy from the early 90’s and then for the Game Boy Colour in the late 90’s, Link’s Awakening is remade from the ground up for the Nintendo Switch. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, brings some of that old-school action RPG charm into the new generation and it looks gorgeous! Not to mention that it comes with a build-your-own dungeon creation suite. I’d be shocked if this game doesn’t end up being one of the Nintendo Switch’s best games to date and a classic for future generations once more.
FIFA 20 (PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch) – September 27th
Here’s the other big football hitter and one of EA’s biggest money makers, FIFA 20. In truth, this series has already arguably hit its peaked in terms of gameplay, but that’s not such a bad thing, because we always know that we’re going to get a quality football title. No doubt despite the controversy, FIFA Ultimate Team will be a big focal point, but for me, this year is all about the returning and hopefully improved street football mode, known as Volta. Plus, my beloved Aston Villa are now back in the Premier League, so hopefully Jack Grealish and John McGinn will look a lot less generic this year 😉
Sega Mega Drive/Genesis Mini Console – September 19th [NA]/ October 4th [EU]
Sega has jumped on the mini HD console bandwagon and I couldn’t be happier. Back in the early 90’s when the “console wars” truly meant something, I was all about the Sega Mega Drive (or Genesis as it’s known in the US), from Sonic the Hedgehog, Streets of Rage, Castle of Illusion, Road Rash, Golden Axe, Strider and much more. In total we have 42 classic games, including the ultra rare Tetris! The Sega Mega Drive/Genesis Mini also comes with two controllers so that you can enjoy some good old couch co-op with your friends and family. The Sega Mega Drive/Genesis Mini releases this September for North America and then October for Europe.
Nintendo Switch Lite Console – September 20th
As the name might suggest, the Nintendo Switch Lite, is a lighter version of its older brother. It’s smaller, more lightweight and compact, which makes it more convenient for those that like to play on the go. Granted it has built in controllers, so not detachable Joy-Cons, but on the plus side it does have a proper D-Pad. It also comes with no Dock, as it can only be played in handheld mode. However it comes in a variety of stylish colours, including an awesome Limited Edition Pokémon Sword/Shield version. So despite it having some limitations and a few plus points over its big brother, it does come at quite the discounted price of £80/$100 depending on your region, which is always a bonus. Whichever way you look at it, the Nintendo Switch Lite is a smart move by the company, as it should ensure that the Nintendo Switch is at the top of many gamers Christmas list this year.
Well that concludes my packed highlights for this coming September 2019. Naturally with so many releases this September, there are only so many games I can highlight above, but as always, be sure to check out the best of the rest below and let us know what you’re looking forward to across our social media channels.
- Catherine: Full Body (PS4) – September 3rd
- Torchlight 2 (PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch) – September 3rd
- Spyro Reignited Trilogy (PC and Nintendo Switch) – September 3rd
- Uplay Plus service launch (PC) – September 3rd
- Final Fantasy 8 Remastered (PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch) – September 3rd
- Children of Morta (PC) – September 3rd
- Warsaw (PC) – September 4th
- Sin Slayers (PC) – September 5th
- NBA 2K20 (PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch) – September 5th
- Hyperforma (Nintendo Switch) – September 5th
- Space Cows (PC and Nintendo Switch) – September 5th
- WRC 8 (PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch) – September 5th
- River City Girls (PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch) – September 5th
- Ghost Recon Breakpoint Beta (PC, PS4 and Xbox One) – September 5th
- Creature in the Well (PC, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch) – September 6th
- Gun Gun Pixies (PC and Nintendo Switch) – September 6th
- Kings of Lorn: The Fall of Ebris (PC, PS4 and Xbox One) – September 9th
- Blasphemous (PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch) – September 10th
- GreedFall (PC, PS4 and Xbox One) – September 10th
- Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series (PC, PS4 and Xbox One) – September 10th
- Super Dodgeball Beats (PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch) – September 12th
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare beta (PS4, PC and Xbox One) – September 12th/19th
- Daemon X Machina (Nintendo Switch) – September 13th
- Ellen (PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch) – September 13th
- Nauticrawl: 20,000 Atmospheres (PC) – September 16th
- AI: The Somnium Files (PC, PS4 and Nintendo Switch) – September 17th
- Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son (PSVR, Rift and HTC Vive) – September 17th
- Devil’s Hunt (PC) – September 17th
- Lego Jurassic World (Nintendo Switch) – September 17th
- Truck Driver (PC, PS4 and Xbox One) – September 17th
- Exorcise the Demons (PC) – September 18th
- Police Stories (PC, PS4, Xbox One Nintendo Switch) – September 19th
- Tracks (Xbox One) – September 20th
- Rain of Reflections: Chapter 1 (PC) – September 20th
- Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered (PC and PS4) – September 20th
- Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (Nintendo Switch) – September 20th
- The Sojourn (PC, PS4 and Xbox One) – September 20th
- Dead by Daylight (Nintendo Switch) – September 24th
- The Surge 2 (PC, PS4 and Xbox One) – September 24th
- Espire 1: VR Operative (Rift, Quest, PSVR, Vive, Index) – September 24th
- Cat Quest 2: The Lupus Empire (PC) – September 24th
- The Executioner (PC) – September 25th
- Mario Kart Tour (Mobile) – September 25th
- Northgard (PS4, Xbox One Nintendo Switch) – September 26th
- Darksiders 2 Deathinitive Edition (Nintendo Switch) – September 26th
- Contra: Rogue Corps (PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch) – September 26th
- Dragon Quest 11 S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition (Nintendo Switch) – September 27th
- Tropico 6 (PS4 and Xbox One) – September 27th
- Code Vein (PC, PS4 and Xbox One) – September 27th
- Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition (Nintendo Switch) – September 27th
- Teslagrad (Nintendo Switch and PS Vita) – September 27th
- Jalopy (Xbox One) – September 27th