September has crept around the corner, and as the weather in SA begins to heat up, so do the game releases. The new month brings some big hitters and new IPs that should catch the attention of the gaming enthusiasts and casual players alike.
The Sims 4
Windows, Mac (4 September)
Everyone’s favourite god-game returns after years of waiting for a sequel. In the Sims 4, the Create a Sim and Build Mode tools have been redesigned to allow more versatility when creating game content. Emotional state plays a larger role in gameplay than in previous games in the series, with effects on social interaction, user interface, and personality.
Dead Rising 3
PC (5 September)
Dead Rising 3 already took a big chomp on the Xbox One, but the zombie-action game is now making its way to PC this month. Following in the footsteps of previous installments, players control new protagonist Nick Ramos in third person. They will start by searching for supplies and weapons in order to fight many undead and complete missions. Dead Rising 3 also features a large open-world environment that’s bigger than Dead Rising and Dead Rising 2 combined.
MX vs. ATV Supercross
PC, Xbox 360, PS3 (9 September)
The next instalment in the long-running MX vs. ATV franchise arrives in September, and this time, ore focus of the game allows for the player to race motocross and supercross on motocross bikes or ATVs. The game will also feature 17 Supercross Tracks for both MX and ATV riding and a career mode with 5 series (250 East, 250 West, 450 MX, 450 ATV, 450 MX vs. ATV), and there are more than 80 motocross companies in the game to ensure authenticity, with an enhanced physics and a control system added to the mix.
PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One (12 September)
One of the most beloved sports franchises swings around again this month, as NHL 15 brings the same great gameplay you’d expect, but with a new revamped physics system, collisions, new commentary and even more arenas than ever before.
PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One (9 September)
The studio that brought you Halo is now returning with a brand new game that’s set to reignite the FPS/MMO genre. The gorgeous next and current-gen game features a persistent online world, so you’ll be able to play the game with your friends, while other players actions affect the world around you. Destiny is set seven hundred years into the future in a post-apocalyptic setting following a prosperous period of exploration, peace, and technological advancement known as the Golden Age. There’s going to be aliens aplenty, some incredible kills and spectacular moments in this game.
PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One, Wii, PS Vita, 3DS, PC (25 September)
As you’d expect, EA are punting FIFA 15 as their most-advanced and realistic FIFA to date. We’d damn well hope so! The visual enhancements include back-end upgrades like an overhauled lighting engine lend player models a more realistic appearance. Breathing players and shifting hair make the game feel more alive from the grass up, while a pitch that visibly degrades over the match and moving advertisements bring their surroundings closer to real-life.
Forza Horizon 2
Xbox 360, Xbox One (30 September)
Forza Horizon 2 picks up where its predecessor left off, and again takes place during the fictional “Horizon Festival”, this time being held in southern Europe, focusing on southern France and northern Italy. The game world is approximately three times larger than that for the original Forza Horizon, and features everything from exotics, rally cars, trucks, hot hatches, among others. Included is the 2014 Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4, the McLaren P1, and the LaFerrari.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One (30 September)
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is the new action RPG experiment from Monolith Productions, where players take control of a ranger with wraith-like abilities by the name of Talion. The game is an open world experience set in the Lord of the Rings universe and players will have the freedom to pursue side quests and roam around the world, and it looks badass.