We’re heading into the fourth quarter of 2018, and that means we have a ton of big-name game releases on the cards, and September isn’t pulling any punches. We’ve rounded up the games which have our attention and can’t wait to sink some time into this month!
Dragon Quest XI
Release date: 4 September 2018 (PS4)
The next installation in the Dragon Quest series kicks off the month, with Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age releasing for PS4 and PC, with a Nintendo Switch version still in the works. Dragon Quest XI is a completely standalone experience that features entirely new characters, a beautifully detailed world, finely tuned turn-based combat, and an immersive story that will appeal to longtime fans and franchise newcomers alike; not to mention featuring the returning input from series creator Yuji Horii and character designer Akira Toriyama.
Release date: 7 September 2018 (PS4)
The Batman Arkham series set a new benchmark for superhero video games, and since its release, fans of other franchise have continually asked: “Why can’t they use that model for [insert your favourite superhero here]?”. Well, Spidey fans will be glad to hear that New York’s infamous wall-crawler is getting similar treatment from Insomniac Games (known for the Ratchet and Clank franchise) and looks to be open-world superhero nirvana. The slick combat system, sprawling explorable environment, and massive set-piece boss fights will make Spider-Man a serious contender for undisputed super hero game champion when it hits the PS4 this month.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Release date: 7 September 2018 (PS4 | Xbox One | PC)
The rebooted Tomb Raider series has been a smash hit for Square Enix, retelling the iconic heroine’s tale from a new perspective, and taking Lara Croft through her most gruelling and visceral journey to date. Shadow of the Tomb Raider marks the third game in the new trilogy, finishing off the arc that Tomb Raider and Rise of the Tomb Raider started. This time around, our beloved adventurer finds herself amidst a Mayan apocalypse, but thankfully, there’s also a host of newly added gameplay features to help her survive, including camouflage techniques, new swimming abilities, and a grappling ability; but essentially, you’ll spend most of your time murdering enemies, jumping and climbing over things, and crafting equipment. It’s great fun.
Release date: 18 September 2018 (PS4 | Xbox One | PC)
If you’re a Counter-Strike or Call of Duty fan, you’ll want to keep an eye on Insurgency: Sandstorm. This team-based, tactical FPS shooter is all about close-quarters combat and objective-oriented multiplayer gameplay. Prepare for a hardcore depiction of combat with deadly ballistics, light attack vehicles, destructive artillery, and HDR audio putting the fear back into the genre.
Release date: 28 September 2018 (PS4 | Xbox One | PC | 360 | PS3)
Much like paying your taxes, you know every it’s a certainty that you’ll be playing a new FIFA, and this year’s instalment aims to evolve the already-brilliant football experience even further. FIFA 19‘s expanded Kick Off mode includes a number of surprises. There are some welcome new additions, such as detailed stats breakdowns following matches and the ability to play a Champions League, FA Cup, or Europa League-themed match. However the most interesting new feature included in the mode is something called House Rules, allowing you to input special laws into your match. For example, you can prevent short-range goals from counting towards the scoreline, force your mates to score from headers and volleys only, or remove all laws of the game from being applied, including offsides.
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