It’s been a relatively nice drought over the past few months, though a strong triple A title released here and there, but tis the season for the big names to start dropping. Sports titles, action titles, and some much anticipated remasters. Let’s run down some of the bigger names to look forward to in September 2016:
Bioshock: The Collection
Release date: 16 September 2016 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
The brilliant Bioshock series is getting a second-life thanks to a new remastered collection for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Bioshock: The Collection will feature Bioshock 1, 2, and Bioshock Infinite, all single-player DLC for all three games, and a never-before-seen video series with commentary from series creator Ken Levine. It’s a great package, with three great games – a perfect opportunity for newcomers to the franchise to finally play the award-winning FPS titles, or long-time fans to relive them.
Dead Rising Triple Pack
Release date: 13 September 2016 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
With Dead Rising 4 releasing a little later this year, Capcom is readying us for the zombie-mayhem with a collection of past Dead Rising titles. The Triple Pack includes Dead Rising, Dead Rising 2, and the standalone expansion Dead Rising 2: Off the Record. The remastered versions will feature upgraded graphics presented in 1080p and targeting 60 frames per second to deliver the classic zombie sandbox gameplay that everyone has fell in love with in a new spiffy coat of paint.
Release date: 15 September 2016 (Xbox One, PS4, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
PES 2017 brings a more refined approach with the incredible strides made last year, and 2017 looks to continue that great work with tweaks to passing, goalkeepers and a whole host of new animations, better lighting effects, and a revamp of stadia. As for gameplay improvements, the first touch mechanic will allow players to react and take the ball away from defenders in much better ways. In-step, out-step, stepovers, chest controls and plenty more ways to bring the ball under control are here and it all looks sublime. New tactical instructions are available for you to give your team, as you can set two attacking and two defending philosophies, including Tiki-taka and Gegenpress – Jurgen Klopp’s favourite – to adapt strategy mid-match to try and beat the opposition.
PES 2017 will also feature FC Barcelona as the game’s cover official stars thanks to an exclusive partnership between the club and Konami. Messi and friends are all over the game, as are their kits, stadiums, licenses, and the addition of playable Barcelona legends like Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Xavi and a host of others.
Release date: 16 September 2016 (Xbox One, PC)
ReCore is one of the most interesting looking games arriving this month. One of the creators behind Mega Man, Keiji Inafune, and the makers of Metroid Prime are behind this third-person action adventure, which stars Joule — one of the last surviving humans — who’s fighting her way through a destroyed desert world, working with a series of quirky mechanical pets to help her fight robotic villains.
Players will have to use Joule’s skills as well as the various abilities of her mechanical allies to survive her journey. The intriguing concept and vivid world has us quite excited for this one.
Release date: 13 September 2016 (Xbox One)
The Witness comes from the man behind the mind-bending puzzle-platformer, Braid. It’s a first-person puzzle game, where you’re on an island devoid of life but full of the remnants of life. There are puzzles strewn all over the place and a variety of structures you can explore, but what is the meaning of it all? That’s up for you to discover, often through audio diaries or environmental clues. The Witness, which was released on PS4 earlier this year to great reviews, is a quiet, smart game that’s full of secrets and puzzles to test even the brightest minds.
Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade
Release date: 13 September 2016 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Based on a multimillion-selling and extensive universe, Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade takes gamers into a vicious battle between four factions of the 41st millennium in order to control a persistent world at war. Whether it is PvP (Player versus Player) or PvE (Player versus Environment) squads will have to work together and engage in massive battles and exterminate the other factions! Players can choose from twenty different sub-factions, earn hundreds of weapons, customisation options and accessories drawn from 29 years of Warhammer 40,000 lore to create their perfect warriors.
Release date: 29 September 2016 (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3)
EA Sports is bringing some of the biggest changes to the FIFA series since its inception, including a new engine (EA’s Frostbite engine which powers the Battlefield series) and a brand new story mode which will see gamers take control of a 17-year-old player called Alex Hunter and guide him through his rise to football stardom. There will also be the ability to play as some of the game’s greatest legends, and squad building challenges, such as forming a starting XI with just two different nationalities and a chemistry rating of over 60, as well as an FUT “Champions League” of sorts, in which gamers can compete for in-game rewards via a global leaderboard.
Forza Horizon 3
Release date: 27 September 2016 (PC, Xbox One)
Microsoft’s open-world racing spin-off Forza Horizon gets a new sequel this month. This time, the game is set in the lush areas of Australia, offering gamers wide open-roads to put the largest Forza Horizon car roster to the test. The campaign also features 4-player co-op, which is quite interesting for a racing game. We’re excited to see how it all works when Forza Horizon 3 puts the foot down later this month!
Release date: 30 September 2016 (PS4, Xbox One)
In this strategy sequel to the tactical squad shooter XCOM: Enemy Unknown, an unpleasant group of aliens has invaded Earth and set up a tyrannical government meant to keep us lowly humans in our place. That’s not how you roll, so it’s time to fight back by guiding a group of rebels as they fight to take the planet back, one turn at a time. The game released on PC to some great reviews back in February, and PS4 and Xbox One players now get their chance to fend off the alien scourge.
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